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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 Vol. #1
By Mark McPherson
May 17, 2002
Release Date: February 19, 2002
While Bandai is still aquiring new Gundam titles, they decided it was time to flesh out a couple of their old titles onto DVD. Actually, the word flesh out doesn't quite fit the term. I think the word Im thinking of is fix-up. Ok, so maybe it is two words, but this is way better than the VHS quality, I'll tell you that.
Audio: Give it up for Bandai and their 5.1 audio on both tracks! They just keep on getting better and better. What more could you ask?
Video: Unlike the VHS tapes, the video isn't quite so bright while still having a decent transfer. No complaints on video quality here.
Packaging: The reversible cover is way better featuring the Region 2 cover. Bandai has really been doing a great job in this department.
Menus: While not extremely good, they do overpower 0083's menus by offering more space. Plus, they don't feel quite as cramped. Simple yet accessable.
Extras: While the inclusion of the textless opening\closing and MS Encyclopedia are pretty much mandatory on Gundam DVDs now, the commerical collection was a welcome change from the norm. They are probably only about 1.5 minutes all together, but they are pretty fun to watch. Another successful extra.
Content: Despite it's inappropriate title, Gundam 0080 takes place near the end of 0079. When a Zeon commando team tries to capture the Federation's special new unit, the battle lead to the neutral colony called Labot. This peaceful little colony is going to learn what war is all about.
The story focusses on a war crazy boy named Al who cares more about mobile suits than politics. In fact, when the Zeon actually come in and start a battle with some GMs, Al and his friends just stare at the mobile suits in excitement, not caring at all who wins.
So, naturally, when Al actually meets a Zeon pilot named Bernie, he is more in awe at his badges and weapons than the actual reason Bernie is at the colony. Later on, Bernie gets reassigned to the failed commando team to infiltrate the colony to search for the unit.
And when Al notices Bernie is back, he can't help but wonder why. Luckily, he is lulled by the Zeon commando team by making him an offical soldier. To some, this may seem like a surprise since most of the pro-Federation, but for Al, he is just happy to be on either side, even if it is the enemy.
Overall, Gundam 0080 is a relaxing mecha series. There aren't that many battles on this disc: Only four if you count the simulation. But, frankly, it doesn't have to have many mobile suit battles since the show succeeds well enough on it's own.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television