Robotech: The New Generation – Legacy Collection 7 is a three-disc DVD box set that was released in 2002 by ADV Films.
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 have previews on them. The first disc has previews for Soul Hunter, Those Who Hunt Elves, Farscape, Dirty Pair Flash Random Angels, Power Stone, and Princess Nine. The second disc in the set has previews for Nadia, Legend of Crystania Ring of Chaos, Orphen, Soul Hunter, Farscape, and A.D. Police.
The third DVD in the set is labeled as "Extra New Generation 2 - Elements of Robotechnology VII." This DVD contains all the special features included in this box set. The first extra is a collection of scenes from Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada that didn't make the final cut of Robotech. Some the scenes include mild animated violence. The scenes are split out by which DVD they appear on. All of the included footage has the original Japanese language track.
The next feature is labeled as "Merchandise Gallery." Here, you can see slideshows of catalogs advertising the various pieces of Robotech merchandise. However, the slideshows are done in such a way that the viewer has no control over how to view them. The slideshows also move at a rather rapid pace, so it can be hard to pause on something you want to take a closer look at. This section also includes designs for the fashion doll line, an activity flyer, an ARCO Toys sellsheet, the press kit for the Robotech novels, and the RDF Fan Club packet.
Next is a feature labeled as "Video Games." This includes video clips from Gametek's never released Robotech Crystal Dreams videogame, as well as prototype footage for the Robotech Battlecry videogame.
The "International Clips" has two clips included. The first clip is the scene of Rand trying to spy on the girls when they're in the shower. The second clip is the confrontation the band of freedom fighters has with the Regis at Reflex Point. The clips are available in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Italian. It's disappointing that the original Japanese versions aren't included. This menu also includes a Spanish-language commercial, which appears to be promoting Pepsi and Robotech drinking glasses.
On the main menu, there is a hidden feature. There is an RDF logo near the bottom of the menu, and if you click on it, you can watch the promo piece sent to television stations to convince the stations to air the show. Personally, I thought this pitch reel was done in a rather cheesy manner, and am actually surprised that it helped to sell the series.
It should be noted that the back of the box for the third disc, as well as the inside card, claim there is footage from RoboCon 10 included. However, according to the official Robotech website, this feature ended up not being included on the final product.
Overall, this is a decent DVD box set, even though I am a little disappointed that the RoboCon 10 footage ended up not being included on the extras disc. However, I would still recommend this box set; but, it should be made clear that this set is now out of print. Even though ADV Films has released other Robotech box sets over the years, I prefer these original DVD boxes.
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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