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BOTP a good effort ... GATCHAMAN a modern-day classic!,
This review is from: Battle of the Planets (Vol. 3) (DVD)
I grew up with Sandy Franks' BATTLE OF THE PLANETS in the late '70s and have not missed a chance to catch the show whenever a station aired it. Thanks to Rhino, I've not only had the chance to see my fave flying defenders of earth again, but I get to see the original GATCHAMAN episodes in all their glory.
When I watched "Ghost Ship of Planet Mir" recently, I was reminded of the question that I had when I first saw the episode many years ago: why do those "Mir fighters" look like the ships that Colonel Cronus and his buddies fly? Well, the original Japanese episode, "The Ghost Fleet From Hell", answered that question. (Buy the DVD to find out ... you won't regret it!)
"Big Robot Gold Grab" doesn't differ as much from its Japanese counterpart, "The Grand Mini Robot", but the climax is more intense and the mood is much darker in the original.
Rhino's decision to include both BOTP and GATCHAMAN on a single disc was nothing short of brilliant -- both the sub and dub crowds can spend their money on the same product! At the same time, fans who only know BOTP will have a chance to see what they were missing from the original series (i.e., slightly darker stories, strong character development) while hardcore followers of GATCHAMAN get to see the lighter touches Sandy Frank Productions introduced (namely, 7-Zark-7).
My sincere hope is that Rhino will not just put out the 85 BOTP episodes but all 105 GATCHAMAN episodes. Amongst the ones left untranslated were crucial stories in the overreaching arc of the series (e.g., the reason for Joe/Jason's dizzy spells, the revelation of Berg Kastse/Zoltar's origin, the epic showdown with Sosai X/the Luminous One). These "lost" episodes proved that animated stories didn't have to be dumbed down to be entertaining. The final story arc features some of the best animation and most intelligent writing to appear on TV. And since people love a good story, there's no reason they wouldn't want these missing episodes in their collection.
So Rhino Video, don't tease your customers -- give them all 105 episodes. They'll love you for it! (Read: more DVD sales.) :)