Robotech Vol. #02 -

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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 14.95
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Robotech

Robotech Vol. #02

By Mark McPherson     February 18, 2002
Release Date: June 19, 2001

The Review!
As the ground-breaking series that has influenced two generations continues on DVD, these few episodes are some of the most important episodes of the Macross Saga. And being such an old title that the only way one could watch it was when it was on Cartoon Network, all the DVDs of Robotech are a must have for any anime collector.

With the disc being English only, ADV certainly does a good job of transferring the sound. Even though it is only mono, I still think ADV did a good job with what they had to work with.

Again, the video quality is almost the same as VHS tapes. Those little nicks and scratches seen on the VHS tapes are permanent so don't go blaming ADV for the dated picture quality.

Once again, we get more beautiful cover art on this disc. This time featuring Zentradi Battlepods. And I still love the whit undercoating. ADV should be commended for putting such glorious artwork on the cover.

One thing I didn't quite like about the menu setup on this one is that it is almost completely the same as the first disc. So for those of you are hoping to see video on the main menu of some of the best parts on the disc, you're going to be disappointed. Another downer is that the missiles don't fly by the screen any more like they did on the first disc.

No extras on this disc. Sorry, only ADV previews.

The content on this disc compared to the last one is huge. First off, there's a bunch of new characters. Kyron is Bretai's new captain of many operations on assaults against the SDF-1. Instead of hoping for Kryon to do a good job of his duties, Bretai actually ends up babysitting Kyron for his many unofficial attacks against SDF-1. We also get to meet Dolza, supreme ruler of the Zentradi. And there are female Zentradi, too. Azonia is the next commander of capturing the SDF-1. But new characters aren't limited to Zentradi. Max Sterling, a ace pilot with green hair and glasses, and Ben Dixon, a big chubby guy with a jolly attitude, are assigned to Rick Hunter. Some of the highlights of these episodes are the Miss Macross contest and an all out brawl between Bretai and the Vermillion squadron of Veritechs. The animation is a little bit flawed in this volume having still motion animation during some scenes. The music, however, still remains an old school treasure in many minds. Those songs are catchy. Anyway, an excellent disc full of action, romance and overall mecha feel to it. Classic anime doesn't get any better than this.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100, RCA 19 inch television


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