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Astro Boy (2003) Removed From Netflix Streaming!

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:54 pm
by RyHerbs
I only recently noticed that Astro Boy (the 2003 series) was missing from Netflix! You can still rent the DVDs, but the streaming option is gone. And considering it's already been removed from Crackle, this is very disappointing. The bright side is, the full series DVD box set is available on Amazon Prime for just $8.74, which is a steal! That's what I'll be picking up now that it looks like there are no remaining streaming services carrying the show.

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:11 pm
by MrsEclipse
I'm glad I finally got it for Christmas, just for such an occasion... still bites though.

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:34 pm
by Tetsuwan Penguin
I got a copy cheaply on eBay awhile ago. The lousy US edited pan and scan narrow screen of course.

Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 2:08 am
by SuwaHana
I am almost angry to see such a low price. I bought mine at a store and I know I paid between 30 and 80 dollars for that p.o.s. disaster of a box set. It's kind of like one of those really bad video games with tons of glitches: you buy it just to say you have it, but you keep it on your shelf because it's too awful to use yourself. Good luck getting through a whole episode, guys. I sure can't do it. I either have to stop the video and laugh or stop the video and cry.

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:42 pm
by MrsEclipse
It's not like I don't have an appreciation for things of good, high quality, but I honestly have very low standards for some things. I used to make my own movie soundtracks with a shoebox recorder held up to the television.

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:49 am
by jeffbert
It seems that NF cycles things in & out of being available for streaming. I too, bought the 2003 dub, I guess, just to have it. Well, at least the audio is better than the English dubbed Jungle Emperor season II, whose color is also very bad, being mega saturated!

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:56 am
by Zulith
I have never seen the 2003 series. Is buying this super cheap box set the best way for me to experience it legally? I only have a USA region player.

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:12 pm
by Tetsuwan Penguin
While the original Japanese version was somewhat edited to produce the English language version with substitution of different music and a reduction of the screen size, most of the story arc holds up well. The animation is very good and the video quality is fine. The DVD set is a bargain at the prices I've seen, usually around $20 on eBay.

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:40 pm
by Zulith
on amazon the 5 disc set is only 6.99 with free 2-day prime shipping that is pretty incredible! but i don't like these horror stories about the edits, worse music and the cropping :( so sad.

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:51 pm
by jeffbert
If you are a purist, you will likely be very dissatisfied with the English dubbed version. However, even 1 of the 13 DVDs in the Japanese / REAL version will cost more than this entire set. I just ordered v 10 - 13 from CD Japan (who knew that they were even still available?) & these will cost about $150 with shipping. Plus, I have an r2 player, so watching them will not be a problem.

So, anyway, the dubbed version will at least give you an idea of the overall series plot, though some episodes' plots are changed. :astro: