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  • Actors: Robert Axelrod, Robert V. Barron, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano, Richard Epcar
  • Directors: Robert V. Barron, Noboru Ishiguro
  • Writers: Ardwight Chamberlain, Carl Macek, Greg Finley, Gregory Snegoff, Jason Klassi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BJEF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robotech - The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Three disc collector's edition includes episodes 1-12
  • Extras disc includes:
  • Codename: Robotech - a home video premiere of a feature-length compilation that was given to stations prior to the series regular timeslot
  • A gallery of animation character model sheets
  • Audio commentary of Robotech's history by developer Carl Macek
  • Robotech International - scenes from various international versions of Robotech

Editorial Reviews

This early anime series that helped introduce the genre to the United States in the mid-1980s is a curious hybrid. Harmony Gold bought the rights to the 36-episode Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, in which an alien invasion was held at bay by the voice of a girl pop star, but executives felt that American viewers wouldn't accept that plot. Producer-story editor Carl Macek intercut sequences from Macross with two similar-looking sci-fi series from Tatsunoko Studios, Genesis Climber Mospeada and Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross, creating a sprawling 85-episode space opera with a completely new story line. A gigantic spaceship crashes into the Earth in 1999; after 10 years of analysis and repairs, the Earth forces relaunch the gargantuan flying fortress--just as the 50-foot alien Zentraedi attack hoping to capture it--precipitating an interstellar war. In addition to two discs (12 episodes) of the Macross adventure, this first collection includes the first video release of Codename: Robotech. Made to promote interest in the series before its debut, Codename consists of the first 13 episodes recut as a feature. Captain Gloval's reminiscences about the characters' adventures ties together the rather choppy film. The supplemental disc also offers a commentary by Macek, describing the origins of the Robotech project and the making of the Codename feature; a portfolio of character model sheets; and selected scenes in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. A must-have for Robotech fans. Unrated; "contains mild animated violence." Suitable for ages 8 and up: violence is restricted to spaceship and robot battles. --Charles Solomon

From the Back Cover

A special 3 disc collector's edition which includes episodes 1-12 of Robotech plus an extra disc (only available in this edition) which contains CODENAME: ROBOTECH - a home video premiere, a gallery of animation character model sheets and Robotech International - scenes from various international versions of Robotech in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Customer Reviews

Picture and sound quality are crystal clear.
Bryan S. Abraham
Anybody that watched this as a kid, discovered it recently, or is just discovering it now, Will absolutely love this DVD.
Robotech is one of the best series you can wish for, in any ANIME collection.
Christian Lowensprung

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on August 4, 2001
The Robotech Legacy: Macross Saga Collection 1, contains episodes 1 through 12 of the legendary anime series from the mid 1980s. The first two discs contain six episodes each. The third disc contains all the �Exclusive DVD features� and is only available if you purchase this boxed set.
For the uninitiated, Robotech was the most popular of the Americanized Japanese anime series to hit American TV waves during the 1970s and 1980s (along with Star Blazers, Voltron, Transor Z, etc.) Known for its cutting edge animation, thrilling battle scenes, futuristic techonology (planes, tanks, motorcyles that transform into robots), cool alien invaders, and realistic and compelling storylines, Robotech swept an entire generation and helped put Japanese Anime forever on the map of American pop culture.
Robotech�s sweeping saga spanned three seasons and weaved together three actual separate storylines based on Japanese anime: Season 1 - The Macross Saga, Season 2 - The Robotech Masters (The Southern Cross in Japan), and Season 3 - The New Generation (Mospeada in Japan). The basic story premise is that the earth became forever changed when a mysterious alien battleship crashed on earth. The people of the world, now knowing that they are not alone in the universe, end all wars and unite to understand and assimilate the advanced technology and prepare for the inevitable alien invasion that is sure to come. As the story unfolds mankind would go on to battle three separate alien races over the next three seasons. The sweeping intergalactic war saga itself though, merely becomes the backdrop of a deeper �human� saga.
This Boxed Set contains 3 DVDs. Here�s a listing of what you�ll find on these discs.
Disc 1 � First Contact, episodes 1 � 6.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ivanhoe on June 24, 2001
One thing I can't stand, is people who review a product based upon previous viewings, not upon the quality of the product itself. I picked up a copy of this boxed set yesterday, and have taken a look at most of it. If your a fan of the show, or a fan of Japanese anime generally, you know what you're going to get with Robotech. This is a series that attempts to combine dramatic storytelling with the best elements of science fiction. Based upon the success and popularity of the show, it largely succeeds. The characters have a broad range of emotions and react to the trials and tribulations that they all experience. Love,loss, and sacrifice are all motivations for the characters in this series. Macross, the first series, focuses upon young people who face adversity of first contact with an alien race that is both hostile and militarily superior. Against this backdrop is a love story. The hero, Rick Hunter, struggles to find his place, both as a warrior/military leader while also navigating the hazards of true love. I don't think I need to say too much more in the way of the actual series. The art is gorgeous, having set the standards for anime in the 1980s. The voice actors are excellent. You don't even notice that the language is dubbed. This epic series set the standard for anime in the USA and it continues to survive the test of time.
The DVD production is another story. The master print does not appear to have been cleaned up in any way. Compared with other DVDs, the print appears quite grainy. It's a tv cartoon from the 1980s and this is exactly what it looks like. Just don't go in expecting this to be a polished special edition. The extras are not particularly impressive. The art collection is largely duplicative of material that has appeared in printed works.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2001
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There are a few classic anime series which should never fall out of print- Speed Racer, Star Blazers(Yamato), 8th Man(the english translation) and MACROSS. Carl Macek's mid-eighties adaptation of the original Macross Saga into the Robotech series wasn't flawless, but it allowed American kids a chance to see some creative animation which didn't draw from the same pre-packaged toy pushing corporate garbage animation formula which overpowered American TV in the eighties. For the first and only time in the eighties kids got what they lusted for- space battles, robots, action, hard luck, death, romance, intensity. The Macross portion of Robotech delivered in spades, and nearly everyone who glimpsed an episode of this epic tragedy was changed, influenced by a thoughtful story matched with skilled animation artists creating an awesome milestone in animation history.
There were obviously three or more crews of animators and layout artists working on the Macross Saga in Japan. As you watch the episodes you will notice a quarter of the episodes are amazing in every aspect. The layout looked just like Mikimoto's original designs for the characters, the mecha functioned flawless, the animation was superb and the storyboarding was pushing the boundaries of what could happen on an animation camera stand. Another third of the series is very well done, but not quite as stylish as the best episodes, and the remainder was pretty horridly drawn and animated. The difference in drawing styles is very apparent, as are all the old Japanese hallmarks of bad animation(lens flares, cel scratches, inconsistant color, popping layers) which appear more in the lower quality episodes.
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