Patlabor the Mobile Police Ultimate Collection Blu-ray
About Patlabor the Mobile Police Ultimate Collection Blu-ray
Patlabor the Mobile Police Ultimate Collection contains episodes 1-47 of the anime series directed by Naoyuki Yoshinaga, episodes 1-16 of Patlabor the Mobile Police: The New Files, episodes 1-7 of The Original OVA Series, and Movies 1-3.
Building the city of the future is a tough job, but the development of Labors… giant robots specifically designed for construction and other heavy duty tasks… is transforming the world. Unfortunately, when someone puts that much power in a machine, the one thing that's certain is that someone somewhere will find a way to use it to commit crimes. That's why Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has its massive Ingram Patrol Labors and the brave men and women of Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2… including the teams most recent recruit, the mecha obsessed Noa Azumi. Get ready for some of the wildest, most incredible adventures ever as Noa and her new comrades in arms hit the street in the ultimate collection of one of anime's most legendary creations - Mobile Police Patlabor!
Special Features: Deleted Scenes; English Dubbed Episodes of Griffon Ressurected, SCHAFT'S Counterattack, The Greatest Showdown in History, and GAME OVER; MINIPATO 1, 2 & 3; Clean Opening Animation and Clean Closing Animation
- Publisher: MAIDEN JAPAN
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action, Science Fiction
- Themes: Mecha
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 2161
- Release Date: 11/6/2018
- Dimensional Weight: 2.6
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
An "Economy Model" Collection
by gashsage -
I am putting 5 stars for the quality of the show. This set is a total buy if you want to own the whole show.
However, if you partially own any of the show in Blu-Ray, I can't recommend this set.
I've also checked the Japanese audios of the movies, which are the same as previous Blu-Ray Patlabor releases from MAIDEN JAPAN. It's the 5.1 remastered audio for both of them. I still can't really find a Blu-Ray of the Japanese audio of the Manga Ent. release which is only in 2.0, which is the audio I grew up with. They didn't really seem to tweak any of the subtitles either, which I was hoping for, but that's not a huge issue. I just wish there were some interesting extras.
That being said I hope people get to watch this show! It's still available on HIDIVE, which means it's also available on VRV (I hope.)
Fun fact, on the HIDIVE stream, the Japanese audio of the 2nd movie is the original 2.0 audio and not the remastered. So they must have that 2.0 audio.
Just Buy It...
Full disclosure, I don't own THIS set of Patlabor, but I do own Patlabor via the previous Sentai blu-rays, as well as the Central Park Media tapes, Manga Video tapes, Honneamise (remember them?) DVDs, and Geneon's special edition of WXIII. So I'm a little biased.
I'll say this, if you looked at my rambling paragraph up above and couldn't understand what I was talking about ("What's a 'JENNY-ON?'") then that should be your indicator as to why this needs to be in your collection. The fact that a practically extinct anime from a time when fansubbers were dudes who "knew a guy" has received a boxset containing ALL OF IT in glorious HD for less than a hundred bucks is nothing short of a miracle.
Plus the series is pretty good.
Great Series, Great Remaster, Awful Subtitles
If you want to buy all of Patlabor, this set is the best way to do it. Unfortunately, however, it has some issues you should be aware of.
The subtitles locked so you can't turn them off while listening to the Japanese (Japanese companies often mandate this) and can't turn them on while listening to the English (this is entirely the US company's fault).
They're also riddled with mistranslations. Every now and then a line in the subtitles simply has no bearing on what is being said. Sometimes this turns a joke into a non-sequitur, as when Ota, told that police don't need so many guns, shouts back that "they wouldn't get in the way," while the subtitles read "It can't be stopped!" Sometimes they ruin the climax of a dramatic scene. In episode 7 of the TV series, Nagumo says that something is "an excuse scientists often make," ("kagakusha ga yoku tsukau kiben desu") while the subtitles read, "Scientists often miss that point."