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Old 08-21-17, 07:57 PM   #1
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Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

Anyone remember this cartoon?

Back in the 80's, I watched this after school and was hooked on it.

Mark, Jason, Tiny, Keyop and Princess were like my favorite anime characters.

Only reason why I'm bringing this up is because I was at a local Science Fiction-Comic convention in LA yesterday and saw a vendor selling a bootleg DVD of the entire series for $40. Didn't sound expensive, but since it was a bootleg, I hesitated and passed.

Has this show been released on DVD as a complete series? Or is it out of print? Or is it only available in bootleg form now?

I know there isn't any legal streaming sources for it. But, I would love to re-visit it.

I remember one of the biggest mysteries of the show was whether or not the main villain (Zotar) was a girl, she-male etc. I don't think I watched long enough to find out.

Hard to believe the voice talent of this series are mostly passed away now or are in their late 80's. I didn't realize they were that old back then.

I don't know the complete history of this cartoon, but were there other incarnations of it? I know the original Japanese version was G-Force. Was it ever brought back again after the American dubbed version from the late 70's/80's ended?
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Old 08-21-17, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

I used to watch this as well! Amazon has a bunch of listings. I assume they are legit. I recently picked up a video game for the gamecube with g-force characters.
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Old 08-21-17, 09:35 PM   #3
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Re: Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

There's no official release for Battle of the Planets and G-Force. What you see are bootlegs... However the original Japanese series Gatchaman where Battle of the Planets and G-Force were taken from has been released by Sentai on a Bluray box set.
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Old 08-21-17, 09:36 PM   #4
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Re: Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

It's definitely out of print. Sentai Filmworks has yet to issue a DVD release. They did release Gatchaman on DVD and Blu-ray (

It's currently streaming @ HIDIVE ( and subscription is required. It used to stream @ Hulu (

There is a R4 DVD release in Australia via Madman Entertainment:
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Old 08-21-17, 09:48 PM   #5
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Re: Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

I enjoyed the show as a kid. Came across this disc in a Half Price Bookstore a couple of years ago. Think it might have been $1. Brought back all kinds of memories. Held up pretty well, in my opinion.
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Old 08-30-17, 09:42 PM   #6
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Re: Battle of the Planets (aka G-Force)

This is like superstar comic book artist Alex Ross' favorite show of all time. He painted the cover to the Gatchaman release for free.
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