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Astro Boy Collection Box Set

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Although Osamu Tezuka's Complete Manga runs to 300 volumes and his filmography as a writer, producer, and/or director includes more than 70 shorts, features, and TV series, Astro Boy--including this 1980 remake--remains his iconic creation. Tezuka wrote many of the scripts for the second version, and he and Noboru Ishiguro are listed as co-directors. Created by Dr. Boynton to replace his dead son, Astro is a 100,000-horsepower super-robot with jets in his legs, lasers in his fingers, and a gun in his derrière. His round head and goo-goo eyes reflect Tezuka's affection for the old Fleischers cartoons. Astro overcomes criminals, people who use robots for evil purposes or who harbor anti-robot prejudice, and Atlas, a robot who wants to rule the world. In these struggles, Astro never loses his temper, holds a grudge, or feels temptation. Tezuka wanted him to embody the virtues of selflessness and compassion, but his naive, unflagging goodness makes him a rather dull character.

The color version of Astro Boy is better animated than the 1963 original, which relied heavily on cycles and reused footage. But the stolid timing robs the action scenes of the punch they should pack. The English dub is equally flat, with little inflection or acting to communicate the characters' emotions. The faded prints have been restored to their original colors. Characters are called by their English names in the dialogue but by their Japanese names in subtitles (e.g., Dr. Boynton becomes Dr. Tenma). Among the extras are several deleted scenes, including one of Tezuka introducing "Astro's First Love." Tezuka devotees and fans who grew up watching the color version on TV will want this set, but the original, black-and-white series remains the definitive Astro Boy. (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • 51 Half Hour Episodes in English
  • Two Original Japanese Episodes with English Subtitles
  • Alternative Angle Opening Storyboard Sequence
  • Original Character Art Gallery
  • Textless Opening & Closing Sequences featuring Song Subtitles & Original Japanese Songs
  • Orignal Manga Cover Artwork Gallery
  • Merchandise Gallery
  • Japanese vs. English Episode Comparisons (Deleted Scenes) featuring Exclusive Footage from the Original Japanese Episodes with English Subtitles
  • Character Profiles
  • Exclusive 24 Page Booklet

Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Ganoung, Bob Gonzalez, Debby Holmes, Hisashi Katsuda, Del Lewis
  • Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Osamu Tezuka
  • Writers: Osamu Tezuka
  • Producers: Del Lewis, Akira Yoshikawa, Carl Battaglia, Hidehiko Takei, Michitoshi Shimakata
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 1530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKU6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Astro Boy Collection Box Set" on IMDb

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Epsilon Delta on April 26, 2009
Format: DVD
to reduce confusion of Astro Boy DVD series, please note that there have been 3 series so far: the Black and White 1963 series, the 1980 First Color version, and the 2003 Color version with different stories.

The black and white 1963 version has 193 episodes.

The 1980 version has 52 episodes for the Japanese version, with the first and second episodes merged and cut into 1 episode as the US version. The birth of the character Atlas is removed in the US version. As a result, the US version only has 51 episodes.

The 2003 version has 50 episodes. This version once again has one more episode in the Japanese version. The US version has 1 episode less, which is replaced by a "clip show episode". (probably meaning frame by frame). Personally, I think the 1980 version is slightly cuter than the 2003 version. The 2003 version is more lavish.

More information can be found on Wikipedia: use the keyword Astro Boy, and then try Astro Boy 1980 and Astro Boy 2003

Now, this "red box" edition is the 1980 series. When you think about it, for 30 something dollars, and you get 51 episodes, which is like 60 cents per episode, it is really a very good deal.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lin Yan on November 27, 2005
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Way to go!!100,000 horse power!!!Here comes the amazing ASTRO BOY!!The orginal ASTRO BOY!! The BEST ASTRO BOY!!

After being terribly disapointed for the previous 2003 released of the new Astro boy, I was surprised to find out this new released of the orginal 1980 series to become a must-have for all those astro fans. This is the real Astro boy, Tetsuwan Atom!!

Above all the best treat from this set was: IT CONTAINS THE ORGINAL SOUNDTRACK!! not only in English, but in JAPANESE also!!!! Not only dose it contain it, and also the sound quality was amazingly well-preserved!! Even though on the cover it says 51 half hour episodes in English. I fell deeply soul-stirring while listening to the orginal theme song, of which was the one song that was never left out from my childhood memory!! The picture quality was excellent too. Followed by the artworks, performances, and the outstanding script all created by Osamu Tezuka himself, have all made this collection to be priceless!! This boxset also contains an exquisite booklet, and with all other special features I have not yet seen, including the delected scenes from the orginal show, story board sequence, Character profiles and the gallery of the orginal manga cover.

When the enthusiastic scientist Doctor Tenma lost his only son Toby in a car crash, the ingenious robot engineer was determined to construct a boy robot in a hope to make up the lost of his only son, only to find out that the robot he created could never replace what he lost. Overcame by despair Astro left Tenma on a cruised, and was later on kidnaped by a evil manager of a robot circus, thus begins our excting adventures of Astro Boy!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Borisoff on October 10, 2006
Format: DVD
I suppose that children growing up in the 1980's have a certain nostagia for the English dubbed version, just as I still have a crush 40 years later on the voice talents of Billie Lou Watt and the other members of the cast who brought such comic, touching and manic fun to the 1960's version. So I could argue with someone who grew up on the 1983 series until next Sunday and I would never get them to agree with me about how childish, poor and pathetic the voice talents are in the English dubbed version of the 1980's version. Initially, I was so sorry that I bought this DVD set when I heard an Astro Boy who sounded like my next door neighbor's 6 year old kid. Or Dr. Boynton who sounded like a jock. suddenly occurred to me that there must be a reason why Tezuka was so driven to make this update series, and I found out the reason why it is in reality a masterpiece! I did this by going into the language control of the DVD's and changing the settings to Japanese with English Subtitles. What I watched then was nothing short of genius. All of the sentiment, tenderness, depth and nuance came through as well as Astro Boy's brave, spirited, uncompromising and unstoppable fight for justice...all lost in the dubbing into English. Take my word for it. Buy this set and watch it in its original Japanese version with subtitles.

Stephen Borisoff
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on March 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Early anime on USA tv can be counted on one hand: Starblazers, Speed Racer, Gigantor, and Astro Boy. When I searched for Astro Boy some time back, the videos hadn't made it to DVD. I finally got a Japanese edition with English and Chinese audio tracks from

The first thing I realized was that although I'd always loved what I'd seen of Astro Boy, the series was far better than I'd remembered. Tezuka eeked a lot of emotion and character out of his manga, as the recent reprint series by Dark Horse shows, but these qualities survived intact the jump to TV.

As with Gigantor, some modern viewers are allergic to anything in black and white (while retro fans eagerly track those copies down). This is the color series but it's not to be confused with the recent remake (in the black box) shown on Cartoon Network. Being both in color and fondly remembered by many viewers from the '80s, this box set will be welcomed by the many fans of Tezuka's best-loved creation.
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