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There is a potentially large caveat to this release for some. As someone who owns the original Japanese TV series box sets, on official Japanese DVDs and also the original movies on their original DVD release, I have the unique potential for comparing video from pretty much every release. What some are unaware of is that when Galaxy Express 999 and Adieu were released on Blu Ray in Japan (which I also own), they went and ran the video through a remastering process, along with a denoise/grain removal process that has, in effect, made animation from 1979 look like digital animation. Unfortunately for me, this is the video Toei provided Eastern Star for this DVD release. The original Japanese DVDs contain the noise/grain and none of the detail is removed. In this set you actually lose some outlines and so on due to this process.
So given what some will declare to be a glaring problem, why five stars? Because personally I can look past this, as it is what Eastern Star was provided. I guess for me, something is better than nothing and nothing would be the only other option. If you don't agree with my viewpoint here, continue to read the review and see how many stars potentially you drop.
I am, for better or worse, a Galaxy Express/Ginga Tetsudo 999 nut.
Adieu Galaxy Express 999 is a completely new story.Read more ›
Do yourself a favor. Avoid this drivel like the garbage it is. Stick to the original. Not only is this sequel a totally unnecessary time waster, it's such a slapdash tack-on it's insulting and I can't believe no other reviewer has mentioned this little detail yet.
With this DVD you get:
* The film, uncut and restored. The colors are quite sharp.
* The Viz dub from 1996 is used. Japanese audio and subtitles are also available.
* A short image gallery
* A trailer for Galaxy Express 999, the same one as on the Galaxy Express 999 disk.
* A trailer for Adieu Galaxy Express 999, the same one as on the Galaxy Express 999 disk.
* The "Sayonara - love light" song is used in the menus.
It's been 15 years since this film was released on VHS by Viz. It's nice that a clean copy of this film finally made it to DVD.
I like Rintaro, and I really wanted to like this effort better than I do. While it does conclude the story arc begun in GE 999, it is nowhere as creative as it could/should have been. Instead of the 'shocking' explanation for everything that went on we are treated to a warmed-over stew
of elements from Star Wars + Soylent Green. The whole 'father figure' schtick was done better by Lucas. Since they ripped the Mech's food capsule source from Soylent Green, the capsules should have been green colored. And where did all the humans being processed into energy capsules come from? Were the Mechs excavating the frozen bodies on Pluto? Who knows.
Prior to the GE 999 stories there was a novel by Michael Coney titled "The Celestial Steam Locomotive". Interesting how similar the concept and the book's cover graphics are to GE 999.
As I said earlier, I like Kintaro's work. I loved the first GE movie and hoped for an equally stellar follow up. Sadly, while this was enjoyable, it just didn't arrive on time.
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It may not be part of the original story of galaxy express but its an amazing movie still all the same. The art is beautiful as well.Published 16 months ago by Izzy
This is the sequel to the original Galaxy Express 999 story so I would recommend watching that one first to get the full impact of this story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Feles31
When I saw this movie in the theater in Japan people cried at the end and I did too, but I had no idea! Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by JPW
i am a big fan of the harlock universe but my mom loves the 999 movies i was soo excited to see a re-release of it it is more for those people who like space tales thats more story... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Charles M. Casterline
ADIEU GALAXY EXPRESS 999 is a classic of 1980s anime. Based on Leiji Matsumoto's popular manga, the movie is both a coming-of-age story and a grand space opera. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Andrew W. Laubacher