If the Gamilons made DVDs...
iansomniak | USA, Planet Earth | 10/01/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The legendary Star Blazers TV series (the Americanized version of Japan's "Space Battleship Yamato") has finally arrived on DVD! ...But don't get too excited yet, fans, because this DVD edition (which includes the first 5 episodes of Star Blazers) comes to us NOT from a major anime studio, but from a little company called Voyager Entertainment. It seems that Voyager holds exclusive rights to all things Yamato, and that is very bad news for the millions of rabid Star Blazers enthusiasts in this country (and the world). Why? Because it appears that the folks at Voyager know about as much about how to make a DVD as my cousin Bubba does! If you can manage to wrest this disc away from its fancy case (complete with typos on the back cover!) without breaking it in half (and that's a big IF, `cause this bad boy is constructed like a plastic bear trap!) and pop it into your player, you will immediately be struck by the obvious shoddiness of this production. Even the obligatory FBI warning looks cheesy! Then there's the menu design: nothing but a solid gray screen with two little pictures at the bottom left (one for PLAY and one for CHAPTERS)! Select PLAY to start the feature, and step back in time to the year 1979 - long before DVDs were even thought of. In 1979, the audio and video quality of this disc would have seemed good. Keep that in mind, and you won't be quite so disappointed. Now you can sing along to the inspiring theme song, marvel at the stylish animation, and savor the sophisticated storyline. Remember that an inferior Star Blazers disc is a whole lot better than nothing...and nothing is what we've had for far too long. And unfortunately, since Voyager OWNS the Star Force, a properly restored version of this excellent animated program may not be available for many years...if ever. For that reason alone, I will (reluctantly) recommend this disc. The picture is a bit grainy and the sound warbles in places, but it's still _Our_ _Star_ _Blazers_! Keep your digital expectations low and let your imagination soar with this blast from the past! ...1 star for the DVD, 5 stars for the show.NOTE: I read on the Web that Voyager is waiting for the little consumer response cards (included with the DVD) to come back before starting on a Volume 2 disc, so if you want more Star Blazers, make sure you fill the card out and send it in (YOU provide the stamp, of course)."
supersaiyandan | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA | 11/09/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When i first heard of the possibility of a star blazers dvd i was quite excited.Unfortunately once i received it,i was throughly disappointed.Even though the original program was quite old,voyager could have done a much better job here.They cut corners to save money.Even some of the poorest vcd's have better video and sound quality than this dvd edition.You would do yourself much better to buy the current video tapes that are out there.As long as you have a halfway decent vcr,you'll do much better than this dvd edition.Keep your eye out for the japanese edition dvd's.I'm sure they are coming,if they aren't out already.They won't cut corners at the expense of quality.Save your money and spend it on some other anime dvd's like sol bianca.(Don't waste your money on the funimation dragonball z dvds,or the evangelion dvd's either.Their quality is almost bad as this)"
I have to concur, a big let down...
J. T. Neville | Redwood City, CA USA | 10/16/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"but buy it anyways. It's the only way you are going to get to relive your childhood cartoon afternoons.The first 5 episodes stay true to what I remember and end with the first use of the wave motion gun and their escape from Jupiter. It was great to see it again and the fact that Voyager might not finish the series greatly disturbs me. Please do fill out the reply card if you purchase this DVD. =)"
The nostalgia alone makes it worth it
V. Ravindran | Washington DC | 09/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Star Blazers series was the first Japanese cartoon I really liked. It captured my young imagination. And it made me curse things like dentist appointments that forced me to miss episodes. I have never seen the entire series, so seeing this come out on DVD is very thrilling. The quality of the DVD however is nothing special. There are no extras on disc one, and the only optimization made is to not force the viewer to see closing credits after every episode. I also was not entirely thrilled with the price especially when you start to realize that a good 15% of every episode is spent recapping.But I digress, the series is so cool, especially for its time, that it is well worth adding to the collection. I can't wait to have all the episodes of the first series. No dentist appointment will prevent me from knowing what happens next."