Space Battleship Yamato [Blu-ray] [2010]

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  • Release Date: 04/29/2014
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (98 out of 106)

Special Features


  • Space Battleship Pre-visualization
  • VFX "Making-of"
  • Local Yamato
  • News flashes
  • Premiere announcements
  • Original trailer #1
  • Original trailer #2
  • Previews

Synopsis


Space Battleship Yamato
A former space pilot races to save planet Earth from certain destruction in this live action adaptation of the beloved animated Japanese television series. The year is 2199. Planet Earth has been under attack from the malevolent Gamilas for five years, and as alien radiation bombs destroy the environment, mankind is forced to seek safety underground. In 73 days, the planet will no longer be habitable for humans. But just as it begins to appear that all hope is lost, disillusioned ex-pilot Susumu Kodai (Takuya Kimura) receives a message from planet Iscandar. The communication speaks of a device that could cleanse the radiation from the Earth's atmosphere. But in order to get it, Susumu must make the perilous trip to Iscandar and back. Desperate to reclaim their planet before it's too late, The United Nations of Space Administration begins secretly reconstructing the battleship Yamato underground. With its new wave motion engine, the ship should be able to reach Iscandar quickly enough to save humanity. Now, with the clock counting down and the Gamilas getting more aggressive, Susumu Kodai sets out on a mission that will determine the fate of all mankind. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi



Customer rating

4.3
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Star Blazers!

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    SolidIronSun
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    This is a great tale of a heroic crew fighting against nearly insurmountable odds against an evil enemy bent on the destruction of Earth. It's 100% based on and pays amazing tribute to the old anime it is based on, which in America came to us as Star Blazers back in the 70's and has been replicated numerous times in animated movies and series since. The picture is great on this Blu Ray, the special effects are excellent, and the casting is fantastic. The ship designs, the costumes, the bridge design--all kinds of little details--are inspired heavily by or are ripped right out of the original anime. The story is altered in some ways towards the end, but it creates a self-contained story (which actually was the original intent when the anime was created, goes the scuttlebutt). The English dub is passable, but not epic, and the only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. If you can do subtitles, might enjoy the Japanese dialogue more. If you aren't familiar with Star Blazers or the original Japanese version, Space Battleship Yamato, then this might not be quite as exciting for you, but it's still a great sci fi flick--and it might suck you in and make you a new fan. If you are a fan of the original cartoon, then you are in for a huge amount of satisfying space battleship nostalgia. Just seeing the trailers was exhilarating, and the movie itself did not disappoint. It's really amazing that this film is so satisfying, because I don't think the budget was all that huge. I'd say if you liked the effects on something like Battlestar Galactica, the reboot, then you'll find this works. If you are a fan of the old cartoon, you should check out the reboot, Yamato 2199, too. I personally like the new 2199 anime better than this movie, actually, but it's much longer and even closer to the original (right down to the incidental music and sound effects and tech designs), and it looks amazing (the original Star Blazers was never remastered for distribution in America in all these years and shows its age somewhat) and takes things in a few new directions (all satisfying). If you can't get 2199 (or prefer live action to animated action), then this will hold you over, for sure, and I recommend them both. If you're a fan of the original, you really will enjoy this movie, and if you're just looking for some new sci fi that's original and epic, this should fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing but still a nice memory of the 80s

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    mhsens
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    I buy a lot of blurays, so I can't afford to do full price. Maybe once or twice a year, when I must have it right now. This was sadly one of those times. And maybe that's why it sucked a little. It was my favorite anime from the 80s, so I wanted it too much. The big problem is that they forgot who the star is in Starblazers. The ship, Yamato. And the wavegun. You don't watch Star Wars without expecting some Millenium Falcon. With Firefly you expect some Serenity action. Here it was the opposite of the mistake made with Star Trek The Motion Picture. OK, enough of the Enterprise and the space shots. Even disliked movies like Green Lantern can still give you some appreciation for the special effects. But here...maybe there were budget issues? It was still nice to see a live action version of a great 80s anime, but just nice - that's all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Our Star Blazers! Battleship Yamato

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    HonestInjun98765
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    Had to buy this Japanese video. Reminded me of my youth coming home from school. I believe this movie remake was based on the original cartoon series out of Japan circa 1979. "Man's last great hope for survival, The quest for Iscandar". This movie is great if you liked the Godzilla movies of old with updated CGI special effects. Japanese with English subtitles and acting is an improvement over other Asian dubbed movies. A bit melodramatic in some areas, but you gotta love the classic Japan style. A must have for any young SciFi Animi lover or Japan file. An homage to the old Battlestar Galactica and Top Gun genre.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    An OK sci-fi adventure that just misses the mark

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    kratos84
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    Based on the anime of the same name (Also know as "Battle For The Planets" here in the USA) Yamato does it's best to adapt the important plot points from the source material, but the film forgets to build up it's characters in the process, enemies become friends in a blink of an eye, our hero becomes part of the mission, because... he just does. Instead of a sci-fi adventure with great characters we're left with a sci-fi adventure with archetypes. The space battles range from okay, to pretty fun, the effects are all over the place, ranging from great to psx level cg graphics. I recommend it for fans of the source material only.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    yamato lives!!!

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    phaze7000
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    this is a great attempt to bring the anime to life. you have to go into it with and open mind and relize that they couldnt make a faithful adaptation. i do like what they changed and the humor that they did it with. i wont give anything away other than the ending is new, and what i thought, was well done. great ride for a fan of the anime or the newbe (dont worry about getting the inside jokes). the only thing i would suggest (as in any movie a diffrent language that your own) is watch it japanese with the subtitles. you lose all emotion in dubed translation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Star Blazers but not anime, live action

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    Bruinsfan73
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    if you grew up in the 70s and early 80s you were probably addicted to weekend cartoons, and probably seen some of the anime that was on and thought how cool would this be if it was real... well apparently someone over in Japan thought the same thing and made a live action movie of Star Blazers (aka space battleship yamato). good movie for a little trip down nostalgia lane. PS if you go to buy this in the store, look under the anime section, even though its live action not a cartoon they put it there anyway.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie!

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    hotodguy
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    I bought this as a blind buy but it was well worth it. They have this in the anime section, so I thought it was animated, nope, it's live action but that's OK, this movie is really awesome! Great directing, great acting, great story and great special effects. I wish this movie had more publicity because it's really good but a sleeper, as not enough people know about it. If you enjoy foreign films and sic-fi space sagas, grab this, it's worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good live action version of beloved childhood anim

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    Ellesar
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    This is a pretty good rendition of the late 70's "Starblazers". Probably should be done as a tv series on Netflix to be able to get the full story line in. That being said it is a decent screenplay that brings in all the key elements of the series and their characters. The FX are good and so is the acting for what it is. Music is very good. The Gamalans are somewhat cheesy and one scene looked cheaply done. Still a good overall entertainment.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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