Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers - The Collection: Volume 1

by Chris Delatorre

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday May 22, 2008

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers - The Collection: Volume 1

Featuring over 11 hours, Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: The Collection Volume 1 brings back this great feeling

Being a kid Sci-Fi geek in the 80s was great. It was only a matter of time before the box office success of flicks like "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and "Blade Runner" spawned cartoon series just as visually captivating and thematically bizarre. "Galaxy Rangers," unlike its traditional space opera counterparts "Robotech" and "Voltron," combined a tangible "wild west" feel with its alien outlaws, lawless outposts, and mechanical horses. Although the animation was produced in Japan, "Rangers" was one of the first anime-style cartoon series to be created in the U.S.

A great alternative to (but no substitute for)"G.I. Joe," "Transformers," and "Thundercats," each episode kept its young viewers satisfied from beginning to end. But while the stories may have retained their appeal, the quality of the animation is noticeably inconsistent at times (something we still can't say for masterpieces like "Robotech"); I used to ask myself as a kid why they couldn't just make the entire episode as crisp and clean as the intro. The lack of continuity between stock footage and custom dynamic sequences was common throughout cartoon series of the day. But we can happily forgive. I'd gladly take my favorite cartoon series as a kid over most of the trash that's produced today. What happened to all of the really cool after-school shows anyway?

What 80s Sci-Fi cartoons excelled at (and what today's Sci-Fi cartoons are terrible at) was keeping up with the imagination; their technological undertones and social commentary constantly pushed the envelope, introducing us to the once futuristic concepts of cybernetics and genetic manipulation, while keeping us in tune with such encompassing issues as the Cold War. What you get with "Rangers" is a bunch of cool heroes and villains, cool aliens, cool weapons and star ships and kick-ass story lines. And when it comes to kids watching their favorite Sci-Fi cartoons, isn't that what it's all about?

List Price: $39.98. Approx. Running Time: 704 Minutes. Date of Release: May 20, 2008

Collectors can enjoy the first 32 episodes of this landmark animated series in chronological order with all story lines intact. The four-disc set is well packaged, and contains a nice m?lange of bonus features, including episode commentary, an on-camera interview with the series creator, a 32-page character booklet, and (my favorite) a never-before-seen pilot/demo reel that, in many ways, outdoes the final version.

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