Megazone 23 earned its place in anime history by being one of the earliest Japanese OVA productions. And now ADV Films has released a complete 3-disc set of this OVA series.
The first disc contains the first Megazone 23 film, as well as production sketches (which include drawings of characters, mecha, and locations from the film) done in a slideshow format. There is also a verion of the film in the extras menu which contains an audio commentary track from Matt Greenfield (who directed the English dub), David Williams (an ADR producer), and Janice Williams (the DVD coordinator for ADV Films). The audio commentary not only talked about Megazone 23, it also delved into the anime industry back in the mid-1980's.
The second disc contains Megazone 23 Part II, as well as production sketches done in the same style as disc one (expect the slideshow only contains productions sketches from the second Megazone 23 film). The third disc contains Megazone 23 Part II, as well as a slideshow of production sketches (but only sketches from Part III are included).
Overall, this is a decent set for Megazone 23 fans. However, I do feel that ADV Films skimped on the extras for Parts II and III. My biggest complaint with this set is that the font used for the menu text can be rather hard to read; I found myself squinting to figure out what some of the letters are. Even with these flaws, I would still recommend this set to Megazone 23 fans.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
I'm a freelance writer whocovers anime and manga on her blog, Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga. I also have a music blog called AeschTunes that I post at every once in a while. … more
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