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Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection

William Winckler , William Winckler  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Winckler
  • Directors: William Winckler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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War in space! Transforming super robots! Burning, hot-blooded emotional drama! Danguard Ace is a classic of Japanese animation: created by artist Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Starzinger), and originally featured as part of the Force Five series broadcast on US television.

A new planet named Promete is on the verge of entering our solar system. The World Space Institute tries to reach this new world to tap its resources, but a mysterious malfunction leads to tragic consequences for the brave space pilots and their mission.

Years later, the next generation of pilots, including Takuma, the son of an astronaut who disappeared during the first attempt to reach Promete, trains for a new voyage to the mysterious planet. Takuma and his friends are stationed at Jasdam Base, a high-tech facility where construction has begun on Danguard Ace, an incredible transforming robot that Takuma is destined to pilot.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The die-hard anime fans out there that are either objecting or hesitant about purchasing these feature compilations need to understand that it was the original Japanese studio Toei themselves who had all these TV anime dubbed and compiled into features in the first place. Many of these shows had filler episodes and I believe this feature format is actually the best way to attract these old shows overseas, as you get the real essential elements of each series, while remaining faithful to the essence of the original Japanese series, so they are not sanitized or Americanized in any real way at all. Toei themselves planned out how each series was to be edited for the features. So for all the die-hard anime fans out there, this is really as good as you're going to get. The voice acting in the dubs aren't perfect, but at least, because its Toei themselves putting these out internationally and not a local licensor, you know the scripts never really stray from the original Japanese ones.

As for those who grew up with Danguard Ace on Force Five, I think all the Force Five series have had their rights reverted back to Toei. I dont believe the company that makes them even exists anymore. There's no way they will ever be released officially on DVD. Besides, each of the Force Five series only had 26 episodes produced among them, so they are incomplete with no conclusion, which these features will have. Besides, Toei themselves feel these international feature compilations are superior to the original Force Five dubs.

I would advise all the die-hard purist anime fans out there to read this interview with the person in charge of the company that did all these dubbed feature compilations for Toei. I think he makes an excellent case for the rationale of why Toei went with this approach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Force Five May 19, 2014
By Eric
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If you're like me you rushed home from school every afternoon in the early 80's to watch Force Five and Star Blazers. Danguard Ace was created by Leiji Matsumoto who also brought us Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers), Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, and SF Sayuki Starzinger (Space Keteers.)
I say "Not Force Five" because this production was recently done by a different company than that of the one that did Force Five over 30 years ago. So the voices, character names, and source material (episodes) chosen to make this collection are different. What they did here for this collection is take the original 56 TV episodes and condense them into 3 movies totaling 336 minutes.

This collection brings the story all the way to the finale. Something the Force Five version did not as mostly generic non-story driven episodes of its original 56 were used for its 26 episode run.
This new version also used the original character names from the original Japanese version. So no "Winstar, Captain Mask, Kommissar Krell, Dr. Monocle, etc.
The jet mode version of the Danguard robot was called Satelizer and this movie collection preserved that.
Fans who watched Force Five like me over 30 years ago used to wonder what happened to Captain Mask? Well, you do find out with this collection. I found out 14 years ago having purchased the Japanese original TV series on laser disc. YES, laser disc!

The voice acting was absolutely horrendous... Dr. Tanuki was saddled with a ridiculous "ol' prospector from the old west" voice... In the Force Five version he was known as Prof. Snuff and had a German accent.
This leads to my next con of there being no Japanese voice track with English subtitles.
The deaths of key villains was omitted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set February 15, 2014
By chris
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I remember vaguely watching force five as a kid and dangaurd ace was part of it, I really don't remember the stories but these are good to watch, it's an abbreviation of the series but it was great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Grew up watching Danguard Ace (Force Five), and I am grateful to finally get to purchase a legal version of the show. I would have preferred to have the original Japanese audio with subtitles, since they kept the original names of characters. Blame it on nostalgia, but I have fond memories of Winstar, Captain Mask, Doctor Monocle, and Capt. Stache's Force Five voices, that it was jarring to watch these movies with the inferior new dub. On the flip side of nostalgia, I was able to press on and enjoy the shows new visuals from episodes not seen on Force Five, and to finally see an ending to Danguard Ace was a god send. If you want to enjoy a trip down memory lane, or want to see, not a perfect representation but good enough representation of a great show and exciting robot fights, that don't last 3 sec and 1 hit from a "BLAZING" sword, check out this DVD. Here's hoping to a release of a full season set. You never know, I never thought I would see releases of Mazinger Z, Casshern, Lupin III, or Saint Seiya season sets, but those have finally been released. Fingers crossed!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brings back memories January 22, 2014
By Randy
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blast from the past and was entertaining, story line was hard to follow as i remember it but was worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection on DVD May 10, 2014
By Joe
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After a long time I finally could watch the anime that I grew up watching... Bring back lot of good ole memories!
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