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Gatchaman Theatrical Edition DVD

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By Toshiba Entertainment

The Gatchaman Feature Film was released on DVD in Japan on February 25. This marks only the second time that this film has been made available to the general public on home video. It was previously released as a VHD in the early 1980s, and as an extremely limited DVD edition in 2001 and 2003 as detailed here. Contrary to early pre-release information, the feature on this DVD is not presented in widescreen format, nor does it include DTS sound. The feature is presented in its normal 4:3 TV aspect ratio, and there are two separate Dolby Digital Japanese audio tracks - one in 4.0 surround (to approximate the original theatrical mix) and a brand-new 5.1 surround mix. There are no English audio tracks or subtitles included.

Extras include lengthy interviews with Ippei Kuri, Mitsuki Nakamura, Kunio Ookawara, Yoshitaka Amano and voice actors Katsuji Mori, Kazuko Sugiyama and Yoku Shioya. A brief model sheet gallery is also included with mostly familiar images. Additionally, the DVD comes with a miniature 5"x7" reprint of the full contents of the Gatchaman Movie Program (pictured above, right). The disc's catalogue number is DA-0896 and it is priced at ´4,935. This DVD is encoded in region 2 and NTSC format and will not be viewable in standard North American DVD players.

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Gatchaman Volumes 9 and 10 and Gatchaman Collection 5

By ADV Films

February 21, 2006 saw the release of the fifth wave of the dubbed and subtitled North American Gatchaman DVD series.

The individual volumes in this wave are Gatchaman Volume 9: Funeral For A Friend (DGTM/009) and Gatchaman Volume 10: Jet Cutters & The Giant Buddha (DGTM/010). The subheads for each volume like Funeral For A Friend do not appear anywhere other than in advertising and promotion for the discs. They are not printed anywhere on the discs themselves. Both of these individual discs include their own extras as follows: Volume 9 has clean opening and closing animation, commentary with John Tyson (the voice of Red Impulse) and a Gatchaman Karaoke episode. Volume 10 has clean opening and closing animation, commentary with Leraldo Anzaldua (Ken) and Andy McAvin (Dr. Nambu), plus another Gatchaman Karaoke episode. The Gatchaman Karaoke episodes allow the viewer to select the music and effects only audio tracks without dialogue.

The Gatchaman Collection 5 (DGTM/BX5) box set (pictured above) includes the two individual volumes, along with a full-color custom outer box and an additional DVD full of extras, called Gatchaman Extras 5 (DGTM/EX5). This disc includes a profile of Ryu, character sketches of Ryu, sketches from episodes on the Volume 9 and 10 DVDs, Victor Carsrud (Ryu) audition footage and interview, a Gatchaman Publishing Gallery Part IV (Europe), and Gatchaman Manga Volume 4.

There are no booklets or printed extras included in the individual releases or box set. The jacket and box artwork are by comic artist Alex Ross except for the art on the extras disc jacket, which is by Jason Hofius along with a previously-published publicity image. Each of the DVDs have color picture labels.

The individual volumes retail for $14.98 each, and the Collection 5 box retails for $35.98. These discs are produced in NTSC format for Region 1 playback.

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Tatsunoko Time Capsule - Illustrated Postcard Collection - Part 3

By Tatsunoko Original

February 13 saw the release of sixteen more postcards in Tatsunoko's ongoing line. This time there are two Gatchaman images included, which are both new to postcards. The set is priced at ¥2100 and is only available for purchase to Japanese residents on Tatsunoko's online webshop.

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Tiny Choro-Q - Tatsunoko Choro-Q Part 2

January, 2006 saw the release of the second wave of Takara's Tatsunoko "Choro-Q" toy items! The first wave did not include any Gatchaman-related pieces. The Choro-Q line is made up of motorized pull-back vehicles, and this second release included a miniature God Phoenix, eight other Tatsunoko-related toys and a "secret" gold-colored version of the Mach race car from Mach GoGoGo (Speed Racer). The toys were priced at ¥368 each and were released only in Japan.

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Gatchaman OAV DVD (Re-release)

A budget DVD re-release of the Gatchaman OAV series was offered in Japan on January 18, 2006. The catalogue number for this release is COBC-4493 and it is priced at a very reasonable ¥2625. This budget title comes in a standard DVD case, unlike the first release of the OAVs in Japan which was in a CD package-sized jewel case. All of the extras on the initial release are included here. The DVD is encoded in Region 2, NTSC format and will not be viewable on standard North American DVD players.

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Gatchaman - Battle of the Planets - Battle 02 DVD

By Yamato Video

Released in Italy in January, 2006, the second DVD release in this line includes the next eight episodes of the Italian version of Battle of the Planets. Each episode has both Italian and English language soundtracks and the disc comes with minor bonus materials such as character profiles and trailers for other Yamato series. When the "play all" selection is chosen, the episodes are run back-to-back, with only their individual title cards separating the programming. The credits only appear at the very beginning and very end of the episodes in this mode. The disc has a full-color picture label.

More volumes are planned for release over the next few months. The disc's catalogue number is YD-0371 and it is priced at 11.60 Euros. It is presented in PAL format and is encoded for Region 2 playback, so it will not be viewable on most North American DVD players.

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Gatchaman Volumes 7 and 8 and Gatchaman Collection 4

By ADV Films

December 20, 2005 saw the release of the fourth wave of the dubbed and subtitled North American Gatchaman DVD series. There are nine waves of releases planned, with each consisting of two options for buyers; either as the two latest individual volumes, or as a box set with the latest volumes, a thick box cover and a disc of extra materials. All one-hundred five episodes are planned for release, with a new wave coming roughly every two months.

The individual volumes in this wave were Gatchaman Volume 7: Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll (DGTM/007) and Gatchaman Volume 8: The Devil's Airline & The Valley of Death (DGTM/008). The subheads for each volume like Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll did not appear anywhere other than in advertising and promotion for the discs. They were not printed anywhere on the discs themselves. Both of these individual discs included their own extras as follows: Volume 7 had clean opening and closing animation, commentary with Edwin Neal (Berg Katse) and a Gatchaman Karaoke episode. Volume 8 had clean opening and closing animation, commentary with Sarah Alys Lindhom (Senior Translator) and another Gatchaman Karaoke episode. The Gatchaman Karaoke episodes allow the viewer to select the music and effects only audio tracks without dialogue.

The Gatchaman Collection 4 (DGTM/BX4) box set (pictured above) includes the two individual volumes, along with a full-color custom outer box and an additional DVD full of extras, called Gatchaman Extras 4 (DGTM/EX4). This disc included a profile of Jinpei, character sketches of Jinpei, sketches from episodes on the first two DVDs, Luci Christian audition footage and interview, Gatchaman Publishing Gallery, Part III, a special segment of the Demon 5 in concert and Gatchaman Manga Volume 3.

The audio and video transfers on all of the episodes are solid, in some cases looking even better than the Japanese releases. Each episode includes a brand-new English dub in addition to a brand-new English subtitle track. The dubbed audio and subtitle tracks are different, with the subtitle tracks holding much closer to the original Japanese scripts than the dubbed tracks.

There are no booklets or printed extras included in the individual releases or box set. The jacket and box artwork are by comic artist Alex Ross except for the art on the extras disc jacket, which is by Jason Hofius along with a previously-published publicity image. Each of the DVDs have color picture labels.

The individual volumes retail for $14.98 each, and the Collection 4 box retails for $35.98. These discs are produced in NTSC format for Region 1 playback.

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Gatchaman - Battle of the Planets - Battle 01 DVD

By Yamato Video

This DVD, which was released in Italy in October, 2005, includes the first eight episodes of the Italian version of Battle of the Planets (as presented in Gatchaman order). Each episode has both Italian and English language soundtracks and the disc comes with minor bonus materials such as character profiles and trailers for other Yamato series. When the "play all" selection is chosen, the episodes are run back-to-back, with only their individual title cards separating the programming. The credits only appear at the very beginning and very end of the episodes in this mode. But doing it this way allowed for the inclusion of more episodes. The picture quality and encoding on these discs is usually of good quality, but the source materials are a bit aged. The disc has a nice full-color picture label.

More volumes are planned for release over the next few months. The disc's catalogue number is YD-0370 and it is priced at 11.60 Euros. It is presented in PAL format and is encoded for Region 2 playback, so it will not be viewable on most North American DVD players.

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Tatsunoko Character Mascots 2

.By Takara Toys

October, 2005 saw the release of the second wave of Takara's Tatsunoko Character Mascot series of tiny lanyard/strap style trinkets. The first wave did not have any Gatchaman-related pieces, but this second one features a Super-Deformed style God Phoenix. These are meant to be attached to cameras, phones, backpacks, etc. via the supplied cord, or metal hook fastener. Each of the ten pieces in this line are priced at ´200 and are available only in Japan.

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Gatchaman Volumes 5 and 6 and Gatchaman Collection 3

By ADV Films

October 18, 2005 saw the release of the third wave of the dubbed and subtitled North American Gatchaman DVD series. There are nine waves of releases planned, with each consisting of two options for buyers; either as the two latest individual volumes, or as a box set with the latest volumes, a thick box cover and a disc of extra materials. All one-hundred five episodes are planned for release, with a new wave coming roughly every two months.

The individual volumes in this wave were Gatchaman Volume 5: Guillotines & Witches (DGTM/005) and Gatchaman Volume 6: Devil Stars & Rocket Squid (DGTM/006). The subheads for each volume like Guillotines & Witches did not appear anywhere other than in advertising and promotion for the discs. They were not printed anywhere on the discs themselves. Both of these individual discs included their own extras as follows: Volume 5 had clean opening and closing animation, commentary with Andy McAvin (the voice of Dr. Nambu) and a Gatchaman Karaoke episode. Volume 6 had clean opening and closing animation, commentary with George Manley (Narrator) and another Gatchaman Karaoke episode. The Gatchaman Karaoke episodes allow the viewer to select the music and effects only audio tracks without dialogue.

The Gatchaman Collection 3 (DGTM/BX3) box set (pictured above) includes the two individual volumes, along with a full-color custom outer box and an additional DVD full of extras, called Gatchaman Extras 3 (DGTM/EX3). This disc included a profile of Jun, character sketches of Jun, sketches from episodes on the first two DVDs, Kim Prause audition footage and interview, Gatchaman Publishing Gallery, Part II and Gatchaman Manga Volume 2.

The audio and video transfers on all of the episodes are solid, in some cases looking even better than the Japanese releases. Each episode includes a brand-new English dub in addition to a brand-new English subtitle track. The dubbed audio and subtitle tracks are different, with the subtitle tracks holding much closer to the original Japanese scripts than the dubbed tracks.

There are no booklets or printed extras included in the individual releases or box set. The jacket and box artwork are by comic artist Alex Ross except for the art on the extras disc jacket, which is by Jason Hofius along with a previously-published publicity image. Each of the DVDs have color picture labels.

The individual volumes retail for $14.98 each, and the Collection 3 box retails for $35.98. These discs are produced in NTSC format for Region 1 playback.

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Gatchaman Volumes 3 and 4 and Gatchaman Collection 2

By ADV Films

August 16, 2005 saw the release of the second wave of the dubbed and subtitled North American Gatchaman DVD series. There are nine waves of releases planned, with each consisting of two options for buyers; either as the two latest individual volumes, or as a box set with the latest volumes, a thick box cover and a disc of extra materials. All one-hundred five episodes are planned for release, with a new wave coming roughly every two months.

The individual volumes in this wave were Gatchaman Volume 3: Iceburgs & Africa (DGTM/003) and Gatchaman Volume 4: Speed Racers & Neon Giants (DGTM/004). The subheads for each volume like Iceburgs & Africa did not appear anywhere other than in advertising and promotion for the discs. They were not printed anywhere on the discs themselves. Both of these individual discs included their own extras as follows: Volume 3 had clean closing animation, commentary with Luci Christian (the voice of Jinpei) & Charles Campbell (ADR Director) and a Gatchaman Karaoke episode. Volume 4 had clean opening and closing animation, commentary with Victor Carsrud (Ryu) and another Gatchaman Karaoke episode. The Gatchaman Karaoke episodes allow the viewer to select the music and effects only audio tracks without dialogue.

The Gatchaman Collection 2 (DGTM/BX2) box set (pictured above) includes the two individual volumes, along with a full-color custom outer box and an additional DVD full of extras, called Gatchaman Extras 2 (DGTM/EX2). This disc included a profile of Joe, character sketches of Joe, sketches from episodes on the first two DVDs, Brian Jepsen audition footage and interview, a Gatchaman Publishing Gallery, a What is Gatchaman? mini-documentary, an interview with Alex Ross and Gatchaman Manga Volume 1.

The audio and video transfers on all of the episodes are solid, in some cases looking even better than the Japanese releases. Each episode includes a brand-new English dub in addition to a brand-new English subtitle track. The dubbed audio and subtitle tracks are different, with the subtitle tracks holding much closer to the original Japanese scripts than the dubbed tracks.

There are no booklets or printed extras included in the individual releases or box set. The jacket and box artwork are by comic artist Alex Ross except for the art on the extras disc jacket, which is by Jason Hofius along with a previously-published publicity image. Each of the DVDs have color picture labels.

The individual volumes retail for $14.98 each, and the Collection 2 box retails for $35.98. These discs are produced in NTSC format for Region 1 playback.

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Commando G - Battle of the Planets - DVD Box set

By Suevia Films

Released in Spain on June 15, 2005, Suevia's DVD set consists of a forty-four inch long digipack foldout, housed within a slipcover. A total of twenty-six episodes have been spread over the set's seven DVDs. The disc's soundtracks include both Castilian Spanish and English audio, and include extras like trailers and photo galleries of promotional items from Spain and elsewhere in the world. The picture quality is generally mushy due to the source materials and and the digital encoding is of a lower quality than many other packages. Each of the seven discs include a nice full-color picture label.

The catalogue number for the set is 1492 and it is priced at 49.95 Euros. These DVDs have been encoded for Region 1-6 playback, but they're in PAL format so many North American DVD players may still have problems with them.

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Battle of the Planets - DVD Volume 5

By Madman Entertainment

June 15, 2005 saw the release of the fifth and final Battle of the Planets DVD box set collection in Australia. Not only are the episodes presented in the running order originally suggested by distributor/Executive Producer Sandy Frank, but this three disc set includes such items as an Alan Dinehart biography, model sheet gallery, art gallery and a special exclusive commentary track from series Writer/Producer Jameson Brewer. All together there were five boxes (each themed for a member of G-Force!) which each featured seventeen uncut episodes of Battle of the Planets. Extras for the sets varied, but attempts were made to include items on all of them that had never been presented before. The catalogue number for this fifth box set is MMB120, and it has been priced at AU$59.95.

These discs are intended for the Australian market and are encoded for Region 4, PAL playback. They will not play in standard North American DVD players.

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Gatchaman Volumes 1 and 2 and Gatchaman Collection 1

By ADV Films

June 14, 2005 The first volumes of something many North American fans never thought would happen - Gatchaman, dubbed and subtitled in English and released uncut. There are nine waves of releases planned, with each consisting of two options for buyers; either as the two latest individual volumes, or as a box set with the latest volumes, a thick box cover and a disc of extra materials. These first waves will include five episodes per disc (Volume), while later waves will have more episodes per disc. All one-hundred five episodes are planned for release, with a new wave coming roughly every two months.

The individual volumes in this wave were Gatchaman Volume 1: The Legend Begins (DGTM/001) and Gatchaman Volume 2: Meteors & Monsters (DGTM/002). The subheads for each volume like The Legend Begins did not appear anywhere other than in advertising and promotion for the discs. They were not printed anywhere on the discs themselves. Both of these individual discs included their own extras as follows: Volume 1 had clean closing animation, commentary with Leraldo Anazulda (the voice of Ken) & Charles Campbell (ADR Director), Brian Jepson (Joe) & Charles Campbell, and a Gatchaman Karaoke episode. Volume 2 had clean closing animation, commentary with Kim Prause (Jun) & Charles Campbell and another Gatchaman Karaoke episode. The Gatchaman Karaoke episodes allow the viewer to select the music and effects only audio tracks without dialogue.

The Gatchaman Collection 1 (DGTM/BX1) box set (pictured above) includes the two individual volumes, along with a full-color custom outer box and an additional DVD full of extras, called Gatchaman Extras 1 (DGTM/EX1). This disc included a profile of Ken, character sketches of Ken, sketches from episodes on the first two DVDs, Leraldo Anazulda udition footage and interview, an interview with Charles Campbell, an alternate ending sequences, a commercial for a Gatchaman toy and a mini-documentary of Tatsunoko Productions.

The audio and video transfers on all of the episodes are solid, in some cases looking even better than the Japanese releases. Each episode includes a brand-new English dub in addition to a brand-new English subtitle track. The dubbed audio and subtitle tracks are different, with the subtitle tracks holding much closer to the original Japanese scripts than the dubbed tracks.

There are no booklets or printed extras included in the individual releases or box set. The jacket and box artwork are by comic artist Alex Ross except for the art on the extras disc jacket, which is by Jason Hofius. Each of the DVDs have color picture labels.

The individual volumes retail for $14.98 each, and the Collection 1 box retails for $35.98. These discs are produced in NTSC format for Region 1 playback.

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Gatchaman Lighters

.By Hirota Company

A set of three Gatchaman-themed lighters has been released in Japan as part of a Gatchaman/Casshan assortment pack. The designs were printed on metal sleeves which could be slipped over the top of disposable lighter bodies. They are priced at ´157 each and are available only in Japan.

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Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #6

By Top Cow

The sixth and final issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves in May, 2005! Published in black and white, this issue continues a storyline in which Princess leaves the G-Force team. The cover is by Top Cow artist, Eric Basaldua. The issue is priced at $2.99.

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Battle of the Planets - DVD Volume 4

By Madman Entertainment

April 13, 2005 saw the release of the fourth Battle of the Planets DVD box set collection in Australia. Not only are the episodes presented in the running order originally suggested by distributor/Executive Producer Sandy Frank, but this three disc set includes such items as an Alan Young biography, model sheet gallery, art gallery and more. All together there will be five boxes (each themed for a member of G-Force!) which will each feature seventeen uncut episodes of Battle of the Planets. Extras for the sets will vary, but attempts have been made to include items on all of them that have never been presented before. The catalogue number for this fourth box set is MMB119, and it has been priced at AU$59.95.

These discs are intended for the Australian market and are encoded for Region 4, PAL playback. They will not play in standard North American DVD players.

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Gatchaman Postcards

.By Heart Art Company

A set of five Gatchaman postcards, four full-color and one with line art, were released in Japan in . Part of a much larger release of Tatsunoko postcards, these Gatchaman cards can be purchased as a set for ´680, or individually for ´158 each. They are available only in Japan.

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Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #5

By Top Cow

The fifth issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves in April, 2005! Published in black and white, this issue continues a storyline in which Princess leaves the G-Force team. The cover is by regular Battle of the Planets series artist, Wilson Tortosa. The issue is priced at $2.99.

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Battle of the Planets - DVD Volume 3

By Madman Entertainment

February 23, 2005 saw the release of the third Battle of the Planets DVD box set collection in Australia. Not only are the episodes presented in the running order originally suggested by distributor/Executive Producer Sandy Frank, but this three disc set includes such items as a video interview with Janet Waldo (Princess), model sheet galleries, art galleries and more. All together there will be five boxes (each themed for a member of G-Force!) which will each feature seventeen uncut episodes of Battle of the Planets. Extras for the sets will vary, but attempts have been made to include items on all of them that have never been presented before. The catalogue number for this third box set is MMB118, and it has been priced at AU$59.95.

These discs are intended for the Australian market and are encoded for Region 4, PAL playback. They will not play in standard North American DVD players.

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Tatsunoko Imagination

By Bandai

The four figure Tatsunoko Imagination collection was issued in Japan by Bandai on February 21, 2005. The figures were Gashapon-style, pre-painted items that came in a number of pieces that the buyer had to assemble. Included in the set were a Ken, the Eagle and a Joe, the Condor figure (both pictured above) along with two non-Gatchaman figures from Casshan and Hurricane Polymer. The figures which were three to four inches in height, were not in scale with one another. The figures cost ´300 each, and were available only in Japan.

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Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #4

By Top Cow

The fourth issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves in February, 2005! Published in black and white, this issue continues a storyline in which Princess leaves the G-Force team. The cover is by regular Battle of the Planets series artist, Wilson Tortosa. The issue is priced at $2.99.

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Gatchaman - Helmet Style Silver Pendant

By Tatsunoko Original

Initially offered on January 5, 2005. This first of two different style Gatchaman pendants was offered for sale on Tatsunoko's Online Web Shop. This version is styled after Ken, the Eagle's helmet, complete with antenna. The pendant comes with a 50cm silver chain. The item is very limited, but the exact number of pieces that were produced is unknown. The pendant costs a fairly hefty ¥12,000. This item is available for purchase and shipping only in Japan.

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Gatchaman - Symbol Style Silver Pendant

By Tatsunoko Original

Initially offered on January 5, 2005. This second of two different style Gatchaman pendants was offered for sale on Tatsunoko's Online Web Shop. This version is styled after the bird head logo on the Ninja Team's uniforms. As with the helmet, this pendant comes with a silver chain (44cm). The item is very limited, but the exact number of pieces that were produced is unknown. This pendant is priced at ¥11,000 and is available for purchase and shipping only in Japan.

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Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #3

By Top Cow

The third issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves in January, 2005! Published in black and white, this issue continues a storyline in which Princess leaves the G-Force team. The cover is by regular Battle of the Planets series artist, Wilson Tortosa. The issue is priced at $2.99.

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Gatchaman Knit Caps

By Tatsunoko Original

These two Gatchaman Knit Caps feature the famous bird head symbol, on either a black or grey cap. Each cap also comes with a selection of three Gatchaman-themed pin badges. The caps were made for sale exclusively through Tatsunoko's own online web shop. These were released in December, 2004 and each version costs ¥3400. These items are available for purchase and shipping only in Japan.

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Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #2

By Top Cow

The second issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves in December, 2004! Published in black and white, this issue continues a storyline in which Princess leaves the G-Force team. The cover is by regular Battle of the Planets series artist, Wilson Tortosa. The issue is priced at $2.99.

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Battle of the Planets - DVD Volume 2

By Madman Entertainment

November 11, 2004 saw the release of the second Battle of the Planets DVD box set collection in Australia. Not only are the episodes presented in the running order originally suggested by distributor/Executive Producer Sandy Frank, but this three disc set includes such items as a video interview with Ronnie Schell (Jason), model sheet galleries, art galleries and more. All together there will be five boxes (each themed for a member of G-Force!) which will each feature seventeen uncut episodes of Battle of the Planets. Extras for the sets will vary, but attempts have been made to include items on all of them that have never been presented before. The catalogue number for this second box set is MMB117, and it has been priced at AU$59.95. These discs are intended for the Australian market and are encoded for Region 4, PAL playback. They will not play in standard North American DVD players.

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Alex Ross - Battle of the Planets Artbook

By Top Cow

A magazine-sized collection of Alex Ross' Battle of the Planets comic covers was released by Top Cow in late November. The collection gathers all twelve of his regular series covers, plus bonus images from the Mark, Jason, and Princess specials, as well as other image pieces used for promotional and poster artwork. The front and back covers contain brand-new images done specially for this book! The paperback artbook runs twenty-four pages and is in full-color. It is priced at $4.99.

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Lawson Tatsunoko Figures

By Lawson

A series of twenty-one Tatsunoko figures were released in November through the Japanese convenience store Lawson. As with their previous figures, these were attached to various branded drinks. This line included figures from Mach Go Go Go and Yattaman in addition to Gatchaman. The Gatchaman set consisted of the main five Ninja Team characters, plus Berg Katse, a Galactor soldier and the "secret" limited figure, Red Impulse. Each figure came with a small display base and fact sheet. As an added bonus, Lawson offered a chance to win a special display stand and God Phoenix via a mail-in contest. The base and God Phoenix premiums were made in very limited numbers. The eight figure lineup, standard figure wrapper and special display base with God Phoenix are all shown above.

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.Battle of the Planets - Princess Mini-series #1

By Top Cow

The first issue of the six issue Princess miniseries hit comic store shelves on October 7. Published in black and white, this issue begins a storyline that will see Princess leaving the G-Force team. The cover is by Alex Ross and the interior art is by regular Battle of the Planets series artist, Wilson Tortosa. The issue was priced at $2.99.

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Battle of the Planets - DVD Volume 1

By Madman Entertainment

September 27 saw the release of the first Battle of the Planets DVD box set collection in Australia. Unlike the previous attempt at releasing the series in Australia, these discs will finally deliver the entire series with hosts of extras on each set. Not only are the episodes presented in the running order originally suggested by distributor/Executive Producer Sandy Frank, but this initial three disc set includes such items as episode comparisons between the first episodes of Battle of the Planets, G-Force and Gatchaman (subtitled in English), alternate and rare versions of episodes, a video interview with Casey Kasem, vintage promotional spots, model sheet galleries, art galleries and more. All together there will be five boxes (each themed for a member of G-Force!) which will each feature seventeen uncut episodes of Battle of the Planets. Extras for the sets will vary, but attempts have been made to include items on all of them that have never been presented before. The catalogue number or this first box set is MMB116, and it has been priced at AU$59.95. These discs are intended for the Australian market and are encoded for Region 4, PAL playback. They will not play in standard North American DVD players.

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Battle of the Planets - Original Television Soundtrack

By Silva Screen Records

Early October is proving to be a major time for fans of Battle of the Planets! The Original Television Soundtrack has been released with a massive amout of additional Hoyt Curtin pieces. The score was located after the original release of the material on CD, and is just now finally being made available for the first time.This release consists of two discs. The first focuses on Hoyt Curtin's material, both released and unreleased. The second disc features Bob Sakuma's familiar Gatchaman BGM material, along with a couple bonus alternate tracks from Hoyt Curtin, some episode promo spots (which were included on the original CD release as well), some episode beginning teaser segments and a brand-new remix of the theme song, as well as a track called "The Ballad of 7-Zark-7," which features many of his lines set to dreamy mood music. The disc's catalogue number is SILCD-1167 and it has been priced at £14.95. It can be ordered direct from Silva Screen.

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.Battle of the Planets - 25th Anniversary Collection DVD

By Rhino Home Video

September 28 saw the next release in the series of Battle of the Planets DVDs from Rhino! This set includes the next fourteen episodes picking up where Rhinos previous Ultimate DVD Boxed Set left off. This two-disc set comes with an outer paper sleeve that surrounds a clear, standard sized inner DVD case. One disc is housed on each case panesl, with episode information and synopses printed underneath. Episodes include The Ghostly Grasshopper, The Galaxy Girls, Curse of the Cuttlefish Parts I and II, Demons of the Desert, Siege of the Squids and Orion, Wonderdog of Space on Disc 1. Disc 2 includes The Fierce Flowers Parts I and II, The Space Rock Concert, Prisoners in Space, Victims of the Hawk, Raid on Riga and Seals of Sytron. All episodes are presented complete and uncut.  

Each episode of Battle of the Planets features a new 5.1 surround sound mix. Unlike previous releases, this volume contains no subtitled Gatchaman episodes (Gatchaman has been picked up by ADV Video and will be released separately in 2005!). The 25th Anniversary Collection's catalogue number is R2 970351 and it retails for $24.95. Total running time is approximately 330 minutes. These DVDs are intended for the North American market - They are encoded for Region 1, and are in NTSC format.

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.The Best of G-Force DVD

By Rhino Home Video

By Rhino Home Video. Released the very same day as their Battle of the Planets 25th Anniversary Collection, comes this first-ever American collection of G-Force episodes! Previous Battle of the Planets volumes had included the first six episodes of G-Force. But this time the series has its own separate disc, featring seven of the best episodes that the G-Force has to offer! Episodes include: The Racing Inferno, Invisible Enemy, The Sinister STAR-ONE, The Dinosaur Man, Wheel of Destruction, Secret Red Impulse and The Van Allen Vector. All episodes are complete and uncut, and are presented with their original stereo sound mixes.  

Although not indicated on the package, at leaset one more Best of G-Force volume will probably be on the way, focusing on another collection of top episodes from later in the run of the series. The Best of G-Force's catalogue number is R2 970367 and it retails for $14.95. Total running time is approximately 150 minutes. This DVD is intended for the North American market - It is encoded for Region 1, and is in NTSC format.

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By Universal Playback

Released in the UK on May 24, 2004. A complete set of all eighty-five episodes of Battle of the Planets in one shot. The twelve discs in this set are housed in six, double-disc DVD cases with full-color paper inserts. The cases come in a lightweight, full-color box (pictured above, left, along with the first volume case, right). The episodes are contained on eleven of the DVDs, while the twelvth disc contains a number of interesting bonus materials, including:

Battle of the Planets - The "Movie." Featuring re-edited eisodes, a new voice for Zark and a lot of Gatchaman footage added back.

Battle of the Planets - Mini-feature. The same as the last half of the feature above, but with Zark's original voice. This also has Gatchaman footage added back into it. This was shown at the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con.

Alternate Episode - A test cut of "Rescue of the Astronauts" to see how a new beginning and simple video transition effects would work with the series.

New promos - Edited versions of the live action and animated NTT commecials from Japan. Despite what the text at the tails of them will say, these are not indicators of a new production.

Other extras included text biographies of the main staff and cast, a collection of showcase color art pieces, short copies of some examples of the different types of scripts used for Battle of the Planets.

The Complete Series box clocks in at a staggering thirty-five hours and forty-five minute runtime. The set was priced at £89.99 and its catalogue number is 8224765-11. These DVDs are encoded for Region 2 PAL playback only, they will not play on standard American DVD players.

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Battle of the Planets - G-Force DVD set

By Riche Lieu

Canada saw the release of its first ever French-language Battle of the Planets DVD on April 27, 2004. This DVD set includes twelve full episodes which are presented on two discs. While scant on extras, these versions of the DVDs do have the great advantage of being formatted for NTSC viewers. Episodes include:

DVD 1 - The Jupiter Moon Menace, A Swarm of Robot Ants, Space Rocket Escort, Beast With a Sweet Tooth, Microfilm Mystery and The Alien Beetles

DVD 2 - Magnetic Attraction, The Musical Mummy, The Fiery Lava Giant, The Bat-Ray Bombers, Race Against Disaster and Demons of the Desert

The discs are playable in North American DVD players. The episodes are dubbed in French with no English audio nor subtitles. The set is priced at $19.98 Canadian.

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Tatsunoko Heroes - Tatsunoko Production TV Animation Theme Song Collection

By Nippon Columbia

This DVD contains various opening and closing theme songs and credit sequences from some a variety of Tatsunoko TV shows and OAV programs. The one thing that would have inproved this DVD would have been the inclusion of clean versions of the credit sequences. However, that is not what is included. WeĠre given the standard credits taken from regular episodes of each series that is represented. Out of the seventeen entries on the disc, a full five of them are Gatchaman-related. One each for the three original series, the 1994 OAV and a bonus video made from the full-length version of the Gatchaman theme (called the Òfull-chorusÓ version on this collection). The video contains various Gatchaman clips from the first series. Nice to see, but not really worth the cost of the disc. The DVD was released on December 17, 2003 at a price of ´4,700. Its catalogue number was COBC-90378 and it had a running time of approximately 40 minutes and it is set for Region 2 playback only. This DVD is encoded for Region 2 NTSC only, it will not play on standard American DVD players. It is in monaural and stereo Japanese, there are no English subtitles nor closed captioning.

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G-Force: Animated - The Official Battle of the Planets Guidebook - Revised Second Edition

By TwoMorrows Publishing

The first book completely about the history and production of Battle of the Planets in the US and abroad! This ninety-six page volume by Jason Hofius and George Khoury contains chapters on the history of Gatchaman, the history of Battle of the Planets, main character introductions, an art gallery, a look at the music from Gatchaman and Battle of the Planets, brief episode synopses, entries on the American voice actors, a vintage merchandise gallery and a brand-new final chapter! The final chatper features interview quotes from artist Alex Ross, and a look at some of the exciting Battle of the Planets events and merchandise that will be throughout in 2004!! Throughout the book are quotes and interviews from people involved in theproduction of the show, including Ippei Kuri (Gatchaman's Producer), Sandy Frank (who brought Battle of the Planets to US airwaves), Sadao Miyamoto (Gatchaman's Animation Director) Casey Kasem (the voice of Mark), Ronnie Schell (the voice of Jason) and Janet Waldo (the voice of Princess)! Though listed as full-color in advance advertisements, a number of black and white segments are present. It can be ordered directly from twomorrows.com. This updated edition of the book was released in the US in November, 2003 at a price of $15.95.

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-High-quality items from Udon studios!

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.Battle of the Planets - G-Force Nanomen

By Kinetic Underground

These new Battle of the Planets Nanomen figures were announced as far back as February, 2005 but the producer is awaiting the launch of their line so they can tie them in with the latest release of Rhino's Battle of the Planets home videos. Much like the Gatchaman Box Figures from Yujin, these figures will be small and poseable and will come with removeable helmets and weapons. The initial offering will feature the five members of G-Force along with Zoltar and possibly one more figure. Seen above are images of promotional artwork with Princess (left), Mark, Princess, Zoltar, and unpainted Keyop test figures (center) and a proposed packaging card (right).

 

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JAPAN

 

CR-Gatchaman - X-Rush Pachinko game

A new pachinko machine game, based around the bad guys from Gatchaman will be debuting soon in Japan. It will be called "X-Rush," and it will be made by Sammy.

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Best of Cool Girls EX - Gatchaman G-3 in CG - Dark Version

An alternate color scheme version of the earlier Cool Girls Jun doll. This version essentially replaces any white and pink areas on her uniform with black. It will be released in May, priced at ¥9975. By Takara.

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Gatchaman Items from Tatsunoko's Online Shop

Tatsunoko has several more Gatchaman items on tap for its online store. which may include a soft vinyl Turtle King toy, However, the shop's initial vinyl toy did not sell extremely well, and the production date for the Turtle King has been pushed back several times. It is quite likely that it may not get done.

 

 

More coming soon!

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