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- Audio Rating: B-
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 44.98
- Running time: 375
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Robotech
Robotech Legacy Set 2
By David Owens
February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 07, 2001
Yay! The 2nd box set of Robotech is here (and er, has been for months before I got around to reviewing it) to bring us more cheesy goodness of what, to many, was their first exposure to Japanese animation (atleast insofar as the animation itself is concerned) ;)
The second prettily-boxed Robotech collection contains the next 12 episodes, and a second disc of extras, though not as nice as the first extras disc (I didn't think). The box is just like the first box, except that ADV cleverly replaced "collection 1" with "collection 2". The watermark on the box this time around is of the SDF-1, as opposed to the first collection's watermarked super-armored VF veritech. Kinda neat, and as before, the box is sturdy, and very cool looking. I can't wait to see what the Robotech Masters, and New Generation boxes will look like.
The video, as with the first, is ...bad. :) It won't be earning a spot in your reference library anytime soon, but it's VHS quality (at least) and won't degrade with subsequent watchings. Seeing as I've watched Robotechs dozens and dozens of times on VHS, this is a key point for me, and is really all I care about. To be fair, though, the video will continue to get bad grades.
Audio is also just like the first boxset: basic mono-style sound through stereo speakers. Woohoo! As before, Robotech's voice acting is cheesy goodness, and really is the birth of cheesy goodness voice acting. Rick says "Oh brother!" more, Minmay whines more and spontaneously breaks into more songs which drunken karaoke singers could outdo, Max still makes me wonder why he became a ninja turtle....all of that, and more.
As with the first, the menus are, I believe, identical except with a different picture in the background. I kind of wish they would change the audio for them, but oh well, not a big deal. Hearing Breetai and Exedore's witty banter fade into the Robotech anthem isn't too annoying. :)
The second Extras disc, included in this box set, contains some goodies, but not anything as interesting as Carl Macek's voiceover during Clash of the Bionoids from the first disc, at least not in my mind. It has several clips of interntional versions of Robotech, some character biographies, toy commercials (woo!), another interview with Carl (I liked the voiceover better, again), comic book covers...man, all this cool stuff. If you're a Robotech fan, then pay the extra money to get the boxsets, it's well worth it.
With something like Robotech, a very old title, previously released on VHS, that has bad video and fairly bad audio, it'll be obvious that the main fan base will be old fans (self included). That said, I won't go into in-depth content reviews, but I'll just touch on the content. These middle episodes tend to be sort of interesting, but there are a few which really stand out and made an impact on me, particularly the last episode on the third disc (the name of which I won't type, since it in itself is a spoiler) (but you've probably all seen it anyways) ;)
There's also some fun action here, as these discs contain the first of the Max vs. Miriya duels, particularly when Miriya and Max fight in the streets of Macross City inside the SDF-1, and then later, when they duel in the arcade, not knowing who the other is. As a Miriya fan, I rather liked these episodes in particular. :)
Unfortunately, this is also where Lynn-Kyle comes in. Argh! But, enough of that I suppose...;)
The middle set of the Macross Saga of Robotech tends to be story-advancing, with some good action thrown in. The first boxset contained more battles as the war escalated, and the third and final Macross Saga boxset will contain "the" battle...but that isn't to say that the middle is lacking in any way. The love plotlines advance and get all silly in these episodes, and a lot of the backdrop for the final dozen episodes is laid down here. For any Robotech fans, it's useless for me to say to buy this set, as it'll probably be a given, but for any non-fans, these episodes are some of the more emotional ones, if not quite so action-oriented.
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