Super Dimension Fortress Macross is probably better known to American audiences as the first third of the Robotech anime series. The first time this series was made available in its original Japanese form was when AnimEigo released a nine disc box set in 2001. This review focuses on this DVD box set.
Super Dimension Fortress Macross Box Set
English Publisher: AnimEigo
Release Date: 2001
For the most part, the differences between Super Dimension Fortress Macross and the Macross portion of Robotech are actually rather minimal. The primary differences between the two are the fact that the American version removed some shots due to objectional material and that the characters’ names were changed. The storyline itself actually remained rather intact between the two versions of the series.
When it comes to the box set itself, each disc contains four episodes, and there are four ways to watch the episodes: 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 really don’t understand the point of the options that allow you to watch the episodes without hearing the dialogue. To me, it just feels unnatural to watch this series and not be able to hear anyone speaking.
The only “bonus feature” on the discs is being able to view the disc info. Unfortunately, this option was designed in such a way that you cannot return to the main menu once you enter into it; you are forced to sit through the credits. When I went to see what this feature was for writing this review and discovered that quirk, I was rather frustrated by it.
Instead of having bonus features on the discs, there were big index cards printed with information about the series that was included as part of the packaging. The information on these cards include episode information, character information, and song lyrics. These cards were probably done as a cost-saving measure, so AnimEigo didn’t have go to the expense to put together on-disc bonus features that would have included that information.
It has to be kept in mind that this box set was produced during the early years of the DVD format. While this set may seem a little lackluster by today’s standards, it really wasn’t that lackluster when compared to other DVDs that were released in the early 2000s.
Unfortunately, this box set is now out of print. If you want to find this particular box set for Super Dimension Fortress Macross, I would suggest looking at websites that sell used DVDs and see if you can locate it. However, if you’re interested in seeing Super Dimension Fortress Macross and aren’t overly picky about which release you want to see it on, I would also suggest seeing if you can find the Super Dimension Fortress Macross releases that ADV Films released several years later.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Super Dimension Fortress Macross DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.
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