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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is excellent but not for the reasons you might think., October 10, 2006
This review is from: Astro Boy Collection Box Set (DVD)
I suppose that children growing up in the 1980's have a certain nostagia for the English dubbed version, just as I still have a crush 40 years later on the voice talents of Billie Lou Watt and the other members of the cast who brought such comic, touching and manic fun to the 1960's version. So I could argue with someone who grew up on the 1983 series until next Sunday and I would never get them to agree with me about how childish, poor and pathetic the voice talents are in the English dubbed version of the 1980's version. Initially, I was so sorry that I bought this DVD set when I heard an Astro Boy who sounded like my next door neighbor's 6 year old kid. Or Dr. Boynton who sounded like a jock. BUT...it suddenly occurred to me that there must be a reason why Tezuka was so driven to make this update series, and I found out the reason why it is in reality a masterpiece! I did this by going into the language control of the DVD's and changing the settings to Japanese with English Subtitles. What I watched then was nothing short of genius. All of the sentiment, tenderness, depth and nuance came through as well as Astro Boy's brave, spirited, uncompromising and unstoppable fight for justice...all lost in the dubbing into English. Take my word for it. Buy this set and watch it in its original Japanese version with subtitles.

Stephen Borisoff
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 12:18:35 PM PDT
Iza says:
Hey,
Is it possible to watch all the episodes in original japaneese with english subtitles?
In the description i see it's only english, but your comment has given me some hope.
thanks!

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 1:59:38 PM PST
Cinema Fan says:
According to the product description, the original 2 episode pilot from Japan was in this set. Is this true? I'm a huge Astro Boy fan, and I'm dying to see these episodes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 5:33:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2014 5:35:17 PM PST
Pierre S. says:
Maybe in a reissue. As far as I'm concerned, I bought this DVD box set 4 or 5 years ago, and the first two original episodes with the creation of Atlas are still missing. Instead, those two episodes are heavily edited into one single 24 minutes episode, with no mention of Atlas whatsoever. Bummer!
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