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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 300
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Robotech

Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition Vol. #07

By Chris Beveridge     January 30, 2005
Release Date: December 28, 2004


Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition Vol. #07
© ADV Films


What They Say
Scott Bernard’s courageous band of insurrectionists makes their way to Reflex Point, the site of the protoculture matrix and ground zero for the final battle between the Robotech forces and the Invid. But getting to Reflex Point is no easy task, as our heroes will have to cross treacherous terrain in unpredictable climates, evade the ever-present threat of the Invid, and contend with the mounting tensions and frustrations that threaten to tear their patchwork family apart. With both sides of the conflict fighting to preserve their respective ways of life, those caught in the midst of battle will be forced to make dramatic, desperate choices before the final shots in the Robotech Wars are fired.



The Review!
The curtain closes on the third and final act of the Robotech saga; sadly, it does not end as strong as the saga started.

Audio:
The English 5.1 audio track was used for my primary viewing session. The track maintains the solid audio quality seen in the previous Remastered sets. The action flows across the front and back soundstages giving the battle scenes a lot of energy. Dialogue, music, and sound effects are mixed well with no noticeable dropouts, distortion, or other problems. The Spanish soundtrack fares equally well with the voices coming decently close to their English counterparts.

Video:
Given the age of the source material, a solid digital transfer has been given to this set. Colors are rich and bright, but the source material does contain some grain, scratches, and other minor print defects. There were no noticeable problems from the digital transfer. Overall, the picture is clear and pleasing to the eye.

Packaging:
Two keep cases come packaged in a sturdy cardboard box; the box features Lancer and Sue Graham in their Cyclone suits on one side and a Cyclone armored warrior on the other. The images are sharp and have a metallic background that draws the eye to it.

The individual cases feature the shots of Lancer and Sue from the box itself; the back covers contain the requisite episode summaries and disc specifications. Inside is a one-page insert containing the front cover image on one side and an episode listing on the other.

Menu:
Clean and simple, the main menu has a piece of animation and music looping in the background. The menu options are along the right side of the screen; there are no transition delays switching between menus, and the sub-menus contain a static image and a piece of looping music.

Extras:
None; move along...

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In the first half of the New Generation saga, we were introduced to a band of freedom fighters struggling to defeat the parasitic race known as the Invid. The world built up around them is harsh and realistic; whether they are foraging for supplies or facing the defeated remains of humanity, it does not stretch the bounds of plausibility too far. While the main story is about the Invid's attempt to use Earth as their next stage of evolution, the bulk of the stories revolved more around the individual characters and the people they met.

This trend continues throughout the remainder of the story, as Scott and his makeshift band of rebels make their way toward the heart of the Invid at Reflex Point. They encounter more scattered pockets of humanity allowing two distinct relationships to grow. Scott becomes more attracted to Marlene while Marlene struggles with her lack of memory and ability to hear the Invid minds in her own.

As part of their evolution, the Invid have decided that the human form is the most suitable for their needs. The Invid Regis transforms her son and daughter, Corg and Sera, into humans and sends them into battle against Scott's group. Sera falls in love with Lancer on first sight but does not quite understand what she is feeling.

These relationships go in opposite directions the closer Reflex Point comes; eventually, Marlene is revealed to be Ariel, an Invid sent to spy on them. Scott is unsure on how to react to this news; part of him still loves Ariel but another is repulsed but what she is. Lancer and Sera fall madly in love despite their differences with Sera even fighting for the remaining people of Earth.

In the end, the Invid Regis decides to gather all of the Invid together and leave the Earth permanently to find a home on a world not filled with strife. Our heroes go their separate ways with Scott flying off to find the missing Admiral Hunter. Certainly not an entertaining summary, but the series itself was not overly entertaining.

It was by no means a boring series, but it just did not seem to really do much to hold the audience's attention. Part of this is due to the episodic nature of the series; most of the episodes focus more on the remains of humanity rather than creating a richer mythology around the Invid and their plans. The resolution of the conflict happens in the last two episodes, but there was little build-up to give it much of a punch.

The premises of some of the stand-alone episodes were interesting, but they just did not find the right balance between humor and drama. It tried a bit too hard to lighten the mood through levity and ended up not fitting in well with the material. The series was also off balance by leaning too heavily on these stand-alone stories; the Invid were persistent and seemingly omnipresent, but there was little depth to them or their plans.

With a bit more writing and development of the villains, this could have been a much better series. It is a decent ending to the Robotech saga, but it just does not compare to the strong opening Macross storyline.

In Summary:
After the disappointing Masters arc, Robotech manages to end with a mediocre closing storyline. It does not come near the level of entertainment that the Macross storyline provides, but it is worth watching once if only for the sake of seeing the entire story. The series might have worked better if it was not part of the Robotech continuity.

With villains and their plans given only a surface development, the stand-alone stories may have come off better without the baggage of trying to tie it back into the previous two series. It is difficult to recommend or not recommend this particular series. It has its moments, but the overall viewing experience just lacks enough substance to really hold one's interest.

Features
English 5.1 Language,Spanish 5.1 Language

Review Equipment
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Panasonic RP-82, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers, generic S-Video and optical audio cable

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