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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B+
- 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 Mark McPherson
February 18, 2002
Release Date: December 11, 2001
Some might find the very idea of something like Robotech meaningless. Little do other otaku realize that Robotech actually paved the way for anime in America. If not for Robotech, we would still be watching edited anime (well, more than we have now). And I find it very insulting to call Robotech a children's anime. It's a real mecha series. It's hard to argue with that when in Robotech they actually use the word mecha in the script.
Audio: It's mono and you shouldn't complain. I have listened to the old school anime Battle of the Planets in 5.1 and it sounds really warped. Be happy your only paying $15 a disc with six episodes each while Battle of the Planets costs $20 with only two episodes.
Video: Unlike Macross, there almost no grain. There are some signs of dirt, but that only shows how old the show is.
Packaging: Similar to the last box set, but featuring the crest of Nova's unit as well as a visible Bioroid when shined in light. I am still pretty happy with these boxes thus far, but I really don't like the cover art of the episode discs.
Menus: The first disc features a scene from one of the RDF battleships in space, the second disc features Zor looking up at one of the Robotech Master's landing ships and the third disc features the Robotech Masters themselves. Nothing much more to say on the menus. Pretty functional though.
Extras: These extras seem big, but left me a little dissapointed. The main attraction is Macross pilot. It features all the original animation and music with an exception for the opening and closing which keep the original animation, but insert some music that sounds like something out Starblazers. Some uncut scenes are little things such as the Mayor talking about the fate of the city and Captain Gloval leaving the stage. The only name change is Rick's name is changed to Rick Yamada. The uncut lines are basically the same as the first episode of Robotech, but the name SDF-1 is changed to Macross in the script. Some more fun stuff includes materials from the Robotech movie. This includes a less than thirty second trailer for the film, a lengthy 80's style music video and a storyboard run through. But one has to imagine with all these extras, why didn't ADV just put the movie on the disc in the first place? The animation sheets of all the units were pretty fun to look at. The International Clips this time were okay, but there are some major scratches on the Italian audio.
Content: As the battle against the Robotech Masters continues to wage on and the final battle approaching, one can only imagine what outcome will be the result in the second Robotech war.
When Zor joins Dana's squadron, some of the other troops start getting pissed at Zor for all the pain and death he has brought to the RDF. Dana tries to make good friends with Zor and Zor finds himself fought over by Nova and Dana. Meanwhile, Marie Crystal has just been released from the hospital and Commander Reynolds begins the attack on the Robotech Masters in the first huge assault wave against the Robotech Masters. However, Zor, Dana and Bowie stumble onto the site of the SDF-1 and discover a type of flower inside.
After the first assault wave does a fairly good job, the Commander decides that the Leader of the next assault wave will be General Emerson, Bowie's godfather. Bowie still feels little remorse for Emerson at this point. When Marrie is sent up on the second assault wave, Louie begins production on a new weapon system that uses a human's pupils as a targeting system. However, Louie only wanted it used for combat simulations and not for actual combat. Louie is stricken by this deveation from his idea for the system.
Emerson makes a desperate move up in space by creating a temporary black hole type of attack against the enemy that actually works. The Commander of the RDF decides to send Dana and her team on a mission inside one of the Robotech Masters ships. When Dana and her crew arrive inside, Zor starts to go insane again and now he turns against Dana. When Dana and her crew are captured, Musica finally decides she wants to live with Bowie and rid herself of the Master's world. She helps them in escaping while at the same time freeing Zor from the Master's command. Dana's squad manages to escape when Emerson is ordered to come back and fight the Master's again.
Eventually the plot boils down to the point when the Robotech Master and the RDF must go for an all-or-nothing battle. The Robotech Masters try to warn the RDF that they are trying to prevent the Invid from coming to their planet Earth. Commander Reynolds refuses to listens and it is now up to the 15th squadron to take down the Robotech Master's main ship. After they kill the Masters and evacuate all the civialians from the ship, Zor takes his own life and destroys the ship. Little did Zor realize that he made the ship explode right where the Invid Flower of Life is. This means that the arrival of the Invid is guarenteed now.
And there is more on the disc then I mentioned. These episodes aren't really what I expected. They move at a relatively fast pace and manage to fit a good amount of plot into each episode. That I am thankful for on these discs.
With love affairs, new weapons, mysterious secrets, break-neck action and so much more, this is obviously a box set worth buying. Still my most highly recommended mecha series out there.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television