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  • Actors: Mitsonobu Kaneko, Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama, Koichi Chiba, Akio Ito, Bobbie Byers
  • Directors: Michio Konishi, Itaru Orita, Katsuhiko Taguchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Robot, attack! Robot, destroy! These commands launched a thousand sci-fi fantasies for budding fans of the genre, just as they brought Johnny Sokko’s Giant Robot into imminent battle action! Under the voice control of young Johnny Sokko, the massive, flying metal behemoth would bring his fiery breath, laser eyes, finger-launched missiles and, above all, his physical strength into battle with countless menacing monsters bent on destroying the Earth! br>

This epic fantasy series from Toei Studios aired from 1967 to 1968 and garnered even more fans in after-school reruns throughout the 70s. Collected here for the first time on DVD are all 26 episodes of explosive kaiju battles, nefarious alien takeover plots and mind-blowing heroics from jet-packed Johnny Sokko and his equally airborne friend and protector: Giant Robot!


A megaton punch of metal-plated, missile-shooting, monster-bashing retro nostalgia awaits former '70s kidvid fans and new viewers alike in Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, which compiles all 26 episodes of the tokusatsu classic's presentation on American TV. Conceived by Toei Company producer Toru Hirayama (Kamen Rider, Super Sentai Series) and manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Giant Robo, as the series was known in Japan during its 1967-1968 network run, offered an appealing spin on the premise of Yokoyama's previous creation, Tetsujin 28-go/Gigantor, via a loophole clause that granted complete control over the titular, pharaoh-esque robot to the first person to speak into its remote-control device. That duty falls to young Daisaku Kusama/Johnny Sokko (Mitsunobu Kaneko), who is subsequently inducted into the secret peacekeeping organization Unicorn in order to thwart the Lovecraftian alien Emperor Guillotine, who employs an army of monsters in his plans for world domination. What follows is a heady pop-culture sugar rush that combines Ultraman-style giant monster brawls with Bondian spy thrills and a massive dose of adolescent wish fulfillment as Johnny and Giant Robot take on not only Guillotine's human henchmen, the Gargoyle Gang, but also an increasingly bizarre (even by tokusatsu standards) menagerie of creatures, from the colossal eyeball known as Opticon to acid-spouting starfish Scalion, a huge metal claw, an oversize jawbone with eyes, a competing giant robot called Cleopat, and the blue-faced space vampire Drakulon (not to be confused with another foe, the piscine Dracolon).

The action is frantic and plentiful, and the silent but stalwart Giant Robot makes for an ideal fantasy playmate/hero, which should increase the show's appeal to modern younger viewers (though parents should be aware that there is also an awful lot of gunplay between Unicorn and Gargoyle agents, with the latter frequently ending up dead). Older fans who remember the series from syndicated broadcasts in the '70s and '80s, as well as airings of the compilation film Voyage into Space (which is unfortunately not included in this set), will undoubtedly be pleased to have the entire series run in one DVD set after being unavailable for years outside of grey market or online sources. The individual episodes retain much of the show's vibrant color palette (though the title sequences show considerable wear) as well as an opening logo from Orion Pictures, which acquired the series through its purchase of the American International Pictures library. There may be some consternation over the fact that the four-disc set includes only the English-dubbed version of the series presented by American International Television and not the original Japanese-language edition, but having the show in any format should be reward enough for most viewers. The set also includes typically exhaustive liner notes by Japanese fantasy film and television expert August Ragone, who provides detailed information on the series' creation as well as an episode guide and a rare interview with the late Kaneko. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

This DVD set is licensed and good quality.
The only thing I find scary now about Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot is that I was once afraid of it!
I grew up on this show as a kid and it is still great watching it as an adult.
Rodger A. Shimp

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By One King on April 1, 2013
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A few years ago, digitally remastered, complete eps of Johnny Sokko, began airing on Hulu. They looked good, but were high pitched. Furthermore, the opening sequence began sort of abruptly, cutting off the first second and a half or so. Finally, at the end of each episode, there was no preview sequence, showing clips from the next episode. Those of us who remember the show, and who were fortunate enough to own bootlegs, remember this little preview sequence, quite well.

When a dvd release of this series was announced, I assumed it was going to be put together, using the same source elements as the episodes on Hulu, and I was right. Same pitch problem, same opening sequence, and no previews sequence. But there was one other problem. Unfortunately, SHOUT FACTORY goofed in the printing process of some of the episodes, and got the focus out of whack, as some people have observed. So, in that respect, what you see on Hulu is actually BETTER than the DVD release.

So, here's what I suggest. If you can't simply capture the eps from Hulu, then buy the DVDs. If you can, then don't. Unfortunately, my current computer doesn't allow me to capture very well, so I'm glad I got the dvds. If you're in the same boat as me, here's what I suggest: Rip the episodes to your hard drive, extract the audio, pitch it down to normal, then rejoin it to the video. Then find the episodes that are slightly blurry, and put them into an editing program that allows you to sharpen them a bit. It ain't perfect, but will likely help, a little.

But again, if you can stream Hulu flawlessly, and have a video capture device, that's your best bet. The booklet is fun and informative, but not to the tune of $30.00. LOL.

With all due respect to SHOUT, this release needs to be redone. Until it is, stick with your bootleg or Hulu, if one of those two is a current option. If not, then get the dvds, and enjoy them for what they are...childhood memories.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul Schneider on April 1, 2013
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I agree with others who say the picture is out of focus. I wasn't hoping for a full restoration with this DVD set. I expected to see film grain, noise, and even scratches. But why is it out of focus? Some video bleeding of colors (almost like second-generation VHS), too. Makes it really hard to watch more than a few minutes of it. I've seen bootleg images of Johnny Sokko from eBay with a better picture than this. Sound is okay, if not remarkable. At least it's clear. No extras at all, except for the printed booklet.

I was expecting more from Shout Factory, based on some previous titles I have purchased from them. This one ranks near the bottom.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Hayes on March 30, 2013
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Let's cut right to the chase shall we? Shout Factory and MGM should be ashamed of themselves. Putting their brand on such a poor product...I mean really?...You guys could have at least got the film elements in focus.....and to think I was all excited that a QUALITY release was soon going to finally be released......it isn't much better than my bootleg.......what a disappointment.....the two stars I give this product is for the booklet that is included....other than that....this product is a huge let down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronald R. Allen Jr. on July 19, 2013
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OK, lots of people saying the video transfer is rough. My experience is, the opening credits are very rough, but the rest of the episodes aren't too bad.

Which is a very relative judgment, I admit. They look OK on my computer, to me.

Except the credits, which are, indeed, pretty rough. And do, indeed, appear to cut out a half second or so early.

OK. So.

As I recall from my youth... my extreme youth, having been about 7 at the time... the opening credits, here in America, anyway, were _always_ rough.

I find the transfers, at the very least, acceptable. Even though there are some rough edges.

And... and my review may very well be tainted by this... I've wanted this series, and be able to relive my youth, for a very long time. Decades.

That I finally actually do have this series in my collection, to me, anyway, is a blessing. I can't believe that I had forgotten, for example, the flying hand -- but as soon as I saw it in these DVDs I was exclaiming, "Oh yeah! It's THAT one!". Just like my 7 year old self did, 40 some years ago. And, amazingly, to me, almost the same excitement.

Not that I recalled a lot of details, but...

So many memories. Good memories. Of my youth. Of watching this before school. And talking to my friends about the episode that was shown that morning.

All of us watched Johnny Sokko before we went to school, and we all wanted a flying giant robot of our own, when we were seven.

And even on the what might have been the 100th re-run, well, by that time we were going "Oh, it was the flying hand again". And it was still fun to watch, and fun to talk about. It was still a shared experience.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By leonard hobbel on July 14, 2013
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Well loved the old series but this OLD film put to DVD was not cleaned up at all....honestly on my LG8600 TV using HDMI it is almost impossible to watch....since the flim wasnt cleaned up when putting to the DVD everything that old film had on it stretches, cut in scenes, film flaws specially on these cheaply made Japanese series was BAD...everything was enhanced to the point of cant watch....this series should have been put through a computer to clean all of this stuff up.

I would not recommend this to anyone until the old film is digitally processed to CLEAN it up....it is extremely low quality. Maybe if you hook up a old black and white and use the lowest grade hook up to the TV it might not be as bad...But on a hi def TV you wont be happy
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Japanese Subtitles?
Guessing it's because of the long series of licensing issues the US version has gone through. Shout! Factory probably only has rights to the series as released by AIP.
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