Macross Super Dimension Fortress: Do You Remember Love? (2-Disc Special Edition) [Japan, 1984]
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The human race is in the middle of a three-way war with a race of giant humanoid aliens – the Zentradi and Meltrandi. After executing a space fold that sent it to the edge of the Solar System, the space fortress Macross is on its way back to Earth. During a small skirmish with Zentradi forces, young pilot Hikaru Ichijyo rescues idol singer Lynn Minmay and their relationship develops as they're stranded somewhere within the ship. Minmay is captured by the Zentradi, and Hikaru and female officer Misa Hayase end up back on Earth—only to view the aftermath of the destruction of their civilization. For the survival of mankind, Macross launches its last attack with Lynn Minmay's singing as its only weapon
This special limited-edition includes the original Soundtrack CD. It is packaged in a glossy foil-embossed collector’s slipcase. Audio is the original Japanese or the official English dub. Subtitles are in English and Spanish. Sound is Dolby 5.1. Aspect ratio is Anamorphic Widescreen.
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The second disc in the set is something that many fans will salivate over: [dun dun dun] the original soundtrack for the movie. This is a CD that has ther film's soundtrack, and it is exactly the same as the original release from Victor in Japan. Unfortunately, this means that not only is Do You Remember Love placed in the middle of the disc and thus out of order, but that the version featured here is the five minute version, not the six and a half minute full version found on other compilation CDs, such as Minmay Sings For You, and Macross Song Special. This also means that the CD lacks any of Minmays other vocal songs heard in the movie, such as Red Moon Silver Moon, My boyfriend is a Pilot (arguably the second most famous song in the franchise), and Little White Dragon. Still, those complaints aside, the film's orchestral soundtrack, by Kentaro Haneda (Sayonara Jupiter, the original Macross series, and more), is an absolutely beautiful and evocative experience. While a few pieces of his score for the TV series are reused, the main theme in this movie score is the new DYRL theme that he composed specifically for this movie, which is quite moving and romantic. Unfortunately, again, several of the shorter tracks have been left off of this disc, just as they were on the Japanese release. These excluded pieces include three short but lovely instrumental renditions of Do You Remember Love, Sad Space Soldier (or Wounded hero) (which plays when Roy Fokker dies -- he dies no matter what version of the story is being told, so spoilers don't count in his case), and a few others. This is quite unfortunate, as the disc's runtime is within the forty minute range, meaning that several of those music pieces could have easily been included. For this special edition release, this was a missed opportunity, but I suppose Cresecent Media didn't want to press their luck, what with Harmony Gold's embargo* on any Macross products being released in the states without their permission (despite the courts in Japan ruling that HG has no authority over any entries in the franchise other than the original TV series that they used for Robotech).
So, in conclusion, there were several things that this special edition could have done better, but to be honest, for an unofficial and probably unlicensed product, this special edition is far better than it has any right to be as well. It isn't perfect, but until Animeigo convinces Harmony Gold and the other companies involved to let them release the film legally on DVD in the states, then I suppose that this special edition will have to suffice.
*Harmony Gold doesn't really have an actual embargo. In reality, they sue and take to court any company that releases a product or entry in the franchise produced after Macross Plus. Only Macross II and Macross Plus are currently legally available in the United States (and possibly Canada), in their original forms, courtesy of Manga Entertainment. I believe that the manga adaptation of Macross Frontier may be legally available here as well, but I don't really know for sure.
For starters, this package is very well done and comes in a near professional-grade material. It is produced in Spain, I believe with what stickers are on the shrink-wrap, and comes with the film on DVD and "the soundtrack" on CD. The outer box, case, and discs all have full-color print and very slick, glossy packaging. A lot of care was taken into making this release as professional as possible. This is all a plus for a Macross collector that cannot afford the more expensive collectables. However, there are some issues I've seen for this release that I want to warn potential buyers about, and I will attempt to do this without being overly critical or nit-picky.
The first thing I want to warn buyers about is that this is not an 'Official' release, at least, not from Big West. There may be some sort of loop-hole this company went through to produce this or obtain the rights, but this is, at best, a high-quality fan-sub/dub. I say this because I did some research into the company Crescent Media and what I found from it suggests that this release is not on a large-scale operation or in correlation to major production standards.
With that said, the video transfer is fairly sharp, but it is not the best I've seen. There are several un-cut (meaning, not coming from the edited, but official, blu-ray or Clash of the Bionoids) versions circling around on the internet with a better quality transfer than this. In fact, I'd be hard-pressed to say this transfer may actually be one of those, but I cannot confirm that speculation. I will say that, if you're not a perfectionist like I am, you will not mind it that much. It plays, and doesn't look too bad, but I do think the black box around the studio logo that first produced this movie that should play before the film starts is pretty shady in my opinion.
Audio is standard and nothing really to note other than they chose to include a really bad English dub. Even if you prefer dubbing, I would still recommend the original Japanese audio track and subtitles.
That brings me to my biggest gripe, which is the menu and the subtitling that are both pretty substandard with everything else I've seen from this release. The menu is a standard static image that is very "fuzzy" due to up-scaling from it's original size and with large English text options that are obviously dated. Secondly, the subtitles are really large and, as people have said before me, cover up the original Japanese subtitling for the Zentraedi dialogue and most of the bottom third of the screen. Again, if you're not nit-picky like me, it won't matter that much, but again, there are better quality fan-subs floating around out there with far better subtitling.
Also included in this set is a cd-soundtrack that I cannot tell whether the music came from an actual soundtrack release or if they were picked from a list of tracks from the movie and burned it to disc. I will say that if you don't own Macross music that this is a good place to start. The track titles are in Japanese text so unless you know a little of the language or, don't, the music is still great and unhindered by those technicalities. It is a nice little extra to say the least.
Here's the thing: if you're not a serious collector or don't care as much for this not being in it's purest form (being straight from Japan), then give this release a serious consideration. It looks pretty close to a legitimate release and most people won't know the difference. It seems un-cut (minus the original film company logo being blurred out), which, as a purist is important, and is a fairly good quality transfer even though there are better out there. It does have a sloppy menu and large, unattractive subtitles, which is a big deterrent for me. There is also the question if this is a actually a legitimate release or a very high-end fan-sub, but with the "Macross Embargo" we have here in the U.S., you're not going to find an official release at this price. And, again, most people won't be able to tell the difference anyway, so if you don't mind a few nit-picky things here or there, this is one of the better releases I've seen. At least the translation isn't in Engrish like some of the Chinese subs I unfortunately picked up. You aren't getting a bad package at this price, but anything more than $20 is too much for this release. Hopefully this helps the reader to make an wise purchase.
- P. "Mr. Macross" Echols