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Masked Rider - The First
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Upon getting it, I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find the supposed 2-disc set was, in fact, one DVD.
The special features are surprisingly well-put together, featuring the trailers (without subtitles), trailers for other projects from years back that the company that released this DVD has apparently acquired (as is frequently done with import releases), and, shockingly, a very in depth and detailed behind the scenes feature that I really enjoyed and that was actually subtitled.
The film itself has an acceptable subbing job, and I was pleased to find that there was no poor dubbing to suffer through, I suppose they finally ran out of monotoned voices to lazily read out lines.
Picture quality is a bit off, but that might be due to transfer stuff (though I don't know why, Japan uses NTSC too), subtitles are clear and easy to read, and the sound quality is excellent
Highly recommended for the Kamen Rider fan or even just someone who has been looking for a good piece of tokusatsu to show to a friend in the hopes of getting them interested too. This flick also makes a surprisingly good date movie, it has action and romance, some slow bits where you can easily get away with a bit of making out, as well as some unintentionally funny bits
NOT for kids though, there is totally a naked dude in part of this film, parents'll want to take a look at this before showing it to the kids. Also, parents'll want to figure out if their kid is really ready to read and watch a film at the same time.
However I later learned of the Japanese Kamen Rider concept when I saw that Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (which still has yet to have a DVD release, sadly), listed in its opening credits that the show was based on a show called Kamen Rider created by a man named Shotaro Ishinomori. Since I liked Dragon Knight I recently began researching the concept on wikipedia and TVTropes and a few fan sites. (This research has led me to create my own novel series inspired by the concept) I learned of Masked Rider The First via Wikipedia, and while I was leery of the name, expecting it to somehow be related to Saban's adaptation, I was more than pleasantly surprised.
From all I have learned, The First is an attempt at a condensed retelling of a 1971 show by the name Kamen Rider (literally translated, it becomes Masked Rider, as Kamen is the word for Mask and Masked in Japan), which revolves around a man named Takeshi Hongo, who is abducted by a terrorist organization called Shocker (which is apparently actually an acronym for Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm. Yeah, I don't get it either.) and transformed into a super powerful cyborg initially called Hopper since his armored mask is designed to look like a grasshopper, and brainwashed into becoming a willing servant of Shocker. He breaks free of his mind control and begins to oppose Shocker, using the powers they themselves gave him.Read more ›
Aside from the Ryuki's Dragon Knight and the abysmal Masked Rider adaptations and Generation Kikiada's DVD release of V3, there is no way to obtain one of Japan's greatest superhero franchises here. (unless you do it the sort-of-illegal way by torrenting or streaming fansubs. Which in most cases is your ONLY option aside from horribly subbed Hong Kong releases from shady dealers).
I'm glad that the movie that re-imagined the origin of the original Kamen Rider did get a release as it tells the bare bones of what Kamen Rider is. Dude with kung fu and superpowers activated by a belt and rides a motorcycle, kicks the butt of terrorists/aliens monsters/cyborgs who want to conquer/destroy the Earth.
The message the franchise has had throughout the course of its history is having the courage to face against impossible odds and that even the unlikeliest of people can make a difference for the greater good.
I only wish another company would buy the distribution rights so we USA KR fans could get more releases. I really want Kamen Rider Double on DVD or Blu-ray on my shelf with official English subs...And Kuuga..and Agito...and...well you get the idea.
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Kobayashi's motion picture talent is the reason why I hate masked rider remakes and other shows with the similar concept. remains unmatched up to this day!Published 21 days ago by Benjamin Roby
I grew up watching this show... and I can't find the words to explain my happiness after seeing this on amazon!!! Buying this is a no-brainer!Published 1 month ago by paul long
This show is a huge part of my childhood. It will forever be a classic for 90's kids like me!Published 2 months ago by Bob
This TV series has a special place in my heart... It's so great, I can watch it all day!Published 3 months ago by Sam
I'm really not into western superheroes that's why I grew up as a HUGE masked rider fan. This show is just so nice to watch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dorthy
Is this character based on a bug or a fly? That question has been the subject of most debates in the past decade. Got no personal answer to that though.Published 6 months ago by MyReviews_
Who you gonna call in times of adversity? Nope.. superman is dead. this masked motorcycle-riding man molded me as a person.. and as a citizen. Great movie!Published 6 months ago by Sandy
Great DVD set! a must watch for all Masked rider fans out there. Action-packed!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up watching this man beat up different antagonists that were threats to Japan's national security. amazing hero, amazing video!Published 8 months ago by Bradford Allen
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