Mobile Suit Gundam Movie 3 (Mania.com)
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What They Say
In the year Universal Century 0079, humans have colonized the area of space lying in between the Earth and the moon. However the ambitious Zabi family, rulers of the Duchy of Zeon (the colonies furthest from the earth) has sparked a war. The Duchy, within a month, has invaded and occupied half of the Earth's surface, thanks to the Duchy's ultimate weapon, 60-foot tall, heavily armed and highly maneuverable machines known as "Mobile Suits." The only thing that can save the Federal Forces of Earth is their top-secret "V" Project, based on the loyalist colony Side 7. 15-year-old Amuro Ray, the son of the chief researcher to the V Project, struggles to get his friends and neighbors to safety when he runs across an empty mobile suit which turns out to be the Gundam, the sole remaining prototype mobile suit.'
I am total Gundam maniac now. Oficially. Third movie is where it all comes to the end.
Third disk has the same terrific 5.1 as previous ones. Unlike with some DD 5.1 remastered old movies, which often has very thin rear, this one is completely different. Rear channels are surprisingly active here.
The same terrific job as on previous disks. I didn't notice many artifacts, few occasional jaggies here and there but that's basically it. In dark scenes some grain are noticeable but in very small amounts some white specks are present but very rare hardly noticeable. It is unbelievable how such an old movie can be restored. Average bit rate here is 7.43 Mb/sec! Movie takes about 7.81Gb of this dual-layered disk, - a lot for a 141-minute movie.
Sleeve art differs from VHS and features Amuro in foreground and rest of main cast in background. Both look very determined. Back cover has selected picture gallery from movie and usual disk/region/sound info. 8-page booklet has special message from Yoshiyuki Tomino and his autograph, White Base route map, Charactor (this is NOT my typo :) list and Mechanic list with pictures of Zeon Duchy and Federation's mobile suits. Inner pages are devoted to Story Digest while last pages have some information about making Gundam as well as cast list. There's also small inlet describing Dolby Digital sound and how to set it up as well as some general information about DVD format and menus. Amaray keep case.
Actually movie starts just after Emotion and Sunrise logos so you can get to menu only by pressing MENU button on remote. Menus are very basic with selected action moments from movie running in background. You have only 3 items here - Chapter list, Sound and subtitles setup and of course Play.
Disk has none. All "extras" are in booklet - for those who can read Japanese.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
White Base goes back where this all started - deep space. Seems there is no mach for Amuro until Char gets mobile suit that can match Gundam performance. Many things happed in third movie including even more tragic deaths. We finally learn about Char, his relationships and legacy of his father. All storylines are wrapped up here. I must say this is really epic trilogy comparable to Star Wars. I must say that it really impressed me and Gundam Wing fades in comparison. Real treat to all Gundam fans. Thanks Bandai.
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround,Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround,English Subtitles,Japanese Subtitles,8-page booklet,DD info inlet
Setup 1: Sony KV29X2E 29" 4:3 TV, Pioneer DV-515 multizone DVD player, Pioneer VSX-808RDS DD/DTS receiver, Supra S-Video cable, Supra optical cable, no name speaker cables and Radiotehnika speakers, Pioneer S-W80S subwoofer.
Setup 2: PIII 550Mhz, 128MB RAM, GeForce 2 MX, Hansol Mazellan 700P 17? monitor, Pioneer DVD-A04SZ DVD-ROM, Windows 98SE and WinDVD 2.3 software DVD player, SB Live! soundcard.
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
Running time: 141
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam