Anchor Bay Press Release: Astro Boy: Collectors Box Set

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE ORIGINAL COLOR CHILDREN¹S TV SHOW FROM THE 80¹s ASTRO BOY
    TO APPEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AMERICA ON DVD NOVEMBER 22, 2005

    Toronto, ON * For the first time, U.S. audiences will be able to enjoy all
    51 episodes of the original Astro Boy Japanese color TV series from Japan¹s
    "God of Comics," Osamu Tezuka on DVD. Manga Entertainment is proud to
    present the Astro Boy Collectors Box Set featuring 8 DVDs (over 25 hours of
    animated adventure) on November 22, 2005. Each DVD will offer these classic
    episodes with both the English language dialogue and, for the first time
    ever, the original Japanese audio tracks.

    The premiere anime ever to broadcast outside of Japan, Astro Boy wowed
    American audiences in 1963 when the original black & white episodes first
    aired on NBC, finding their way into the highest rated time slot
    (6:30pm*7:00pm) for the New York metropolitan area. The show had a
    tremendous impact on American children and was extremely significant in
    establishing the popularity of robot heroes in the US, as well as paving the
    way for the current anime boom. In fact, due to the stregth of this
    ground-breaking program, reknowned Director Stanley Kubrick famously offered
    Tezuka a position as a production designer on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Though
    Tezuka declined, the influence of Tezuka¹s work can readily be seen in
    Kubrick¹s final project A.I. Since that time, Astro¹s simple, recognizable
    lines have become an icon of the U.S. subculture and he remains one of the
    most internationally identifiable personas ever created.

    In 1983, Tezuka Productions, in cooperation with the Nippon Television and
    Network Corporation, created a higher-quality, color version of the beloved
    character for this all new Astro Boy series. Additional information as well
    as a preview of this important series can be viewed at www.astro-boy.net

    A fanciful combination of Pinocchio and Superman, Astro Boy conveys a timely
    message about the triumph of kindness, compassion and selflessness in the
    face of discrimination and human prejudice * a message Tezuka tried to
    communicate not only to the children of the world, but also to their
    parents. With the massive success of other Japanese animated programs
    currently broadcasting on U.S. television (Full Metal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh!,
    Cowboy Bebop and Dragonball Z), Astro Boy is sure to find a welcome home
    among children eager to enjoy Astro¹s exciting adventures and embrace the
    value of aiding humanity.

    The story of Astro Boy takes place in April 2030, when a brilliant robotics
    engineer named Doctor Boynton loses his son Toby in a tragic car accident.
    Distraught over his death, the dedicated but heart-broken scientist uses his
    technical expertise to construct a robot in the boy¹s image. But all was not
    as he¹d hoped, for the scientist soon realized that the robot could never
    grow into a human being capable of filing the void in his heart.

    Abandoned to the care of Hamegg * the cruel ringmaster of a carnival where
    androids are forced to fight each other, Astro Boy is rescued by the kindly
    Doctor Elefun * an "android¹s rights" activist who adopts the boy robot and
    guides him in the use of his special powers to aid and protect mankind.

    ASTRO BOY: COLLECTORS BOX SET
    Street Date: November 22, 2005 Pre-Book Date: October 25, 2005
    Studio: Manga Entertainment, an Anchor Bay Entertainment Company
    Running Time: 51-1/2 hour episodes Unrated: Suitable for all ages.
    Color/Stereo. SRP: $49.98
     
  2. Rob Gardiner

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    Ron,

    I'm excited about this release but the press release is confusing: are we getting the black & white 60s version, or the color 80s version?
     
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    The 60s version is due soon from Right Stuff, the same company that released the show on VHS many years ago.
     
  5. Rob Gardiner

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    Thanks for the info! [​IMG]
     
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    Rob Gardiner. read the original post, we're getting the colorized 80's version. NOT the black and white version ...
     
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    I'll pick this up as this is the series that introduced me to Astro. Maybe on DVD I can figure out where Astro's reports to Flutenose actually differ from what happened in the episodes.[​IMG]

    I might pock up the 60's version if the price is right. Unfortunately the new "Kimba" set is priced to high.
     
  8. TonyD

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    anyone know what the ultra edition vol 1 of astro boy is.



    here


    i guess it's the b & w eps but i didint see an announcement or any discussion of this.
     
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    I never heard of this show before.

    I must be living under a rock??? Your probably right.

    Anyways, I thought it was an advertisment for gay porn which kind of made me laugh looking at the title.

    I was thinking "when did Anchor Bay get into this?"

    Not saying any of that to be a di**. I really didn't know what the show was.
     

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