Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
MARI IIJIMA AND THE CAST OF COWBOY BEBOP TO HEADLINE A WE HEART JAPAN CHAIRTY EVENT IN LOS ANGELES THIS WEEKEND
Mari Iijima, the cast of Cowboy Bebop will be performing this Saturday at an event for Japan disaster relief! Fans in Southern California come show your support for the country that has brought you so much entertainment over the years!
While I was at MechaCon, Convention Co-Chairman, Jon Russo makde a great point about disasters in general as it relates to the chairty events like this. He said (paraphrase) that "just because the cameras are no longer rolling does not mean the need has stopped." He is 100% right!
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:05 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Robotech Facebook Page has announced the day and time for the Robotech Industry Panel at the New York Comic-Con.
NAME: Robotech Industry Panel
DAY: Saturday, October 15th
TIME: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Apple Kissa Stage
The NYCC Robotech panel is a mere two days before the new A&E DVD's hit the shelves so this is one event that will give a comprehensive overview of the A&E DVD's.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 3:52 PM
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tommy Yune (center) at the Nan Desu Kan Robotech Panel
Tommy Yune made this post on the Robotech Forums today (Sept. 13, 2011) regarding some questions fans had from the NDK panel. It also has some interesting tidbits about the Sentinels as well...
* A&E has completed authoring the DVDs and is now manufacturing them for release on October 18, 2011.
* Codename: Robotech, the extended version of the "Gloval's Report" recap episode, will not be part of the bonus disc set. However, Carl Macek's audio commentary about the making of Robotech has been adapted for inclusion with the alternate March 1985 version of the The Macross Saga episodes.
* To clarify, the alternate March 1985 version of the Robotech episodes are not the old audio mix that had been previously released on home video up until the ADV Legacy box sets. This is an even older version of the episodes that had been released for the original broadcast only in spring 1985 and had never been released on DVD.
* There are challenges to transferring from the original film reels to HD, one being that the footage was originally filmed in 16mm, not 35mm, so the materials have much more grain which would be pronounced in HD resolution. Therefore, this is something we're still working on -- the ideal is for the restoration technology to improve and costs to come down to hit a sweet spot for consumers.
* For those of you who prefer the older mono sound effects over the 5.1 mix, audio engineer Bob LaCivita has recommended turning down all the left/right/surround channels on your 5.1 surround tuner and leaving on only the center channel. For a little more "impact" to the playback, you can optionally leave on the subwoofer channel.
* An abridged version of Robotech: The Untold Story (the 1986 animated movie first released by Cannon Films) is confirmed to be part of this bonus disc set. Rather than being a loose collection of scenes minus the Megazone footage, it has undergone some editorial work to be a somewhat more cohesive standalone feature.
* An updated version of Robotech: The Sentinels is confirmed to be part of this set. It is a new edit that adds some new footage and trims others (mostly flashbacks) based on advice left by Carl Macek, as well as being digitally remastered.
* The audio of the updated version of the Sentinels is a conservative cleanup and noise removal of the original stereo track with no changes to the sound effects. The Spanish audio track will also be included.
* The English-language Macross television pilots (featuring the Robotech cast) will include both the 30-minute version previously released by ADV and the extended 70-minute version that had last been released on VHS and Beta in 1984.
* Other extras include new galleries, music videos, and other bonus video clips.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:33 PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
For 2011 Nan Desu Kan, the largest anime convention in Rocky Mountain West, has put together a all-star line up of Robotech guests:
Tony Oliver - voice of Rick Hunter in Robotech
Tonmy Yune - Harmony Gold President of Animation
Vic Mignogna - English voice of Macross' Hikaru Ichijo
Steve Yun - Harmony Gold Vice President of New Media
Kevin McKeever - Harmony Gold Vice President of Marketing
Robotech fans will get the latest information on the upcoming Robotech DVD release from A&E home Entertainment at NDK this weekend, along with cool prizes from the Robotech Mystery Box. This will be the only time in 2011 that the entire Harmony Gold Robotech Team will be at a convention outside of Los Angeles.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:42 PM
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Robotech fan Maxley C Brooks Jr. has built a Lego version of the SDF-1 and will display it at Matsuricon for fans to enjoy. The Robotech Facebook Page has posted photos of Maxley's work and its quite impressive.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:26 PM