Lupin III - 1st TV series (1st season - '71-'72)


Producer: Yamato Video
Region: 2
Retail price: 49900Lire (each volume)

  1. italian mono (1979)
  2. italian remixed on DD5.1 from mono master
  3. japanese (1971)
DVD Format: DVD5 (single side, single layer) for all 5 discs
Volume numbers: 5 (for whole series: 23 episodes + Pilot Film)
Item Codes: YD-0002~YD-0006
Subtitles: none (but in 5th volume there is Pilot Film with only japanese track and italian subtitles)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Running time: 120 min each one (100 only for last)

Character presentation

Lupin III is grandson of famous french thief Arsene Lupin. His gang is composed by Daisuke Jigen, a great gunman, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, the samurai you can cut everything with his own Zantetsuken, and Fujiko Mine, Lupin’s girlfriend but often his rival. Lupin is followed by inspector Zenigata of Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

About DVD version

At last it’s available whole 1st TV series with censorship. This version contains 1st italian dub made in 1979, in fact it has got many errors into dialogues and it is poor in voice numbers (only 4 actors into 1st part of series), but main voice characters are very good (most of all Lupin (Roberto Del Giudice) and Zenigata (Enzo Consoli) ).
TV series has divided on 5 discs.
Each volume (1~4) contains: 5th volume contains: Episodes are edited as a movie, namely without opening and closing, episode trailers has been cut because they dubbed in italian in 1979. In the begining there is original italian opening song of 1979, it has got same video of last japanese opening, but it has as audio: Planet O, a song in english sung by Daisy Daze and The Bumble Bees, here in Italy it’s considered more beautiful  than original japanese song: Lupin ‘71. In the end there is original japanes closing song with italian credits.

Video Quality

The video has got from japanese tape masters, in fact image is clean, bright colors, some defect (if you are perfectionist) because of film age. There is some artifact into opening and closing, into episodes in dark scenes if you are very careful.
The japanese video has got good, also if it has interlaced frames, but (only for this episode) into 2nd part of episodes #17 (4th disc) there is a change of tape, the detoriation is much evident, worse contrast, shelled image, dirty colors. I think that this detoriation is of original japanese tapes, I have listent that it is present also on anime-comics version of TV series.

Audio Quality

That italian is very good ^_^, it’s been cleaned and there is also a remix in DD5.1 (I prefered italian subtitles :(  ), but it isn't very important because TV series born in mono in Japan.
Original japanese track has got a lower volume then italian mono, it isn’t been cleaned.

I advise to all japanese fans, because it is cheaper for them ^_^, and american fans could help with scripts there are on the Net.
I watched them on my PC with Realmagic Hollywood Plus, monitor 17’’ ADI ProVista E55, resolution at 1024x768, SoundBlaster 128 PCI.

See Also

All rights on personages are reserved to legitimate owners:
Lupin III © 1971 Monkey Punch/TMS-Kyokuichi · NTV

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Created 12th April 2001
Last Modification 7th June 2002