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Only marginally better than the VHS tape
on 4 May 2001
It's Battle of the Planets. Either you remember the series from your childhood (so you'll love it), or you won't see what all the fuss is about. :)
Battle of the Planets is an adaption of an early Japanese anime cartoon made in the 70s, and its age shows. The plots are often illogical, the enemies laughable, and the cut scenes are often irritating. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed watching BoTP again after about 20 years.
It has many shortcomings, but on the positive side the music is excellent (stirs up the memories more than the story does), it has an element of characterization missing from most modern cartoons, and (once you get past the pilot episode on this DVD) actually gets quite exciting at times.
The DVD, however, is little better than the VHS version. The "special features" give very little new material- a few pieces of artwork, a little textual description of the characters, and sections cut from the episodes describing the team, the HQ etc. I was hoping for a remastered soundtrack, and (in my wildest dreams) a cleaned up video, but this DVD has neither. As far as I can tell, with the exception of the Menu (which DOES have improved music), it's exactly the same as the VHS version.
If you saw this as a kid, and don't have the video it's a must buy. Otherwise- don't bother.