Mobile Suit Gundam F91: The Motion Picture (Special Edition)
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Taking place many years later after Char's Counter Attack, the Federation is at war with the Crossbone Vanguard. At a colony, young Arno Seabook just wants to live a normal life, until the Crossbone invade his home. Now finding himself cornered, and now the pilot of the experimental F91 Gundam, Arno must save his friends and those he cares about, or die trying.
This movie was technically supposed to be a series, but for some unknown reasons, Tomino (The creator of Gundam), had a change of plans and had this become a movie. Why this choice, is still unclear. The plot may seem rushed and compact at times, but it's trying to tell alot, even though it's around a 2 plus hour movie. However, that doesn't stop the story from shining.
The animation quality for a movie of it's calibre is VERY decent. I couldn't see any animation errors or faults, so there is nothing to complain about. The english dubbing is above average, as I didn't mind it. Musical score is fairly good too. This DVD also has lots of extras, and has a second DVD to boot.
Gundam F91 still isn't the last Universal Century story to be released, we still have a little ways to go. Zeta Gundam is now out, and hopefully soon, ZZ(Double Zeta) Gundam will follow. And hopefully after that, the other UC stories and AUs to boot. Until then, enjoy this movie, as I know I enjoyed it.
Gundam F91 follows the classic Gundam plot structure- war comes into the mostly peaceful life of a young man and his friends and fate sees him as the pilot of the weapon which could end the conflict. By the time of it's appearance here, the structure is certainly showing some faults. The film perhaps even hurts itself by pointing out more than once that this isn't the first time this has happened in the Gundam world (This is an ongoing theme with the film- early on we see a war museum displaying old Zeon MS and the F91 receives it's 'Gundam' designation in honour of the suits which came before it).Whilst the basics are ok, the formula could really use some livening up.
Not helping things is the erratic pacing- due to being based off of half complete ideas for a TV series, F91 is a dissapointing mix of too many plot points and little resolution. Many times through the film I could see how certain elements would have been expanded in a full length series. Characters seem to be brought in just to be killed and 'develop' the main character.Read more ›
The film exemplifies gundam in all of its glory, by using the famous openning sequence in which an un-suspecting citizen, usually a naive young man, is forced to defend his home from mobile suit attack in an unfamiliar fighting machine.
Back in 2002 I was fearing that gundam might just be a one hit wonder in America with 'Gundam Wing' but its nice to finally see the entire gundam franchize taking off in the states. I cant wait for the American adaptations of Gundam X and Victory Gundam.
Gundam F91 makes it's ground in history because it is the first (and possibly only) Gundam title to be shown in U.S. theatres. F91 made it's debut at Otakon and is now making it's way across the states to New York (at the ImaginAsia Film Theater), Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, and San Fransisco at the Festival of Anime Screening. If you live in or by any of these citys I strongly urge you to go see it! Be a part of Gundam history!
I originally saw this movie on my computer from a R2 DVD rip of it and it is very good! The animation has a smooth flow and looks beautiful.
Along with it's theatrical release, the Special Edition DVD will be here November 23rd. It will be a 2 disc set conisting the following features and extras...
-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English)
-English/Japanese 2.0 Stereo
-Matted Widescreen Presentation (black bars)
-Producer Commentary Track (Sunrise)
-Charcter and Mecha Gallerys
-Filmography of Yoshiyuki Tomino and Kunio Okawara
At a retail price of $29.98, this is a very good deal! Add this DVD to your home entertainment library!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overshadowed by the release of Gundam 0083 in 1991 this movie has not gotten the hype nor respect it deserves. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Veks
This is a very action pack Gundam movie that is for the mech lovers who like to see mechs fight it out with their human pilots controlling their movements.Published on September 22, 2013 by Ronald C. Young
Between the two-disc and one-disc versions available for F91, purchase the two-disc if you can. Prices of these products and similar products by Bandai are doomed to shoot up... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by JT
thank you for the movie though the first disk has a scrach and skips a chapter the second disk can also play the movie aswell and no scraches i also bought used though as well but... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by bobby
F91 was suppose to be a full length tv series, and it shows in the movie. Its pace is the same as the gundam 0079 compilation movies, you get the story, but you know that you are... Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by MattOstee
Overall a great attempt, F91 was supposed to be a show. It got canceled though and was turned into a movie, so the cost of production could be recovered [attempted anyways]. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by D. Roberts
I really enjoyed this movie. I found it somewhat humorous in the fact that they literally crammed an ENTIRE series into one movie. and it worked! Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Dallas M. Mora
I always get really excited when they bring over old gundam stories to America. This was no exception. I loved this movie. Especially the sound track. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Edward Zeta
Best part of the movie was towards the beginning when they run into this Museum of War and in the background you can see both a Zaku and a Gelgoog collecting dust(but I'll bet... Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by Grunt43
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