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|Genre:||Animation, TV series, Sci-Fi, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 300 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||English (DTS-HD 2.0)|
|Bildformat:||4:3 (1.33:1) 1050i/25|
Film: I still remember very well how I first saw "Captain Future" one afternoon in 1980. Already the brilliant title music by Christian Bruhn made it clear to me that I would like the series. But when humans turned into monkeys, the evil ruler of Megara appeared and the Comet started from its base on the moon for the first time, it was finally about me. After that I only went to bed in my "Captain Future" pyjamas, played the comet with my model, read the comics (not very high quality) and collected the Panini stickers. The Captain and his crew have shaped my childhood enormously - and I am not alone. To this day, the series enjoys enormous popularity and many fans have waited for a new release after the first DVD release had not been released for a long time and was sold at horrendous prices on the Internet.
This is finally available, both on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans are spoilt for choice: They can gradually complete their "Captain Future" collection and start with the first twelve episodes on Vol. 1. But there is also a complete box with the series special already known from the first release. And finally there is the limited Collector`s Edition, which offers exactly what many fans have been waiting for for a long time: All episodes in the uncut original version. However, they are not synchronized and since the cult music of the German version is missing, these original Japanese episodes are really only for hardcore fans.
I myself was very curious to see if "Captain Future" would still work for me after 37 years, after I had fallen for the series. Admittedly, viewed from a distance, the animations are sometimes very outdated, the dialogues almost involuntarily funny and the logic holes, which were created in the German version by the strong cuts, are much more noticeable than the untrained child's eye. And yet the adventures of Curtis Newton alias Captain Future, the robot Grag, the android Otto, the agent Joan Landor, Captain Future's faithful friend Ezella Garnie and his mentor Professor Simon, the living brain, still exert a certain fascination after all these years and thus underpin the cult status of the series.
This may be because "Captain Future" is a quite adult anime series despite some very childlike elements. But also the soundtrack makes the series timelessly good. Especially in comparison to the Japanese title music, which can be heard on this disc (at the end of each episode you can see the original opening credits) you can see how much Christian Bruhn's music contributes to the success of the series. But also the villains (Wrecker and the ruler of Megara I found especially cool as a child), the flights with the Comet and the strange worlds, which the makers have invented, are a lot of fun even after almost 40 years. Whether the series will find new fans these days is questionable. But all fans of the past and uninhibited nostalgics simply can't get past this new release. Absolutely recommendable!
Picture + sound: The series has been around for 39 years now. Of course, this is also noticeable in the digitally remastered Blu-ray version. The picture is a bit restless here and there and shows a few clear blurs. The colour scheme is good, but by no means as powerful as in current animated films or series. The sound is okay and especially the cult soundtrack by Christian Bruhn sounds pleasantly powerful from the speakers. Altogether there is a satisfied one for a series of this age: Good!
Extras: Bonus material has the Vol. 1 Blu-ray unfortunately not to offer. The complete box on the other hand has a series special (OmU), which was already shown on the DVD's first release. And the Collectors Edition also has all the episodes in the unabridged version (also OmU) to offer. If you finally want to see "Captain Future" in full length, you can't miss the expensive Collectors Edition.
Fazit: Finally, "Captain Future" is available again for home cinema. The cult anime series from the late 1970s still has a loyal fan base today, who can now choose between a box with the first 12 episodes, a complete box with all 40 episodes or a limited Collectors Edition, which has all episodes as well as the unabridged Japanese original episodes to offer. Admittedly, the ravages of time have gnawed a little at the series. But their cult potential, charm and entertainment value remain unbroken even after almost four decades. For fans who didn't use the first DVD release at that time, absolutely recommendable!
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