Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
| Super Star God:
Gransazers [Episodes: 40,
|Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
|Japanese (2.0 Stereo)
|| Character Intros (1 Minute)
|| "Next Time" Outtakes (14 Minutes)
|| Commercials (6 Minutes)
The 11th volume of The Gransazers show
contains episodes 40-43, which covers a two-parter
with Logia and the first two episodes of the popular
Bosquito story arc. As for the quality of this
DVD from Toho, it's a pretty good release, sporting
a solid video and audio presentation along with
a decent selection of extras.
About as good as one could expect, given the
source material. The video track is presented
in a 1.33:1 format, matching the show's original
full screen aspect ratio. The colors on this transfer
are generally superb, presenting a very vivid
and rich array. The source is also in excellent
shape, presenting very little noise which is complemented
by the lack of noticeable digital inconsistencies.
The video also looks fairly sharp when one takes
into consideration that this wasn't produced using
film stock. In fact, the only real complaint to
be had is that there is a noticeable amount of
window boxing (the black area around the image),
which is particularly odd considering that it's
a full screen transfer anyway and, thus, totally
This disc includes one audio track, which
is a two channel stereo presentation of the
show's original Japanese format. The audio
quality is generally great, with no noticeable
distortions to be noted during the duration
of the four episodes. In fact, the only thing
holding it back is the lack of more robust
options, like a multi-channel surround mix.
The 11th Gransazers DVD has a decent selection
of extras, although nothing in particular
to write home about. The best feature on this
disc is the "Next Time" Outtakes.
This is an odd supplement, as it contains
14 minutes of alternate "Next Time"
sequences, the kind of which play at the end
of each episode to state what's coming up.
A lot of this is footage from the episodes
themselves, and not really noteworthy, although
a good portion of the footage is also brand
new, such as Youhi walking through the countryside,
and ended up never being used at all. Overall,
it's worth viewing, although the music, which
is the same theme looped endless, can get
As for the other extras, the disc includes a
six minute collection of Gransazers commercials,
and a brief one minute "introduction"
video, that has each of the Sazers stating their
name and striking a pose. Sadly, neither of these
is all that interesting.
line, it's a good DVD, presenting a solid lineup
of episodes from the show with good quality and
a decent selection of extras. The only thing to
be wary of, not surprisingly, is the rather hefty
price tag, which is a little hard to stomach given
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