Star Fleet and Japan's original X Bomber, particularly, just isn't every-one's cup of tea. I would say it pays homage to Thunderbirds and Star Wars rather than ripping them off. (And like you say - Lucas had no qualms about ripping off Kurosawa movies, 2001, Westerns, etc). Star Fleet did bring to the forefront Japan's superiority when it comes to Giant combining robots, or mecha, and that was certainly new and fresh in the UK in 1982, There was only really BOTP that was in the same ball park, but that was animation.You'd like to think the people who review these type of releases would realise that it is a cult show and rough around the edges, and not the latest CGI spectacular. You can just imagine them reviewing Bagpuss, and slagging it off for not being realistic enough, or that Professor Yaffle's acting is particularly wooden.As for the picture quality - I'm sure it's just fine, particularly after 25 years of watching shoddy-looking VHS copies.
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