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Space Pirate Captain Herlock - The Legend Returns (Vol. 1)

Rin Tarô  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rin Tarô
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEEG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Subtitled "The Endless Odyssey: Outside Legend," this new series continues the long-running adventures of Leiji Matsumoto's dashing Captain Herlock (usually translated as Harlock). The swashbuckling Captain is pitted not against human malefactors, but ghosts controlled by Noo, a demon that briefly ruled creation immediately after the Big Bang. As they explore the cosmos, humans are inadvertently breaking the seals that imprison Noo--to the peril of every living thing. Herlock has been living quietly on the Planet of Rubbish Heaps, a spacefill for archeological ruins, including the palace inhabited by an ancient spirit that explains the threat to him. Director Rin Taro uses 3-D computer animation to good effect: the Arcadia is now a solid vessel with an embossed Jolly Roger on her prow. He also stylizes the violence and much of the action to create a punchy, dramatic narrative. (Rated 13 and older: brief nudity, violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He has returned......... April 25, 2004
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Last year in Japan a monumental event took place. Over the course of one year the thirteen part series Space Pirate Captain Herlock: Endless Oddessy/Outside Legend was released on DVD. The DVD's were released once a month on the 21st of every month in 2002-2003. Now the series has come to America. And it has been well worth the wait.
The Space Pirates have been rounded up. All except for one. The legendary Captain Herlock (prononced "Harlock"). He is currently in exile on the Planet Of Rubble. When his friend Professor Daiba is killed by the entitys known only as the "Nu", Herlock once again sets sail on the Sea Of Stars to get to the bottom of these mysterious beings appearance.
Directed by Taro Rin, this DVD collection surpasses Harlock Saga released two years ago by Central Park Media. The first volume contains the series initial four episodes. The animation is superb. It still retains the classic Matsumoto look while being very modern. The CGI animation has been refined dramactically and now looks better integrated into the classic 2D animation. No more of the plastic looking ships like in Harlock Saga. The one complaint I have is that sometimes the transfer looks a tad on the grainy side, but that has only been in a few places. The sound on this DVD is also excellent. Both language tracks are presented in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound. The default language setting is English with translated Signs. This sounds like it would be obtrusive but Pioneer/Geneon has made sure that the subtitled signs would not be placed so as to be a hinderance. The quality of the English voice acting is also top notch. Herlock has always been a very powerful character and his English voice conveys that very well. When he speaks, you listen.
The Extras on this disc are a little sparse.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings me back... February 29, 2004
Over the years the one anime series which has left a long impression was the "Space Pirate Captain Harlock" sequences from the "Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years" series that aired on TV. Until then, only the Galaxy Express movies and Arcadia of My Youth have lived up to my initial expectations of what Harlock is about: sacrifice, heroism, and the coming of age.
I first saw this DVD at a friend's house and was more than pleasantly surprised as it really does seem to capture what I loved about the initial series. The artwork, sound, and dialogue are terrific. The story is reminiscent of the first series, though this is not a remake.
What can I say? Five stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OLD PIRATES NEVER DIE April 15, 2005
By Sesho
As this first volume of Captain Herlock opens, the last of the crew of his ship, the Arcadia has been captured. The authorities believe that the era of space piracy has finally ended. But they've forgotten one thing. Captain Herlock is still numbered among the missing. He's only come out of hiding because he was summoned by a scientist who has vital information about a great threat to the whole universe, the demon Noo. Arriving too late to save the professor, he is able to keep his son, Tadashi, from being taken by Noo's undead minions. Herlock must gather his crew from an unpenetrable prison in order to have any chance of fighting this great evil!

The production on this title is top-rate, giving it a film-like quality. The designs try to emulate a 70s anime but the look always seems natural, not forced. All of the main characters radiate enigmas and chew up the scenery with intensity lacking in most live actors these days.
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