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Space Battleship Yamato [Blu-ray] [Import]

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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Adaptation Of The Original TV Series July 24 2011
By Stephen G. Shillingsburg - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD lives up to it's expectations. For American fans of Space Battleship Yamato, adapted into Star Blazers at the height of the Star Wars craze circa 1979, there will be no disappointment whatsoever. Being one of those fans that saw the toned down dubbed English version I have been following the series ever since. My background with the series may be more extensive as I have no problem watching the original with sub-titles so take that as you may.

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.

The Bad: Storyline, is radically departed by the end of the movie (sequel possibilities would only involve Andromeda if you take my meaning).

The Interesting:
1. Import only so sub-title English and Chinese only.
2. Product was ordered through Amazon (Asian Entertainment (DVD))on a Monday and arrived Wednesday with standard delivery options.
3. Product is stated as being all region DVD. Tried on Region 1 with no problem whatsoever.
4. Regular DVD came with no special features.

Final word: Absolutely loved it.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yamato aka StarBlazers comes back to earth ! Aug. 30 2011
By Cartoon tech - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a BIG fan for years of the english dubbed cartoon (StarBlazers aka Yamato ) shown in the
USA year ago, I couldn't wait to see this movie when I heard that a live action version was
being made.
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.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamato, hasshin! Jan. 30 2014
By Kansuke - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally! An official North American DVD release of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO. I saw this film in the theatre and it lived up to my expectations.

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"
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie and a great copy! Aug. 26 2011
By Kenneth Siller - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of the "Space Battleship Yamato" animated series known as "Star Blazers" in the United States back in 1978. I've wanted to see a live action version of it and in 2010 they finally made one. The quality and technology of special effects necessary to pull it off has been achieved and it shows on the screen. This movie was shot at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and they fill it with action from end to end.

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.
49 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK at the time I bought it... Aug. 26 2011
By Kenneth Siller - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of the "Space Battleship Yamato" TV series called "Star Blazers" here in the United States back in 1978. I've always said that it should be made into a live action movie and in 2010 they finally did it. When I saw the theatrical trailer online, I said I've got ot see it. I was hoping that it would be released to theaters here in the United States but that never happened. That left seeing it on DVD as my last option. When it finally came out in June of this year, the manufacturer produced DVDs without English subtitles. That left me out in the cold.

Then I saw this copy called "Space Battleship Yamato - The final battle." I was suspicious but I ordered it anyway because it said it had English subtitles.

When I received it and played it, my suspicions were confirmed. This copy is a bootleg version. Here's what's wrong with it. The movie was shot at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio but on this DVD it's streached to a 1.85:1 ratio. The movie was recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 but this disc only has Dolby Surround. Some of the subtitles are either wrong or came across as silly.

On the other hand, it was the best I could get at the time.

However, another company is making copies of this movie on DVD that are superior. The movie is presented in its full 2.35:1 aspect ratio, it has Dolby Digital 5.1 sound along with the Japanese dialogue and the English subtitles are more accurate.

I bought the new copy and am very happy. That makes this first copy obsolete and unnecessary.
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