Macross: Do You Remember Love (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, July 16, 2004
What They Say
I'll give a short review of the quality of the transfer. I think we all know and love this movie. I know I do, I think too much. I own almost all the versions ever released of this film, from the horrible Clash of the Bionoids dub, to quality fan subs, to VCD and LD versions.
The CLV LD was great, but as with all CLV LDs, I noticed color banding, which is especially noticeable in anime, which is supposed to be solid, because that's the way most cells are painted. So I upgraded to the 3 disc CAV LD set, which is truly awesome, solid colors, but the quality was so good, it surpassed the quality of the film stock it was being transferred from.
As with all old movies, you can see little specs on the film. Unfortunately, the same goes with the DVD version. But that's as good as its ever going to get, unless they remaster it, but I don't think they will, because the audio is also still in Dolby surround.
The menu was a nice touch, its the same as the CD cover above, but with 5 buttons on the right. They could have done a better job with this part. I was kinda disappointed to find out that each button just jumps you to the movie trailers. There's no scene selection or character bios, or extra art. I would have liked to have seen more of Mikimoto's modernized Macross style, similar to the art found in the Sega Saturn game, in which he drew scenes not in the movie that occurred before the SDF-1 was lost in space. (i.e.. you see the Prometheus get ripped in half, like how Hikaru and Misa found it)
You'll notice that he draws noses a lot thinner now. Anyways, the package is nice, the dvd comes in a huge ld size box. The cover is black, with the same cover art boxed inside, with a poster of the sdf-1 in the liner.
I would have given the video quality a little higher rating, there was no pixelizing or artifacting, until I saw the ending, the concert scenes from Flashback 2012. I have the CAV LD of it, which is awesome, but for some reason, its kinda pixilated on the dvd. I cant figure out why, maybe they ran out of room on the dvd? Anyways, if you have a modified dvd player, you should get this, its a nice collector's item, and if you want copy of the movie that wont degrade over time, but don't want to shell out $100 for the CLV LD, or $300 for the CAV LD, this ones the one to get!
Japanese Language,Theatrical Trailers
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2