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Gigantor: The Collection, Vol. 1

4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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“Gigantor the Space Age Robot is at your command!”
The First 26 Episodes of the Classic Series Digitally Transferred from the Original 16mm Film

Premiering in the ‘60s, “Gigantor” blazed a new trail in America for Japanese animation. The influential series was one of the first featuring a giant, heroic robot and was designed with a cinematic sensibility that thrilled and captivated audiences.

When terrorist groups, evil criminals and hostile aliens become too powerful for Earth’s armed forces, the virtually-indestructible robot is built to combat them. Commanded by Jimmy Sparks through a remote control, Gigantor must battle to save the world from a never-ending assault by ruthless villains.

BONUS FEATURES:
Interview with director/producer/writer Fred Ladd
Interview with anime historian Fred Patten from Animation World Magazine
Select audio commentary with Fred Ladd
Gigantor comic book issues 1-6 (DVD-ROM content)
PLUS 16-page companion guide with episode summaries and archival publicity materials


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watt, Peter Fernandez, Gilbert Mack, Sonia Owens
  • Writers: Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watt, Peter Fernandez, Sonia Owens, Fred Ladd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, Restored, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SGVDPQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gigantor: The Collection, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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A great way for me to re-live youthful memories, although, as an adult, I'm now just realizing how much wit and humor the series contained. For animation buffs, this is a must have collection as it is an important series in tracing the beginnings and evolution of anime (before the term was coined). The masters used for the DVD are from newly-minted 16mm release prints which is how the shows were sent to the network and stations in those days. The overall quality is good. Even better is the commentary track from Gigantor's original American producer, Fred Ladd. Trivia: Did you know that the Gigantor theme song was recorded in an upper room at New York City's Radio City Music Hall by the NBC chorus while they were on break? Now that I have Gigantor in my collection, I can't wait to get my other fave series from that era, Kimba The White Lion.
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I was so young when this first series aired that I only just barely remember Gigantor, I remember Series two much better but I remember both well enough. Watching Gigantor introduced me to what became my life long love of science fiction. Long before even the original Star Trek I loved racing to the TV on Saturday Mornings to watch Gigantor. I never understood why but even my parents knew Gigantor was special to me. I was more non verbal when I was young but, I loved singing the Gigantor theme song. I'd most ly sing the GI-GAN-TOR part only!

Gigantor was a very large powerful robot that defended the Earth from all sorts of wild weird super villians. Gigantor animation was very crude. Gigantor was rendered as a collection of large geometric shapes not because; the cartoon anime artists of the time lacked the eye for detail. In the time that Gigantor was created TV as a medium was in its infancy. Television resolution was often terrible by todays HDTV standards rendered strictly for primative black and white sets.

Notice how the black to white contrasting on Gigantors body is bold without subtle shading. Notice how Gigantor has basic regions of monochromatic shading. Gigantor could not be elaborately drawn because on a primative black and white set's low resolution the detail would turn to mud manking the image look fuzzy. Gigantor stories were often good if you remember the age of the kiddie audience it targets. The weird things about Gigantor is many times the powerful robot goes after terrorists that cause trouble in this futuristic time almost as if it foretold the times we live in today.

Unfortunately for us today some fifty years in the future we lack a Gigantor like robot that can kick terrorist butt.
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Lovingly assembled collection of GIGANTOR cartoons. Fun, entertaining, lightweight -- the bad guys are not terribly scary and the good guys win every time (with the help of Gigantor, of course). Crazy Japanese+American amalgam that after translation may not always make sense but is good-natured and uplifting. A boy with his giant robot?! What more could you ask for in a 1960s cartoon? BUY THIS AT ONCE WHILE IT'S STILL AVAILABLE because they're sure not making cartoons like Gigantor any more!!!
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I agree with the previous reviewer. A strange defect also prohibits me from going straight into the episodes. Usually if I fiddle around with the skip of FF button I can eventually navigate to the shows. I give it 3 stars because the show is great but there is also some kind of techinical problem. I guess mine just wasn't as bad as the last guy's.
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The Gigantor shows included in this edition are complete and very good. The DVD is practically impossible to copy, even for fair use (?) The set is authored badly, apparently, and that's why it's practically impossible to copy. One of my DVD players had trouble with a few episodes.
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The one star isn't for GIGANTOR, which is awesome but for a wierd defect in the discs. None of them play on my regular dvd player. They do play fine on my multi-region player. On my regular player, I will get a message if I try to play discs with the wrong coding. I do not get that message with these discs, they just won't play. I get a company logo without any sound, then just a black screen that I can't escape from. If you want GIGANTOR, buy the earlier edition on RHINO instead of this one on E1 ENTERTAINMENT. If anyone has any info on the nature of this defect, I would be interested to hear it.
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DVDs were awesome. Arrived with corner of case broken / damaged, though. I chose to accept these, as the discs themselves were fine and did not contact the seller regarding this.
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Classic gigantor, a little something to bring back the kid in the older generations. This is also a great cartoon for anyone to get into.
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