Title:          Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II Complete DVD-Box

Catalog Number:  XT-2298

Manufacturer:    Nippon Columbia

Price:              ¥29,400

Released:          9/27/06

Status:             Out-of-print

Description:      Released the same day as the Gatchaman Fighter Complete DVD Box, this single box rerelease for Gatchaman II contained all fifty-two episodes spread over ten DVDs. The discs held exactly the same content as the earlier two box set releases of the series. The big attraction for this release was the bargain price, which was just a little bit higher than the first Gatchaman II box set of the initial releases.

The box housed five standard-sized, double-disc DVD cases. The artwork on the slipcase was the same as featured on the earlier first box release. It was by Shizuo Kawai. The artwork on the disc cases included previously-published pieces and newly-compositied versions of previously-published images.

Each of the DVDs had picture discs screen printed with Gatchaman II images. Discs 1-4 and 6-9 contained five episodes each, while discs 5 and 10 contained six episodes. Extras on the discs themselves consisted of early main character designs and the complete storyboards for Gatchaman II's opening and closing credits on Disc 1.

The set included a nice 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 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