Masked Rider - The First
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Upon getting it, I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find the supposed 2-disc set was, in fact, one DVD.
The special features are surprisingly well-put together, featuring the trailers (without subtitles), trailers for other projects from years back that the company that released this DVD has apparently acquired (as is frequently done with import releases), and, shockingly, a very in depth and detailed behind the scenes feature that I really enjoyed and that was actually subtitled.
The film itself has an acceptable subbing job, and I was pleased to find that there was no poor dubbing to suffer through, I suppose they finally ran out of monotoned voices to lazily read out lines.
Picture quality is a bit off, but that might be due to transfer stuff (though I don't know why, Japan uses NTSC too), subtitles are clear and easy to read, and the sound quality is excellent
Highly recommended for the Kamen Rider fan or even just someone who has been looking for a good piece of tokusatsu to show to a friend in the hopes of getting them interested too. This flick also makes a surprisingly good date movie, it has action and romance, some slow bits where you can easily get away with a bit of making out, as well as some unintentionally funny bits
NOT for kids though, there is totally a naked dude in part of this film, parents'll want to take a look at this before showing it to the kids. Also, parents'll want to figure out if their kid is really ready to read and watch a film at the same time.
However I later learned of the Japanese Kamen Rider concept when I saw that Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (which still has yet to have a DVD release, sadly), listed in its opening credits that the show was based on a show called Kamen Rider created by a man named Shotaro Ishinomori. Since I liked Dragon Knight I recently began researching the concept on wikipedia and TVTropes and a few fan sites. (This research has led me to create my own novel series inspired by the concept) I learned of Masked Rider The First via Wikipedia, and while I was leery of the name, expecting it to somehow be related to Saban's adaptation, I was more than pleasantly surprised.
From all I have learned, The First is an attempt at a condensed retelling of a 1971 show by the name Kamen Rider (literally translated, it becomes Masked Rider, as Kamen is the word for Mask and Masked in Japan), which revolves around a man named Takeshi Hongo, who is abducted by a terrorist organization called Shocker (which is apparently actually an acronym for Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm. Yeah, I don't get it either.) and transformed into a super powerful cyborg initially called Hopper since his armored mask is designed to look like a grasshopper, and brainwashed into becoming a willing servant of Shocker. He breaks free of his mind control and begins to oppose Shocker, using the powers they themselves gave him.Read more ›
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Is this character based on a bug or a fly? That question has been the subject of most debates in the past decade. Got no personal answer to that though.Published 18 days ago by MyReviews_
Who you gonna call in times of adversity? Nope.. superman is dead. this masked motorcycle-riding man molded me as a person.. and as a citizen. Great movie!Published 25 days ago by Sandy
Great DVD set! a must watch for all Masked rider fans out there. Action-packed!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up watching this man beat up different antagonists that were threats to Japan's national security. amazing hero, amazing video!Published 2 months ago by Bradford Allen
Wanted it be translated to English instead of subtitles.Published 4 months ago by epifania valentin
grew up watching this batman rip off from Japan. his style and motorcycle made me want to watch this every afternoon with my kids. thnks fr th mmrs.Published 4 months ago by Helen Watson
GOOD STORY, ALITTLE OFF BEAT, BUT THATS JAPAN STYLE, DONT MIND WATCHING A FEW MORE, ADD V3 SHOULD BE GOOD.Published 7 months ago by lance A
Nicely done "reboot" of the original series (Riders 1 & 2), costumes and action scenes were nicely done. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary F.
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