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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 3
By Mark McPherson
May 11, 2002
Release Date: May 07, 2002
The Gundam movies have always been what has made Gundam successful. Needless to say, if you are a big Gundam fan, this DVD is a must. No questions asked.
Audio: The audio sounds great with 5.1 and 2.0 Japanese remix which features new sound effects and new Japanese voice recordings by the same actors! It sounds incredible. The lightning sound during the pan of Side 6 sounds so real!
Video: Even for it's age, the film still looks great. The colors are a tad updated, but they don't bleed like that of the TV series DVDs. Nice job by Sunrise.
Packaging: The cover is the same cover as the Region 2 DVD! Plus, the deep blue reflecting colors on the cover make all the more attractive than that of the first two movies.
Menus: They aren't really that flashy, but they are way better than the TV series menus. The scene selection features my favorite battle music! So, overall, they aren't so bad.
Extras: Unless you count 15 pages of credits, there are no extras.
Content: As it was said in 08th MS Team, the final battle will be won in space. They weren't lying. The third and final film of the Gundam trilogy is by far the best.
The story begins right after White Base leaves the Earth where they are attacked by Dren. After some short combat, they head to Side 6 for supplies. There, Mirai meets her husband while Amuro meets his father and a beautiful woman named Lalah. As well as his first face-to-face meet with Char. When White Base leaves, after fighting some Doms on the way out, they head for the abandoned Texas colony where Amuro fight another one-on-one battle with Char.
After some running around, the first big battle begins at Solomon, where the Federation unvails it's latest weapon using solar power. When the smoke clears, the battle is far from over. Char puts Lalah straight into battle and Amuro soons learns just how important Lalah is. All this leads up to big final battle at Abao A Qu, which takes up a good portion of the film.
There were a few things in here that are different from the TV series. For one, is all the deaths. They just edit out M'Quve's last battle completely and yet they show him making coments after the battle at Solomon is over. Also, a few deaths were changed. Instead of Sleggar being smashed by the Big Zam, Sleggar himself runs the Core Booster into the Big Zam. And instead of Dren being sucked out into space, he is slamed against the glass.
Overall, the third movie is one of the most action packed movies of Gundam. If you have seen the TV series and can only buy one Gundam movie, make it this one. Highly recommended.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television