Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar - The Complete Series One Collection
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(Sep 26, 2001)
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The original Sci-Fi adventure series that created a generation of anime fans-and still stands at the head of the pack-is finally available on DVD! The star blazers series 1 DVD collection contains the entire 26-episode series on 6 DVDs, each in its own package and loaded with bonuses, from deleted scenes to music tracks to brand new image galleries. Relive all the drama and excitement as the star force launches for the first time in the space battleship Argo on their epic 148,000 light year quest for Iscandar! Standing against them is Desslock and the might of the Gamilon Empire... and the fate of Earth hangs in the balance!
The first animated work from Leiji Matsumoto, who would create the popular Captain Harlock saga, Star Blazers (Uchu Senkan Yamato or Space Cruiser Yamato, 1974) was a landmark program in Japan and America. When it aired in syndication in the U.S. in 1979, the character names were anglicized (Susumu Kodai became Derek Wildstar; Admiral Okita, Captain Avatar, etc.), the violence and drinking were heavily censored, and the World War II connections of the Yamato were tactfully downplayed. The Quest for Iscandar comprises the first 26-episode continuity; two additional TV series and several features would follow. In the year 2199, the war with the planet Gamilon has turned the Earth's surface into a radioactive desert. The radiation will penetrate the bedrock protecting humanity's underground cities in another year, destroying all remaining life. A message arrives from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar, offering a way to eliminate the deadly radiation and providing plans for an engine that can power a ship across the 148,000 light-year gap. Scientists convert the ruined shell of the battleship Yamato into a starship in a desperate attempt to save the planet, and the perilous voyage begins. The animation and character designs look very dated, but Gen-Xers who grew up watching it remember Star Blazers vividly. The bonus materials include a virtual tour of the Argo, an interactive map of the journey to Iscandar, and some footage deleted from the American broadcast version. Unrated; suitable for ages 8 and up: Violence largely restricted to spaceship and robot attacks. --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
- The Complete Series I Collection (Episodes 1-26) on 6 DVDs
- Image galleries of the Argo, inside and out
- Earth vs. Gamilion war history
- Deleted Scenes
- Star Force crew roster
- A complete overview of the Gamilion Empire
- Gallery of enemies and allies
- The equipment of the Star Force
- A complete interactive map of the Star Force's journey
- 24 page booklet on the making of the original series
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As I watch at an older age I like it even more, the emotional rollercoaster you are taken on makes me wonder if the producers of another great show 24 watched Star Blazers at some point.
Some of the reviews I have read had great insite into the show and its quality. The DVDs are not too bad considering that years ago people watched on black and white tvs and sometimes no cable its an improvement.
A great thing to show your kids the kinds of movies we watched when we were younger.
Good clean Sci-Fi fun.
Minor points that have been brought up by others:
1) The series hasn't been digitally cleaned up. That would have been nice, but it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the program.
2) The episodes don't have the part with Wildstar introducing scenes from the next episode. It doesn't seem to be that great a loss, but one does wonder why they did it.
Even so, the series is a wonderful addition to any anime collection!
I had recollections of Deslock changing from fair skinned to blue skinned. Watching the episodes verified for me that he changed along with other characters to the unifying blue skin color between episode 10 & 11. No explanation for this change is given though (unless I missed it somewhere).
I look forward to viewing the Comet Empire in the near future.
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But, I watched this the first time as a kid on 1978 and was blown away! That ship!Read more