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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Movie Complete Collection

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Universal Century 0087, the Titans, a bellicose faction among the Earth Federation Forces, grows powerful and tyrannical, even using poison gas to suppress a civil unrest. Dissident soldiers from the same military stand against them, forming a resistance group called the AEUG. Kamille Bidan, a civilian student, gets entangled in this conflict when he accidentally steals the Gundam Mark II and joins the AEUG, running away from his home space colony. Then he begins to fight along with Char Aznable, a former Zeon ace pilot who has infiltrated the Earth Sphere for reasons of his own. This feature trilogy is derived from the critically acclaimed anime series "Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam". With enhanced animation and theme songs by GACKT, a J-pop superstar, its theatrical release was a sensational box-office success in Japan! Highly recommended for all anime and sci-fi fans.

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Product Details

  • Directors: Yoshiyuki Tomino
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 297 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GC483O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you've already seen the original Zeta Gundam series and liked it, please press "add to cart" and skip this review. If you haven't, read on...

First off, I am not new to Gundam. I've watched all of Mobile Suit Gundam, Char's Counterattack, War in the Pocket, 08th MS Team, Stardust Memory, Gundam Wing, Endless Waltz, 00, X, Turn A, Igloo and Unicorn. Every other series (except Zeta, Double Zeta, F91 and Victory) I watched enough episodes to determine I wasn't interested.

I wanted to experience Zeta Gundam, and I chose to go with the movie compilation over the original TV series because I no longer have the time to dedicate to a 50-episode series. I'm not sure that this was the right decision. I'll get straight to the point: It was all kinds of confusing.

Trying to boil down 21-22 hours of TV series into a 5 hour movie trilogy just doesn't work that well, even when a lot of the original scenes are re-done. The problem is that, while you can easily read a summary or watch a recap, trying to watch massively cut scenes that are presented as a coherent story is stupendously taxing on the brain. Even if you know where you came from while watching a scene in the Zeta movies, you're not likely to be given even the briefest moment of reflection before you're suddenly in a totally different location and a new plot point is shoved into your face, accompanied by dramatic music saying, "Stop thinking, pay attention to THIS scene!"

Of course, trouble keeping up with the plot can be solved by hitting the pause button or pressing back for the previous scene. The director made sure that the main plot is all there. What can't be fixed, however, is the brutally truncated human story and character development.
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This seems like a good idea - condensing the series down to essentialized movies with some added material. But these shows are *really* complicated - lots of characters, lots of plot nuance, lots of time spent developing motivations. Whether you think it's a soap opera or good writing - either way, most of what makes the show really engrossing is lost in sifting it down. I've seen the whole thing and still I had a hard time following these - remembering why characters did what they did, etc. It might be fun for some people as a reminder of the original, but I couldn't get into it. There is just too much missing.
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For those who don't know, the original Zeta Gundam tv series was released back in 1985, as a sequel to Yoshiyuki Tomino's original, groundbreaking Mobile Suit Gundam series.

Considered a favorite among 80s mecha and gundam fans for it's complex politically driven plots, great characters and cool mobile suit/mecha designs which are still considered cool looking and iconic even 20 years later, Zeta Gundam was my first introduction to the gundam franchise and still one of the favorite series. Once again exposing characters to the horrors and brutality of war, unlike the original MSG, this series turns the original on its head by making the Earth Federation the villains with their brutal police force, the Titans, and the rebels, including former MSG villain Char Aznable, known as the AEUG, as the heroes. This 50 ep series climaxes in a final battle that costs all the characters far more than anyone expected.

In 2005-6, Tomino decided to give Zeta Gundam the original MSG film treatment by creating a new trilogy of films based on the sequel with a big difference. While the movies used the original story and some of the original TV footage, some of it was replaced with all new updated animated sequences and new scenes with dialogue rerecorded by the original voice cast (whenever possible). As a result you get a somewhat disjointed visual look when the films switch from older footage to newer, but all in all they are still good compilations.

The first film uses about 40% newly animated footage and by the third movie its closer to 70% new footage. I assume for production reasons they didn't reanimated the entire films from scratch, but still it would have been nice knowing that they could.
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After watching these movies in their entirity I can say they are incredibly enjoyable. While a little disjointed due to the need for some considerable editing to fit the movie format, those who have viewed the Zeta series will have no issue with following the story. The added new animation is simply superb. And the matted subtitles are easy enough to follow. Now, this series was not created for an English speaking audience, funnily enough it was made for Japan. While I too would have loved an English dub, Bandai have at least provided us with an opportunity to view with subs. Now this gets my goat, there are reviewers who criticise the Japanese 'dub'. There is no Japanese dub, it is the original soundtrack, created for their own market. To profer reviews at a lower rating due to this takes away from the value of the films themselves. Hell, you don't see a bunch of idiots giving Pan's Labyrinth the thumbs down because there's no cheesey English 'dub' on that. Zeta is easily one of the better entries in the Gundam canon, but I guess we all have different priorities when watching.
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