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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 AU
  • Running time: 80
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Macross Plus

Macross Plus Vol. #1

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Macross Plus Vol. #1
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
Macross Plus scores with it’s triple-play of dynamic mecha designs, dramatic characters and outstanding music creating a superb four-part anime series that will leave you mesmerised.

Part 1: 2040 AD – Planet Eden. The Ministry of Defense is testing and developing a transforming super-stealth aircraft, a new advanced defense vessel to counter alien attacks. Isamu Dyson is an extrovert jet fighter maverick assigned as a new test pilot on project Super Nova. Competition heats up when he discovers that his old rival Guld Bowman is a test pilot for the competing project. The arrival of Myung, a mutual ex-girlfriend, adds more tension to the conflict.

Part 2: Computer generated pop star Sharon Apple has packed in the masses again for another of her best-selling concerts. Amongst the fans are, Isamu Dyson, the maverick pilot, and Yang Nueman who is about to pull off one of the biggest computer hacking stunts ever in front of millions. When Isamu returns to the New Edwards Test Centre, he is up against his old rival Guld for air supremacy as well as fighting for the affections of Myung, the discontented producer of Sharon Apple.

The Review!
After a few delays, Madman’s initial quoted release date had been pushed back again and again for almost a year, Australia finally sees the DVD release of Macross Plus. A sequel to the popular Macross series, sadly better know to many in Australia as the first third of Robotech, Macross Plus is beautiful eye-candy anime at it’s best.

The visuals are beautiful and this is a great transfer, apart from a few minor instances of aliasing and NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts. The sound

The disc features a nice animated menu, with the space fold footage playing behind the scene selections and options to change the audio and look at the extras, while two minutes of Idol Talk play in the background. The extras are rather basic and the centerpiece is rather short, one paragraph profiles of the YF-19, YF-21, Isamu, Guld, Myung, Lucy, Yang and Sharon Apple with 1 image for each. The remaining extras consist of a ‘hidden’ local DVD credit for the guys at Madman Interactive, trailers for Castle of Cagliostro, Wings of Honneamise, Street Fighter Alpha and a text-less version of the Macross Plus trailer. The quality of the trailers range from superb (Macross Plus) to verging on 9th generation fansub (Castle of Cagliostro)

The packaging is at the Madman standard. The front cover image doesn’t quite grab you as well as other Macross Plus cover images, consisting of the Volume 1 VHS cover image of Isamu piloting Chaser One shot superimposed over red soil background of the classic YF-19 in flight from the fourth tape. The inside cover follows the standard Madman trend of serving as advertising for upcoming titles, in this case Manga discs like X, Blood, Perfect Blue and Macross Plus Collection Two. Seeing that DVD inserts appear to be a uniquely US and Japanese thing, I’m annoyed that the inside cover wasn’t used as a chapter or scene index as is the mainstream Region 4 movie standard. I can understand with discs with four or more episodes not using this style, but Macross Plus has just two, which should leave more than enough room. The disc itself features a nice design based on the UN Spacy kite, with the rim and ‘arrow’ colored blue and the rest maroon.

The disc features the first two of Macross Plus’s four episodes. After a brief interlude of the main trio’s past, we see disobedient Veritable Fighter pilot Isamu Dyson in action. After annoying his superiors with his antics for so long, Isamu’s future looks bleak until he’s transferred to the New Edwards base on the colony world of Eden. Isamu seems to have found his dream job of piloting experimental veriable fighters, until he learns he’s competeing with his former friend and now rival Guld Bowman. Throw in a former love interest Myung, now manger of virtual singing idol Sharon Apple, and Project Super Nova takes on a new edge.

In episode two, Isamu goes to a Sharon Apple concert, much to the concertation of Sharon Apple’s puppet master, Myung. Finally able pilot the real YF-19, Isamu sets about making up for lost time in the competion against the YF-21 and Guld. With a mystery figure threatening Myung’s life, and Guld prepared to win Project Super Nova at any cost, Isamu’s short temper proves to be his undoing.

Macross Plus is a great example to non-fans of what people find so good about anime, and this release shows it to it’s best advantage.

Video Rating: A

Audio Rating: B

Content Rating: B

Package Rating: B

Menu Rating: B

Features
English Dolby 5.1 soundtrack,Japanese Dolby 2.0 soundtrack,English subtitles,Character and mecha profiles

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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