Robotech: 2-Movie Collection [DVD]
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The smash-hit franchise is back in a new DVD set featuring two feature-length movies, including A BRAND NEW and NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN film!
The Robotech saga continues in this exciting new adventure. Lieutenant "Lancer" Belmont, a veteran of the Robotech's New Generation, recounts his journey from before his first encounter with Scott Bernard to the aftermath following Admiral Rick Hunter's expedition to liberate the Earth from the mysterious Invid race. Join your favorite characters once again in this follow-up to the smash-hit ROBOTECH series.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.55 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Dong-Wook Lee, Gregory Snegoff, Tommy Yune
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 58 minutes
- Release date : July 23, 2013
- Actors : Mark Hamill, Kari Wahlgren, Chase Masterson, Yuri Lowenthal, Cam Clarke
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B00CFK5J6I
- Writers : Carl Macek, Tommy Yune, Gregory Snegoff, Ford Riley, Frank Agrama
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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if you were ever frustrated by missing parts of the original robotech series with the Invid invaders the first dvd is a clip show that will make sense of the Yellow Dancer / Lancer character and how the series ends via a clipshow of the entire series so that the whole adventure makes sense. You will have closure with how the invid vs human conflict ends in a very japanese avoiding-WW2-ending which in retrospect i now get the whole harmony gold cartoons were actually anti-nuke/anti-genocide-via-WMDs... the second disc is a terrible cgi created story that is a waste of time watching unless you're stoned or mind numbingly bored.
And LOVE LIVE ALIVE? Virturally the whole thing is composed of clips from the original series. That may have appeal to some potential buyers, but being that I saw the show when originally broadcast, purchased the series on VHS, and now own a pretty special DVD set, this was a bit redundant.
I really think the fans deserved better.
I am saddened to write such a bitter, but honest review.
Love Live Alive, however, is a perplexing oddity. Some background:
This project was announced 4-5 years prior to its release, mainly through Conventions and press interviews. It was supposed to be some "new movie" which was teased via an image of one of the heroines in "battle-ready" pose (that never ended up being featured) and a trailer which comprised mainly of the new footage. Further teasing revealed getting a number of old voice actors back, some out of retirement.
What we got was a glorified clip show recapping "The New Generation" portion of Robotech. The "new" animation totaled around 3 and half minutes (a friend actually cut it down). The new voice dialogue recorded, with the exception of Cam Clarke as Lancer, came out to 3-4 lines per actor, if that.
Basically, what comes across as a glorified DVD extra, like the extra short films you'd find on the DC Animated features, was hyped to fans for YEARS as a new film. That's the most perplexing part of this whole release. On top of that, Love Live Alive has no extras, those were saved for complete box set which features this movie, the original Japanese Love Alive, and every other piece of Robotech ever.
Maybe if you saw Robotech as a kid, have no desire to re-watch it, but want to see what they've produced since 1988, this would be for you. Otherwise, I can't think of anyone who would want this other than total completeists (if that's a word).
The moive "Shadow Chronicles" did a nice job of filling in some of the gaps of how the Invid were driven from earth and introduced fans to a new menace.
Unfortunately, there was no followup to the this movie.
The second movie, "Love Live Alive", was a nice recap of the "New Generation" from the perspective of Yellow Dancer.
The animation is in the same style of the original series.
If you are new to Robotech, start with the original series and then watch these as they are more of a recap of the final events of "New Generation"
But this release sort of puts me on the "meh" side of the fence...
If you've already seen Shadow Chronicles there's nothing new here that's truly worth picking up this release for (and I found the SC movie pretty blah at the time of its release...didn't like how they changed the ending of New Generation and sidestepped the Sentinels...it was a valiant effort but didn't recapture the magic of the original show)...
the Love Live Alive movie can best be described as unsatisfactory, even if it embraces everything that Robotech was when it was originally made. It is essentially a clip show, with very little 'new' footage from the Mospeada film spliced inbetween with previously unused music from the cd releases finally put to good use, which wouldn't be so bad but its very obviously re-using the same intercut scenes of an interviewer with Lancer over and over again (once or twice I could bear but how many times do we need to see the darn tape recorder footage?). The re-re-editing plays a little corny in this day and age...
The best thing about LLA, is the final moment right before the credits, honestly...a surprise moment for me (and Lancer)...
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Wait for it on TV.