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Battle of the Planets (Vol. 4)

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The early anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (1972-74) aired in America in two different versions: for Battle of the Planets (syndication, 1978), much of the violence was excised and the R2-D2-esque robot 7-Zark-7 was added; G-Force (Turner Broadcasting, 1986) was darker in tone and closer to the original. All three series focus on the adventures of five teenage warriors in bird suits. In "Secret Crescent," Jinpei gets into trouble when Galactor attacks a secret undersea base. "Fearful Sea Anemone" tells a similar story involving Keyop, set on "Galaxy 30," but a comic subplot about 7-Zark-7 preparing for a "robot reunion" takes time needed for the payoff. The print of Gatchaman used for the transfer had faded, making the chase with a sea anemone-fortress difficult to see; the sound is garbled in Battle and G-Force. Unrated; suitable for ages 10 and up. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Contains two episodes:
  • "Ace From Outer Space"
  • "The Fearful Sea Anemone"
  • Original corresponding Japanese "Gatchaman" episodes with English subtitle option
  • One bonus "G-Force" episode, "The Giant Centipod"

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, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UM35
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle of the Planets (Vol. 4)" on IMDb

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I'm slowly going through my BOTP DVDs from Rhino (don't want to go into withdrawal while waiting for next volumes to come out) and just finished watching "Ace From Outer Space" and its GATCHAMAN counterpart, "Galactor's Grand Airshow". Like most BOTP episodes, "Ace" has G-Force tracking down their enemy to an alien planet. In this case, that planet is Ergos, home of Captain Doom (the flying ace in the title).
As I watched "Ace", I couldn't help but notice the similarity between the voice of Captain Doom and that of a recurring villain on the show. When I saw the GATCHAMAN episode and found out who the character really was, I was more than mildly amused by Sandy Frank Productions' nod to the original episode. (If you haven't already, buy this DVD to find out what I'm alluding to.)
This and the previous volumes from Rhino have made me a fan all over again. In fact, I'm more rabid about the series now than when I first started watching the series as a anime-hungry eight year old. This is largely because of Rhino's wise decision to include the GATCHAMAN episodes on the same discs of the BOTP equivalents.
I'm hoping that Rhino capitalizes on the chance to make more money by releasing not just the 85 BOTP episodes but the 20 GATCHAMAN episodes that Sandy Frank Productions never picked up. Twenty more episodes means more story, more DVDs, and more sales for Rhino. :) And I seriously doubt that I'm the only fan who wants to see the entire 105-episode run.
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Another quality DVD from RHINO. Just like 1-3, this is a nice transfer with wonderful sound. The disk includes Battle of the planets episodes, Gatchaman episodes(what started it all) and G-Force episodes (an abomination). I grew up on the planets episodes and they are still wonderful, looking just as I left them. The Gatchaman episodes are great,wonderful action but sometimes brutal. They show how much was left on the cutting room floor in order to turn this into kids tv. The G-force episodes are of good quality but the content....UGH! Most of the same scenes you will remember but with some of the worst voice overs I have EVER heard. I purchased this along with the other 3 and will buy the rest. Bring THEM ON RHINO>>WHOO
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The Sandy Frank dubs are the only cartoons out of this series that make it cool to watch. 7 Zark 7 is in it and Zoltar is Zoltar and not the other guy out of Gatchaman/Science Ninja Team. And Keyop is he should be in Battle of The Planets instead of saying Bro every other word in the English version of Gatchaman.
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Much has been made about the complete lack of remastering of the Battle of the Planets episodes, but I believe a great many fans buying these DVDs are in agreement: the original Japanese Gatchaman episodes are the real gold of the Battle of the Planets DVDs. There's a definite story arc that can be followed, the characterizations are sharper, and - owing to a recent series of Gatchaman DVD releases in Japan - the original Japanese episodes ARE remastered quite nicely. As of volume 3, the "trading cards" disappeared from each disc's bonus material, so make sure to let Rhino Home Video know that you want to keep seeing the original Gatchaman episodes alongside those Battle of the Planets episodes we all grew up with.
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The show was just as I remembered as a little kid. It's a nice trip down memory lane. Item arrived in the time frame advertised. The price was great. The on-screen layout for accessing the different episodes isn't in the most logical way. Because of labeling, i stumbled upon additional episodes thinking something else was about to be displayed.
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