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Macross Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Vol. 1 - Upon the Shoulders of Giants

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Product Description

2009. Ten years of furious conflict and frenzied construction have turned an alien wreck into a human triumph: the colossal space battleship Macross. On the day of the ship s launch the world waits with bated breath to witness mankind s next giant leap. Hovering above the planet though the Zentradi a merciless warrior race seek to advance its agenda of destruction and conquest. When long-dormant systems aboard the Macross suddenly fire upon the alien fleet the ship meant to preserve humanity may become its undoing. A war of attrition erupts taking mankind across the solar system and beyond in a fight to justify its existence!System Requirements:Running Time 150 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: TV-PG UPC: 702727141720 Manufacturer No: DMCR/001

Americans know Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Chojiku Yosai Macross, 1982) as the first of the three series that were combined to create Robotech in 1985. (The others were Genesis Climber Mospeada and Super-dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross). Although there are story differences between Robotech and Macross, the basic plot remains the same: a gigantic derelict spaceship crashes on an island in the Pacific, changing the course of human history. After a decade of restoration, the Earth forces re-launch the flying fortress now called the Macross, just as the alien Zentraedi attack, hoping to recapture their ship and its long-lost technologies.

For this reissue, ADV prepared a new translation and English dub. These actors offer performances that are livelier and less stilted than the casts of Robotech and the previous version of Macross. Vic Mignogna makes brash young pilot Hikaru Ichijo more likeable and his relationship with his ex-trainer Roy Fokker (Brett Weaver) more believable. Mari Iijima, the original Japanese Lynn Minmay, re-creates her role in English, but her thick accent doesn't help the already brittle pop-diva in-the-making. ADV has restored the faded visuals, pumping up the color and restoring warm flesh tones to the ghostly white faces. But there are trade-offs: the increased color saturation gives Roy pumpkin orange hair.

Ultimately, the historic significance of Super Dimension Fortress Macross outweighs the quality of its animation, direction, and storytelling. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 10 and older: mild profanity; violence restricted to spaceship and robot battles) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Commentary on Episode 3 with ADR director Matt Greenfield and Translator Javier Lopez and Episode 4 with Mari Iijima (voice of Minmay) and Monica Rial (voice of Misa)
  • "Becoming Minmay" interview with singer/songwriter Mari Iijima
  • "Translator Notes" interview with translator Javier Lopez
  • Original 1984 English dub of Episode 1
  • Clean opening animation
  • Restoration comparison
  • Liner notes
  • ADV previews

Product Details

  • Actors: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial, John Swasey
  • Directors: Noboru Ishiguro
  • Producers: Akira Inoue
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C1VAWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Macross Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Vol. 1 - Upon the Shoulders of Giants" on IMDb

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As a long-time Robotech fan that has recently purchased and viewed this release, I'd like to give it a balanced review and clear up some obvious mistakes made by other reviewers.

First off, this is NOT a censored DVD. I'm not certain why this claim has been made by another reviewer, but rest assured, it simply is not true. The reviewer "Peter Payne" claims that the Minmei shower scene has been edited. It has not been. My only guess is that he really hasn't seen this release and is quoting hearsay. From what I've seen thus far, every scene from the AnimEigo release is included here (with the same outstanding picture quality).

Secondly, I've heard several others state that the sound FX are exactly the same as the revamped 5.1 sounds used in Robotech Remastered. This also is NOT true. Yes, there have been some alterations to various FX to make them 5.1 compatible, but the changes are not as widesweeping as those in RT remastered. I have that entire series, and I directly compared episodes 1-6 of it to this new Macross release (I know... I'm sick), and the latter clearly retains more of the original sounds (although, be warned, not all of them). Overall I think the 5.1 in this new Macross is an acceptable balance between the completely original mono sounds and the overly augmented sounds from RT remastered. Here again, I can only assume that those making the claims have not made a direct comparison. It is correct that the 2.0 Japanese track has all original sounds (although the quality is awful).

Many viewers have stated their disappointment concerning the subs. Overall I would have to say that the subs are mostly a success.
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Okay, here's the low-down comparing the ADV and Animeigo versions:

Picture Quality

Contrary to popular belief, ADV Films did NOT simply obtain and use Animeigo's telecine transfer. While it's quite possible that ADV obtained the same FILM masters that Animeigo used, it's apparent that ADV created another (and inferior) telecine transfer for this release. The issue here is with 3:2 pull-down cadence - you know, where a set of interlaced fields are supposed to be weaved together to form one clean frame. The Animeigo version had excellent cadence, but ADV's version appears to have foregone proper cadence altogether. This is most easily detected with a software DVD player, such as WinDVD. The Animeigo version plays back flawlessly, with straight, smooth lines. The ADV version exhibits aliasing throughout (ie. jagged lines) and other artifacts involved with incorrectly mixing interlaced fields into a single progressive frame. Fortunately, my Faroudja-based Denon DVD player is able to sucessfully reconstruct the frames, but most other DVD players out there will be in for a struggle.

Sound Quality

I was quite impressed with the 5.1 English mix. I was worried that the re-mix would sound a lot like the horrible Transformers box sets that Rhino released. However, I was quite impressed with the fact that they didn't overblow anything or add blatant sound effects. I can't confirm if this sound mix the same as the Robotech version released last year.

The Japenese track is very grainy compared to the Animeigo version. Along with the video issues mentioned above, this further leads me to believe that ADV did not receive anything from Animeigo's archives, and had to obtain everything themselves from different sources.
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First, I will say that I have been a fan of both Macross and the better-known state-side series that encompassed it from the mid-80's until now, Robotech. It should be noted that this series is an anime CLASSIC - one of the best EVER. That alone makes it worth seeing if you haven't. But the real question at hand is "Does this particular product live up to the expectations?" - a new English dub of Macross (and the first ever direct translation into English). I will say that having watched the Robotech version of the story (as well as the previously availabled subtitled versions), it's nearly impossible to approach this set with an open mind, but I gave it a shot.

I'm sorry to say that this new dub is pretty disappointing. It's great that the original Japanese voice actress for Minmay reprised her role for this new English version, but her accent is actually a bit distracting from the story. The other major problem with this dub is that the voices of Hikaru and Misa (the other two main characters) don't fit their characters very well. (Hikaru's voice actor previously appeared in the newer dubs of the Megazone 23 series, and he didn't fit into those either.) Most of the supporting cast members fare much better, with voices that at least work. Roy Fokker, Henry Grobal, the bridge crew, Breetai & Exedore all have appropriate voices, if a little less character than the Robotech voice actor counterparts had.

One good point about this series is that the script is much closer to the original Japanese series than it's better known Robotech counterpart. The cheesy 80's dialog of Harmony Gold's Robotech is not present here, and that is actually a big plus.
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