Armored Fleet Dairugger XV: Collection 2 (3pc)
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(May 25, 2010)
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The original Japanese show that was edited to create Voltron: Defender of the Universe; now available uncut for the first time! In every war, heroes will die. Caught up in a civil war they do not understand, Aki and the team are under attack from all sides. Teles is removed from command and put on trial for treason by the Galveston Empire. Now Commander Ise and the crew of the Explorer are forced to deal with the full power of the Galveston, led by the relentless Lafitte. Stretched to their limits, members of the Dairugger Guard keep getting injured, and the Dairugger itself is so badly damaged they can no longer form the super robot. But this is all a feint for the Galveston Empire's ultimate goal: a direct attack on planet Earth! Revisit the Voltron series as you've never experienced it before, and see what really happened in this newly restored and uncut version.
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So, when is Collection 3 coming out?
My biggest disappointment with this DVD set is the audio levels. The volume level on all three discs is rather soft, so you have to turn the volume up quite a bit in order to hear the audio.
What I enjoyed best about this set was being able to see what happened in the original series. In Vehicle Voltron, shots of violence and death were edited out. In these episodes, a number of Galveston commanders are killed while fighting with Dairugger. In Vehicle Voltron, instead of being killed, it is said in dialogue that they managed to make to their escape pods. However, these characters are never seen again in the series. Also, any shots that show human pilots in any of the fighter planes were removed in Vehicle Voltron; this is due to the fact that in Vehicle Voltron, these fighter planes are "robot fighters," so death can be covered up when the fighter planes are shot down.
When compared to the corresponding episodes of Vehicle Voltron, the Dairugger XV episodes are a lot stronger and make much more sense. You can tell in Dairugger XV that there is an overarcing story to the series, and it's easy to follow what is going on. In Vehicle Voltron, however, the overarcing story is lost, because the English dub tried to treat the series as an episodic show instead of having one big storyline. However, by dubbing the show this way, it introduced a lot of inconsistencies to Vehicle Voltron.
While Voltron would be acceptable for kids to watch, I can't say the same thing about Dairugger XV. Between the violence and the politics, it really isn't being aimed at a young audience. This set is definitely being targeted at and marketed to the adults who had watched Voltron when they were children over twenty years ago. However, older teenagers might also get some enjoyment out of this set.
Even with the audio level issues, I would still recommend this set to a Voltron fan who is interested to see what this series was like before it became Vehicle Voltron. However, if you do purchase this set, be sure to watch it when younger children aren't around or after they've gone to bed.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband and I purchased.
After a string of devestating attacks by the Galveston Empire, Captain Dick Asimov (Captain Newley in "Voltron".) and Captain Jinje Ise (Commander Hawkins in "Voltron".) decide to go on the offensive and storm forward to the Galveston home planet and destroy the tyrranical dictatorship the people of Galveston live under. However, the Galveston military machine will not give up without a fight. They are determined to sacrifice their lives (and many do) to stop Galaxy Garrison.
Galveston Commander Socrat Teles (Hazar in "Voltron.") is removed from his post as commander of the front line base by the Galveston Supreme Council for his unwillingness to support all out war and a string of unsuccessful attacks which have left a number of Galveston soldiers and commanders (including Teles' friend Captain Drake) dead. Teles reluctantly returns home where he learns the situation on his home planet has gotten worse. It's only a matter of time before the planet destroys itself.
The episodes are very well done and are thrilling from start to finish. The story line is far more coherent and plausible than it is in Vehicle Voltron (A consequence of heavy editing.).
I am still a big fan of "Voltron" but "Dairugger" certainly gives it a run for its money.
Catch this series by all means. You won't be disappointed.