The first and second discs both have an option for Scene Selection; this allows you to choose which episode to watch on a disc, and where in the episode you want to begin viewing the disc. Both discs also have previews on them. The first disc has previews for A.D. Police, Dai-Guard, Gasaraki, Soul Hunter, Dirty Pair Flash, and Legend of Crystania. The second disc in the set has previews for Farscape, Getter Robo, Generator Gawl, Those Who Hunt Elves, Dai-Guard, and Princess Nine.
The third DVD in the set is labeled as "Extra Masters 1 - Elements of Robotechnology IV." This DVD contains all the special features included in this box set. The first extra is labeled as "Original Closing & Openings." This includes both of the openings and both of the closings for Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the opening and closing for Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross, the opening and closing for Genesis Climber Mospeada, and the opening and closing for Robotech.
It should be noted that only the Robotech opening and closing are textless versions; all the others have their original Japanese text. However, it should be pointed out that the Robotech opening and closing do not have the sound effects that are included in the final product. That leads me to believe that Harmony Gold doesn't have a version of the opening and closing of Robotech that has sound effects, but no text.
The next extra is "Animation Model Sheets." There are 29 pages of characters, 29 pages of mecha, 26 pages of the Armies of the Southern Cross, and 10 pages of backgrounds. The "Armies of the Southern Cross" model sheets include drawings for the various levels of the Southern Cross military, and highlighting their various insignias and their uniforms and/or battle armor.
Next, there is a gallery of "Masters Comic Covers." These are the covers for the comic books that were released to chronicle the Robotech Masters portion of the Robotech television series. There are 24 covers in all, and you can scroll through them at your own pace.
There are also two clips included in the "International Clips" feature. The first clip is when Dana first takes command of the 15th Squadron, and leads her troops out for a joyride. The second scene is when the 15th Squadron gets into a brawl with Marie Crystal's unit. The clips are included in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Italian. However, I am disappointed that the original Japanese versions weren't included.
Overall, this is a decent DVD box set. Even though I wish ADV Films had gone to more effort to remaster the video for this release, I would still recommend this box set. However, it is now out of print. Even though ADV Films has released other Robotech box sets, I prefer this original set. If you are a fan of Robotech and happen to stumble upon a used copy of this DVD set, I would recommend picking it up.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.
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