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Robotech Remastered - Volume 4 Extended Edition

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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ROBOTECH REMASTERED: MASTERS COLLECTION

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Quality after Vols. 1-3 August 3, 2004
"The Macross Saga," released as Robotech Remastered volumes 1-3, was simply stunning. The restored video, restored and re-recorded audio, additional footage, new credit sequences, and other details made for one perfectly polished product. I was impressed that such quality could come from a 20+ year old series.

With "The Masters" (starting with this, Volume 4), Harmony Gold and ADV Films have dropped the ball. The picture and sound are certainly better than the original airing of 20 years ago. However, the video contains noticeable artifacts, and seems occassionally out of focus. The audio is somewhat flatter than volumes 1-3, and the new sound effects sound redundant. Every so often, the spoken dialog appears out-of-sync with the video. Furthermore, episode titles are *missing* from a random 50% of the episodes.

Not to mention, I totally agree with the previous review, regarding the lack of deleted footage beyond token nudity.

These issues are INEXCUSABLE for a "remastered" edition. Especially given HG's and ADV's apparent ability, from volumes 1-3, to produce a quality DVD product.

If you must have "The Masters" on DVD, then this is unfortunately your best option. Just be prepared for disappointment compared to the previous Remastered volumes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture, but not much else going for it September 7, 2004
With the exception of a certain number of films in the public domain, Robotech is easily the most released DVDs you'll ever see. First, we have the Legacy sets, which include a hit-and-miss set of special features to go along with the episodes in the series. Next came the individual episode discs from the Legacy collections. Then, it was three "complete saga" editions that put the Macross, Masters, and New Generation sagas in complete sets, minus any special features. And now, currently, we have the Robotech Remastered collections, which see the series restored and given a new 5.1 mix. However, since the Robotech edit decision lists have been lost, Harmony Gold decided to throw in some of the stuff that wasn't acceptable for TV in the mid-'80s.

Having been unimpressed with the "restored" video on the first Remastered set (which wasn't sourced from the exhaustive re-masters of Macross since rights to that footage belong to another DVD company), I was a bit wary of this set when purchasing it. However, thankfully, ADV *does* have rights to the restored Southern Cross (and Mospaeda, for that matter) video, so the video is much improved over the previous set I had purchased. However, there are some problems, many of which are very widely known, it would seem (at least based on the Amazon reviews).

Firstly, the 5.1 mix isn't all it's cracked up to be. While similar re-mixing efforts have been largely faithful to the original programs (i.e., merely boosting certain elements of the audio while creating a surround-sound effect), the re-mix on the Robotech Remasters is downright annoying in my mind. Also, title cards (which are new and improved over the original broadcast versions) are oddly missing in some episodes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem January 5, 2008
*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

This volume covers the first half of the under-appreciated "Robotech Masters" saga following the adventures of Dana Sterling and the Earth Robotech Defense Force after the SDF-3 departs to the the world of the Robotech Masters.

Most of what made the original Macross great (great characterization, drama, action, and storyline) was present to a slightly less (albeit still satisfying) degree in Robotech Masters. A common complaint leveled against the series is that the characterization is "poor" and that only a relatively few characters (i.e Dana Sterling) have any depth. The only merit that I can find to this statement is that a few members of the 15th ATAC Squadron were not as fleshed out as other characters. This may be true in a sense, but this is looking at the glass half-empty instead of half-full. The larger cast of good guys in Robotech Masters meant that a smaller fraction (though not necessarily smaller number) of these good guys could be given screentime as major characters. In retrospect, even Macross had several "underdeveloped" characters. For instance, a full half of the members of the SDF-1 bridge (Vanessa Leeds, Sammie Porter, and Kim Young) are relative unknowns, with the viewer barely learning anything more about them than their basic military duties. Furthermore, exempting major characters, most of the Skull Squadron remain little more than anonymous wingmen throughout the series.
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