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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C+
  • 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: 300
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Robotech

Robotech Legacy Set 7

By Chris Beveridge     December 17, 2003
Release Date: March 19, 2002


Robotech Legacy Set 7
© ADV Films


What They Say
The Robotech Legacy Box 7 is a special 3-disc collector's edition which includes Genesis, Hollow Victory, and the final installment in the indispensable Elements of Robotechnology extras series (available only in this collection). This is the powerful conclusion to this groundbreaking multi-generational science fiction epic!

Contains:
Genesis
As the valiant band of freedom fighters led by Scott Bernard makes its way to Reflex Point, they encounter evidence of a world they never knew. Allegiances are strained as the end game is in sight. The real drama of these episodes revolves around the way each hero faces the realization that life on Earth will never be the same. The result is bold, intelligent storytelling that remains the hallmark of this landmark series.

Hollow Victory
The armies are in place; the arena for the final battle has been set. It now becomes a test of courage and commitment. For the freedom fighters, this dark finale is the justification of all the sacrifices they made to get to Reflex Point to face the Earth's most dangerous enemy. For the Invid it is a desperate fight to preserve their very way of life. The war will end, but at what price?

The Review!
Legacy Set 7 brings us to the second half of the New Generation arc as well as bringing the entire Robotech series to a close with its total run of 85 episodes. It's been ages since I last saw the last part of the series and had forgotten just how good it was.

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:
If there was one thing I really liked about the Set 6 release, it was the great green cover. Unfortunately, something about how it was done made it impossible to do it again for this release. So this box is actually gold, which doesn't look exactly right when sitting on the shelf with all of the other colors. The keepcases themselves however retain the greenish hue to them. The front covers feature more of the sketch style covers, though the extras disc is more of a cel oriented cover. 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.

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 an interesting array of extras presented here. The first is a large number of deleted scenes from all three arcs of the series, which are presented in Japanese only with no subtitles. Their reasons for being cut aren't listed for each episode, but most were done for continuity or running time and probably a few instances of Standards and Practices chiming in. There's a number of segments for the various toys, models and other things that show the origianl advertisements for them. These brouht back a huge amount of great memories, particularly the ones for the Revell models that had all the "bays" where you could put your Veritechs and all. Lots of great memories of childhood got revived here. The segments for the novels and the RDF Fan Club also gave me the warm fuzzies, having bought all the novels and being excited when they were first release and for being an early member of the RDF club. ADV did an amazing job of showing all the materials here and making them viewable in a great way.

There's also two segments for video games here. The first is the N64 game that never quite made it from Crystal Dreams. And it's pretty easy to see why visually it never made it. But that's probably me just being spoiled by console gaming today. There's also a couple minute preview of the next-gen game coming out from TDK. If this game plays half as good as it looks, I'm going to be in love. Gorgeous cel shading style animation that just looks like a hell of a lot of fun to play.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The adventure show continues with the second half of the series being presented here. Much of the episodes here continue to move things forward in an episodic way, where the team rolls into a new town or region, finds some kind of trouble there and solves the mystery before moving on. It does work well in giving some small character growth and fleshing out how this Invid controlled world works.

But there's numerous other things brought into play here in the second half. While we got introduced to the oddity that is Marlene in the first half, she begins to regain more of her memories throughout these episodes which has a sizeable affect on members of Scotts team. This situation with Marlene is further brought to the front when the Invid create two new human/invid combinations in the form of Seira and Corg. These two have very different personalities and build different views about those who are attacking the Invid, but overall their introduction provides a more human face on the enemy, something which I think detracts from the overall creepiness of the race. I do understand using it as a way of making people connect more with it, but it's much too easy of a way to let the humans make a new connection to the Invid that you know will only result in bringing down the Invid more easily.

The second half of the series also features some of the more amusing American geography lessons courtesy of the Japanese. From East Coast to West Coast in the blink of an eye while passing right over the primary target of Reflex Point. When I originally watched this and my mother was surprised as I as by the bad geography, she made sure I knew how things really were. It's just amusing to me.

There's also a lot of stuff going on about the return of Hunter's Expeditionary Fleet to Earth mixed into a number of these episodes, which gives the crew some defined orders and objectives as they get closer to the final stages of the war. As things move closer to this point, things really begin to gel well and the larger objectives of this arc come nicely together. Add in the greater influence of Lancer's music and the various romances, this arc caps off very nicely and brings the entire series to a good satisfying conclusion.

But at least I have my Sentinels novels. I needed more! ADV's release of Robotech has finally allowed me to retire all the varied VHS tapes from different vendors over the years and to have one really good set, complete with an amazing array of extras at a really slick price. I couldn't be happier about having the entire series on fourteen discs and in these great looking boxes. Excellent stuff and a really good value for the fan.

Features
English Language,Cut from Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada,Extensive Robotech merchandise gallery filled with images many rare Robotech collectibles,Video clips from Robotech video games past and present,International Robotech Scenes,More

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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