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DVD Title
 Super Star Fleet Sazer-X the Movie: Fight! Star Soldiers
International Title
 Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie: Fight! Star Soldiers
Movie Length: 70 minutes Original Length: 70 minutes
Company: Toho Release: 2006
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 2 Discs: 1
  
Language/Sound:
Japanese (5.1 Surround)
Subtitles:
Japanese
Extras
· Menus (Japanese)
· Chapters (28)
· Trailers: Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie: Fight! Star Soldiers (Theatrical, 5 TV Spots, 1 DVD)
· Kazuki Omori Interview (19 Minutes)
· Koichi Kawakita Interview (21 Minutes)
· Cast Interview (26 Minutes)
· Deleted Scenes (6 Total)
· Making the Movie (4 Minutes)
· Eight page Sticker Filled Booklet
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Review
Anthony Romero

Toho's release of the 2005 "Super Star God" film is another excellent DVD from the company, as long as one doesn't mind the lack of an English audio option. The disc has a really nice presentation overall, including a great video and audio track while Toho has also stocked this release with a ton of bonus material.


 Video:

This disc has an excellent video presentation, which only features some minor things to complain about. Chief among those is that there is a fine layer of grain through out, which is a little depressing to see given how new the film was at this point, but at least it's minimal. It should also be pointed out that there are some scenes that look a little washed out, thanks to high brightness and saturation levels; however, given the scenes this occurs in, I would more than likely bet that this was intentional on the part of special effects director Koichi Kawakita, opting to use this to hide wires as opposed to his older techniques of adding noticeable blur where they should be, as was used in films like Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) and Rebirth of Mothra (1996).

These things aside, though, the video track here looks very nice, offering a sharp level of detail while also avoiding edge enhancement and other digital inconsistencies. The colors here are also pretty vivid and there are no signs of discoloring, ignoring the few sequences that use color filters.

The movie is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs. The image is windowboxed, black border around the video, to ensure that older TV sets don't cut off some of the image.


 Audio:

No real complaints to be had with the audio, assuming one is okay with the lack of English subtitles. This disc only has one audio track, which is a nice 5.1 surround presentation of the movie in Japanese. The track features some nice speaker range, and there are no inconsistencies to speak of as one would have hoped for given the movie wasn't even a year old at this stage.

The audio track is accompanied by, removable, Japanese subtitles.


 Extras:

Toho has stocked this disc with an excellent array of bonus features, which is especially welcome considering the film is a pretty brief 70 minutes long. In total, one will find well over an hour of supplemental material. In terms of the star attractions here, the lengthy interviews with director Kazuki Omori, special effects director Kawakita and an interview with the Sazer-X cast tend to steal the show. Fans of Toho should especially enjoy the first two interviews, as they cover a fair bit of ground while going over the two directors' past work while also talking about the inclusion of the Gotengo in depth, including the choice to use Akira Ifukube's original theme for it. It's also nice to hear Kawakita almost triumphantly admit during his interview that he based the monsters Bulgario and Mammoth Bosquito from this film on Mechani-Kong and King Ghidorah respectively. To spice things up, these first two interviews also host a wide range of production stills from other movies, primarily the Godzilla ones, or footage from earlier productions like Atragon (1963) and King Kong Escapes (1967).

Following this, the disc also contains a wealth of adverts for the film, including TV and theatrical, while it also has about four minutes of "Behind the Scenes" footage, which is primarily devoted to Mammoth Bosquito and the Gotengo. The disc also has six deleted scenes, which feature parts of the movie with the cut footage inserted in so that the viewer can see how and where it would have fit. As for the deleted scenes themselves, they mostly deal with the kid, Riki, from the film and were wisely cut. However, the scene where general Jinguji and archaeologist Ichiro Horiguchi see first hand the victims of Bosquito wasn't bad, as it was probably cut merely for pacing reasons.

Finally, the last feature of this release is not actually found on the disc, but is the eight page booklet included, which features a ton of stickers that are created using promotional material and production stills. These stickers contain mostly people and creatures from the film, but also dip outside a bit as they have Impactor-Logia from The Gransazers (2003) and Demon Knight from The Justirisers (2004) among others.


 Overview:

Bottom line, the movie might be pretty short, but Toho has done a nice job of compensating this release with a load of extra content while one also can't complain about the video and audio quality.