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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 147
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Movie 1
By Mark McPherson
May 12, 2002
Release Date: May 07, 2002
The first of the Gundam movies. Ah, where it all began...sort of. Anyway, this is where the Universal Century begins so newcomers should watch this first.
Audio: Gotta love that new remixed Japanese track with 5.1 audio. It sounds so great! Oh, and there is 2.0 audio in case anyone cares.
Video: The video quality remains both old school and upadated at the same time. So there isn't really anything on the video quality to argue about. So stop complaining.
Packaging: This cover isn't quite as attractive as the third movie cover, but it does display a good picture of Amuro with Fraw and a huge picture of the Gundam in the backround. Interesting to note, this is the only movie cover that features a mobile suit.
Menus: They aren't really interactive that much, but they are functional. Gotta give props to Bandai for not using the same menus as the TV series DVDs.
Extras: Only credits. Nothing more.
Content: Well, you gotta wonder how you can split a 43 episode TV series into three movies. Obviously some stuff is going to be edited out of these movies to make room for time. So, how fast does the first film move?
Slow. Very slow. Thats the words you can use to decribe the first film. The movie adds together the first five episodes of the series into one movie while the second movie adds together about 2\3 of the series. Talk about poor editing. The movie starts off by showing how Amuro gets the Gundam, White Base stops on Luna 2 and heads for Earth. That pretty much sums up the first film.
So, unless you really want to hear the Japanese version or just haven't seen Gundam, there is almost no reason to buy this. You could buy this in order as an addition to your Gundam library, but if you already have the first volume of Gundam and don't wanna see it again, whats the point?
Overall, this is the slowest of the Gundam movies. I can only recommend this to die-hard Gundam fans and those who want to collect the whole series. But if you really want to collect the whole series, why not just by the box set?
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television