Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Collection Vol. 2
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(Jul 01, 2016)
Hitch a wagon train to the stars with Zachery Foxx, "Doc" Hartford, Niko, and Shane Gooseman The Galaxy Rangers a team of courageous pioneers committed to the highest ideals of justice and dedicated to preserving law and order across the new frontier. For the first time ever, experience episodes 33-65 of the groundbreaking series, Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, in chronological order with all continuity and storylines intact.
on-camera interviews with series creator Robert Mandell and writers Dan Fiorella and John Rawlins
select episode audio commentary with Robert Mandell, story editor Christopher Rowley and voice talent Henry Mandell
memories of Jerry Orbach and kids meal "show and tell" segments
original underscore music tracks
"Rangers Are Forever" slideshow featuring character art by Justin Norman
28-page "Visual Guide to Vehicles and Technology" collectible booklet
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(What are the Galaxy Rangers?) They are a para-police or para-military law enforcement organization based upon the past lore and glory of the Texas Rangers. More importantly, they are the enforcers/peacekeepers of BETA.
(Who are the Galaxy Rangers?) Their is a special segment of the Ranger Corps that utilizes a cranial device that enhances their individual and personal attributes. These Rangers are: Zachery Foxx, Shane Gooseman, Niko (the only woman on the team), Dr. Walter Hartford, Waldo Zeptic (an Andorian), and Zozo (a Kiwi).
(How was this series produced?) INITIALLY, it was decided that this entire production would not be associated with a toy line; in fact, I only saw them on a child's lunch box being offered at a grocery wholesaler where I often shopped back in the late 80's. MOREOVER, unlike other animations of the 1980's, the artwork was rendered first. Then, the voice actors were flown to Japan to do the sound recordings. As a base of reference, they viewed the artwork first which guided their recordings. This technique was a vast improvement in the production of later animations. LASTLY, in 1983 to 1986 dollars, the entire production cost $65 million dollars or $1 million dollars per episode.
(How well did I enjoy this series?) When they first aired in the autumn of 1986, I would wake up every weekday morning at 5 am in order to watch them at 5:30 am. To me the Rangers were very special; I've been a devotee ever since.
(Is this purchase worth your money?) If you like the military, special forces, and "other worldly" cultures, along with a mixture of merriment ;then, you shall like/enjoy this production. Also, this production had one of the hottest sound tracks ever recorded, which some of the tracks have been included with this offer.
Purchase both volumes, you won't be disappointed.
Note: this seems to have been pulled from original interlaced footage with little or no touch-up to modernize it. I recommend making sure your DVD player can properly de-interlace the picture. (If you are using your computer to play the disks like I am, make sure your playback software is set to de-interlace)
To say GR is a cult classic is understating things a bit. It's in the top 100 cartoon section at fanfiction.net, it has a surprisingly dedicated fanbase (despite our small size), and plenty of critical acclaim from anime fans despite an American origin. It was groundbreaking at the time for its integration of CGI and cel animation, the casting of character actors for voice talent, its nascent use of mytharc structures, and its better-developed character and story structure than its toy-advert peers.
It took over 20 years, three production companies and...let's face it...plenty of groveling by fans like me in order to get this done. Kosh really went out of their way to do this right. Commentary tracks are on the high-end episodes; Christopher Rowley is awesome at deadpan snark, Henry Mandell has a lot to say about the challenge of voicing so many characters, and Robert Mandell sticks mostly to comments about production hell). There are bonus features of artwork and notes about the ships and technology.
Oh, and there are music tracks. The music was an early outing of John van Tongeren (composer for the 1990's Outer Limits, Thelma and Louise, and The 4400) and Peter Wetzler, with tracks sung by rockers Steve Overland and Myles Hunter. Yes, it's 80's rock - AWESOME 80's rock.
Like any 80's series, it has its share of cheese and a couple of true stinkers. most Rangers fans will tell you that "Mothmoose" is mind-bogglingly bad, and anything starring Buzzwang is best watched with your MST3K filters on. What makes up for it are dramatic entries like "Psychocrypt," "Scarecrow," and the Supertrooper duology (the latter half being a loving homage to Clint Eastwood flicks).
Highly recommended to Children of the 80's, anime watchers, animation history buffs...and ESPECIALLY Browncoats. I wouldn't have become a Firefly fan if it weren't for this and Saber Rider.
If your a fan of animation and science fiction adventure; Galaxy Rangers is a sure bet. Most veiwers don't know that the lead ranger was voiced by Jerry (Law and Order) Orbach. That alone made me want to check out this incredible show.
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