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Macross Plus - The Collection (Two-Disc Set) (1995)

Bryan Cranston , Takumi Yamazaki , Shinichirô Watanabe , Shôji Kawamori  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryan Cranston, Takumi Yamazaki, Richard Epcar, Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Fukami
  • Directors: Shinichirô Watanabe, Shôji Kawamori
  • Writers: Shôji Kawamori, Keiko Nobumoto
  • Producers: Hirohiko Sueyoshi, Hirotake Kanda, Isamu Asami, Kaya Ônishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009IOQXK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Macross Plus - The Collection (Two-Disc Set)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Macross Plus Musical Photo Gallery
  • Japanese Production Team Credits
  • Macross Plus Trailers
  • Web Link
  • Manga Previews

Editorial Reviews

In 2040, on the colonial planet Eden, the Ministry of Defense is developing a transforming super-stealth aircraft, a new advanced defense vehicle to counter alien attacks. An extrovert jet fighter maverick is assigned as the new test pilot on the project but competition heats up when he discovers that his old rival is a test pilot for a competing aircraft. The arrival of a mutal ex-girlfriend adds more tension to their conflict. This dramatic, visuallly superb and critically acclaimed 4 part anime series is now available in one complete box set and specially priced for its 10th Anniversary re-release.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great OVA, but Manga Video has to step it up January 16, 2006
The best Macross since the original. Kawamori can do no wrong(*cough*Arjuna*hack*). This is probably the best non-epic story he's ever told. And the animation is some of the best, if not the best, I've seen outside of a feature film(even after 11 years). What I can't understand is why Manga Video has not added anything to the DVD for this great anime, yet this is the "10th Anniversary Edition". The original Ghost in the Shell release by Manga Video had few extras and no 5.1 surround track in Japanese. Their new GitS 10th aniversary release had many more extras and a great new 5.1 surround track in japanese. Why hasn't Macross Plus seen this kind of treatment? Apparently they just threw both volumes of the OVA into a box, cut a few bucks off the original price and called it a special anniverary edition. I already own the original DVD releases of this show and would have eagerly forked over another $40 to get them in full japanese language surround. C'Mon Manga Video, you've had 10 years to improve the DVD's for this show. What's the deal?
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably My Favorite Anime February 15, 2006
I nearly crapped myself when I opened the first disc and saw that it said "MOVIE EDITION". I quickly opened the second case and on that disc it said "Macross Plus: Volume 2 (Parts 3+4). I was like "WTF Mate". So I inserted the 1st disc thinking it was the movie and they got some weird packaging problem that sent me the movie edition instead of volume 1. But to my delight, the "Movie Edition" is indeed Volume 1. (In case you're wondering, there are two versions of this series; a single disc "Movie Edition" that is a full length feature film and a two disc 4 episode (45 min each) set. Each has there good qualities but are different in minor ways. The story is much more complete in the two disc set but some people have complained that it drags a little. Also the story has a different ending. I like both and recommend either.)

The extras were kind of lacking for a 10th anniversary disc (Is it just me or is Manga going WAAAAAYYYYY downhill in quality just slapping things together with no regard for what fans want and love) and the menu was rather plain.

But despite some obvious lack of attention to details and minimal extras for a 10th anniversary disc, this set and the episodes in general rock! If you haven't seen this before it's definately a keeper and the price of this Two-Disc set is ripe for the picking. The sound and visual quality are outstanding, the dubbing is amazing, and although the animation is getting a little dated it's still way above par. The music alone is worth watching it. If you're an Anime fan than you're probably familiar with Yoko Kanno's work. (Cowboy Beebop, Ghost in the Shell:SAC, Wolf's Rain, Escaflowne, and the list goes on) But of all Anime's I've seen, I have never been moved by a score like I was moved with this one. I have no doubt that if you watch this that you will be amazed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstopable. November 25, 2005
I post this quick review in the absense of any others. Macross Plus certainly deserves more, but for what its worth let me say this is one the the very best animations I've ever come across (and I am a collector). Its unstopable, in terms of animation, character that develope, plot, music (yokko kano), everything. Treat yourself to this collection, its a bit better than the movie edition, fleshing the sequel to the original Macross' story out across a four episode epic. Two rival pilots, two experimental next gen VF jets, one lost love, and an out of control virtual AI Diva that takes control of the Macross.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this originally on VHS when Manga released it on 4 VHS tapes 1995-1996. This DVD provides nothing new. There is no commentary or behind-the-scenes featurette. The old 'next episode' previews and previews of 'coming soon' releases (from 1996 - many of the previewed titles have been out for a decade) are the special features. These can be found on the old VHS tapes too.

The real advantages to buying this DVD collection are the lower cost and that you get both the sub and the dub.

The lack of special features is more than made up for by the 4-part OVA. This is a side story. The original Macross was the story of how humanity survived an encounter with highly advanced giant soldiers. This story is set decades after Macross. It's about a design competition between two companies to build the next Valkyrie (a jet that transforms into a giant robot). The two opposing test pilots have a shared past - and an intense rivalry.

The mecha fight scenes are very fast, highly detailed, and even somewhat realistic (for a sci-fi show about transforming airplanes made with alien technology that borders on high fantasy). The characters have quite a bit of depth. They aren't relatively innocent kids taking the final step into adulthood, as in the Macross TV series. These characters are definitely adults with quite a bit of emotional baggage.

The tension is quite high - I still remember the very sharp cliff-hangers at then end of each part. In the VHS days, you had to wait 4 or 5 months for the next volume to be released. grrr

The music is excellent. These aren't songs and instrumental tracks you listen to without the movie. The music really supports the movie. It supports, and sometimes creates the emotional tone for the scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anime!
Having watched and collected many anime, I Have to say this Has to be in my top 10! With a great plot Characters, And Some of the Best Music out on par with the best of any other. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AnimeHERO
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Macross fan at least until the blue rays are...
Being a Robotech fan is hard going back to the roots of were Robotech originated from the Macross series is a gem and sometimes is hard to with some of their more punk musical... Read more
Published 10 months ago by creators ID
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anime!
I'm extremely happy with this DVD set. Well written story and supreme graphics. Highly recommended for any anime fan. No complaints!
Published 13 months ago by emeraldcrusader
4.0 out of 5 stars For Macross Fans
If you enjoy stories set in the Macross universe, this is worth a look. There are good (and bad) elements to the plot, but overall I found it to be very engaging.
Published 14 months ago by Patrick Ohzourk
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Classic
Hoping one day there will be a blu ray of this set for now it was great to relive those memories of my childhood when watching this classic :D
Published 16 months ago by Consuelo Tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars Great standalone movie, wonderful soundtrack
I'm a newcomer to the Macross series.
I started watching the original series "Super Demension Fortress Macross" and just fell in love with it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Eli J. Gionet
5.0 out of 5 stars Another addition to Macross
If you have followed any of the other Macross adaptations, you'll know what's coming here. Great music, decent plot, and action! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Justwon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Macross fan
Macross plus has been called top gun the anime for a long time now and for good reason. High flying jet into mech action, an atypical approach to macross's love triangle, and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Angel Alayon
3.0 out of 5 stars too slow
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visuals are very well done for it time. I can tell is was traditionally animated because how colors looks. The line art is very well done. Read more
Published on May 15, 2011 by Michael Craig Bryant
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment
Normally when I see a product universally get 5 stars I give it the benefit of the doubt. I grew up watching Robotech on TV and recently purchased the Protoculture DVD collection. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by "Lord Bowler"
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what is the difference between all the macross plus releases?
Macross Plus is originally a 4 episode set. You could originally buy them in two volumes, two eps per volume.
Macross Plus Collection just combines the two discs into one box set.
Macross Plus movie edition is exactly that, a movie edition of the 4 eps. It cut some footage out, and added new ones... Read More
Jan 8, 2009 by R |  See all 3 posts
Confused! Help Me!
Unfortunately I also confused but I think you just need to buy Macross Plus The Collections 2 Discs.
Dec 26, 2009 by Mohd Faisal |  See all 5 posts
deleted scenes back in?
No. Those scenes are still edited out.
Jun 19, 2011 by Dave |  See all 2 posts
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