Destroy All Podcasts DX Episode 194 - Phoenix 2772: Love's Cosmozone a.k.a. Space Firebird
Hosts: D'Arcy, Heidi, Jeremy, Mike, Rebecca, Zuey
This is about test tube babies raised to be pilots, the chicken in the sky, and Black Jack nailing you right in the balls.
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Video and pics after the cut.
There are several alternate Japanese posters for this film.
This poster contains an awfully stiff looking Godoh and Olga. Olga doesn't even seem like she fits into the background at all. Odd.
Here's the Japanese VHS cover, with an often-recycled shot of Godoh.
Here's the Japanese laserdisc. Looks pretty but makes it look like the movie is entirely about the bird!
Here's the Japanese DVD. I do not really like the new contemporary drawing. It looks like they were trying to make it appear as though the movie is about a kinky sexbot in some lame romantic comedy like Chobits.
Here's the Japanese soundtrack.
Here's a VCD release I got in Chinatown. I'm pretty sure it's legitimate as it has the Toho and Tezuka copyrights and is entirely in Japanese, but I suppose I could be wrong. When you play the video it has a copyright warning and the Toho logo and everything.
Here's the Australian DVD by Madman. This is most definitely the best release for English speakers, though you'll have to import it and use a region free DVD player if you live in the US.
Here's a UK release with the Space Firebird name. I suspect this is the equivalent of the Celebrity Just For Kids release and is cut? I dunno. As you can guess from the crappy picture quality, I swiped this from some English website.
Here's a UK release with the Phoenix 2772 name. I suspect this is the equivalent of the Best Film & Video release and is uncut, but still badly dubbed. As with the other UK picture, I swiped it from an English website.
This is a later UK re-release.
Here's a Spanish DVD release under the name Space Firebird Hi no Tori 2772: The Child of Space. I think it's interesting that Spain's DVD has Space Firebird in English and Hi no Tori in Japanese, but it's never written in Spanish. It has both Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
Here's a couple of Italian DVDs. The title is written in both Japanese and Italian.
Here's the original US VHS release, as Space Firebird. This is the badly cut version from Celebrity's Just For Kids series of videos.
I actually like the graphic design of this a LOT better than the Japanese VHS or the Best Film & Video release. Too bad the video tape inside is cut to ribbons, has a terrible dub, and has crappy quality thanks to being recorded in EP mode. Here's the back of the box.
Wait a second. What is that image from Macross: Do You Remember Love? doing on the back of this video?!
Here's a close up:
It's true that all of these anime movies that Celebrity released in their Just For Kids line (and were later re-released uncut by Best Film & Video) were licensed by Toho and Macross: Do You Remember Love? is no exception, but that's a pretty weird mistake.
Anyway, here's the Best Film & Video VHS release.
While it is uncut, it's still got the same awful Hong Kong dub from Omni Productions, and it's still a EP quality tape, but this way you do miss out on the incredibly amateurish introduction from the producer's lisping child, Noel Bloom Junior.
But don't worry! I was thinking about you! I ripped the VHS tape of Celebrity's Just For Kids Sampler Collection. The Sampler Tape is an hour long tape with trailers for tons of Just For Kids videos, including a bunch of anime movies (Defenders of the Vortex a.k.a. Cyborg 009: Legend of the Super Galaxy, Vengeance of the Space Pirate a.k.a. the Captain Harlock movie Arcadia of My Youth, Techno Police 21C, and so on) and various crappy American cartoons (BraveStarr, Foofur, Seabert, Filmation's Ghostbusters, and others.) I love that they had the balls to sell an hour of trailers as a tape. I actually rented this from a video rental store around 2005! Can you believe this has not disintegrated completely? I must preserve you, 1980s filth!
Also, while it's true that Noel Boom Junior is an evil alien here to suck out our brains, don't feel pity for him. That bastard has a Takatoku Valkyrie, a Gakken Mospeada, and a Godaikin Tetsujin 28 sitting right there! I want to go back in time, drive to L.A., and volunteer my own services in place of this brat.
I just clipped out the intro, outro, and the Space Firebird section and uploaded it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Here's some stills and production notes from the creators of the film set to music from the soundtrack.
Now, for some related merchandise!
Here's the original Japanese tankoban containing the Space chapter of Phoenix that this movie is loosely based on.
This is Viz's original American release of the same manga under the title Phoenix: A Tale of the Future. This was an oversized volume and released before any of the other volumes of Phoenix, as a test run. Apparently it was successful, because Viz thankfully brought out ALL of the manga in English in the US.
This is Viz's later smaller re-release. This fits in with the other Phoenix volumes and is thusly renamed Phoenix Volume 2: Space. Other than the change in size, they have the same content.
Here's one of those lame books where they make a comic using cels from a movie.
Now here's a bunch of miscellaneous magazines, books, et cetera:
You guys, I really love this movie. You should go see it.
|Posted 26 June, 2011 - 21:58 by Destroy All Pod...|