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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- 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
Macross Plus Vol. #1 (1st Pressing)
By Dan Bogle
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999
Let me begin by saying this : The original Macross series is what started it all for me - when Robotech first aired on TV in the U.S., I was instantly hooked. I fell out of touch with anime for awhile, that is until Macross Plus came out. This wonderful series jump-started me back into the world of anime, and I don't plan on leaving ever again.
When it was announced oh, about a year ago that it would be released on DVD, everyone I knew, myself included, were extremely excited. Now that it's FINALLY here, I must say it was well worth the wait.
This is easily the best looking (and sounding) anime DVD released yet. The digitally re-mastered picture is crystal clear, with no signs of artifacting on my player. The colors are vibrant and very true to the original release. The English DD5.1 track is where these discs truly shine. Sound seems to come from every direction constantly. I must say that even though I prefer the Japanese language track, I will be watching it in English decidedly more. This is one of the last "good" dubbing jobs anyway, and it was the way I was introduced to the series.
My ONLY gripe for the DVD releases is on the second disc. About 25 minutes into Part 4, the subtitle timing goes way out of whack. The subtitle appears about 1.5-2 seconds before any dialogue is spoken, and it tends to get very distracting. Aside from that, the release is perfect in every way.
Without going into too much detail, Macross Plus is rightly called "The Top Gun of Anime". The storyline deals with the rivalry between two test pilots, Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman, both personally and professionally. It also includes a side storyline dealing with the military and their development of a pilot less fighter to replace humans entirely. A THIRD storyline concerning "the most popular singer in the galaxy", Sharon Apple (what would Macross be without music), is interwoven with the first two, and you basically get a very exciting mix of drama and action.
All in all Macross Plus is something I have waited for a very long time to come out on DVD, and it is pretty much the best anime DVD released this year. There is one more minor problem with the release though, and it concerns the packaging. Volume 2 contains a little liner insert with chapter titles and a little artwork, but Volume 1 does not! I'm not sure if they were all packaged this way or if I was the lucky victim of a mishap, but it's definitely a (minor) disappointment.