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A worthy budget reissue, with a few caveats
on September 24, 2014
Complaining about the number of Robotech (and Macross) DVD releases has always been a bit of a cliche (even though the number of releases for Dragon Ball Z has far outstripped those for Robotech and its component series), so the groaning over A&E's multiple issues of the "Remastered" Robotech is nothing new, and to be expected. However, there have been two large gaps in A&E's line of Robotech-related DVDs: the original TV broadcast version of Robotech, and the original series used to create Robotech: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
That's where this DVD set comes in.
For a fairly modest price, you're getting the first 18 episodes of both Macross and the original broadcast version of Robotech, spread across four discs. Helpfully, the Macross discs are red, and the Robotech discs are purple. The Robotech discs are the broadcast versions, generally consistent with the varied ADV releases (which were all essentially the same discs packaged differently, but that's another story altogether), and the Macross discs are generally comparable to their ADV release, including the English dub. To top it off, the four discs are in a single DVD case, which save a lot of room on your shelf.
However......there are some issues here that may be deal breakers. First and foremost, the episode count per disc is up to 9 from 6. While a cursory check of Macross reveals that all is fine (it must be noted that I do not have access to any of the prior Macross DVDs at this time), there are extra signs of compression on the Robotech discs, and some minor issues with interlacing that do not seem to be an issue with the old ADV discs. And while I have no use for ADV's English dub of Macross, there is no menu option to select the language and subtitles, and that's a bit lazy (as the disc menus are VERY spartan, with the variant episode titling and the color coding being the only difference between the four discs). Also, the discs are half stacked on top of each other, which is one of the more annoying space-saving measures out there, and it can can scratching. Lastly, for Robotech fans, there's only one audio track (again, I didn't check all 18 episodes, just "Boobytrap"), so hopes for the alternate score of certain episodes are dashed.
On the whole, however, this set (and hopefully later sets, though the math gets troublesome with Southern Cross and MOSPEADA) is worth purchasing if you lack both series on DVD, or Macross. If you own the broadcast edition of Robotech already (especially the Legacy sets, and are unlikely to purchase the "Remastered" version), it's probably best to pass unless you absolutely need brand new discs because you hate buying used.