Title:          Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Fighter DVD Box 1 Eps. 1-27

Catalog Number:  XT-1614 - 1618

Manufacturer:    Nippon Columbia

Price:              ¥23,500

Released:          10/27/04

Status:             Available

Description:       The first set of Gatchaman Fighter was released October 27, 2004. With the release of Gatchaman Fighter, all three Gatchaman series were finally available on the DVD format.

Box 1 came in an outer slipcase that housed three standard-sized DVD cases. There were two double-disc cases and a single disc case within the box. The artwork on the slipcase consisted of previously-published promotional pieces and model sheet image composites The artwork on the disc cases also had previously-published pieces and model sheet images. Click here to see the contents of the Gatchaman II Box 2 DVD set.

Each of the DVDs had picture discs with Gatchaman F model sheet images. Discs 1-3 contained five episodes each, while discs 4 and 5 contained six episodes. Extras on the discs themselves consisted of promotional images character model sheet collection, background art collections and stills.

The set included a nice 24-page, full-color booklet that featured a variety of interviews, information, merchandise lists, photos and episode synopses, previously-unpulished character and machine model sheet artwork. The promise of newly mastered editions was partially true, they did look better on average than the previous LaserDisc transfers, but the visible edit marks that were on the Gatchaman II and Gatchaman F LaserDisc sets were still present. The sound was again clear and free of any major distortion. The episodes were presented complete, along with their preview trailers, and each contained five chapter markers; one each for the opening, A and B story parts, preview trailer and ending. There were no mail-away incentives offered for this box set. Monaural