Review of Discotek Media’s Samurai Troopers TV Series DVD Collection

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DVD Cover:

The width of the DVD case itself is just under 2 DVD cases. Just like the OVA set, the TV Series Collection comes with a slip cover that goes over it. See below for pictures of the front, back, side and top.

Front cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Back cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Side cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Top of the cover of Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection

DVD Inserts:

Here’s what the inside of the case looks like. And this time there’s some artwork with it, which looks awesome! The artwork is on the reverse side of the DVD cover insert. Great job Discotek Media!

I also made a wallpaper of that artwork and posted it on my DeviantArt account.

Inside of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Inside of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection Back of cover/insert of the Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection

Disc Menus:

Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 1 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 2 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 3 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 4 Menu Samurai Troopers TV Series Collection - Disc 5 Menu

Again, moving your cursor over a selection turns the Rekka/Wildfire armor symbol red. Selected options use that gold circle you see under the “Play all.”

The Video:

I’ve only watched the first disc so far, but the video looks great! I watched the episodes with my husband and he agreed it looked really nice. I haven’t noticed any ghosting so far that plagued the first episode of Gaiden in the OVA set.

Although I will say the subtitles are exactly the same as the original Bandai release. I played both videos side by side on each of my monitors to confirm this. So if you were one of the fans hoping for new subtitles on this release, no such luck.

In Summary:

Some of you who already have the TV Series DVDs from Bandai may be wondering if it’s worth the cost to purchase the Discotek Media edition. While of course the end result of that choice belongs to you, here some things to keep in mind.

  • Do your current DVDs have scratching or damage?
  • Single sided discs. Even if it’s only the Japanese language edition.
  • Do you want something that takes up a LOT less space?
  • Are you worried that the Discotek discs will eventually go out of print just like the Bandai ones did?
  • Are you a fanatic that just wants both the Bandai and Discotek Media TV series DVDs? (Which is perfectly fine by the way.)
  • Support the fandom by purchasing the TV Series DVD Collection. Also hopefully if the Samurai Troopers TV series collection sells well, Discotek will be able to get the licensing for the Ronin Warriors dub.
    If the TV Series Collection doesn’t sell well, Discotek may just stop making it. And at that point I think it would be quite difficult to convince a third media company to pick up the series again.

And once again many thanks to Discotek Media for picking up this series.

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