Robotech - The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 1
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This early anime series that helped introduce the genre to the United States in the mid-1980s is a curious hybrid. Harmony Gold bought the rights to the 36-episode Super Dimension Fortress: Macross, in which an alien invasion was held at bay by the voice of a girl pop star, but executives felt that American viewers wouldn't accept that plot. Producer-story editor Carl Macek intercut sequences from Macross with two similar-looking sci-fi series from Tatsunoko Studios, Genesis Climber Mospeada and Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross, creating a sprawling 85-episode space opera with a completely new story line. A gigantic spaceship crashes into the Earth in 1999; after 10 years of analysis and repairs, the Earth forces relaunch the gargantuan flying fortress--just as the 50-foot alien Zentraedi attack hoping to capture it--precipitating an interstellar war. In addition to two discs (12 episodes) of the Macross adventure, this first collection includes the first video release of Codename: Robotech. Made to promote interest in the series before its debut, Codename consists of the first 13 episodes recut as a feature. Captain Gloval's reminiscences about the characters' adventures ties together the rather choppy film. The supplemental disc also offers a commentary by Macek, describing the origins of the Robotech project and the making of the Codename feature; a portfolio of character model sheets; and selected scenes in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. A must-have for Robotech fans. Unrated; "contains mild animated violence." Suitable for ages 8 and up: violence is restricted to spaceship and robot battles. --Charles Solomon
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A special 3 disc collector's edition which includes episodes 1-12 of Robotech plus an extra disc (only available in this edition) which contains CODENAME: ROBOTECH - a home video premiere, a gallery of animation character model sheets and Robotech International - scenes from various international versions of Robotech in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
- Three disc collector's edition includes episodes 1-12
- Extras disc includes:
- Codename: Robotech - a home video premiere of a feature-length compilation that was given to stations prior to the series regular timeslot
- A gallery of animation character model sheets
- Audio commentary of Robotech's history by developer Carl Macek
- Robotech International - scenes from various international versions of Robotech
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This isn't a cartoon with 30-minute essentially non-related episodes. The Robotech Saga melds 3 different Japanese cartoons into one storyline. Although I am not the biggest fan of Southern Cross or the 3rd Generation, the First generation, which encompasses the first 36 Episodes of Robotech is simply stellar. The storyline is robust, characters are amazingly developed, and the action is amazing. The animation may be a bit plain, but considering that Macross was first drawn 20 years ago, I would argue that it has withstood time quite well.
Although Robotech is a must-own for any fan of anime, DO NOT BUY THIS SET!!! ADV is coming out with a remastered version of Robotech on DVD which will include digitally remastered video and sound. I unfortunately bought this set well before the announcement of the new set and was somewhat disappointed with the video and sound quality of these DVDs. In addition, most of the Bonus DVDs in these sets contain useless items, except for E3, which contains the Sentinels episodes.
On the quality front, I could quibble about the commercial breaks being left in--why couldn't they have been edited out? This IS DVD, after all...or the washed out colors and audio, but I doubt they could justify the expense of any sort of re-mastering or clean up. Worth your time if you enjoyed the series as a kid, but I don't know if I'd bother if you weren't a fan back in the day.
for all robotech fans, this is a must!
One big issue; Don't expect hyper modern remastered animation. Instead expect a supreme blast from the past. And after you heard the Robotech intro music DVD style (in the DVD menu, in stereo and crystal clear sound) you know there is no way around it; if you are into this you got to get the soundtrack as well.
If you haven't heard of Robotech before, you'll do good in getting this set as a start to your Robotech DVD collection. In todays polluted world of Pokemons and Digimons, it is important to remember the farthers of wisdom, now that the corrupted children has arrived.
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