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Robotech - The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 1 (1985)

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Animation movie directed by Noboru Ishiguro and Robert V. Barron

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-episodeSuper Dimension Fortress: Macross, in which an alien invasion was held at bay by the voice … see full wiki

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The first DVD box set released for Robotech

  • Nov 25, 2008
Robotech: The Macross Saga - Legacy Collection 1 is a three-disc DVD box set that was released in 2001 by ADV Films. The first disc contains the first six episodes of the Macross portion of Robotech, and the second disc contains episodes seven through twelve of the Macross portion.

The third DVD in the set is labeled as "Extra Macross Saga 1 - Elements of Robotechnology." This DVD contains all of the special features included in this box set. The first extra is Codename: Robotech, which is a "film" that starts about halfway through the episode "Blue Wind" and goes through the episode "Gloval's Report" (which was basically a "clip show" that recapped what happened in the series up to that point). There is also a version of this feature with audio commentary provided by Carl Macek, which gives a history of the Robotech property, as well as explains the Codename: Robotech "film." This feature also has a "hidden Easter egg"; there is an unlisted audio track, which is a music-only track for Codename: Robotech.

Another extra on the set is animation model sheets. There are thirty-three pages of characters included: Rick Hunter, Lynn Minmei, Lisa Hayes, Roy Fokker, Claudia Grant, Captain Gloval, Maximillian Sterling, Miriya, Ben Dixon, Lynn Kyle, Kim Young, Sammie Porter, Vanessa Leeds, Dana Sterling, Jason (Lynn Minmei's cousin), Breetai, Exedore, Khyron, Dolza, Azonia, Bron, Rico, and Konda. It should be noted that the images for Kim and Sammie are mislabeled (Kim's name was put next to Sammie's face, while Sammie's name was put next to Kim's face).

The last feature is "International Clip." It's the scene where Rick and Minmei are rescued after being trapped in the SDF-1 for almost two weeks.The clip is available in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Italian. However, I'm puzzled about why the original Japanese clip wasn't included; there's nothing inappropriate in the footage for the original Japanese clip that would have prevented ADV Films from using it for the "International Clip" feature.

Overall, this is a decent DVD box set. However, I wish ADV Films had gone to more effort to remaster the video for the release (when you watch the Super Dimension Fortress Macross box set released by AnimEigo, you can see that the footage that appears on that set is much sharper and clearer than what appears on this release).

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