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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 44.98
- Running time: 350
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Robotech
Robotech Legacy Set 4
By Mark McPherson
February 18, 2002
Release Date: October 30, 2001
Macross is over. The SDF-1 is no more, thousands of people are dead and the world is now enveloped in most parts with radiation. Harmony Gold dared to look at the end of this series to "and then what?" So they added Southern Cross to dig futher into the Robotech Masters, the future of the RDF and the most scary element of all, Protoculture.
Audio: Hey kids! Want to impress your friends with nostalgia? Well now you can thanks to MONO! The mono track sounds pretty good this time around.
Video: You've probably noticed how mistaking the animation was in Macross. Well, since this is an entirely different studio that made Southern Cross, the animation looks much better with little or no grain.
Packaging: The Macross sets were blue with the Macross symbol on them. This time around we get a red box with the NEW RDF symbol on it. Looks pretty eligent. However, I can't say the same for the volume covers which are just white with some conceptual art on front. ADV can do better than that.
Menus: Pretty much the same with an expception to the new introduction. It features the Robotech Masters observing the Earth. The extras menu features the Robotech Masters manipulating Zor's clone.
Extras: Not that big, but still worth noting. First, for all you fansub fans, ADV has brought all the original opening and closings (and even a few eyecatches) to this disc. All of them are uncut with no changes made to them. What a deal. I really liked the opening for Mospeda because the singer kind of sounds Meatloaf. Next up on the Agenda is the Production Sheets. If you thought there were a lot on the Sentinals disc, you haven't seen nothing yet. These are sketches of all characters, mecha and backrounds. There are over 100 in there! Then we have the comic book covers from the Robotech Masters including the special edition issue. Follow that up with some nicely timed Internation Clips and you'll be one happy camper.
Content: Pay attention class! The first saga of Robotech was just a warm up. Now it's time for the real meat of the series.
15 years have passed since we last left the ruined SDF-1. Most of the Earth has been plagued by radiation. Even Macross city is no longer save to live in. The RDF is now up and running with new Veritechs. These new machines look like Hovertanks, but they can convert into Battleoid mode. The new recruits include Dana Sterling (daughter of Max Sterling), Bowie Grant (Claudia Grant's uncle), Angelo and Louie. They are all apart of the RDF's 15th Armored Attack Squad. Dana mostly ends up getting into trouble. Whether she's getting into fights or skipping off duty, shes one big trouble maker.
In the middle of this, the Robotech Masters have finally made their 15 year journey to Earth after they had discovered a large discharge of protoculture mass when the SDF-1 fought against the Zentradi. After hitting the RDF hard with their Bioroids, the RDF finally takes down the Robotech Masters ship. But their not dead, far from it. The RDF is having a hard enough time just keeping the ship contained when being faced by constant attack. Dana soon falls for the Red Bioroid pilot who happens to be Zor's clone. And Bowie falls for one of the ship's harp players, Musica, when the RDF tries to breach the Robotech Master's ship. In a desperate effort to understand the humans, the Robotech Master's send out Zor's clone as a spy.
I won't lie to you. There is more action on this disc then kissy moments in the Macross Saga. There are also a few scenes where the dubbing just doesn't work. For instance, when Dana gets involved in a fight at one of the RDF's rest stations, she hits a guy with a crowbar and says "Stop this immediatly" while she is smiling, winking and patting herself with the crowbar. When it turns into an all out brawl she is jumping up and down smiling but is yelling "Sease this fighting at once"! You'd expect her to say something fun like "Get them boys" or "Not bad for a new recruit". But instead, Harmony Gold has to go with the violence is wrong dialogue probably so they won't get caught up in a debuckle that says Robotech is teaching kids to fight in school.
But there is a good amount of action here to keep you watching. However, there are some flaws in the show such as too much mechanical jargin, little character development and a plot that might not work with some people. But if you love action and like the mechanical designs, you should like it.
Overall, the Robotech Masters Saga deals less with character relationships and more with explaining all the names and terms that the Macross Saga left us with. In other words, its good for watching the action, so keep that in mind while watching.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television