Back in 2004 and 2005, Koch Vision released four different single-disc volumes, each featuring four episodes of the Galaxy Rangers
. After a long absence from the home video market, this classic late '80s animated series is making a return to DVD later this year when Koch presents the first 4-DVD set entitled The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers - The Collection: Volume 1
Rather than collecting the previous four discs into a new slipcover, though, Koch is starting all over again with a 32-episode collectible package (all eps presented in order) that comes complete with bonus material that fans have longed for...including the never-seen "demo reel" pilot! Here is a flyer-style picture Koch has exclusively provided us with this morning (including a 3-D look at the packaging), followed by their official announcement of the package details. At the bottom you'll see a close-up of the front of the package. Note that this isn't a one-time event; Koch notes at the bottom of their announcement that they're planning on finishing this up with a 3rd Quarter release of AotGR - The Collection: Volume 2
, containing the remaining episodes of the 65-cartoon run. Sweet!
KOCH VISION ANNOUNCES TO THE UNIVERSE THE LONG-AWAITED
"ADVENTURES OF THE GALAXY RANGERS" RETURN TO DVD
THE FIRST 32 EPISODES OF THE 1980s SYNDICATED SERIES WILL BE
RELEASED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
IN A HIGHLY-COLLECTIBLE 4-DVD SET PACKED WITH BONUS FEATURES
AVAILABLE MAY 13, 2008 FOR $39.98 SRP
Hitch a wagon train to the stars with Zachery Foxx, "Doc" Hartford, Niko and Shane Gooseman - The Galaxy Rangers - a team of courageous pioneers committed to the highest ideals of justice and dedicated to preserving law and order across the new frontier. For the first time ever, experience the Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
(episodes 1-32) in chronological order with all continuity and storylines intact, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features. No Guts, No Glory!
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Collection: Volume 1
will be released as a 4-DVD set. In addition to over 11 hours of action-packed adventure, bonus features will include*:
- 36-page Collectible Booklet with Original Illustrations and Character Profiles
- Never-Before-Seen Pilot/Demo Reel
- Selected Audio Commentary with Series Creator Robert Mandell
- Original Music Tracks and New Music Video
- Recreated Slideshow of the Vintage Talking Storybook "Tortuna the Outlaw Planet"
- And More!
Combining elements of classic westerns and space operas with plausible science and logic, Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
pushed the boundaries of children's television programming. Unique for its thought-provoking storylines and vast universe of well-developed characters, the visionary series featured a plot premise that was inspired by The Seven Samurai
and The Magnificent Seven
. Created by Robert Mandell, the show began airing in September 1986 as a series of sixty-five half-hour cartoons, running five days a week. Storyboarded, voiced and produced in the United States, Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
was animated oversees by the famed Japanese anime house Tokyo Movie Shinsha and showcased the extraordinary vocal talents of the late Jerry Orbach, Corinne Orr, Laura Dean and Earl Hammond.
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers Collection: Volume 2
(featuring episodes 33-65 as well as additional bonus features) is scheduled to be released by KOCH Vision in Third Quarter 2008.
*bonus features subject to change