Robotech Legacy Set 3 (Mania.com)

By:Mark McPherson
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2001



The Review!
It's finally here. The finale to the Macross Saga. Get ready for intense battles galore.

Audio: It's all mono. Hows that for originality?

Video: There were some episodes where there is a lot of grain and some run on lines from the negatives which prove just how old the show is. The majority of the episodes look above average though.

Packagaing: I'm a little dissapointed with this box. Im angry because the new box doesn't allign properly with my other two box sets in my library. The title at the top of the box is upside down. However, Im glad ADV decided to put a 3 on the box instead of relying on the stickers used on the last box set.

Menus: The extras menu this time looks extremely great. The extras disc features the Invid Enforcers making an attack in the desert. For some reason, on my DVD player, whenever the menu's animated sequence finishes, the menus have no sound and when I select something, the screen freezes. Thats my only gripe. Otherwise, very functional.

Extras: I know what your thinking. Why should I waste my money on an edited anime? Heres why. This disc contains "The Sentinals", a three episode incomplete TV series made by both Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko studios. The disc is loaded with more on it. Theres commentary by Carl Macek again, but he reads text from his book instead of discussing the anime. It was still pretty fun to listen to. Other stuff includes a promotional video for The Sentinals that was shown at a 1987 convention. PRetty gritty video quality, but still fun to watch since it has additional footage never seen before.

Then there mecha and character model sheets on Sentinals, Bios on Sentinals and the usual International Clips.

Content: Well, I wouldn't get you hopes up on the final finale. Still, I recommend watching it since Macross has become a classic.

The first three episodes show a string of events that bring about the Zentradi diversity. First, Max marries a Zentradi and then Exedore goes to the SDF-1 for peace negotiations. However, Dolza won't stand for this. How do you respond to defecting Zentradi and pesky micronians? How about an army of 4,800,000 warships? Oddly enough, thanks to Bretai and Azonia, the earth is able to defeat the whole armada. However, 95% of Earth has been completely scrapped.

The last few episodes have the RDF working as police men and Kyron and Azonia build up their armada. After some protoculture running about, Kyron and Azonia launch an all out assault against the battered SDF-1, taking their own lifes as well as several lives aboard the SDF-1 (I won't tell who dies though).

Overall, the last episodes aren't quite that exciting, but worth noting definetly.

Note: Check in episode 35 for an Astro Boy toy box. If you have time, go back and check out the "Mac Crossnalds" in episode 20.



Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 44.98
Running time: 375
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Robotech