Super Dimension Fortress Macross is better known to American audiences as the first third of the Robotech anime series. In 2001, AnimEigo released a nine disc box set for Super Dimension Fortress Macross. As part of the packaging, there are big index cards printed up with information about the show (episode information, character information, song lyrics, etc.).
For the most part, the differences between Super Dimension Fortress Macross and the Macross portion of Robotech are rather minimal. The primary difference is that in the American version, occasional shots were removed due to objectional material, and that characters' names were changed. The storyline itself remained intact.
There are a lot of similarities between the nine discs in the box set. Each disc has four episodes; however, the episodes are different on each one. Each disc has a main menu designed to look like the cockpit of Hikaru's (better known to American audiences as Rick Hunter) fighter. From the main menu, you can choose which individual episode you want to see, you can choose to play all of the episodes, you can also choose your viewing settings, and you can view the disc information.
If you choose the "Settings" option, you can choose to watch the episodes in one of four ways: subtitles with Japanese audio, Japanese audio with no subtitles, Japanese subtitles with only music and sound effects, or no subtitles with only music and sound effects. Personally, I don't understand the point of having the options where you can watch the episodes without dialogue. It just feels unnatural watching the episodes and not hearing anyone speaking.
If you choose the "Disk Info" option, it brings up the DVD credits. However, if you accidentally select to watch the disc information and you want to get out of the credits, you can't. The "Disk Info" has been designed in such a way that you cannot return to the main menu, and are forced to sit through the credits. As a viewer, I found that to be rather frustrating.
One of the big drawbacks to this set is the fact that there are no special features included on the DVDs. However, I guess it could be argued that since the oversized index cards were included with information normally found in a special features section, that special features were unnecessary to include on the DVDs.
This is a pretty decent box set, and AnimEigo did a great job of remastering the video. Unfortunately, this set is now out of print. However, if you are lucky enough to find a used copy of the set somewhere, I would highly encourage any fans of the Macross section of Robotech to pick 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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