Monday, October 31, 2011
Yet another Robotech DVD box set review and this time it comes from Screenhead.com
And you might think this is simplistic, and you’d have good reason to think so, but this is actually a whole lot more complex than you might think. After all, we’re talking about a series that covers almost a full day and a half of footage, so you know there’s a lot going on in here. It’s a fine piece of anime, and nicely representative of the genre. If you want a good look at where anime came from–and where anime might well go from here–then you’ll want to settle in with this massive chunk of Robotech.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Robotech: The Complete Series a full ten out of ten. There’s more than enough action to keep most anyone satisfied, and as a history lesson, it represents a major achievement in anime and is well worth your time to watch.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:01 AM
The-numbers.com has posted a review of the new Robotech DVD Box Set from A&E Home Entertainment.
There are no extras on the three seasons, however, there's a set of four bonus discs with ten hours of bonus features. Incredible. Disc one starts off with the original pilot, plus clips in various languages. There are image galleries for character and mecha design, a comic book gallery, toy commercials, etc. Disc two has the original pilot for Genesis Climber MOSPEADA, the original Japanese show that was turned into The New Generation. There are also more than an hour of deleted scenes from the original series, some of which were cut for violence. Extras continue with more comic book art, more character art, more international clips, etc. Disc three starts with Carl Macek's Robotech Universe, which is in memory of the show's writer / producer, and all round innovator of Anime.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 6:45 AM
Sunday, October 30, 2011
OldGameReviewer.com has posted a review of the new Robotech DVD Box Set from A&E Home Entertainment. Excerpt.
Comprised of 17 discs including the complete, three-part series (85 episodes in all), “Robotech” has never looked or sounded better than it does in this digitally restored edition. Transfers have been spruced up from the original broadcasts with truly excellent new 5.1 mixes that are constantly active in terms of their original design; purists will also note that some music that had to be changed for “Robotech”’s previous DVD release has, according to the producers, been restored in full for this edition.
Supplements are housed on no less than four platters of their own. These include a full documentary on the making of the series; music videos; alternate versions of select episodes; “Robotech The Movie” supplementals; a promo reel of the show’s Chinese launch; the original “Macross” pilots and more – all new to DVD. The aborted “Robotech II: The Sentinels” pilot is also included along with edited portions of the failed Cannon production “Robotech: The Movie” and plenty more extras from prior DVD editions, from original opening/closing credits to videogame and toy commercials, deleted scenes and tons more.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE REVIEWBoth fans of the series as well as newcomers to the show would do well in checking out this massive set from NewVideo that’s simply outstanding in every facet.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 10:36 AM
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Collectorsquest.com has posted a review of the new Robotech DVD's from A&E Home Entertainment.
Here is an excerpt.
With 17 discs to enjoy, it’s unlikely that you’ll run out of robot and alien fighting anytime soon. While some fans have complained about the release of this on DVD and not Blu-ray, there seems to be a lack of understanding that popping something onto Blu-ray does not automatically make it clearer or”better”. The source material for these DVD episodes has been cleaned up and remastered, but it does not change the fact that these were shot on 16mm film, making a significant grain inherent to the source material, and if I may be subjective, the experience itself. The vague haze which covers a majority of pre-1990s cartoons has a warmth which just cannot be replicated with digitally produced, or remastered, shows.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:50 AM
Starpulse.com has posted a review of the new Robotech DVD box set from A&E Home Entertainment. Here is an excerpt.
The real joy is the bonuses that will surely delight Robotech's legion of loyal fans. A&E did a fantastic job packing this seventeen-disc set with just about everything that they could have, whether it's a gallery of pre-production art or original animations and pilots. For newbies like me, the gem is Carl Masek's Robotech Universe, which is a new-to-DVD documentary covering the "making of" that you'd expect on a series set - but because Robotech is so much more, it's a lot more fascinating than the usual featurette. I watched it and felt like I had a decent understanding of the universe and a desire to learn more.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE REVIEW
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:41 AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Big Shiny Robot is hosting a contest where one lucky fan will win a new DVD box set of all 85 Robotech Episodes from A&E Home Entertainment. Here is the lowdown on the contest from the website.
The contest will be open until Friday, October 28th. Winners will be announced on Monday, October 31th.
To enter, all you need to do is shoot us an email at editor (at) bigshinyrobot.com. Make the subject “FAREWELL, BIG BROTHER” (which might be one of the best episodes of the entire series. For an extra chance to win, you can go to our facebook page and invite all of your friends to like us. Or you can ask your followers on twitter to follow us @BigShinyRobot. Just be sure to mention in your email that you’ve done it.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 3:28 PM
TheRealmCast.com has a full review of last week screening of Carl Macek's Robotech Universe.
Last night, however, Harmony Gold invited a selection of press, as well as a few lucky fans, to attend a premiere screening of the documentary, Carl Macek’s Robotech Universe, at the theater within their Hollywood headquarters. Quite a few of the original voice actors were on hand, as well as other behind-the-scenes folks from the original production, and current Harmony Gold staffers. It was an honor to be invited, and it was a wonderful evening. I was able to catch up with a few friends that attended, as well as hobnob with the members of the voice cast that showed up, including Michael McConnohie and Richard Epcar, who I’ve previously met at BotCons, due to their involvement with Transformers. There was a reception afterward, featuring a nice spread of food (including by far the best sliders I’ve ever had), and an open bar. Believe you me, Harmony Gold knows how to throw a premiere party!
It's a good review of the film and the screening itself.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:17 AM
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:06 AM
Friday, October 21, 2011
The MTV Geek Blog has posted a review of the new Robotech DVD's from A & E home Entertainment. Here is an excerpt.
I'm speaking to U.S. viewers of a certain age here, I know, but if the Robotech franchise is at all your thing and you're looking to get the series as you remembered it as a kid, make no mistake that this is it, and this brick of DVDs needs to be in your home between your copy of that Criterion Robocop DVD and that copy of Rob Roy which you still insist is awesome. Short of a what would surely be a multi-million dollar HD upgrade, this is the best this probably the best presentation you're gonna get and you'd better like it.
Joking aside, beyond some quibbles with how some of the supplemental material is presented here, I'd recommend this set to practically anyone with an interest in the series that almost singlehandedly popularized anime in the West while telling an epic, surprisingly mature story of the cost of war.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:55 PM
The Bank of Kev has more on how the Great Recession is impacting the Film/TV industry.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:05 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The website DVDtalk.com has put up a review of the new Robotech DVD box set from A&E Home Entertainment here is an excerpt.
Robotech: The Complete Series arrives on an impressive 17 discs, all contained in four single-width keepcases. Those of you that have the original Legacy LE releases will be happy at the amount of shelf space this saves! Each saga comes in it's own multi-disc, single-width case (4 discs each except for the first saga which comes on 5 DVDs) with the fourth case devoted to a whopping four discs worth of extras.
You have the choice of English or Spanish audio, both in 5.1. (There are no subtitles available.) Since the show was edited heavily from the original animes, there is no Japanese language track. The sound during the frequent battle scenes is very cool. They make full use of the sound stage, with planes swooshing from the rear to the front and all over the room. There are laser blasts coming from all corners. This part of the mix is very dynamic and exciting; the audio track really puts you in the middle of things. Unfortunately, after the battles end, the sound collapses to what is basically a mono mix. The dialog is centered over the screen, and rarely moves about. Even the music is piped to the front speakers most of the time. I wish they had thrown some of the music and sound effects to the rear speakers throughout the entire show and not just the exciting parts.
It's a pretty cool comprehensive review of the new A&E Box Set so its worth the read.
The audio quality is good. There is no hiss or hums, though some of the dialog does sound a little flat. The music is not dynamic, though it does sound better than I remember it from television.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 1:50 PM
With all the interest surrounding the Carl Macek's Robotech Universe screening another big Robotech event took place at the New York Comic-Con. There were hundreds of fans there in one of the biggest rooms of the convention.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 8:28 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Factpile.com has a cool review of the new Robotech DVD's. Excerpt.
Simply put, Robotech put Anime on the map in America. Yes, there were other series that tried to enter the pop culture of the U.S., but none prior to Robotech were successful.
When A&E provided me the opportunity to review this collection, it was like I had died and gone to geek heaven. Of course, I already owned all the dvd’s for the entire series already, but with this new collection, they’ve been re-mastered and look much better than the first editions that I have.
That alone makes this set worth getting for any fan. But then they include a fourth set simply named: The Robotech Archives.
This is where the treasure of this collection emerges. Being a fan for over 30 years, I thought I had seen and heard about everything there was to know about Robotech. Wow, was I wrong.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 12:49 PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Robotech Facebook Page has posted over 150 photos from last nights premiere screening Carl Macek's Robotech Universe.
Several hundred fans mingled with the original cast and crew in Hollywood inside the Harmony Gold Preview House. After the screening the attendees were treated to a post screening reception in the lobby of the Harmony Gold Building.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 5:05 PM
Fans line up outside of Harmony Gold a full Two hours before the screening.
Bonnie Stauch and Svea Stauch Macek with the Robotech Style Guide and actors' costumes they made back in 1985
Testing the film in the Harmony Gold Preview House on Monday afternoon. (Note the two battloids standing on either side of the screen.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 11:39 AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Riverfront Times has a amazing article on the Voltron Franchise. Here is a brief excerpt.
In 1983, most TV executives in America shunned Japanese animation as shoddy and inferior. But Ted Koplar and his colleagues found themselves titillated by three different animé series on display at an international trade show. They purchased the option to develop them.
That's when an awkward phone call altered the course of KPLR — and, in a sense, the universe.
An employee at World Events phoned across the Pacific and ordered tapes of the first two shows — Albegas and Dairugger — but didn't know the title of the third, Daltanious. So the employee described the show as having a character with a lion on its chest. The Japanese executive on the other end understood only "lion."
Folks if you want a glimpse into one of the worlds top anime franchises this is a MUST read.When the box arrived from Japan and Koplar opened it, he pulled out the first two shows he'd ordered, but couldn't find Daltanious. Instead, he saw a tape labeled Beast King GoLion.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 12:52 PM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
ICv2 posted a sneak of Palladium Books' newest Robotech RPG sourcebook, now as a full-sized volume instead of manga size! ICv2 article has got some cool info on the RPG as well.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 2:23 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
BREAKING NEWS: HARMONY GOLD ANNOUNCES SPECIAL SCREENING OF CARL MACEK'S ROBOTECH UNIVERSE AT THE HARMONY GOLD PREVIEW HOUSE! LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE TO FANS!
Harmony Gold will host a special screening of the new documentary Carl Macek's Robotech Universe on October 17, 2011 with the cast and crew of the groundbreaking animated series.
A limited number of seats will be made available to fans who submit a seating request.
Posted by Kevin McKeever at 6:42 PM