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Knights of the Zodiac - Battle of the Bronze Knights (Vol. 1) (2003)

Hideyuki Tanaka , Tru Furuya , Yasuhito Kikuchi  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tru Furuya, Ry Horikawa, Kichi Hashimoto, Hirotaka Suzuoki
  • Directors: Yasuhito Kikuchi
  • Writers: Haruya Yamazaki, Masami Kurumada
  • Producers: Jim Lara, John Ledford, Mark Williams, Masayoshi Kawata
  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 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: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000159F9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Knights of the Zodiac - Battle of the Bronze Knights (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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Knights of the Zodiac is DIC's reworking of the anime series Saint Seiya (1986) for American television. Much of the violence has been excised: Seiya rips off an opponent's ear in Saint, and the audience sees it pulsating on the arena floor; Knights deletes the entire sequence. During battles, DIC colors the blood blue or purple in an unsuccessful attempt to disguise it. The actors on the Knights dub sound stiff and not very bright. The mystical underpinnings of the martial arts combat have also been simplified. In the original, Seiya's mentor Marin explains how all matter and energy originated in the Big Bang; in Knights, she mentions, "that same power that caused the universe to begin with a bang." Knights of the Zodiac may please Cartoon Network viewers, but it will infuriate anime purists. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID This Edited Version, Get The UNCUT Version May 6, 2011
By Dave
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I know that nowadays, when people are looking at reviews, some want a review that gets straight to the point, while others want something longer and more specific. So, I'll provide both.

SHORT REVIEW: "Knights of the Zodiac" is an alternative title for "Saint Seiya," arguably one of the best animes of all time and easily one of the most financially successful. There were two English dubs made for this show: an edited dub called "Knights of the Zodiac," by DIC which aired on TV, and an uncensored dub called "Saint Seiya," by ADV which went straight to DVD. The version here is the edited dub by DIC...and as such, it is not a faithful English representation of the original anime. You only want to get this if you watched the edited TV version and want something to remember it by.

LONG REVIEW: "Saint Seiya" is the story of a group of young boys who are the reincarnations of ancient warriors--called Saints--who were sworn to protect the Greek Goddess Athena, and did so by harnessing an ancient power from the stars known as the Cosmos. Each of them were able to align their souls with one of the star constellations, and in doing so, use the Cosmos to gain incredible power, speed, agility, attacks...and mystical sets of armor--called Cloths--unique to them and their constellation. These reincarnated Saints, re-born in modern times without memory of their past lives, end up getting involved in a dark plot set in motion by the Greek Gods themselves to kill Saori Kdio, herself the modern-day reincarnation of Athena.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible U.S edition of Saint Seiya. February 27, 2004
By A Customer
As a Saint Seiya fan, I am utterly disgusted with what DIC did to the Saint Seiya/Knights of the Zodiac series. Not only is the original music cut, but the English dubbing is simply horrible. The voice-actors are mediocre but the dubbed script was unacceptably bad. If DIC insist on a English dub, at least they can put more effort in making a decent script.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars And You Ran. You Ran So Far Away. April 14, 2004
By Kit
"Saint Seiya" is a classic. "Knights of the Zodiac" is not. And that's unfortunate. The original materials had a lot of potential to be a hit. It could've been the next "Dragonball Z", or even the next "Pokemon". But, no. DIC's reckless butchering made this show terrible to watch, with its rewritten dialogue, heavily edited fights, and mediocore music. I hate to say this, because edited or not, this show is still "Saint Seiya" to me, but please -- stay away from this. The only thing that was remotely good about "Knights of the Zodiac" is the theme song, a cover of A Flock of Seagull's "I Ran (So Far Away)". If you are even slightly interested in "Knights of the Zodiac", then do yourself a favor and get the original "Saint Seiya" DVDs. You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Abberation February 23, 2004
By Noelix
Knights of the Zodiac is the butchered version of the classic anime Saint Seiya, which originally came out in 1985 and was a worldwide hit (it did not hit US shores until August 2003). The cartoon itself is almost mind-numbing in that the feeling they want to convey through the music is that the action ever stops. The music, by the way, is not the original orchestrated work done for Saint Seiya, but new synth music without any major themes, only background noise. So, when you watch an episode, you're hit with characters talking in monotone over cheap synth music, and it's very grating to the ears because there is no break in that equation for the entire length of any episode. As for the translation itself, suprisingly they keep the term of "cloth" for the zodiac armor the "knights" wear. Other than that, there was a major change in the character of Saori, who is the heiress to the Garaude (sp?) Foundation, which is in charge of the Galaxian Tournament between the Saints. In KOTZ, Saori becomes Sienna the Princess. Princess of what we never find out, but that's the story. As noted in another review, the blood is turned blue, making you think this is an advertisement for Gatorade. It made me laugh watching it quite frankly. As for any physical contact between the characters during actual action, most of those scenes have been cut right out, so you'll see Seiya for example jump forward, then a flash, and then he's on the other side of the bad guy. You're wondering what the heck just happened because you didn't see anything, so the bad guy explains it to you: "One lucky punch and you think you can stop me???" (he is clearly grabbing where his ear used to be as it has been cut off, and the blood pouring out has been turned purple). Overall recommendation, if you buy it you're wasting your money. Get the Saint Seiya DVDs, which are excellent.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Saint Seiya instead of this version January 2, 2004
By Gerardo
This version is downright disrespectful to the original series called "Saint Seiya", which is being released by ADV. This version is poorly scripted, poorly acted, and poorly edited. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version sucks April 2, 2004
I'm a costumer from mexico i grew up whith the knights of the zodiac that's the name in mexico the version i used to watch was ADV version this version from DIC is horrible this version doesn't represent the real soul of what anime is. please do no buy DIC's version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, Garbage and a Legacy
This release and adaptation of Saint Seiya is a quite good intro to the series, but has a lot problems for true fans. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lynn Churchill
1.0 out of 5 stars DIC destroyed this one thoroughly.
This anime went from armor clad warriors in bone shattering cataclysmic fights to armor wearing surfer dudes in brief flashes of punches. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
I was really surprise that the movie was ship to my home so fast and my son love the movie. I will be buying more products from them! Thanks again :-)
Published on December 15, 2011 by Jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn horrible
See the description above. And I wonder WHO exactly are the reviewers above that think KoZ is the greatest thing ever??? Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by J. Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband Loves Them!!!
My 26 year old husband loves the old fashioned cartoons. And even though knights of the zodiac are not that old, just about 8 or almost 10 years he loves them. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by H. Guerra
1.0 out of 5 stars This Title sucks
I was so excited when I found out Knights of the Zodiac was coming on cartoon network,but when I saw the first episode I was like what the hell is this. Read more
Published on March 9, 2005 by Rayne Labelle
2.0 out of 5 stars i like the opening of this english version anime
i know that most of you don't like the censore version of saint seiya in the American Cartoon Network and specially that now they are selling the censore version of the... Read more
Published on July 4, 2004 by robot17
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights of the Zodiac ROCKS!
I disagree with all the reviews thus far. I think Knights of the Zodiac is an awesome show with great characters and awesome music! I can't wait for a KOZ CD to come out. Read more
Published on April 22, 2004
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