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Robotech Remastered - Volume 1 Extended Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Product Description


According to A.D. Vision, "a fresh, clean digital transfer of Robotech from the original film stock" returns the cult favorite to "a lovely and near-pristine state." The new release looks darker than the previous DVD, especially the colors at the blue end of the spectrum. But the original elements have faded badly, and correcting the problems would have required enormous amounts of time and money. The faces of Lisa and the other female characters remain pallid, pink and white masks; the shading around Rick Hunter's eyes makes him look like a raccoon in some shots. The added footage "cut from the original broadcast version" amounts to little more than different commercial lead-ins and an occasional brief image like the one of Rick and Roy Fokker in biplanes in "Booby Trap." (Rated 13 and older, but suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, restricted to spaceship and robot battles) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Episodes 1-12 with remastered video and 5.1 audio with bonus footage

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Axelrod, Robert V. Barron, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano, Richard Epcar
  • Directors: Robert V. Barron
  • Writers: Robert V. Barron, Ardwight Chamberlain, Carl Macek, Greg Finley, Gregory Snegoff
  • Format: Animated, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (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: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011ZBRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robotech Remastered - Volume 1 Extended Edition" on IMDb

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By E. Kim on June 10, 2004
With a stroke of success in the 80's, the Robotech: Macross series still has a place for many fans today and shares a strong cult following. Being a fan of the series as a kid, I decided to buy the whole Robotech: Macross series, but I came across the overwelming amount of editions to the series. I didn't know which to buy, so I watched them all. Here are the differences between to different boxsets (all offered through Amazon):
Robotech: the Complete Macross Series
One Boxset: 6 disc
Sells for around $60-$65
Nothing special, picture quality is not great, but bearable. Comes in one compact boxset with all the disc in it. Would not reccomend getting this edition unless you just want a copy of the series and want to spend the least possible amount of money.
Robotech: The Legacy Collection: Macross Saga (Collections 1-3)
Three Boxsets: with 3 disc in each
Sells for around $40 each boxset, entire set around $120-$130
Same picture quality as the above set, but with addtional features. Comes with the most extras out of any current sets, but even then, they are so-so. I would actually recommend getting the above edition as I was not impressed with the extras, some were interesting, but it definately didn't justify the price. Your paying almost twice the price.
Robotech Remastered: The Macross Saga (Volumes 1-3)
Three Boxsets: Two disc each boxset
Sells for around $25 each boxset, entire set around $75-$80
Remastered picture quality superior to both sets above, sound quality much improved. This is the set that I would recommend. The price is affordable and well worth the extra money compared to the first set. Also includes a few bonus footage.
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Well for starters I'm a total Robotech fanatic (as if my alias didn't say it) so I have purchased the Remastered and the Legacy collection DVDs. I must admit at first I was skeptical about getting these as I really had no reason to since I already owned the whole collection. Then I kept reading that the difference wasn't that great. Guess what? Those reviews are one of 2 things. 1) Wrong or 2) those people watch TV on small TVs. The Legacy collection while already complete and having the bonus material looked horrible on my 53" which was rather upseting once I bought the TV. But I just received the Remastered DVDs a few days ago and the difference is absolutely unbelievable. The colors for starters are much sharper and brighter. The quality just looks more like something that should be on DVD while the Legacy looked just like the original airing, which looks like VHS quality(fuzzy). Besides those upgrades it looks fantastic on my 53" Widescreen which the Legacy did not (I had to set it to 4:3 to make it bearable). And to top it off a 5.1 Surround Sound upgrade. Life is good. I would recommend this set to anyone who loves Robotech. And for those who don't care about the extra features or who are trying to decide between the 2, I'd say go Remastered! Especially for those w/ big screens.
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Though I'm a little miffed that I have to shell out another $20 per set after buying the complete original three series, I welcomed this remastering and have not been disappointed- mostly. The sound is vastly improved (good bass and some decent use of the surround channels) and the video, while not perfect, is leaps and bounds better than the original DVD and TV offering. It has bright colors and remarkable clarity, but there are compression artifacts from time to time. Another minor annoyance- the original box sets included a third disc of bonus material. These sets do not include those. It isn't worth rebuying these unless you want the best possible quality video available or if you don't have the originals.
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I'm new to Robotech. I remember watching it as a kid, but not a whole lot. So I had to go from the start. And I'm a guy who's always confused when looking at anime series because of all the volumes, series, sub-series, movies that take place between certain episodes and sub-series, editions, special editions, etc etc etc. Often it just makes me turn away and look for something else to watch.
But this Robotech Remastered came out and it plainly says it contains episodes 1 thru 12. It was clear that this is the start and it's a new and supposedly extended edition. And this was $17.99 at Target(check your local Target first, heheheh) so I was like "hey alright, I'll do it!" and I bought it.
So I'm not a guy who's seen earlier DVD editions or read Macross comics or learned the Japanese language just to understand the original dialogue or whatever. I just want to buy a DVD or DVD set and enjoy it. And that's what I did with this one, and for what it is, this set is great.
Animation quality is old looking of course, but I got used to it. It clicked with me. I laughed as Rick Hunter was caught in the lingerie store and called Lisa a "sourpuss." Exploding ships and laser battles were fun to watch. An entire city inside a gigantic space ship? Alright, works for me. Dialogue was easy to hear and understand. Character interaction and development was cute but intelligently done for its time.
Again, I know there are Robotech "purists" and whatever and I haven't seen all those other editions out there nor do I want to devote that many hours and dollars just out of curiosity. I from what I learned about this sort of thing, I see that people are looking for the definitive version, edition, or whatever you wanna call it.
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