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Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs

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From the creators of Voltron comes Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs ! Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was a 1980s animated space western following a theme similar to The Galaxy Rangers and Bravestarr. Originally a 1984 Japanese anime series known as Star Musketeer Bismarck created by Studio Pierrot. The series is set in the future, when humankind has reached the stars. There are many outposts and settlement worlds in the galaxy with Old West influenced names. There are also outlaws, bounty hunters... and sheriffs. Saber Rider is the leader of the Star Sheriffs. The Star Sheriffs are the special operatives of Cavalry Command, their main assignment is to protect the Galaxy from the growing threat of the Outriders. Due to the escalating menace of the Outriders, the Cavalry Command is forced to create RA MROD (voiced by Peter Cullen who voiced Optimus Prime in the 80s cartoon series Transformers ), designed and constructed by Commander Eagle, and his daughter, April. RA MROD can transform from an airborne battleship into a giant robot. When RA MROD undergoes the Challenge Phase transformation it calls out its rallying cry in a heavy Western drawl, Head em up, move em out. Power stride and ready to ride! Volume One consists of episodes 1-17 from the hit TV series, as well as Saber Rider commercials and production art. Don t miss the chance to add an exclusive piece of animation history to your collection. Bonus Features: Episode Selection, Image Gallery, Saber Rider Commercials Product Specs: 2-DVD9s; Dolby Digital 2.0; 391 min; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA G; Year 1984; SRP - $29.99

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  • Actors: Peter Cullen, Rob Paulsen, Pat Fraley, Pat Musick, Townsend Coleman
  • Directors: Franklin Cofod
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 391 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7XHY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,180 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
The packaging here consists of a standard black dvd case with a hinged flip-page to hold the second disc. The cover has reflective foil printing. Clipped inside the case is a folded two-page insert listing the volume's episodes with brief synopses. Both dvds (lazily) recycle the same silvery image for their disc labels: 8 episodes on the first disc, 9 on the other.

The dvds have animated menus sporting a mechanical theme -- sliding panels, rotating gears, HUD cockpit graphics, and a silhouetted robotic armature which highlights any menu selections. The series' intro song plays over the main menu, while unrelated commercial music is used for other parts of the discs, such as during the gallery bonus feature -- electronica pop, presumably in keeping with the robotic theme, advertised as "I, Computer" by a band called RadioRadio who are seemingly hoping to be confused with "OK Computer" by Radiohead.

The contained extras are spread over both discs:
1a. An extensive image gallery presenting character and vehicle design sheets for the entire series, including a large assortment of incidental characters like generic cowboy villains and New Frontier townsfolk.
1b. A few commercials for a 1987 "Saber Rider sweepstakes" mail-in contest (from which the original contest mailing info has been blanked out).
2. Character profiles (heroes and Ramrod only) with descriptive text, each played to their particular leitmotif music from the soundtrack CD (which mostly motivates me to go purchase the CD since these sample tracks sound absolutely great). Strangely, the profile included for Saber Rider is the only one written in past tense, making it read like an obituary: "He was a young man...
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VCI Entertainment presents "SABER RIDER & THE STAR SHERIFFS:COLLECTORS EDITON VOL. 1" (14 September 1987) (391 mins/Color/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- This is the long awaited classic Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was an animated TV series, aired from 1986 to 1989 --- During it's 52 episodes, it introduced us to another possible future for mankind --- Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs explore the new frontier, the wide-open ranges of outerspace, where the legendary honor and virtue of the Wild West combine with vibrant extraterrestrial adventure --- Saber Rider is the dashing leader of the Star Sheriffs --- Their mission is to establish peace and unity against the Outriders, mysterious vapor beings led by the powerful Nemisis --- Joined by assorted rustlers and desperados, the Outriders challenge the Star Sheriffs to action-packed attacks --- Independently, the Star Sheriffs' efforts to maintain justice are admirable -- but when united, they are invincible.

In the late 21st Century (or early 22nd Century), humankind has reached the stars --- Many outposts and settlements have been made for several planets, and the modern space-age has merged with the legacy of Old West --- There are villans, outlaws, bounty hunters...and sheriffs --- The Star Sheriffs are the special operatives of Cavalry Command, Earth's law enforcement and defense patrol out in space, and along the New Frontier --- They are also ambassadors of good will to other planets in space --- But the main assignment of the Star Sheriffs is to protect the Galaxy from the growing threat of the Outriders.
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I remember watching this show as a kid. When I heard it was coming out on DVD i decided to purchase it. Now I am not a big DVD collector and can probably count on one hand how many DVD i have purchased in the past six months. For those who don't know Saber Rider was over shadow by its more popular cousin Voltron and was lost in the Transformers popularity what show wasn't. Even when I told my buddy he couldnt remember this show.The moment I played the them song it came back to him. Its sort of a Voltron meets Bravestarr. I enjoyed watching the the two disk set. If you enjoy 80's cartoons or anything nostalgic I suggest you buy this.

Now on the Dvd itself. Box art and DVD art are nothing spectacular. Menus are some what cool. I havent checked out the extras in Disc One. Disc two has the main (hero) character profiles and their theme music. Kind of one of those things well we need an Extra lets throw that in would be quick and easy. There are some minor glitches in the episodes. These include minor color and one point minor patches. Also in one episode the audio sync is so out of whack its almost hilarious. It some hows get out of sync when there is a very minor hiccup on that episode. Still these very minor glitches and shouldn't distract you from viewing or purchasing this set. Like all Tv shows there are so-so episodes, mediocre and good episodes. I recommend you purchasing this 2 Disc Set and I am looking forward to the second installment. Head 'em up, move 'em out...Thanks VCI for making this one.
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