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Gatchaman, Vol. 1 (1979)

Katsuji Mori , Isao Sasaki , Katsuhisa Yamada , Masami Ann  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katsuji Mori, Isao Sasaki, Kazuko Sugiyama, Yoku Shioya, Shingo Kanemoto
  • Directors: Katsuhisa Yamada, Masami Ann, Wataru Mizusawa
  • Writers: Akiyoshi Sakai, Hirohisa Soda, Jinz Toriumi, Keiji Kubota, Mikio Matsushita
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092A1MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gatchaman, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Get ready for the first uncut action-packed volume of Gatchaman!! Originally re-cut and released in the 70’s and 80’s as "G-Force" and "Battle of the Planets," Gatchaman is an anime Legend!! Now for the first time ever see it from the beginning. Totally uncut!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's so great to have this series on DVD! August 13, 2008
It was October 1972 when "Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman" first debuted on television. The series spawned 105 episodes and lasted through September of 1974.

The fact that an anime to feature a unique storyline for it'stime: Five characters with unique abilities and cool costumes were far from what was coming out of Japan years earlier.

With "Mach Go Go Go" (Speed Racer) being the hottest anime to be released in the United States and in 1978, fans going crazy over a film called "Star Wars", people wanted more sci-fi and they got that with "Battle of the Planets".

The American version was acquired by gameshow distributor, Sandy Frank, who had the animation adapted for the English market, violent scenes removed and to make up for those deleted scenes, added a robot to the series (Note: In the 70's, the comic book to animated series "Fantastic Four" also featured a robot which was cool to have in an animated series at the time).

It was reported that the cost to edit this animated series was $4.5
million and many people, including myself, were glued to the screen to watch the 85 episodes shown on television.

But the series was not strong compared to other animations in the ratings due to competing anime and viewer's differing tastes.

In Japan, with the release of the animated series in the US, "Gatchaman II" was released in Japan but never shown in the U.S..

The series would not reappear until almost a decade later when Turner Program Services acquired the series and leaving things unedited, selecting different episodes than what was shown on air in the 70's and renamed the series to "G-Force".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIGHTING GALACTOR May 24, 2006
By Sesho
An evil organization named Galactor is trying to take over the world using gigantic robot monsters to spread terror across the Earth. Sometimes they attack oil fields or underwater farms or steal from the national gold reserve. Regular military forces, just like in the Godzilla movies, are pretty much ineffectual. That's where Gatchaman, or the Science Ninja Team, comes in. Founded by the International Science Organization, they are the only ones that can stand up to Galactor. Each of its members has their own vehicle and is named after a bird. They all rendezvous with their ship, the God Phoenix. The members of the team are Ken, the leader who tries to stay rational and calm during battles, especially to temper his second-in-command, Jo, who has an unhealthy obsession with firing Bird Missles at anything that moves! Jun is the only female of the group and therefore is the default mother figure, especially to the brash and immature kid, Jinpei, who is always getting into trouble. But don't get me wrong, she can beat the crap out of Galactor minions just like the guys! The last member is the fat and slothful pilot of the Phonenix, Ryu, who tends to take naps at the worst possible moments.

I got into Gatchaman after buying a Battle of the Planets dvd set a while back. After seeing the episodes 20 years on, I realized that they were horrible! Memories of childhood can only go so far. So then I tried the Japanese language Gatchaman episodes and just loved them. Gatchaman is much more violent than the sanitized Planets and is actually funnier, especially because the characters can cuss due to laxer Japanese restrictions on such things. Another intriguing thing about Gatchaman is that Galactor are not invading aliens, they are human terrorists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gatchaman by any other name... August 19, 2005
I grew up with Battle of the Planets, the American cut of Tatsunoko's anime, Gatchaman, produced by Sandy Frank. I was drawn by the unique art of this cartoon, different than any American cartoon of the time: it was more detailed and artful, strongly influenced by the 3-D methods of old Disney animation.

Later versions of Gatchaman include Eagle Riders and G-Force. These incarnations have gathered fans over the years in countries around the world and have built the foundation of a great cult classic.

It was hard, at first, to listen to the new voice-overs. I was so used to the Sandy Frank crew. It grew on me, though. The voice of the leader, Ken, is a longtime fan himself.

I like the way that current and classic idioms and slang are incorporated into the dialogue. The English dub scripts were written with a nod toward situational humor. It is not so heavy as to turn this action adventure into a soap opera.

Gatchaman characters act as a team to defeat the designs of the bad guys to take over the Earth. Each team member contributes equally with his/her expertise and specialized input. Their bird-style uniforms give them flying abilities that they incorporate in their expert martial arts.

The episodes are remastered from the original to digital stereo. It's nice to listen to it when the original was in mono.

Very seventies culture is apparent in their clothing and in some of their actions (some are very not-PC). I'd rate it somewhere between PG and PG-13 because of the non-politically correct actions and some mild swearing.
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