Macross Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Vol. 1 - Upon the Shoulders of Giants
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For this reissue, ADV prepared a new translation and English dub. These actors offer performances that are livelier and less stilted than the casts of Robotech and the previous version of Macross. Vic Mignogna makes brash young pilot Hikaru Ichijo more likeable and his relationship with his ex-trainer Roy Fokker (Brett Weaver) more believable. Mari Iijima, the original Japanese Lynn Minmay, re-creates her role in English, but her thick accent doesn't help the already brittle pop-diva in-the-making. ADV has restored the faded visuals, pumping up the color and restoring warm flesh tones to the ghostly white faces. But there are trade-offs: the increased color saturation gives Roy pumpkin orange hair.
Ultimately, the historic significance of Super Dimension Fortress Macross outweighs the quality of its animation, direction, and storytelling. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 10 and older: mild profanity; violence restricted to spaceship and robot battles) --Charles Solomon
- Commentary on Episode 3 with ADR director Matt Greenfield and Translator Javier Lopez and Episode 4 with Mari Iijima (voice of Minmay) and Monica Rial (voice of Misa)
- "Becoming Minmay" interview with singer/songwriter Mari Iijima
- "Translator Notes" interview with translator Javier Lopez
- Original 1984 English dub of Episode 1
- Clean opening animation
- Restoration comparison
- Liner notes
- ADV previews
Top Customer Reviews
First off, this is NOT a censored DVD. I'm not certain why this claim has been made by another reviewer, but rest assured, it simply is not true. The reviewer "Peter Payne" claims that the Minmei shower scene has been edited. It has not been. My only guess is that he really hasn't seen this release and is quoting hearsay. From what I've seen thus far, every scene from the AnimEigo release is included here (with the same outstanding picture quality).
Secondly, I've heard several others state that the sound FX are exactly the same as the revamped 5.1 sounds used in Robotech Remastered. This also is NOT true. Yes, there have been some alterations to various FX to make them 5.1 compatible, but the changes are not as widesweeping as those in RT remastered. I have that entire series, and I directly compared episodes 1-6 of it to this new Macross release (I know... I'm sick), and the latter clearly retains more of the original sounds (although, be warned, not all of them). Overall I think the 5.1 in this new Macross is an acceptable balance between the completely original mono sounds and the overly augmented sounds from RT remastered. Here again, I can only assume that those making the claims have not made a direct comparison. It is correct that the 2.0 Japanese track has all original sounds (although the quality is awful).
Many viewers have stated their disappointment concerning the subs. Overall I would have to say that the subs are mostly a success.Read more ›
Contrary to popular belief, ADV Films did NOT simply obtain and use Animeigo's telecine transfer. While it's quite possible that ADV obtained the same FILM masters that Animeigo used, it's apparent that ADV created another (and inferior) telecine transfer for this release. The issue here is with 3:2 pull-down cadence - you know, where a set of interlaced fields are supposed to be weaved together to form one clean frame. The Animeigo version had excellent cadence, but ADV's version appears to have foregone proper cadence altogether. This is most easily detected with a software DVD player, such as WinDVD. The Animeigo version plays back flawlessly, with straight, smooth lines. The ADV version exhibits aliasing throughout (ie. jagged lines) and other artifacts involved with incorrectly mixing interlaced fields into a single progressive frame. Fortunately, my Faroudja-based Denon DVD player is able to sucessfully reconstruct the frames, but most other DVD players out there will be in for a struggle.
I was quite impressed with the 5.1 English mix. I was worried that the re-mix would sound a lot like the horrible Transformers box sets that Rhino released. However, I was quite impressed with the fact that they didn't overblow anything or add blatant sound effects. I can't confirm if this sound mix the same as the Robotech version released last year.
The Japenese track is very grainy compared to the Animeigo version. Along with the video issues mentioned above, this further leads me to believe that ADV did not receive anything from Animeigo's archives, and had to obtain everything themselves from different sources.Read more ›
I'm sorry to say that this new dub is pretty disappointing. It's great that the original Japanese voice actress for Minmay reprised her role for this new English version, but her accent is actually a bit distracting from the story. The other major problem with this dub is that the voices of Hikaru and Misa (the other two main characters) don't fit their characters very well. (Hikaru's voice actor previously appeared in the newer dubs of the Megazone 23 series, and he didn't fit into those either.) Most of the supporting cast members fare much better, with voices that at least work. Roy Fokker, Henry Grobal, the bridge crew, Breetai & Exedore all have appropriate voices, if a little less character than the Robotech voice actor counterparts had.
One good point about this series is that the script is much closer to the original Japanese series than it's better known Robotech counterpart. The cheesy 80's dialog of Harmony Gold's Robotech is not present here, and that is actually a big plus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this series after growing bored with the Robotech Series, and its inconsistencies. I ordered this series, and it hasn't disappointed me.Published 20 months ago by Film fan
This dvd is great, I could hear the actress that performed Minmay to talk about her character. And the episodes are great!Published 23 months ago by Andres A.
Macross is the original anime conceived before Harmony Gold got hold of it & changed it to Robotech. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Mr. A. Razos
For anyone who read the books and saw the original Robotech, steer clear of this. They have just used some of the original footage and changed the dialogue. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Ace Rimmer
For those of you who only know Macross as the first chapter of Robotech, you MUST watch the original japanese version of SDF Macross. Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by Kay One
Was a great Anime back in the day and is classic now. I have watched this over and over and still cant get enough of this series.Published on March 16, 2011 by Lordequis
I ordered the ADV Films version of Macross because the cut version is one of the first anime that I saw. I just got this disc in the mail yeasterday. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by helen jo
Yes, my inroduction to Macross was through Robotech. I bought this dvd because I want to see Macross without it being kiddifed. Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by joelle
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