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Ulysses 31: Complete Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot, Fabrice Josso
  • Directors: Bernard Deyriès, Kazuo Terada, Kyôsuke Mikuriya, Tadao Nagahama
  • Writers: Homer
  • Producers: Kiyoshi Ieno, Kohshi Saskai, Motoyoshi Tokunaga
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002FR1DC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All 26 episodes of the animated sci-fi series that transposes the tale of legendary hero and explorer Ulysses to the spaceways of the 31st century. Episodes are: 'Vengeance of the Gods', 'The Lost Planet', 'The Black Sphere', 'Guardian of the Cosmic Winds', 'The Eternal Punishment', 'Flowers of Fear', 'Mutiny on Board', 'Secret of the Sphinx', 'Cronus, Father of Time', 'Temple of the Lestrigones', 'The Seat of Forgetfulness', 'Trapped Between Fire and Ice', 'Phantoms from the Swamp', 'Song of Danger', 'Before the Flood', 'The Magic Spells of Circe', 'Lost in the Labyrinth', 'At the Heart of the Universe', 'The Hidden Truth', 'The Magician in Black', 'Rebellion on Lemnos', 'The City of Cortex', 'Calypso', 'Strange Meeting', 'The Lotus Eaters' and 'The Kingdom of Hades'.

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For all UK-based Ulysses 31 fans, it has been a long, long wait. But was it worth it?
Well, about 9 months ago I bought the French 5-disc boxed set, not knowing if, or when, the English version would be released on DVD. The French packaging is lavishly designed with images taken straight from the cartoon, and there's a handful of extras on each disk. You have the option of full opening and closing credits with each episode (albeit in French), and each episode has been digitally remastered so the colours and effects can be seen in all their intended glory. It's quite simply a quality piece of work.
Truth be told, the UK release suffers badly by comparison. By cramming all 26 episodes onto 3 discs, Fox have had to truncate the opening and closing credits. This is a real pity, because every fan will tell you that the theme is one of the most memorable things about this series. The box art is shoddy (sorry 'Extremist', whoever you are), and gives the impression of one of those cheap Disney rip-offs where the characters have obviously been plagiarised, but don't look *quite* right.
As for the quality of the transfer, my initial impression is that it's just not as clean or crisp as the French release, but I might be wrong. Could it be that Fox has released an un-remastered version? I'd love to be able to find out for sure, but since [...] (the distributor) was taken over by The Contender Group, you can't get specific product details on the website any more. Throw in a complete lack of extras, and some pointlessly re-named episodes (I'm certain that 'Trapped Between Fire And Ice' was originally called 'Scylla And Charybdis'), and you end up with something that is only so-so when it could have been GREAT, purely because someone, somewhere, decided to cut corners unnecessarily.
Shame.
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Ulysses 31 is a futuristic retelling of the ancient Greek legend of Ulysses, the man cursed to travel unknown worlds till he finds the Kingdom of Hades, as punishment for the death of the Gods' monster Cyclops, his crew turned as lifeless as stone...
This DVD features the entire series of Ulysses 31, including all the episodes featured on all 4 of the currently released DVD volumes, so if you've bought the volumes individually you might not want to bother with this unless you're a completist who must own everything.
Classic 80s animation at its best is the only other way to describe Ulysses 31, the storylines, although based on Greek mythology and legend lend themselves excellently to the modern space age theme of the show.
Overall, if you're a fan of classic animated sci-fi, you'll be well advised to snap this up.
Well worth the money in my opinion.
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It's true, there are no extras, the box art isn't perfect, the opening and closing credits have been cut down - no 'Nono song' :o( and there are problems with the picture quality. Apparently the original negative wasn't stored very well and so occasional marks and scratches appear. These aren't as bad as I'd imagined though - you don't notice them unless you're looking for them - and the result is certainly better quality than the old VHS tapes we recorded in the 80's.

You could wait for a remastered version or one with extras to come out - but I doubt they'll ever be released, sadly.

Having bought this box set a few days ago I'd recommend it to - anyone. This is the best children's cartoon ever made IMO. 'Mysterious Cities of Gold' seems to be more widely remembered - the shows have a lot in common - but I'd sooner watch Ulysses any day. The music is still great, the sci-fi setting is a lot of fun, but crucially the fact that the stories are based on greek legend means the show can be serious and sometimes quite dark - something you very rarely see in kid's cartoons.

Guardian of the Cosmic Winds, Cronos - Father of time, Song of Danger and Trapped between Fire and Ice (which is the same title as we recorded for this episode in the 80's, btw) are great action episodes... And The Eternal Punishment, The Seat of Forgetfulness, Calypso and The Kingdom of Hades are great dramatic episodes. The last two are particularly good - as emotionally involving as anything you'll see on TV.

Buy this box set! You know it makes sense! :o)
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Ahh, my childhood. We all have memories of things which at the time appeared great and now look a bit, well, a bit rubbish really. For example, I recently brought the boxed set of Battle of the Planets, determined to enjoy what at the time seemed to be the greatest thing on t.v. However, time and perhaps my jaded adult sensibilities have made me realise that the repetitive stories, poor animation and childish robot scenes just don't cut the mustard anymore...
Not so with Ulysses. Ok, so the music has been cut a little (yes, the NoNo bit was great..) and the animation is far from cutting edge (although the Odyssey and backdrops still look fantastic). Ulysses still looks a bit like Barry Gibb and the fusion of greek myth and science fiction seems a bit odd at times BUT THIS IS STILL BRILLIANT TELEVISION. I watched the entire series with my wife (who is too young to remember them on TV) and she admits that "Ulysses, no-one else can do the things you do".
This show is great! If you have kids, buy it. If you have a bit of nostalgia for this great series, buy it. And if you just want to see a kids cartoon series with great characters and stories (such as the seminal 'the eternal punishment') then buy it. At this low price you and your children deserve Ulysses!
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