Macross Plus-Collection 2-Parts 3 & 4 (1995)

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Released 11-Jul-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Main Menu Audio & Animation
Biographies-Character
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Blood: The Last Vampire, Street Fighter Alpha - The Movie
Trailer-Wings Of Honneamise
DVD Credits
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 77:57 (Case: 80)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Shoji Kawamori
Shinichiro Watanabe
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music Yoko Kanno


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Macross Plus Collection Two contains the final two parts of a four part series that has been called the 'Top Gun' of Japanese animation.

    Macross Plus is based in the Macross universe that was first introduced in 1982 with the series Super Dimension Fortress: Macross. Australian viewers may remember this series as the dubbed and severely edited series Robotech that aired here in the mid-1980s. If you have not seen any part of the Macross saga before, do not be concerned as Macross Plus easily stands alone and requires no previous knowledge to be fully appreciated.

    Following directly on from the first two episodes, this disc starts with the UN Government investigating the incident between Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman. After this investigation, the governments plans for the fighter program are revealed and will be publicly announced during the celebrations for the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the UN Government. Myung returns to Earth with Sharon Apple to perform at the celebrations and both Guld and Isamu follow her.

    This disc continues to display the fabulously detailed animation that was seen on the first disc. The computer generated sequences are well integrated with the traditional animation of the feature. Macross Plus is an excellent series that should appeal to both fans of anime and viewers who would not normally consider watching animated material.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As seen on the first disc, Macross Plus has been digitally restored for its DVD release. This has definitely been worthwhile as the image looks fantastic.

    The full frame transfer is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is consistently sharp and clearly reveals the gorgeous animation. No low level noise was detected during this transfer. The transfer has excellent shadow detail and the animation shows a high level of detail in the dark backgrounds.

    The transfer utilizes a wide range of vibrant colours including many subtle shadings. These colours are accurately portrayed throughout the transfer.

    At no stage during the transfer where any MPEG artefacts visible.

    During both of the episodes, a small amount of aliasing can be seen on a small number of occasions. Examples of this aliasing can be seen in Episode 3 at 5:38, 11:01 and 26:50 and during Episode 4 at 6:11, 20:42 and 30:10. Each occurrence of aliasing is short and only slightly disruptive to the viewer.

    A small number of film artefacts can be seen during the transfer, with examples occurring at 3:16, 4:32 and 6:00 during Episode 3 and at 4:42, 7:24 and 12:58 in Episode 4. At no stage are these small artefacts disruptive to the viewer.

    During both episodes, a small number of NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts are visible. Examples of these can be seen at 0:22 and 12:46 in the first episode and again at 1:06 in the second.

    A single set of yellow English subtitles are provided and these are always clear and easy to read.

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
Colour
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Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Two audio tracks are provided on this disc. The first is a Dolby Digital 5.1 448 kbps English mix and the second is the original Japanese Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 mix. I listened to both soundtracks in full. They are both of high quality with excellent voice acting provided on each.

    During both soundtracks, the dialogue is always clear and easy to understand.

    As this is an animated feature there are the expected obvious problems with audio sync for each soundtrack. At no stage during the transfer were any audio dropouts detected.

    The musical soundtrack for the film is one of the best ever presented in an anime and supports the on-screen action. As one of the major characters is a pop star, there are a number of memorable extended musical numbers that are of very high quality. The main theme from the series is repeated with a number of variations during these two episodes but this does not become annoying because of its quality.

    With the English 5.1 mix, the soundstage is mainly focused across the front three channels but the surrounds are used very effectively during the numerous fight and concert scenes.

    The subwoofer is used throughout the transfer to support both effects and the score.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The full screen animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and provides individual access to each episode.

Profiles

   Minimal profiles are provided for the six main characters as well as the two test aircraft. These same profiles were also included on Disc 1 of the series.

Trailers

Macross Plus (2:53)
    Presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a musical Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

The Wings of Honneamise (1:20)
    Presented at an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 with an English 2.0 soundtrack.

Blood: The Last Vampire (1:40)
    Presented at an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 with an English 2.0 soundtrack.

Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie (1:06)
    Presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    The initial R1 release reportedly had a problem with subtitle sync and incorrectly mastered audio. These problems were rectified and the disc was re-released. Both versions of this DVD appear to be nearly identical. The photo gallery is likely just to include still frames from the feature, so I would therefore have no preference for either version.

Summary

    Macross Plus is an excellent series that will appeal to a large audience and should not be missed by anime fans.

    The video transfer for this title is of extremely high quality and is able to effectively show off the gorgeous animation.

    Both the English and Japanese audio mixes provided are of high quality and will be sure to please both fans of subs and dubs.

    The minimal extras provided do little to educate the viewer but are better than nothing.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Monday, July 23, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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