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5.0 out of 5 stars Robotech Remastered (A.K.A. The AnimEigo Restoration Lite!), August 9, 2004
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Athenaeus Alexander Dukas (Boston / San Francisco + L.A. / Vancouver) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
In order to appreciate this release, you have to know what went into making it possible.

For those NOT in the know, independent US Anime Distributor AnimEigo (with the cooperation of North American Macross distribution right holder Harmony Gold) conducted an EPIC and PAINSTAKING restoration of the original UNCUT Japanese Language/Soundtrack Macross TV series from the original 35mm Film Masters that Robotech's Macross Saga was based on and then released this MASTERPIECE on 9 DVDs.

The Macross release was then followed by a DVD release of the UNCUT Japanese Language/Sountrack version of the Southern Cross and Mospeada TV series which made up the second and third arcs of the Robotech storyline respectively.

On the 9 DVD AnimEigo release, there was the option to play the Restored Japanese Language version of Macross DVD's without the sound.

This curious feature led many of us to suspect that Harmony Gold agreed to the AnimEigo funded and conducted restoration because they had already secured the right to use the finished product of it and because they had always/secretly/eventually intended to do a Special Edition Robotech release which would take the form of Robotech Re-Mastered.

This hypothetical release would likely be created using the restored video masters synchronized with the US English Language/Robotech Soundtrack which was composed by Ulpio Minucci. It would also likely include the extra deleted original footage which had been deleted from the original Robotech TV series because of concerns over continuity, length, and content back in the 80's when Robotech first came out. As it turns out the original audio master tapes had been destroyed in a freak flood accident but a recently discovered back-up gave Harmony Gold the missing piece of material they needed to do a full audio merge with the restored Macross TV Series making Robotech Re-Mastered possible.

With the release of these sets, our suspicions have been confirmed and Robotech fans everywhere can rejoice and dance in the streets!

The reason that the image quality isn't quite as good in this release (Even though it came from the EXACT same AnimEigo Restored 35mm Film to Digital Video Master!) is because Harmony Gold has squeezed MORE episodes onto each disc (6 as opposed to 4!) INCREASING the amount of compression necessary to pull it off. The AnimEigo release has 36 episodes spread over 9 discs (The best space-use/image balance possible!) and the ADV release will have 36 episodes spread over 6 discs so you can do the math on image degradation due to the compression.

The results with the increased compression actually aren't bad at all, especially, considering how wretched the original Robotech Series looked both on TV, VHS, Laserdisc, and the initial DVD release as much as we loved it.

For those who want to appreciate the level of restoration they were able to do and also understand the Macross TV series as a stand-alone release before it was spliced into Robotech, the AnimEigo set is still the best one to own and it is available for order from Amazon and AnimEigo and the Robotech website.

One must wonder why they just didn't just go 9 for 9 on the number of DVDs utilized in this release. My suspicion is that they were either feeling cheap or they wanted fans to be able to replace the two intitial release DVD's that came with each Legacy Box Set 2 for 2. A better strategy would have been to follow the Animeigo 9 for 9 approach and then release a special case for the Bonus Discs.

The credit text and organization are a vast imrovement and the "new" opening credits are just the original Macross TV Series opening credits with the new Robotech Credits. They have added A LOT of improved and way-cool weapon and ship's systems sound effects which adds a level of believability to the action. For instance, the SDF-1 take-off, transformation, and bridge scenes all have techno-sounds which make them feel more real then before.

The original US version of the credits was more integrative for the combined series -- Though the credit text looked cheap and awful! -- but this is a fun alternate version although seeing Lisa Hayes (Misa Hayase) tossing her hair like she is in a Pantene Commercial looks pretty dumb considering how serious the character was most of the time.

Another thing that doesn't make sense (And blame for this goes to Tatsunoko because they designed the credits!) is that the SDF-1 is shown firing its Main Gun while flying through the upper atmosphere in cruiser mode using it's gravitational control system which NEVER happened in the original series and which would have been IMPOSSIBLE given the limitations of their reflex furnace power, their gravitational control system's requirement for standby booster support while in cruiser mode and within Earth's gravitational field, and the disappearance of the fold system which rendered the Main Gun inoperative while in cruiser mode.

Anyway, ADV and Harmony Gold could have given us a slightly more Royal Treatment, but, considering all the hard work they have done, considering how badly we all wanted the Restored Version/Deleted Scenes to be paired with the US Music and Vocal Soundtrack and to have it all come together in this life, this version, and the Southern Cross and Mospeada versions that are going to follow, are going to be a welcome addition.

Well done, ADV, AnimEigo, and Harmony Gold, well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest animated television shows Remastered., April 27, 2004
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Andrew Cross (Minneapolis, Minnesota United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
You have heard it before and you will it hear it again. Robotech is a landmark in the history of animated TV shows and few have ever reached such greatness. That is the opinion I had when I was 10 years old and its still the same today. Watching the show now, I am amazed by how smart Robotech is. It's not often that a cartoon show aimed at kids features mane characters getting killed off, smart science, and commentary on war and culture. Robotech was ahead of its time and it still shows that today.
Now Harmony Gold and ADV have finally released a definitive edition of Robotech on DVD (well, maybe not totally definitive). Volume 2 of Robotech Remastered features better picture quality then the previous releases, an enhanced 5.1 audio mix, and small scenes that where cut from the original broadcast of Robotech. The picture quality is the only thing that really didn't come through for the set. There is still dust, clutter, and other problems with the picture. Colors do look better though and picture does look a lot brighter.
The added scenes and sound mix are a great reason to buy this set, but also, this set has some of the best episodes of the series. In the Volume 2, you get `Homecoming', `Battle Cry', `Farewell, Big Brother', `Bursting Point', and `A New Dawn', just to name a few. This is the point in the series where it started to show that it was more then just action mecha extravaganza and was also a show about character, drama, and story.
If you're a Robotech fan who still doesn't own it on DVD, this is the perfect time to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Expected and desired, July 7, 2004
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This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
One thing in particular about this box set that stands out, is that if you are are a die hard Macross fan, than one thing is for certain that anybody will most certainly want to pick up this DVD set immeditly.
--[Although there are a few falws]--{And some well presented items]--
1. is that if you have a hi-def tv that is 16:9 the picture sometimes appears jagged, although that would be the price you pay
2. The Picture isn't really an improvement, but the sound is phenomenal; espcially if you have a DOLBY DIGITAL set up like I possess.
3. Another reason this is a well put together is that if you need to obtain and unedited copy of the show than this is for you, but I don't believe that it really is quite bad considering you only get glimpse of some brief nudity.
Other wise this is a pretty solid title and definetly worth picking up if you apreciate Robotech/Macross or you would like to see some mech action and a great tribute to dramatic anime...
I'd also like to say that it is an excellent title to add to anybodys DVD collection.
4. Another big complaint I have is that there ARE NO SPECIAL FEATURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really want to know how stingy you have to be for a film company to not include any. Com'on!!!!!!
5. The audio is great but if I were ADV iw ould have added a few alternate tracks to the DVD, something like rock or a somewhat dramatic song from todays leading artists, and also an option to turn the sound tracks off.
6. If you buy this know that the show is pretty short and any person will go out and buy the next box set.
7. Most of the show is well presented and put together, and an excellent collaberation to the Macross universe.
HAVE FUN WATCHING OR NOT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second volume of a great scifi anime series, October 12, 2013
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Scott (Lake in the Hills, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
Robots, aliens, epic battles, what more could you ask for? It's a great series, what more is their to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Macross series!, April 14, 2013
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This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
Robotech was one of my favorite cartoons growing up. It's stories and tone was a bit more than your normal child themed type cartoons but I think that is what made it appealing. It was more sophisticated than some of the other cartoon shows of its time. A wonderful series!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, December 13, 2006
This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
You should not buy anything but the remastered as it makes a first time exp of watching it excellent...anything else could be disastrous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robotech in 5.1 makes watching again a new experience, April 16, 2004
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R. Barrios (CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robotech Remastered - Volume 2 Extended Edition (DVD)
All I can say is Robotech in Dolby Digital 5.1 makes watching Robotech feel like an engrossing experience. If you have the legacy set, I suggest you Ebay it and buy this set.
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