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Megazone 23 - Part 1

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Masato Kubota, Maria Kawamura, Mîna Tominaga, Mayumi Shô, Kaneto Shiozawa
  • Directors: Noboru Ishiguro
  • Writers: Gregory Snegoff, Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
  • Producers: Mark Williams, Tôru Miura
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228SYQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Megazone 23 - Part 1" on IMDb

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By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: DVD
Its cool that Streamline has finally produced something with subtitled and in its original japanese language, as well as the dubbed version. The plot seems rushed but is otherwise a great anime vid to watch.
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MegaZone 23, Part I is one of the pinnacles of classic anime, a juggernaut in its own right. But it needs to be pointed out that there are, in fact, two English dubs of this film... And in my opinion, the first is the superior production.

Now, it's not uncommon for anime to have multiple English dubs. Maybe the old dub doesn't hold up, maybe the producers can't track down any high quality masters, maybe there are rights issues, the reasons are endless. MegaZone 23 is one of these multidub productions. It was originally dubbed and released on VHS in 1995 by Streamline Pictures, and this version was later rereleased in 1999 on DVD by Image Entertainment. This "Streamline dub" is superb, with perfectly-cast actors and believable, nuanced performances. While the script plays a bit loose with the actual dialogue, the original characters and story are not sacrificed in any way, and the final result is a realistic-sounding dub with dialogue that flows beautifully in the English language.

Eventually, Streamline Pictures shut down and Image's rights to MegaZone lapsed. In 2004, ADV Films relicensed MegaZone 23, Parts I, II, and III, for a remastered rerelease on DVD. Now, at this point, Carl Macek, the guy who helmed the first dub, was working at ADV, as their DVD rereleases of Macek's earlier Robotech show. With the superb quality of the first dub and the presence of the original dub director in the offices, one would think that it'd be a cinch to simply commission dubs of Parts II and III from the original cast at Intersound (the first dub's recording studio) and retain the old dub of Part I. However, ADV instead opted to forgo that route and create an all-new, in-house dub. And as much as I love ADV, the end result was less than stellar.
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The Megazone 23 part is the first in a three part series. Our hero named "Shogo" stumbles into a secrect military project that forever changes his views on where he lives while at the same time he falls madly in love with the woman of his dreams. There is so much more in this stroy it is hard to write about it in a review. Believe me, if you like anime then you will love Megazone 23. If you never watched anime, then this is one of the best ones you could ever watch. There is Megazone 23 part two and a part three but these will hopefully become avaliable to us again. I hope you get to watch those as well becuase you can complete the expericance that the creators of the series meant for you to have. If you can only see the first one you will still be left with a mystery but you will still have an all time classic tale as well.
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The excellent story line in this anime could have led to a classic in the Sci-Fi Anime genre, however, the ending left me saying, "Huh?"

It's not a cliff hanger ending either, just a bit of a thud... reminiscent of the animated Lord of the Rings ending. Remember that one? :-)

I love the visuals, though most of the animation is unpolished by todays anime standards.
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This purchase more than met my expectations!!

A must for the Mecha Anime collector.

Please do business with this seller,
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I love this film! It brings back memories by watching this DVD. Its a spectacular adventure classic that inspired today's anime.
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I had the opportunity of watching this anime about seven years ago in VHS, about one week ago , I saw it on DVD and wow !!! it was really a good experience to see it again. It is a shame that the story seems somewhat incomplete we never get the opportunity to see Megazone 23's enemies and there is no conclusion to the BD problem..is he evil or not?, what is he tryint to do? , there is a sex scene here, and also a love story inside the movie. I hope someday , a director tries to improve the story and the characters in an updated version of Megazone 23, it is truly a classic.

The animation is good overall , considering that it was 1986 when this anime was released.
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Megazone 23 was one of the earliest OAV series produced, and was considered groundbreaking when it was released. I'm really happy that Streamline made part one available on DVD! Unfortunately, they haven't released the second or third parts yet. I asked one of the guys working at the Streamline booth at Anime Expo 2001 when they were going to do so, and he said that he didn't know when or even if they were. Hopefully he was wrong, and the rest will be released domestically!
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