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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: A
- 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 5
By Chris Beveridge
December 11, 2001
Release Date: December 11, 2001
Robotech Legacy Set 5
What They Say
© ADV Films
Robotech 9: Robotech Masters: Counter Attack
The Robotech Defense Forces plan an all-out counter attack against the Robotech Masters. The hope is to catch the invaders off guard and achieve victory before the Earth is destroyed. The RDF finds an ally in Zor, a captured enemy pilot who turns out to be an important piece of the puzzle behind the secrets of Robotechnology. An intimate chapter in the Robotech Saga - one of the most popular and longest running animated science fiction serials of all time.
Robotech 10: Robotech Masters: The Final Solution
Victory in the 2nd Robotech War will be decided, not by superior strength, but rather by a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice. Once the secrets of protoculture are revealed, the tough decisions that must be made, on both sides, will ultimately determine the fate of two civilizations. The manner in which the various characters choose to accept their fate forms a dramatic backdrop to the powerful conclusion of the second act of the epic, multi-generational Robotech Saga.
Robotech Bonus Disc
Highlights on this latest collector’s volume are the never-before-seen English-language pilot for episode #1 of Macross - a pre-Robotech version of this classic TV episode (featuring scenes cut from episode #1 of Robotech) along with a promotional music video, preview trailer and pre-production art (including original storyboards and an "animatic" sequence) from the rarely seen Robotech theatrical feature; plus Robotech International – featuring clips from the series played in multiple languages; rare pre-production art from unproduced sections "Robotech II: The Sentinels" and the Japanese anime series "Southern Cross" (known here as The Robotech Masters) – including character and mecha designs. The Review!
With the second box set the Southern Cross comes to an end and things set up for the Invid's arrival in the New Generation Series. It's amazing how fast this went by.Audio:
For our primary reviewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of English. Throughout the track, we didn't notice any dropouts or distortions though some areas again did feel a slight bit lower compared to other areas on the disc. Dialogue is pretty much dead center channel and the music and sound effects playing through for the forward soundstage to sound fairly full.Video:
The second half of the Southern Cross segment seems to be about on par with the first collection, which means a lot of grain throughout it. With the age of the show and the grain, the colors look pretty muted and flat and there's a good amount of color banding going on as well. But if you made it past the first collection, just expect more of the same here.Packaging:
The covers for the series discs again sport the great looking sketch-style pieces of artwork, this time with the characters of Sean and Zor getting the spotlight. The back covers show off some of the mecha designs and some small pictures from the show itself inside the emblems from the series. The back also lists the episode titles and numbers which is nice as the package spines also include the volume numbers, making it very easy to see what disc is what. The box is just like the previous one with the more maroon color and the Southern Cross emblem on it.Menus:
The menus used here definitely fall under the simple and straightforward category. The main screen is basically a clip of animation playing and the episode selections on the right as well as the trailers section. Moving about is pretty fast and the look works well for this release.Extras:
Some neat extras are included in this set, making up for the somewhat lackluster ones the last time around. The Robotech movie gets some goodies displayed here, such as the original trailer for it as well as the 80's pop music video for it. You can just feel your hair changing while watching it. There's also a number of storyboards and an animatic presented for it.
The Sentinels also gets some pre-production are shown here with about 31 pieces of character designs and more shown. There's also 22 pieces of un-produced Southern Cross designs that show a version of Southern Cross much more heavily influenced by samurai designs than what we got. And as expected, another set of international clips makes an appearance here.
What really rules in the extras here is the original Macross pilot episode dub complete with the male sung opening song from when they were trying to sell the 36 episode series by itself. It's much closer to the original script than Robotech was, but Robotech didn't stray too too far from the core of it. This 25 minute extra is an intriguing look at what might have been.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It's almost hard to believe that with the second box the Southern Cross segment is done. Things move fast with this series and this half is no different.
The Southern Cross and more specifically Dana's tank command group get a new member to their ranks with Zor now trying to figure things out with his apparent memory loss. The Command structure wants an in-depth serious interrogation, one that will get results. But Emerson thinks that with Dana and her half-heritage she may be able to coax out the memories that they need. Rolf is knee deep in fighting off the Command taking the war to the next level as it is, and giving them Zor would be a catastrophe.
A good chunk of the second half also takes place in space, giving Marie and her crew more of the spotlight. With Leonard taking more control of things and moving the battle in the direction he sees as the winning one, more and more battleships are moved into orbit to take down the Masters fortresses more directly. It's a plan that has some effect, but not enough. The Southern Cross starts to take a lot of serious damage.
There's also a fair amount going on Earth-side with the characters. The relationship between Dana and Zor becomes the main romantic focus of the series, though the ones between Sean and Marie and Bowie and Musica aren't exactly ignored. Things with Dana and Zor are the real focus though as we start to unravel his past and the secrets of what Protoculture really is. And one of the tank staff, Louie Nichols, manages to come up with a new toy for the base tank simulator that the R&D boys decide would make a nice addition to the real thing, a way of getting the pilots targeting up by a significant percentage.
As this segment progresses towards its close though, things get pretty intense with a lot of things going on. The final battles between the Southern Cross and those onboard the fortresses are desperate, but the citizens of the Masters race aren't all they're cracked up to be as their Protoculture supply is dwindling fast. And this segment certainly doesn't end on a happy note. Not that Macross really did either, but you had a good amount of hope at the end of that. With this one, hope is the last thing on your mind.
The Southern Cross segment has been a real blast to watch after all these years. It's held up better than I thought it would and I've definitely seen more new things with it than I did on my original viewings all those years ago. It's not Macross, but it's an entertaining series nonetheless.
English Language,Macross Pilot,Pre-Production Art (Sentinels and Southern Cross),Robotech the Movie Supplements(Trailer/music video/storyboards),International Clips
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.