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Voltron - Defender of the Universe - Collection One: Blue Lion (1986)

Jack Angel , Michael Bell , Franklin Cofod  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen, Neil Ross, B.J. Ward
  • Directors: Franklin Cofod
  • Producers: Franklin Cofod, John Teichman
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Anime Works
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUTV64
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Voltron - Defender of the Universe - Collection One: Blue Lion" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Episodes 1-15
  • Original pilot: The Voltron trilogy
  • Exclusive staff interviews
  • Making of the DVDs featurettes
  • Episode synopses with original air date

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From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of Voltron: Defender of the Universe! A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil. A force of space explorers, Kieth, Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Sven are sent to find the last princess of planet Arus, Allura, and the keys to Voltron. Together they find the five robot lions that make up the legendary robot. King Zarkon, an evil warlord, rains down destruction across the universe. But our heroes form Voltron at the last moment, and begin a new war against his cruel empire.

Like Robotech, Voltron is an anomaly: an anime series that never aired in Japan in this form. The program Americans know under that title is comprised of recut footage from Hyakujuo Go-Lion ("Hundred-Beast King Go-Lion") and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV ("Armored Fleet Dairugger XV"). Voltron debuted in syndication in the US in September, 1984, with a completely new storyline. Five young pilots from the Galaxy Alliance, Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk, and Pidge, crash on the planet Arus when they're attacked by the minions of the evil King Zarkon. In the ruins of an ancient castle, they learn the secret of recreating Voltron, the ancient robot "loved by the good and hated by the evil." Each of them must pilot one of five lion-mecha that link to form Voltron. They also befriend Princess Allura, who pilots of one of the lions after Sven is wounded in battle. Together, they fight Zarkon's robots and "ro-beasts," the witch Haggar and Zarkon's son Lotor. Obviously pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, Voltron reuses some footage over and over, but leaves out big chunks of the narrative. When the five pilots initially crash on Arus, they stand at the edge of vast desert; after the commercial break, they're wandering through a fog-shrouded forest. These problems won't phase Gen-X'ers who grew up with Voltron and want to revisit this relic of their childhoods. The extras include a rather stilted documentary on the restoration of the series. (Rated 7 and older: violence)--Charles Solomon

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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Breakdown! June 27, 2006
"Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Collection One: Blue Lion" (as newly titled by Media Blasters) is a 3-disc set featuring Lion Force Season One episodes 1-15 digitally "re-assembled frame-by-frame from the best available sources (mostly from original Japanese film negatives), and video and audio imperfections wiped clean wherever possible." The set comes in a "[Blue] Lion's head" special molded tin designed to be stackable with subsequent volumes. Described as "quite the set" by Media Blasters, fans who've been longing to own "Voltron" on DVD are sure to be pleased by all the work put into this set and following volumes. Here are how the discs will be configured, plus a list of extras:

Disc 1:
1. "Space Explorers Captured"
2. "Escape to Another Planet"
3. "A Ghost and Four Keys"
4. "The Missing Key"
5. "The Princess Joins Up"
6. "The Right Arm of Voltron"

Disc 2:
7. "The Lion Has New Claws"
8. "The Stolen Lion"
9. "A Pretty Spy"
10. "Secret of the White Lion"
11. "Surrender"
12. "Bad Birthday Party"

Disc 3:
13. "The Witch Gets a Facelift"
14. "Yurak Gets His Pink Slip"
15. "Give Me Your Princess"

Special Features:
*Original Pilot: "The Voltron Trilogy"
*Staff Interviews
*Making of the DVDs
*New 5.1 surround mix
*Insert: Episode Synopses with Original Air Dates

Voltron - Collection One: Blue Lion
September 26th!

Form Blazing Sword!
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
In September 2006, Media Blasters, in conjunction with World Events Productions, is releasing Voltron: Defender of the Universe on a series of Special Edition DVD boxed sets. Each set will contain about 15 episodes, all with a newly remastered 5.1 audio (created just for this release) and remastered video.

In addition to original character sketches, TV ads, and news footage, the DVDs will contain new extras created "with help from the original producers and staff." This will reportedly contain never-before-seen interviews that have been previously created over the years, but never made available to the public before.

In 2007, Media Blasters is also planning to release the original uncut Japanese version of Voltron, under the original translation title "Hundred Beast King GoLion" and the Japan-only sequel series under the translated name "Armored Squadron Dairugger XV" on DVD starting next year. They both will be uncut and subtitled - which is perfect for all of the hardcore anime fans out there. We get the original series they way we remembered it, and the way it appered on Japan TV - with subtitles - plus the official 52 episode sequal series to the original Voltron (which never was released outside of Japan in any form).

Originally, "Hyakujuu Ou Golion" ran in Japan for 52 episodes from 1981-82, but when it was released in the USA as Voltron in 1984, the show's popularity was so immense that World Events Productions commissioned Toei Animation (the original creators) to produce 20 more episodes exclusively for the western audience. I really can't say enough positive coments about Voltron, but it had me memorised as a kid. As popular as Transformers and G.I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voltron's Legend Continues With Collection Two! October 8, 2006
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Picking up where Voltron - Collection One left off with the next 15 episodes in the series (note the continuing disc and episode numbering), "Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Collection Two: Yellow Lion" is a 3-disc (350 min.) set featuring digitally remastered Lion Force Season One episodes 16-30. The set comes in a "[Yellow] Lion's head" special molded tin; features Full Frame (1.33:1) video, English Dolby 5.1 audio; and is the 2nd of 8 "Voltron" DVDs (5 Lion Force, 3 Vehicle Team) planned for release by Media Blasters. Also of fun note is that at the time Collection Two was first announced, Media Blasters confirmed that the Lion head tins would release in the order in which the lions form Voltron in the show: Blue & Yellow [the feet & legs], Green & Red [the arms & body], and Black lion [the head]. As with the previous collection, fans are sure to be pleased by all the work put into this continuing set. Here are how the discs will be configured, plus a list of extras:

Disc 4:
16. "Bridge Over the River Chozzerai"
17. "My Brother Is A Robeast"
18. "Zarkon is Dying"
19. "The Buried Castle"
20. "Pidge's Home Planet"
21. "It'll Be A Cold Day"

Disc 5:
22. "The Deadly Flowers"
23. "It Takes Real Lions"
24. "Raid of the Alien Mice"
25. "Short Run of the Centipede Express"
26. "The Invisible Robeast"
27. "The Green Medusa"

Disc 6:
28. "The Treasure of Planet Tyrus"
29. "Magnetic Attraction"
30. "The Sleeping Princess"

Special Features:
* Buckethead music video, "Viva Voltron!"
* Exclusive Staff interviews on: The Life & The Legend; The Toys
* TV Ads
* International Voltron: Voltron in different languages
* AnimeWorks Trailers
* Newly remastered picture, 5.1 Surround Sound
* Insert: Episode Synopses with Original Air Dates Booklet

Voltron - Collection Two: Yellow Lion
December 12th!

Go Voltron!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still holds up after 30yrs.
Published 2 days ago by arick danca
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Comes complete with collector case,what a great set!
Published 5 days ago by april monty
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
It's a great bit of nostalgia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved Voltron as a kid and so do mine.
Published 13 days ago by Logically Autonomous
3.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Dark Past, Old Voltron much darker than the reprise...
As a child from true 80s, I would have given this 5 stars. But being a parent today, I would only give it 3 stars. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars No subtitle and CC
I'm sad. This not have subtitle and CC.
Published 18 days ago by Nicholas S. Stevenson
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Activate interlock, dymotherms connected, infracells up.... MEGA THRUSTERS ARE GO! I'm just a dork who has an unhealthy admiration for anything Voltron so any review I do on... Read more
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just started watching it
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bonus features?
What I got is not what is shown on the pictures. Very upset that I didn't get the special insert along with bonus features. I have the other 4 sets and I know what is supposed to be in the tin.
Oct 22, 2011 by Over 30 |  See all 2 posts
Hey hey you retro boys & girls
It was moved back to May, according to
Feb 23, 2007 by tjguitar |  See all 3 posts
Voltron Now & Forever
Yeah...I was tempted to buy some of those pirated dvds. Apparently, this has been in the works for a number of years. They have been going back and forth about whether or not they were going to release Voltron. Glad they finally realized that we want more Voltron!!!!!
Sep 8, 2006 by Laurie Richards |  See all 3 posts
Help! Can't remember the title!
I think it's Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
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voltron ownz all !!!
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Tin sets urgent question please. Be the first to reply
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