129 of 131 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2004
With a stroke of success in the 80's, the Robotech: Macross series still has a place for many fans today and shares a strong cult following. Being a fan of the series as a kid, I decided to buy the whole Robotech: Macross series, but I came across the overwelming amount of editions to the series. I didn't know which to buy, so I watched them all. Here are the differences between to different boxsets (all offered through Amazon):
Robotech: the Complete Macross Series
One Boxset: 6 disc
Sells for around $60-$65
Nothing special, picture quality is not great, but bearable. Comes in one compact boxset with all the disc in it. Would not reccomend getting this edition unless you just want a copy of the series and want to spend the least possible amount of money.
Robotech: The Legacy Collection: Macross Saga (Collections 1-3)
Three Boxsets: with 3 disc in each
Sells for around $40 each boxset, entire set around $120-$130
Same picture quality as the above set, but with addtional features. Comes with the most extras out of any current sets, but even then, they are so-so. I would actually recommend getting the above edition as I was not impressed with the extras, some were interesting, but it definately didn't justify the price. Your paying almost twice the price.
Robotech Remastered: The Macross Saga (Volumes 1-3)
Three Boxsets: Two disc each boxset
Sells for around $25 each boxset, entire set around $75-$80
Remastered picture quality superior to both sets above, sound quality much improved. This is the set that I would recommend. The price is affordable and well worth the extra money compared to the first set. Also includes a few bonus footage.
Macross: Super Dimensional Fortress (Sets 1-3)
Three Boxsets: Three discs each boxset
Sells for around $60-$70 each boxset, entire series around $180-200
Macross is the original Japanese series of the Robotech: Macross Saga. The storyline is slightly different with different music and sounds. When it was brought to the US, Harmony Gold added the Macross material with two other Japanese series to make Robotech. Macross is more "mature" and includes several scenes taken out of Robotech. Picture quality is even more crisp than the Remastered Series. I would reccomend only to die-hard Robotech fans. It's pretty expensive and lacks really any real extra features.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2004
Well for starters I'm a total Robotech fanatic (as if my alias didn't say it) so I have purchased the Remastered and the Legacy collection DVDs. I must admit at first I was skeptical about getting these as I really had no reason to since I already owned the whole collection. Then I kept reading that the difference wasn't that great. Guess what? Those reviews are one of 2 things. 1) Wrong or 2) those people watch TV on small TVs. The Legacy collection while already complete and having the bonus material looked horrible on my 53" which was rather upseting once I bought the TV. But I just received the Remastered DVDs a few days ago and the difference is absolutely unbelievable. The colors for starters are much sharper and brighter. The quality just looks more like something that should be on DVD while the Legacy looked just like the original airing, which looks like VHS quality(fuzzy). Besides those upgrades it looks fantastic on my 53" Widescreen which the Legacy did not (I had to set it to 4:3 to make it bearable). And to top it off a 5.1 Surround Sound upgrade. Life is good. I would recommend this set to anyone who loves Robotech. And for those who don't care about the extra features or who are trying to decide between the 2, I'd say go Remastered! Especially for those w/ big screens.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2004
Though I'm a little miffed that I have to shell out another $20 per set after buying the complete original three series, I welcomed this remastering and have not been disappointed- mostly. The sound is vastly improved (good bass and some decent use of the surround channels) and the video, while not perfect, is leaps and bounds better than the original DVD and TV offering. It has bright colors and remarkable clarity, but there are compression artifacts from time to time. Another minor annoyance- the original box sets included a third disc of bonus material. These sets do not include those. It isn't worth rebuying these unless you want the best possible quality video available or if you don't have the originals.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2004
I'm new to Robotech. I remember watching it as a kid, but not a whole lot. So I had to go from the start. And I'm a guy who's always confused when looking at anime series because of all the volumes, series, sub-series, movies that take place between certain episodes and sub-series, editions, special editions, etc etc etc. Often it just makes me turn away and look for something else to watch.
But this Robotech Remastered came out and it plainly says it contains episodes 1 thru 12. It was clear that this is the start and it's a new and supposedly extended edition. And this was $17.99 at Target(check your local Target first, heheheh) so I was like "hey alright, I'll do it!" and I bought it.
So I'm not a guy who's seen earlier DVD editions or read Macross comics or learned the Japanese language just to understand the original dialogue or whatever. I just want to buy a DVD or DVD set and enjoy it. And that's what I did with this one, and for what it is, this set is great.
Animation quality is old looking of course, but I got used to it. It clicked with me. I laughed as Rick Hunter was caught in the lingerie store and called Lisa a "sourpuss." Exploding ships and laser battles were fun to watch. An entire city inside a gigantic space ship? Alright, works for me. Dialogue was easy to hear and understand. Character interaction and development was cute but intelligently done for its time.
Again, I know there are Robotech "purists" and whatever and I haven't seen all those other editions out there nor do I want to devote that many hours and dollars just out of curiosity. I from what I learned about this sort of thing, I see that people are looking for the definitive version, edition, or whatever you wanna call it. And often it's just up to each person's opinion and what works for them. And this Remastered edition of Robotech works for me. Maybe I'll see the "The Complete Collection" that was mentioned in an earlier review later on and like it better. Who knows. But I like this one and I'm planning on getting volumes 2 an 3. I didn't see them at Target so I guess I'll get them on the next best place, amazon.com :-D
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2004
The main Amazon review is on the mark.
The basic differences between this release and the previous DVD release.
1. Video has been improved especially the removal of grain in the picture but overall lacks the look of a "remaster".
2. A couple of seconds has been added to a few episodes, this is not the full uncut Macross.
3. This is not the Macross remastered edition, the picture quality is very much lower than that true remaster.
1. There is a 5.1 sound track now, but don't expect a master piece, just a few extra sounds thrown in.
2. The Special effect sounds over power the vocal and music tracks making it hard to hear the spoken words at quiet levels.
3. The Special effects have been redone and sound worse than the original. Crappy laser sounds for lasers in the original now sound like crappy machine guns.
Overall if you have the original DVD's don't bother with it and remember the original. If your new to Robotech and value Picture quality over correct sounds balance then you may wish to consider this.
If your like the rest of the Robotech followers you will wait for the Robotech Ultimate remastered collection, (they say it will not happen, but they said Robotech would never be remastered as well)
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2004
Yes I did purchase this 2 DVD Box with 12 episodes. Yes from what I can tell a lot of the seines are extended and a few new ones that I have never seen. Yes you get the fantastic 5.1 surround sound. But one thing that broke my hart is that, the video quality still looks worse than a VCR tape. I have tried all of my video settings and was still not impressed. You think when they say "Remastered" they would also digitally improve the video quality. Well they have not from what I can tell.
So if you have never see Robotech, GET IT! It has a good story line, and action seines. If you already have the previous DVDs, you might want to barrow this set from a friend if you really want to see the extended seines.
And that is my two cents.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2006
First of all, sorry because of my poor english but my native language is spanish.
I'm 30 years old and i recall when as a child a was shocked because of a series that was promoted in TV and became so different in many aspects to the rest...and that was ROBOTECH!. I just was amazed because of the script, the battle scenes, the "Varitechs" transformation, Cmdr. Focker's dead, Rick Hunter-Lisa-Minmay love triangle, Max Sterling vs Miriya battle scene and of course that lovely songs.
Now, after 20 years, i decided to purchase those DVD`s (the first 03 Remastered editions)and i dont know what to say....i think just THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the producers because the released this series that meant so much for people like me that grew up with every single friday waiting for the next chapter.
I spent the whole sunday looking at those videos and it was like being 10 years old again. Every single scene that i though i forgot just appeared in my mind again and again...
I know the quality is better than years ago and i know that for today's standard could be consider as OLD but i think that no matter how much time could pass, ROBOTECH is (and will be) the series that i will recall the most.
I strongly recommend these DVD's....a real fan will love them as i think many people do.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2004
First, the good: Great visuals. OK, there were a few places, especially when a dark background was present that I could see lint or something on the edges of the picture, and two times, on a dark background, I noticed a slight ?flaring? in a couple spots. I don't know what the correct term is (flaring). That's the bad for visuals, the good is WOW! It looks better than it EVER has before. I was a little too interested in watching these DVD's to pull out my legacy ones, but some of the visuals are just eye popping. REally. Everything seems so much cleaner and crisper. Especially the first time the main gun fires in booby trap. Vivid. Every thing had more detail and I can forgive, easily, the bad notes for the visuals. They are not a problem for me. In fact, if you are on the fence about buying this edition, get thy arse off the fence at this point and go buy it. It's worth it. Great job whomever cleaned the visuals up. WOW! Just Fantastic.
OK Packaging: Don't really care. Yes trading cards come too, and they are VERY nice, but also, I don't really care.
Sound: I can sympathize with those that have posted with regards to the sound effects being changed. I don't really agree with this, especially as it seems some bad were swapped for good, and the overall effect on the Zen weapons is that they sound much wimpier. And yes, someone did place more sound effects with more enthusiasm than maybe was necessary, but really, it's fine. I think I paid more attention to this simply because I had read other posts that pointed this out and so was Looking for it. I did not have any problem with hearing dialogue, in the first 3 episodes, when there was "action" on the screen, as some reviewers did.
Bonus: New footage was great. REally. Not THE reason to buy this release, but still fun. A bit more shots of people biting it, and Yes the shower scene is there (saw it on the main menu background) so beware guess if that's what you're into.
The new opening and closings: didn't care for. Sorry, I like the old one much better, and if all three series have already been remastered, then why not just re-edit. Unless the quality is different between the series or that is prohibitively expensive maybe? Whomever wrote that the editing was smooth and flowed in the original was spot-on. Too bad that's not here, maybe a change in later editions? Please?
New eye catches: Whatever, should have left them out. We already have robotech w/old school eye catches so why would someone go through the trouble of redoing the series just to break up the episodes with new , remastered ones? I understand the reasoning with the "legacy" because they are supposed to remind us of back in the day, but now? In the edition that never aired in the first place? No se. I really hope they delete these from later releases. It's a bit jarring.
Overall: Buy these. REally. They are very good and VERY worth the price, which is around $...an episode, even at retail. The visuals are great, and if you decide to ignore all you're read about sound effects, you won't care about them. You may not care anyway. The rest is just stuff. The openings/closings/eyecatches are overwith quickly enough. You won't regret it. I can't wait for the following editions.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2004
Call me a purist but this is not exactly what was advertised. I remember the jaw-dropping original series well and when I heard the DVDs would be available I preordered both Robotech and the original Macross series.
Robotech Remastered does not nclude all the scenes which were dropped from the original series and I can live with that. However, the new sound effects are distractingly loud, unnecessary, and inappropriate. For example, a futuristic veritech falling from high altitude does not sound like a diving prop plane and reflex missiles do not sound like whistling backyard fireworks! They certainly did not sound like that in the original airings.
I'm planning on selling my copy. However, I'd hate for someone coming to Robotech for the first time to get the impression that this version is somehow "superior".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2004
I've just received my brand new Robotech remastered box, and have to say the image quality is great and the sound rocks, but i'm a little disapointed about Spanish track, because this isn't the old original spanish translation of the 80s, this is a totally new translation and sounds "different" obviously for fans like me that watched the original Robotech back in the 80s. For those of you that don't remember the spanish translation won't notice the difference.
Anyway it's a good product.