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Battle of the Planets (Vol. 3)

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Editorial Reviews

The early anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972-74) aired in the U.S. in two very different versions: much of the violence was excised and the comic Artoo-Detoo-esque robot 7-Zark-7 added to Battle of the Planets (syndication, 1978); the darker G-Force (Turner Broadcasting, 1986) was closer in tone to the original Gatchaman. All three series depict the adventures of five teenagers incongruously clad in bird suits. Gatchaman is set on Earth; Planets supposedly takes place in outer space, but the geography, animals, and cities are still Earth's. The stories diverge significantly: in episode 5 of Gatchaman, the main characters are saved from enemy flying saucers by the mysterious "Red Impulse," who announces, "We will meet again." In Battle, they're saved by "fighters from Mir," but they still get credit for defeating the "renegade aliens." Unrated; suitable for ages 10 and up: Violence in Gatchaman and G-Force; profanity in Gatchaman. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Contains two episodes:
  • "Ghost Ship of Planet Mir" includes teaser & "Big Robot Gold Grab"
  • Original corresponding Japanese "Gatchaman" episodes with English subtitles option, "The Ghost Fleet From Hell" & "The Grand Mini Robot"
  • One bonus "G-Force" episode, "The Strange White Shadow"

Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Young, Keye Luke, Ronnie Schell, Janet Waldo, Casey Kasem
  • Directors: David E. Hanson
  • Writers: Dick Shaw, Harry Winkler, Helen Sosin, Howard Post, Jack Paritz
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UM34
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle of the Planets (Vol. 3)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bird Runner on March 4, 2002
Format: DVD
I grew up with Sandy Franks' BATTLE OF THE PLANETS in the late '70s and have not missed a chance to catch the show whenever a station aired it. Thanks to Rhino, I've not only had the chance to see my fave flying defenders of earth again, but I get to see the original GATCHAMAN episodes in all their glory.
When I watched "Ghost Ship of Planet Mir" recently, I was reminded of the question that I had when I first saw the episode many years ago: why do those "Mir fighters" look like the ships that Colonel Cronus and his buddies fly? Well, the original Japanese episode, "The Ghost Fleet From Hell", answered that question. (Buy the DVD to find out ... you won't regret it!)
"Big Robot Gold Grab" doesn't differ as much from its Japanese counterpart, "The Grand Mini Robot", but the climax is more intense and the mood is much darker in the original.
Rhino's decision to include both BOTP and GATCHAMAN on a single disc was nothing short of brilliant -- both the sub and dub crowds can spend their money on the same product! At the same time, fans who only know BOTP will have a chance to see what they were missing from the original series (i.e., slightly darker stories, strong character development) while hardcore followers of GATCHAMAN get to see the lighter touches Sandy Frank Productions introduced (namely, 7-Zark-7).
My sincere hope is that Rhino will not just put out the 85 BOTP episodes but all 105 GATCHAMAN episodes. Amongst the ones left untranslated were crucial stories in the overreaching arc of the series (e.g., the reason for Joe/Jason's dizzy spells, the revelation of Berg Kastse/Zoltar's origin, the epic showdown with Sosai X/the Luminous One). These "lost" episodes proved that animated stories didn't have to be dumbed down to be entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Risacher on November 18, 2008
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I had great memories of this show from childhood, and years ago I swore I'd buy it if I ever got the chance. So I did, and now I know why most folks regard this as a terrible adaptation of the original Japanese series. My 3-year-old self apparently liked it; my 3-year-old son liked it; my adult self thought it was awful. My nostalgia fix is sated, but I wish I'd saved my time/money for something that wasn't crap.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2002
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It sure is nice to finally get to see this series again after 23 years. Way to go Rhino Video!
Image quality on this volume isnt as good as on the previous 2 volumes, this time there seems to bee more digital artifacts apparent due to the grain & noise. Still, considering the age of the material, I guess its better than nothing!
Lets just hope Rhino Video have the balls to release the ENTIRE 85 episodes!! I'll buy them!! :]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Button-Denby VINE VOICE on June 8, 2004
Format: DVD
Other reviews here do an excellent job covering the content of this DVD. I just wanted to mention that there is a slight technical problem with this DVD (and the rest of vols. 1-4). The English language track on the G-Force episode is virtually inaudible, which is a real disappointment and knocked the DVD down a star. I tried on two different players (Pioneer DV-626D and Playstation 2), and they both have the same trouble. I even wrote in to Rhino's technical support and they kindly exchanged the discs for me, but sadly, the replacement discs are the same way. I just wanted to put out the warning here. The rest of the disc is fine and has great content - it's just that one problematic audio track.
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