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- Audio Rating: B+
- 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 Jon Van Dalen
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999
This is my first taste of Macross ever, and I can't stop watching. This is the real stuff, folks. Macross plus represents nearly everything I love about anime; a great story, great characters, incredible music, and breathtaking artwork.
The music in this series is just ridiculous. It's phenomenal AND fits in precisely with every scene perfectly. Video is normal for a good DVD disc, which is just fantastic. You won't believe what you are seeing and hearing.
The people in this series seem real. I like Tenchi Muyo a lot, but no one can really say Tenchi is a deep and emotional character. Most of his time he spends saying "huh?" Macross Plus is different. I feel like I know these people. Great designs and appearances as well.
The story is straightforward but riddled with sub-plots. It's suspenseful and will not bore even the most demanding viewers. I immensely enjoyed every moment and could not wait to see the rest.
Numerous people have problems with the English audio not being 'real' 5.1 Dolby Digital. Apparently the center channel is not used, only left, right, rear left, rear right, and subwoofer. My thoughts? I only have stereo (2 good speakers) and didn't notice anyway since I was too busy listening to the Japanese track, which is stereo.
So my complaint is not with an imperfect 5.1 English track but with a Japanese track that deserves to be 5.1. As a whole, the audio sounds just great in either mode anyway.
Buy this disc and its sequel if you have already seen Macross Plus for the great video and audio. If you haven't seen Macross Plus yet, you would be likely to enjoy it on a waterlogged EP mode VHS recording, so buying the DVD will be one of the best experiences you can possibly have.