Macross Plus Vol. #2 (1st Pressing) (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999



What They Say
Macross Plus scores with its triple-play of dynamic mecha action, dramatic characters and rock music elements creating a visual spectacle with whirlwind air combat scenes that will leave you mesmerized.

Part 3: Adventures ignites a firestorm of emotion When the Dangerous Rivalry between Isamu and Guld Bowman reaches boiling point amid the pressure of the Super Nova test program. After an investigation into the so-called "accident" that left Dyson hospitalized, the UN Government in charge of the test program unveils its hidden agenda. Myung is torn between her feelings for the two men as her memories of days gone by on Planet Eden are shattered by harsh reality.

Part 4: Angered by the news that the Stealth Valkyrie trails have been abruptly stopped. Isamu and Yang head toward Earth to get even with the pilot-less Ghost X-9 and Guld goes after them for a final battle. The two fighters clash amidst interceptor missiles being fired from Earth. During this fight to the death, Guld recalls the fateful event that had been sealed in his memory. Meanwhile, in Macross City, Sharon Apple absorbs Myung's thoughts and now has full control over the city and its citizens.

The Review!
Let's jump right into things here. The audio for this disc (and volume 1) have been downgraded to a failed level due to the fact that the English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is actually a 4.1 mix. The center channel is missing throughout both discs on this track. It'll be interesting to see how this situation plays out, as Manga's last DVD release of Ninja Scroll had serious audio problems with the English 5.1 track as well, which resulted in a consumer trade in and a new pressing, but the older pressings were still available. This is of course the cheap way out of it and causes consumer confusion and bad vibes in the marketplace. DVD consumers have seen this recently with Disney's release of She's All That where the DD track was in error and a new pressing was issued with the corrected track, but the bad version was still in circulation. Disney of course may be able to get away with this due to the sheer size of the company, but how can a smaller company like Manga handle this? Time will tell.

The video on this second disc is excellent, though there is more shimmering line noise on this one than the first volume, partially due to several more complicated city sequences with lots of drawn lines. For the most part though, this is a great looking disc.

Packaging is similar to the first and is well done. No issues here. The menu is also identical to the first volume (talk about a cost saving item) but it's definitely a neat menu and plays well when you leave it alone for awhile.

The only other issue with this second disc is the subtitles. As has been cropping up on the forum as of this writing, the second disc contains several large sections of mis-timed subtitles on both the Japanese track and the Hearing Impaired track. The mistiming may bother some more than others, but it's definitely an issue that had best be corrected in future pressings as it's pretty bad in some places with the subtitle coming and going before the character even talks on the screen.

As for the show, I covered a lot of that in my first volume review so there's not whole heck of a lot to comment on with this one. If you've enjoyed the first volume, the second disc is a no brainer. If you're hoping for a recall and corrected version, it may be a long time coming if at all.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language Track,English 5.1 Language Track,English Subtitles,English SDH subtitles,Previews for each episode,Photo Gallery,Japanese production team credit menus

Review Equipment
N/A



Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: F
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Manga Entertainment
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Macross Plus