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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam: MS 08th Team
Mobile Suit Gundam: MS 08th Team Vol. #1
By Sean Kemp
February 16, 2002
Release Date: July 08, 2001
Hot off the press, and in my hand while running the Video Department, I only found it fair to write this review for everyone at Anime on DVD.
Both English and Japanese presented in Dolby Stereo, with no problems found on either of the audio tracks. I found the dub track well done. Sakura Con had shown the time coded tape completed dub tape last year, and I found the dub to outstanding.
The video is clear, with no problems found on my initial viewing.
Bandai is definitely trying to get this series to sell...
The front cover has the image of a Zaku with its gun pointed down at a fallen Gundam. The back cover has images from the show, a main staff listing, episode listings, and a listing of DVD Extras.
The surprising thing is, the cover is reversible, with an image of two of the soldiers jumping into the trenches with an explosion behind them. The images and layout on the back of the alternate cover are different as well...
First off, visually the Menus on this disc are awesome. They are well laid out, and only have one small problem... It took me a while to figure out what the icons were for...
The screen loads up with images from the show and the opening theme music playing in the background, and four yellow icons located in the lower corner of the screen to select your options.
The first of the icons is a camera that you use to select to play the video.
The second is an hourglass. Selecting this takes you to the Scene Selection screen. Each episode has a sub menu that can be selected from the bottom, and the choice of Opening, the beginning of the show, the half waypoint, the ending and the preview for the next episode. While selecting, it plays some of the background music from the show.
Third icon is a speaker that you use to select your language preference and subtitle preference.
The final icon is a clipboard. This sends you to Extras menu.
While not hard to figure out, the icons themselves don't have any kind of text descriptions on what they do exactly. It might have been a little bit easier if they had a small text description come up when the icon is selected, but overall a decent menu.
The extras on this disc are a textless opening, a special promo-style bonus clip, Bandai Trailers, and DVD Credits.
Having seen this show Fansubbed, and then again at Sakura Con 2000, the DVD release impressed me.
The show itself is an excellent story, with good quality animation. Set in year 0079, it follows 08th Mobile Suit Team's challenges they face during the war. Instead of space battles such as is commonly found in other Gundam series, 08th MS Team for the most part involves Jungle warfare in giant Mobile Suits.
Toshiba 8x DVD Rom, Real Magic Hollywood Plus Decoder Card, Sound Blaster Live Value, AST Vision 15" Monitor, AMD K62 450 with 384MB RAM.