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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- 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. #2 (1st Pressing)
By Justin Emerson
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999
After just getting through with the first Volume yesterday, I decided to delve into the second Volume tonight, and yet again Manga did not disappoint me with this awesome release.
The Audio on the disc is as superb as the first Volume, with the only drawback being that there is no DD5.1 for the Japanese audio track. Other than that, there's nothing I can complain about with audio on this disc.
The Video is up to the same standard as the first Volume, with an excellent video transfer, showing no signs of any artifacts or worn film. Again, the only complaint here is that it is encoded in interlaced format, which can be annoying to people watching it on a computer screen. This fault will be completely unnoticeable to anyone using a set top player.
Unfortunately, about half way through Part 4 the subtitles are around 2 seconds early, making short lines actually disappear before the character says them! Not too bad, but certainly not indicative of the quality of the rest of the disc.
The Packaging is the same as the first disc, with a nice cover on the keepcase and a fold out inside with chapter selections. Nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either.
The Menu on the disc is exactly the same as on the first disc, which disappointed me somewhat. I was hoping for a different intro, but alas, it was not meant to be. The response time on the menu was good, even though there was animation going on in the background.
Now for the most important part, the content... I really like this series!! The animation in it is fluid and crisp, and the mixture of CG graphics in some scenes to compliment the hand drawn animation adds a very nice touch. The storyline is definitely Macross, but with an interesting twist. My only complaint is that the idea being the story is rather trite, and you've seen it a million times before in a Sci-Fi story. Up until Part 3, I didn't expect the plot to end going where it does, which is a good thing in some ways, but I wished they could've come up with a more interesting theme to tackle. Other than that fact, the action is gripping and it was very difficult for me to take a break while watching it.
If you liked the first disc, then obviously this disc is a no-brainer. This disc, like the first, is possibly one of the best Anime DVDs every produced, and while the wait for these may have been annoying, they were well worth the extra time Manga took in producing them.