The year is 2199. Mankind teeters on the brink of extinction as the Gamilas, a heinous race of alien invaders, wage an endless war for the right to inhabit the Earth. The last hope for humanity lies on the distant planet of Iskander, and the only battleship capable of attempting the journey is the legendary Yamato. Armed with the devastatingly-powerful Wave Motion Cannon, grizzled Captain Okita and the Yamato’s crew venture boldly into the darkest depths of space. The Gamilas attack at every turn, but fallen hero Susumu Kodai and ace pilot Yuki Mori fight side-by-side for the future of their world. Together, these young lovers unlock the secrets of Iskander – only to face a harrowing voyage home that will change their world forever!
Space Battleship Yamato: Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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It was with mixed reservations that I finally got to see the December 2010 movie adaptation of my childhood favorite cartoon. Having seen it twice now I can tell you two truisms:
1. It has been worth the wait.
2. The movie was made by fans of the original show.
If you have been a close follower of the show, the first 30 minutes plays such a homage to the original I am almost naming my goosebumps. The story-line, characters, ship, soundtrack, action flow, practically the entire first episode including camera angles, has been beautifully recreated. At around 2 hours to cover the original 26 "Quest To Iscandar" episodes I think this has been a beautiful homage to fans of the original series or it's American counterpart. Wildstar (US) or Shima (JA) still has his growth period but is the central character. The only really changed character is IQ9 whose transformation to the big screen couldn't have been better done. Sane (US) or Sato (JA) even still has his cat and famous "spring water."
The Good: As mentioned above and special effects. IMDB reports 15 million spent on the movie, primarily on special effects. Quite frankly I find that impossible. What I saw, rivaled Avatar.Read more ›
The story is based on the original one seen in the TV series of Earth vs the Gamilons. The original characters are there more or less. With that in mind, this is not your father's or grandfather's "Space Battleship Yamato." Some of the differences are interesting, some are shocking. The way it's crafted, this movie can be enjoyed by those who don't know anything about the TV series as well as long time fans.
This copy produced by Sarawak Media Corporation of Malaysia is near perfect. The movie is presented in its full 2.35:1 aspect ratio with its original Japanese dialogue and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. It has English subtitles and they are almost complete. There are 2 or 3 scenes that are missing the caption but it's minor.
This version is far superior to another on being produced on DVD by another company.
My thanks to Sarawak Media Corporation for producing this DVD and LOTO-SURPLUS for selling it at an affordable price.
USA year ago, I couldn't wait to see this movie when I heard that a live action version was
The script sticks mostly to the original story plot from the cartoon.
And the actor in the movie are pretty spot on as well to there cartoon counterparts.
Even the CGI effect are better then I thought they would be. Based on American
movie production budgets that would have cost 3 or 4 times as much to have made a movie like this.
Definitely worth buying this DVD.
It should be noted, that there will be no English dubbed version. All releases in DVD and BluRay will be in Japanese with English subtitles. This is due to the contract with actor/singer Takuya Kimura (who plays Kodai). No big deal. This is how the film should be viewed.
You can tell this film was made by fans for fans. Although there were some changes, respect was shown to the original material, unlike some reboots/remakes/retellings.
If you want to learn more about this film, and the anime series, check out the website "ourstarblazers.com"
UPDATE: since the previous review was written on the film, here is one for the DVD/BluRay: Audio is clear and crisp, picture quality is excellent. The majority of the extras (as in most cases) are on the BluRay disk. There isn't a lot of extras, but at least the film's trailers are there. And yes, there is an English dub. I am curious what Eleven Arts and Giant Ape did to have been allowed to produce a dubbed version (ref: Takuya Kimura's contract) compared to the previous foreign releases of this film. After listening to the English dub (it's a hit and miss with the voice actors chosen), I still prefer hearing it in Japanese.
After all is said and done, I still give the film and its release four stars.
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I thought it could have been closer to starblazers but it was still good :-)Published 10 hours ago by Roland RJ Martin III
Cool movie if you remember the old "Star Blazers" series from Japan shown here in the 80's.Published 4 days ago by Kevin K.
It was awesome! But the didn't show my favorite alien characters.Published 13 days ago by SAUL GUERRERO
It was okay, but childhood memories of the series are still better.Published 13 days ago by B. Smith
If you are a fan of anime then this is a great addition to your collection!Published 14 days ago by Matthew Rayle
Straight garbage. If you want to see a good reboot of the show watch SBY 2199 from 2013. This movie was atrocious and not just because of the crappy english dub. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
The Starship CGI is great. The story is crap. Is it really that hard to keep the origianal story line?? Don't bother buying. Just watch the WaveMotion clips on youtube.Published 15 days ago by Rob Chapman
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