If you bought the first set and enjoyed it, you will certainly want this one too...The Right Stuf have done a heroic job of assembling these episodes of ASTRO BOY which I, quite frankly, thought would never see the light of day. The two box sets complete the series as it was shown in the USA, though many more were shown in Japan only...perhaps these will also be released eventually. In the meantime, we now have access to this historic, nostalgic and still quite entertaining series which (arguably) marks the birth of that peculiar art form known as Anime.
All you 60s anime fans and those who grew up watchimg Astro boy this set is a MUST have. Do not pass it up. Make sure to get both box sets. It is such a blast watching them with my three year old son and watching him discover Astro boy for the first time. He was a raving fan after the first episode.
Another great set! Like the first half of this sereis there is some age to some episodes, but it is really good to see these cartoons looking better than ever! It is a bit pricey, but if you look around you can find them much cheaper!
Fiftysomethings like me will be familiar; often nostalgic, for Astro Boy, the first Japanese cartoon to make it to American shores. Right Stuf is a company dedicated to preserving these early animes, and their efforts to preserve a nearly lost cartoon was a Herculean labor of love. We are most fortunate that they did as good a job as they did, as later incarnations of Astro Boy did not always convey the original sense of humor in Osamu Tezuka's original black and white version. Tezuka was heavily influenced by Max Fleischer, which is evident in the washed out, muted backgrounds (like the early Popeye films), and the sometimes surreal gags (like the Betty Boop films), and the brilliant innocence in both the pathos and joy of the title character. The two Ultra Collector's Editions contain all the episodes shown by NBC in the early sixties, plus a few episodes in the original Japanese, in the DVD special features, and an interview with the American liason, Fred Ladd. In addition to the 6 DVDs in Set 2, there is a handsome booklet with poster art, episode info, and a good overview of Tezuka's life and work. Both box sets are a must for anyone who loves Astro Boy enough to study every detail of the series, and better understand Max Fleischer's influence on the work of Tezuka, who in Japan, is second only to Walt Disney. If you are like me, you will recapture a rare period of childhood in revisiting these animated gems.
These two sets must have painstakingly done because they look absolutely terrific.I dont think you will find a better transfer anywhere now or in the future.Absolutely the best i have ever seen Astro Boy look.