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Astro Boy: The Collection (1980)

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  • Actors: Richard Ganoung, Bob Gonzalez, Debby Holmes, Hisashi Katsuda, Del Lewis
  • Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Osamu Tezuka
  • Writers: Osamu Tezuka
  • Producers: Del Lewis, Akira Yoshikawa, Carl Battaglia, Hidehiko Takei, Michitoshi Shimakata
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 22 2005
  • Run Time: 1560 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKU6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,953 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Although Osamu Tezuka's Complete Manga runs to 300 volumes and his filmography as a writer, producer, and/or director includes more than 70 shorts, features, and TV series, Astro Boy--including this 1980 remake--remains his iconic creation. Tezuka wrote many of the scripts for the second version, and he and Noboru Ishiguro are listed as co-directors. Created by Dr. Boynton to replace his dead son, Astro is a 100,000-horsepower super-robot with jets in his legs, lasers in his fingers, and a gun in his derrière. His round head and goo-goo eyes reflect Tezuka's affection for the old Fleischers cartoons. Astro overcomes criminals, people who use robots for evil purposes or who harbor anti-robot prejudice, and Atlas, a robot who wants to rule the world. In these struggles, Astro never loses his temper, holds a grudge, or feels temptation. Tezuka wanted him to embody the virtues of selflessness and compassion, but his naive, unflagging goodness makes him a rather dull character.

The color version of Astro Boy is better animated than the 1963 original, which relied heavily on cycles and reused footage. But the stolid timing robs the action scenes of the punch they should pack. The English dub is equally flat, with little inflection or acting to communicate the characters' emotions. The faded prints have been restored to their original colors. Characters are called by their English names in the dialogue but by their Japanese names in subtitles (e.g., Dr. Boynton becomes Dr. Tenma). Among the extras are several deleted scenes, including one of Tezuka introducing "Astro's First Love." Tezuka devotees and fans who grew up watching the color version on TV will want this set, but the original, black-and-white series remains the definitive Astro Boy. (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 23 2005
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THE :Two Original Japanese Episodes with English Subtitles
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By janurabi on Nov. 30 2005
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I was so excited when I heard this was coming to DVD. I jumped at it right away. It's great to see all the episodes I remember watching when I was a child. I might be overly picky but the voice dubbings are slightly different than how I remember them, but whatever. Who cares right? The old score from the show is still there (Glad no one tampered with that like Droids or the Ewoks cartoons).
All the episodes with Atlas are definitely the highlights, although most of them are classics in their own right. It's amazing that after all these years Astroboy still has it's appeal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By UniqueLikeEveryoneElse on July 4 2008
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This is the best Astro Boy for the money. Osamu Tezuka actually had a hand in the production of this series, and kept it as close to the comics as possible, so the booklet says. (The booklet which comes with it is a great little reference and lists the order in which the shows aired both in Japan and the USA.)
The english dub has one major weakness: the voice actor for Atlas, who has a superb voice for that part, commonly shows up as the voice for other "bad guys" in the series, and it gets pretty annoying. I recommend watching it in Japanese if you can handle subtitles. There's a lot of differences between it and the english dub. The subtitles give a lot more depth and feeling to the series, especially in the first few discs.
This series rules. Often you'll see an Astro Boy episode and realise that a modern anime title has borrowed the theme and expanded on it.
Go, Atomu!!
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