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Battle of the Planets - The Ultimate DVD Boxed Set

4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Packed with out-of-this-world extras, including 12 original episodes, exclusive interviews with Casey Kasem, Janet Waldo, Ronnie Schell and Alan Young, audio commentary tracks, 12 original "Gatchaman" episodes and more.

"Battle of the Planets" centers on a team of five teenagers that make up G-Force--Mark, Jason, Princes, Keyop and Tiny. Because of special cerebonic implants, the teens have powers beyond that of normal humans. They have been trained since birth to protect the earth. Their antagonist is the evil Zoltar, from the dying planet Spectra, whose goal is to capture Earth and its allies, to plunder their natural resources.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Young, Keye Luke, Ronnie Schell, Janet Waldo, Casey Kasem
  • Directors: David E. Hanson
  • Writers: Dick Shaw, Harry Winkler, Helen Sosin, Howard Post, Jack Paritz
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1OE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle of the Planets - The Ultimate DVD Boxed Set" on IMDb

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First of all, Battle of the Planets is great Anime. Its wonderfully drawn and the stories are well told.
If you're looking at this specific set as an introduction - I would however, suggest you begin with BOTP (Battle Of The Planets) Vol.1 as this DVD boxed set starts at a point further into the Gatchaman storyline.
I honestly feel a little clarification is needed here with regards to this DVD set.
The set contains 4 discs. Episodes 14 through 27 are featured but episodes 19 and 20 are not included. I'm not sure why (perhpas there's a BOTP fan who can explain) but its worth mentioning.
In order to get a COMPLETE set (note the title of this boxed set is "ultimate" not "complete"), you have to purchase the previously released VOLUMES (Volumes 1 through 6). This DVD set starts off with the storyline started in those volumes.
Is it a good set - Oh yea! Its very cool and very watchable, just know what you're getting.
I would suggest - start with the individual volumes and then puchase this DVD set to continue your collection.
Happy viewing.
Best Regards,
turtlex
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It was a sheer delight to see Battle of the Planets again, twenty years since it was last aired on television. This box set takes up where the individual releases leave off (volumes 1 through 6 of the single DVD releases) and so starts at episode 13, about where the artwork and the characterization really begins to fall into shape. Since the episodes weren't intended to air in order, the viewer doesn't miss out on any continuity, but by starting in the middle you really benefit from voice actors who have a handle on their characters and stories worth watching.
The bonus features were a pleasure: subtitled episodes of Gatchaman, the anime from which Battle of the Planets was created, and also interviews with the original cast members. I LOVE Ronnie Schell! He made Jason come alive for me and I never forgot his voice, even after all this time. It was a thrill to hear their recollections of creating the series. It sounded as if they were really enjoying themselves, and that must have contributed to why this show has such longevity.
The original show itself has some problems--notably the robot narrator and the sanitized violence--which are more glaring to an adult than they were to us in our childhood. I think that by watching both versions, we get the full experience: we remember why we loved the show, and we see what it truly was. I highly recommend this box set. I especially recommend the limited edition Jason action figure with his civilian car. I've already had to convince my daughter it's Mommy's toy and not hers! I would definitely buy this all over again if I had to, and it's terrific to see this show once more.
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Get ready to tune in again for excitement, action, and outer space adventure with G-Force: Mark, Princess, Tiny, Keyop, Jason, and 7-Zark-7, "the fantastic guardian robot of Center Neptune" in this special 25th anniversary release of Battle of the Planets. Picking up where the "Ultimate DVD Boxed Set" left off, with the next 14 episodes in the series, this 2-disc collection has a running time of 325 min. Full-screen video, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English, Japanese), and English Subtitles.

Episodes:
"The Ghostly Grasshopper"
"The Galaxy Girls"
"Curse Of The Cuttlefish Part I"
"Curse Of The Cuttlefish Part II"
"Demons Of The Desert"
"Siege Of The Squids"
"Orion, Wonderdog Of Space"
"The Fierce Flowers Part I"
"The Fierce Flowers Part II"
"The Space Rock Concert"
"Prisoners In Space"
"Victims Of The Hawk"
"Raid On Riga"
"Seals Of Sytron"

Also available September 28th:
Best Of G-Force: 7 episodes featuring Ace Goodheart, Dirk Daring, Agatha June, Hoot Owl and Pee Wee.
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By A Customer on September 29, 2003
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This Box Set ONLY includes episodes 13-24. Episodes 1-12 were released in sets of two already. So if you want the first 12 episodes, you need to buy Battle of the Planets Vol 1-6 first. This is something that isn't publicized much (not at amazon, either), but Rhino decided to release volumes 7-12 in a box set instead of individual DVDs.
I did not see the word "remastered" anywhere, so don't expect it - the "BOTP" episodes look like the 30-year-old adaptation of a 40-year-old cartoon that they are. The corresponding Gatchaman episodes are a little brighter and clearer becuase they were never messed with. If you own any of the vol 1-6 DVDs, then you already know this.
The sound is terrible. It was terrible on all of the other DVDs, and its the same here. There is a 5.1 sound option on the DVDs, but that's just louder with more bass. Its a much easier experience if you just use the standard sound option.
The previous releases included three versions of the "same" episode: BOTP, G-FORCE and Gatchaman... I believe that one of the DVDs also had an Eagle Riders episode. This Box Set appears to only contain BOTP and Gatchaman versions.
If this is the first DVD that you are buying for BOTP, lower your expectations a bit in terms of audio and video quality... but other than that - its a great ride down memory lane.
Its also an interesting glimpse at reality of children's television in the 70's. Whereas its true that Gatchaman is the source of Battle of the Planets - they are very, very different television shows. Some reasons to watch the subtitled episodes of Gatchaman:
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