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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥8190
  • Running time: 137
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suite Gundam Movie 1

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Mobile Suite Gundam Movie 1
© Bandai Visual


What They Say
In the year Universal Century 0079, humans have colonized the area of space lying in between the Earth and the moon. However the ambitious Zabi family, rulers of the Duchy of Zeon (the colonies furthest from the earth) has sparked a war. The Duchy, within a month, has invaded and occupied half of the Earth's surface, thanks to the Duchy's ultimate weapon, 60-foot tall, heavily armed and highly maneuverable machines known as "Mobile Suits." The only thing that can save the Federal Forces of Earth is their top-secret "V" Project, based on the loyalist colony Side 7. 15-year-old Amuro Ray, the son of the chief researcher to the V Project, struggles to get his friends and neighbors to safety when he runs across an empty mobile suit which turns out to be the Gundam, the sole remaining prototype mobile suit.

The Review!
Bandai really managed to make this disc wanted, it burned huge hole in my pocket. Great restoration job, possibly the same will be used for upcoming Gundam TV series later this year.

Audio:

I believe original series had plain stereo sound so this is major rehash. Unlike with some DD 5.1 remastered old movies, which often has very thin rear, this one is completely different. Read channels are surprisingly active here. Sounds of bullets, flying Zakus in beginning of movie - just to name a few. I didn't noticed any dropouts or distortions.

Video:

Great job! I didn't noticed many artifacts, few occasional jaggies here and there but that's basically it. In dark scenes some grain are noticeable but in very small amounts. It is unbelievable how such an old movie can be restored. Average bit rate here is 7.46 Mb/sec! Movie takes more than 8Gb of this dual-layered disk, which is very much for 137-minute movie.

Packaging:

As far I know this is new sleeve art in dark red featuring Amuro holding Fra Bow in foreground and Gundam in background. Back cover has selected picture gallery from movie and usual disk/region/sound info. 8-page booklet has special message from Yoshiuki Tomino with his autograph, White Base route map, Charactor (this is NOT my typo J) list and Mechanic list with pictures of Zeon Duchy and Federation's mobile suits. Inner pages are devoted to Story Digest while last pages have some information about making Gundam as well as cast list. There's also small inlet describing Dolby Digital sound and how to set it up as well as some general information about DVD format and menus. Registration card with small customer survey is included as well. Amaray keep case.

Menus:

Actually movie starts just after Emotion and Sunrise logos so you can get to menu only by pressing MENU button on remote. Menus are very basic with selected action moments from movie running in background. You have only 3 items here - Chapter list, Sound and subtitles setup and of course Play.

Extras:

On disk - none. I do not know can booklet be considered as extra? All useful information is there unfortunately I can't read Japanese.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

In month of May last year lazily browsing anime section in my favorite online shop KenCranes I came upon Gundam Wing. When disk arrived I became Gundam fan. From that time I began hunting Gundam DVDs around the globe. This movie is simply beautiful. Strong, believable characters - one of things I like so much about anime. And of course Gundam. The First One - famous RX-78. Animation is end of 70ties style but it didn't bugged me much. Amuro is just a kid being thrown in a middle of war he does not understands and is forced to fight to protect his life and lives of people he holds dear. Soon civilian turns to be enlisted along with many other survivors of Side 7, which makes up White Base's crew. Pursued relentlessly by Zeons commanded by Char they manage get to Earth and perform re-entry which other ships are unable to do. During his time on White Base Amuro grows as fighter - near end of movie his skills closely matches Char's and with other, more powerful Zeon mobile suits appearing Gundam which saved Amuro's skin in beginning could be in trouble. Movie ends with White Base departing for Europe. I am very anxious to see the rest though I am worried about my financial abilities to do it

Features
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround,Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround,English Subtitles,Japanese Subtitles,8-page booklet,DD info inlet,Registration card

Review Equipment
Setup1: Sony KV29X2E 29" 4:3 TV, Pioneer DV-515 multizone DVD player, Pioneer VSX-808RDS DD/DTS receiver, Supra S-Video cable, Supra optical cable, no name speaker cables and Radiotehnika speakers.Setup2: PIII 550Mhz, 128MB RAM, GeForce 2 MX, Pioneer DVD-A04SZ DVD-ROM, Windows 2000 Pro and WinDVD 2.3 software DVD player

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