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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • 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: 405
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Robotech

Robotech Legacy Set 6

By Chris Beveridge     February 20, 2002
Release Date: February 12, 2002


Robotech Legacy Set 6
© ADV Films


What They Say
New Generation 1: The Next Wave
The powerful third act of Robotech begins as the Robotech Defense Force - exhausted by years of intergalactic warfare - is finally defeated by mysterious aliens known as Invid. The fate of mankind rests in the hands of a few brave resistance fighters who will stop at nothing until the Earth is free once again.

New Generation 2: Counter Strike
Forced to journey to Reflex Point, the small band of resistance fighters - led by Scott Bernard - are confronted with powerful enemies, mysterious allies and an over-riding sense of helplessness. Along the way, Scott and the others learn the true meaning of survival as they each face their own darkest fears.

The Review!
Legacy set 6 brings us to one of the arcs of Robotech that has a seriously hardcore fandom to it, a small but sizeable group who rate it higher than the first two arcs. After reacquainting myself with it after a few years, I'm remembering why I was close to being part of this group.

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 transfer here looks pretty much the same as the previous volumes in the series. There's a fair amount of grain throughout as well as some nicks and scratches, but nothing truly horrible. It's not the best looking thing in the world but it's still better than my VHS tapes. At least there's no cross coloration here. That alone made it enjoyable.

Packaging:
The covers for this segment of Robotech look fantastic. The front covers feature more of the interesting artwork, the first one being a Cyclone armor and the second one being sizeable military operation playing out. Both look great. The back covers show off some of the mecha designs and some small pictures from the show itself. 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 for this arc is great, a nice rich green color with the Mars Base emblem over a cyclone image. I really love how this set looks, moreso than the Souther Cross ones.

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:
There's a great selection of extras here, some that will require some serious time to spend on. You've got another gallery of character and mecha images, this time for the New Generation segment, you've got the gallery of comic book covers for this arc as well and another block of international clips. There's a lengthy prototype toy presentation here that runs I believe close to forty minutes, going over a wide range of toys and how to market them. It's a really fascinating piece to see how things were done all those years ago. But the real treasure here is the unaired pilot for Mospeada that was done. Not Robotech mind you, but a seemingly accurate dub for Mospeada where the lead character retains the name of Stick and things are quite different. It's great to finally see this after hearing about for so long, that this one episode makes the entire extras disc worthwhile.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The New Generation arc of Robotech is a fascinating piece of work. Taking the original show, Gensis Climber Mospeada, and reworking things so that the fleet that's flying towards earth is part of the Robotech Expeditionary Force come to liberate Earth from the Invid is a stroke of genius.

At the end of Southern Cross, we saw the arrival of this protoculture-based race arrive and quickly conquer what little is there, completely eradicating any trace of the Robotech Masters and all the resistance that the Earth forces could muster. Humanity is back in ragtag mode yet again for this third invasion and are doing their best to get along with their new overlords. The Invid in general don't want much to do with the humans other than to keep them in line, since their main goal is the protoculture.

Our introductions this time around start on board the REF fleet, where we meet Scott Bernard, a fresh faced commander in the fleet who just proposed to his girlfriend before they arrive on their ancestral planet. As luck would have it, their insertion into Earth atmosphere goes horribly wrong and we see only Scott living through it in his Alpha Fighter. As far as he can tell, everyone else died in the invasion, so he has to take up the mission on his own.

But since he's never been on Earth, he's finding it to be a quite strange place, especially since he probably spent most of his life on board a starship. While we get a few fun scenes of him adjusting to rain and other kinds of weather, Scott's the military gung ho type who focuses on the mission at hand and heads off towards the Invid Reflex Base that they must destroy to liberate the planet.

New Generation follows the storytelling style of the weekly adventure where the hero rolls into various areas, has encounters and tries to do some good, and moves on. Along the way he makes friends and gains new comrades who travel with him. He manages a really amusing crew. His first is Rand, someone his own age whose lived off what he can get for awhile. Then there's Annie, a young girl whose rather streetwise. Lunk, the mechanic whose got his own secret past. There's also Rook, a woman whose got things in her past that end up giving her reason to follow Scott. And then there's the great Lancer, aka Yellow Dancer. Every generation must have a singer and while Southern Cross was weak on it, New Generation makes up for it with Lancer who dresses up in womens clothing to become the most popular entertainer for the few people who are left.

And the music's not half bad either. I mean, if you can get through Minmei's songs, you can get through Yellow Dancer's stuff.

Watching as the group grows and learns to trust each other as they travel along (sometimes in amusing directions), the show does a good job of giving each character the right amount of screen time. Scott's a bit too angsty at times, but he was just ahead of the times when it comes to that. New Generation is one of the better aspects of Robotech, and as mentioned before, it's easy to see how it could outclass the Macross segment for a lot of people.

Features
English Language,Characters and mecha Gallery,Robotech International clips,Gallery of vintage comic book covers featuring an episode-by-episode adaptation of The New Generation,Promotional films never before seen by the general public,Home video premiere of the unaired English language pilot for Genesis Climber Mospeada

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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