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Astro Boy - The Complete Series

Box Set

4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Product Description

A research scientist models a secret, atomic-powered robot boy on his deceased son. After jolting to life, Astro Boy tirelessly fights for justice. Includes 50 episodes on 5 DVD's, with 29 never before seen tin the USA.

When Osamu Tezuka created Tetsuwan Atom (literally Iron-arm Atom) a.k.a. Astro Boy, he set his birthdate as April 7, 2003--51 years after the initial manga and 40 years after the groundbreaking television series debuted. Sony produced this third incarnation in 2003, and a few episodes aired on American TV in 2004. A combination of drawn and computer-generated animation, the new version is far more lavish than the initial black-and-white series or the 1980 color remake. The artists strive to preserve Tezuka's drawing style, keeping Astro's outsized eyes and Dr. O'Shay's pickle nose. Spaceships and other robots float effortlessly by, but Astro's legs shoot old-fashioned rocket flairs.

The newly born Astro is a complete innocent, but as he explores various aspects of the world, he develops a strong sense of purpose, aiding those in need. His state-of-the-art brain includes kokoro, which can be translated as "heart," "spirit," or "will," which makes him more human. The conflict between humans and robots--which some critics have interpreted as a metaphor for racism distinguishes--escalates into a battle at the city of Robotonia in Antarctica. Astro strives to make peace between the hostile factions, although many of the conflicts were sparked by Dr. Tenma, who originally created him. Although visually appealing, this lush reinterpretation lacks the gritty charm of Tezuka's low-budget original. The only extra is a short "remaking of"; the dialogue is dubbed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese--but not Japanese. (Unrated, suitable for ages 8 and older: cartoon violence) --Charles Solomon

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Special features

  • All 50 episodes from the 2003 TV series, including 29 episodes never before seen in the US
  • "Remaking of Astro Boy"

Product details

  • Actors: Tabitha St. Germain, Olivia Hack, Candi Milo, Wally Wingert, Bill Farmer
  • Directors: Michael Hack
  • Writers: Ai Ôta, Andrew Guerdat, Chiaki Konaka, Dennys McCoy, Dick Grunert
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 1010 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007KZQAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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