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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs: Complete Series
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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 outer space, 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 Nemesis --- Joined by assorted rustlers and desperadoes, 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.Read more ›
I remember noting even at the time that there was something very different about the Japanese originated shows though it would be years before I would learn the true stories behind the shows and for that matter, come to appreciate these so much over the American trite I cherished at the time.
Anyway, these shows were actually hybrids, not simply anime dubbed into English as changes were made to the characters and material to "Americanize"/ remove all of the more adult-friendly aspects of the source material. To purests, these hybrids are worthless- calling them American productions isn't accurate but at the same time nor do they do the Japanese source material credit either.
Of course being a kid at the time, I was astonished at the increased character depth, the ongoing story thread idea, and the realism these shows contained when compared to our American Transformers & GoBots cartoons. By the time Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs came on the scene in 1987 (based on Japan's 1984 series Star Musketeer Bismarck) by World Event Productions (same guys who brought us the two Voltron shows a few years earlier), I had bailed out on robots altogether.Read more ›
The Star Sheriff's themselves are the real stars of this show, a really great collection of characters that work well on their own but even better when mocking their colleagues and then coming to the rescue of each other. Ramrod, their Spaceship/super robot is a superb design and while his fights are usually short, I never get bored of seeing a giant robotic cowboy blasting an opponent into pieces.
This is boxset is amazing value and if you haven't seen it, this show is more fun than a lot of newer shows out there. You don't need character development if they are awesome to begin with, you just need more stories with your favourites in and while there is plenty here, I still wish I had just a couple more stories - that is the mark of a great series
The first disc contains two special features. The first is labeled as "Commercials." This contains four commercials for a Saber Rider fan club and each commercial runs for about thirty seconds each. Also, the only two characters featured in these commercials are Saber Rider and Colt. All four commercials play back-to-back in one feature. The other extra is labeled as "Photo Gallery." This feature runs for seven minutes and ten seconds, and it features line art, production art, books, and promotional materials for Saber Rider. This is done as a slideshow; however, the viewer has no control over when the pictures change. The song "I Computer" by RadioRadio is used as the background music; however, this song has no direct connection to the Saber Rider property. The slideshow opens and closes with an ad for the song.
On the second disc, it lists that the special features are theme songs and bios. What you get are bios for Ramrod, Saber Rider, Colt, Fireball, and April; the bios have one of the character's themes playing in the background as you read the bio text. Ramrod's bio is one minute in length, Saber Rider's bio is fifty-six seconds in length, Colt's bio is one minute and two seconds in length, Fireball's bio is forty-one seconds in length, and April's bio is one minute and six seconds in length.
The fourth disc contains two extras. The first is labeled as "Sei Juishi Bismarck Clips." I was expecting this extra to feature some clips from the original series.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this show as a kid and now my daughter loves it too. The set is well priced and the quality of the DVDs is excellent.Published 6 days ago by T. Bolenbaugh
great show that I never watched. was pleasantly surprised. very happy I bought this.Published 21 days ago by richard
So So glad some one in Asia had a complete set of all of these. Was just watching one on YouTube about a month ago. Then was looking for some things online on amazon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Condron
Hehe, Have not seen this show in years, this set is well worth the price.All the little extras are nifty and add to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jason G
The 80s were an interesting time for anime in the US. Anime often featured scenes that could not be shown in the US, and there were concerns about showing off certain iconography,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen Morrison Lewis
Old school toons at its finest! Today's stuff is too soft, love having this in my collection.Published 10 months ago by damon mcclain
For the one who grew up in the 80's this
is a most have. The series was a favorite
of mine so I just had to have it as a Christmas gift for my self.
Nice, timely delivery for one of my most beloved animated series (complete series, at that) from the 80's. And arrived in great condition, too.Published 12 months ago by Meredith Joseph Blaine
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