Paulo V. W. Radtke | Curitiba, PR Brazil | 03/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An original OVA release, Macross Plus was the first Macross project to make heavy use of computer graphics, blended perfectly with a great storyline and a remarkable musical score by Yoko Kanno. Produced by Shigeru Watanabe and directed by legendary director and mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori, responsible for the original Valkyrie design back in 1982, it was a instant classic when released, both on US and Japan.But there was something missing, and sometimes, there was too much going on, many would complain on how Isamu didn't died on so many accidents or the martial court that had nothing to do with anything (of course there was a reason for it, but in the end, it just ended up serving as a filler rather than useful, as nothing got changed after it).Then came one of those Macross special events, where they released both a Macross 7 movie and a movie version of the OVA series that everybody loved. What everybody wasn't ready is that the movie version would be much better thant the original release.Now the question: why? First, running on 4 episodes of 45 minutes, you got about 3 hours of story, and the movie runs for almost 2 hours, so you know that they cut a lot of fat on this one (and three end-credits of time). Also, they went all the trouble to make new scenes for this release, scenes that surely add more depth to the story, most specifically at two points at the ending (one of them is the ending itself, that's really quick on the OVA release).If you are a serious Macross fan, you deserve yourself a copy of this DVD, even if you already have the OVA release. If you are being cautious on your budget, then you can get only one disc with the whole Macross Plus experience. Anyway, you're going to be pleased with this disc."
A sub-par DVD for the Movie Edition
Marten Garcia | Orange County, CA USA | 06/30/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've heard good things about the movie edition for Macross Plus for a while. How it's better then the 4 part OVA. I've never gotten to see it until now, and IMO it isn't better. It feels a little choppy in the pacing department. The new music for the montages wasn't as good as the music they had in the OVA. I don't like that the battle scene with the VF-11B Thunderbolt and the board meeting talking about the YF-19 and YF-21 tests were cut but I like what they did with the rest. The ending is worth (at the very least renting) the Movie Edition of Macross Plus.My biggest problem is with the picture. The video for the DVD releases for the OVA looks great. But for the movie it looks like a VHS tape. It's not like another company released the movie edition. I know it was put out for the Macross fans but it doesn't mean the video has to look as bad is it does, esp. when the OVA looked so good. I don't think it can be blamed on source material. What is up with the video quality? No one is going to be using this as a demo disc. My next problem is with the Subtitles. From what I've read there never was an English dub recorded for the Movie Edition and of course to do it for the dvd would cost more money (and I have a feeling it wouldn't be that inspired anyway). I'm fine with it only being in Japanese. What I do hate is burnt in subtitles. Why oh why? It looks tacky and makes the video quality look a little worst. Again, they were going for the VHS look I guess. The audio does sound good though. The extras are a laugh. The character bio's would have been better if a fan of the the series wrote them, the photo gallery isn't that great and the rest of the extras are just commericals for Manga. But I guess that's what is to be expected as they are pretty much the same (if not the same, but I don't feel like checking) extras for the OVA dvds. Still, Macross is pretty big and it would have been nice to see at least an interview with the director.Overall I can't recommend this disc. There is no excuse for the bad video and the burnt in subtitles. They must have ported the movie from a VHS tape and re-mixed the sound. If you like Macross I'd recommend picking up the OVA. If you are a Macross region 1 dvd completist then you'll pick this up no matter what, just like me."
Well Worth It...
Gaijin | Hilo, HI United States | 03/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Macross Plus is the first Macross project that came from it's original creators after the Macross movie back in 1984. It is a side story to the Macross universe which pits two former friends as test pilots against each other in a heated variable fighter competition where the winning design becomes the next UN Spacy transforming fighter. Thus is the backdrop for the ensuing Macross story which delves deeper than just two pilots trying to out-perform each other both in the air, and on the ground trying to obtain the affections of their former friend, Myung, who is now the producer for a virtual music idol. Macross Plus has often been compared to "Top Gun" as it does in fact share some similarities, namely the hot shot pilots. Most people have seen the Macross Plus OVA. The movie edition simply edits out parts from it and has a slightly different ending along with scenes that did not appear in the 4 part OVA. Thus, many will ask, why get this when I have already seen the OVA? The reason is that the movie edition has a different feeling than the OVA. Particularly the ending, which felt a little rushed in the original 4 part series. You still have the great music by Yoko Kanno and great mecha design by Kawamori (The YF-19 and YF-21 competing almost echoes the real life F-22/F-23 fighter trials). The trademark Macross love triangle is here, and music indeed plays a major role in the storyline. If you enjoyed the Macross Plus story as much as I have, getting this disc will make you a happy fan indeed."
Great OVA, but Manga Video has to step it up
Richard Erb | Aurora, IL USA | 01/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The best Macross since the original. Kawamori can do no wrong(*cough*Arjuna*hack*). This is probably the best non-epic story he's ever told. And the animation is some of the best, if not the best, I've seen outside of a feature film(even after 11 years). What I can't understand is why Manga Video has not added anything to the DVD for this great anime, yet this is the "10th Anniversary Edition". The original Ghost in the Shell release by Manga Video had few extras and no 5.1 surround track in Japanese. Their new GitS 10th aniversary release had many more extras and a great new 5.1 surround track in japanese. Why hasn't Macross Plus seen this kind of treatment? Apparently they just threw both volumes of the OVA into a box, cut a few bucks off the original price and called it a special anniverary edition. I already own the original DVD releases of this show and would have eagerly forked over another $40 to get them in full japanese language surround. C'Mon Manga Video, you've had 10 years to improve the DVD's for this show. What's the deal?"
Probably My Favorite Anime
C. Chester | Colo Spgs, CO United States | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I nearly crapped myself when I opened the first disc and saw that it said "MOVIE EDITION". I quickly opened the second case and on that disc it said "Macross Plus: Volume 2 (Parts 3+4). I was like "WTF Mate". So I inserted the 1st disc thinking it was the movie and they got some weird packaging problem that sent me the movie edition instead of volume 1. But to my delight, the "Movie Edition" is indeed Volume 1. (In case you're wondering, there are two versions of this series; a single disc "Movie Edition" that is a full length feature film and a two disc 4 episode (45 min each) set. Each has there good qualities but are different in minor ways. The story is much more complete in the two disc set but some people have complained that it drags a little. Also the story has a different ending. I like both and recommend either.)
The extras were kind of lacking for a 10th anniversary disc (Is it just me or is Manga going WAAAAAYYYYY downhill in quality just slapping things together with no regard for what fans want and love) and the menu was rather plain.
But despite some obvious lack of attention to details and minimal extras for a 10th anniversary disc, this set and the episodes in general rock! If you haven't seen this before it's definately a keeper and the price of this Two-Disc set is ripe for the picking. The sound and visual quality are outstanding, the dubbing is amazing, and although the animation is getting a little dated it's still way above par. The music alone is worth watching it. If you're an Anime fan than you're probably familiar with Yoko Kanno's work. (Cowboy Beebop, Ghost in the Shell:SAC, Wolf's Rain, Escaflowne, and the list goes on) But of all Anime's I've seen, I have never been moved by a score like I was moved with this one. I have no doubt that if you watch this that you will be amazed."