Matthews | San Francisco,C.A USA | 06/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the original gundam that is worth the money I watch the whole thing and this is the real deal. Get this instead of the series with I don't know 4 or 5 episodes in it because it is better like this even though it is 2hour in each and you might get bored some of the time but good. This is one of the original mech series if you really like robotic anime get gundam or robotech/macross plus because those are great anime. This is better then some of the other gundam series like gundam wing or g gundam,THEY REALLY SUCK. Get these which I am gonna list.
Gundam 08th Moible Suit team
Gundam 0080 war in the pocket
Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory
Gundam Char's Counterattack
If you like this you will like these as well."
Mobile Suit Gundam
Char Forever | Cincinnati, OH | 08/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really recommend for any one who loves Japanese animes to watch this trilogy before getting into other Gundam series. It all has started with this. Yes, it is not as good as the individual episodes though. It covers the basics. The graphics/art work was done by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, one of the greatest animators in Japan. It seems that this series is the only one you can enjoy his great work. (There are Gundam Z, Gundam ZZ series artwork by him to follow in Japan. Unfortunatelly they are not available in USA yet.) I hope you enjoy this trilogy."
If you are a fan of the Universal Century series for the wor
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 08/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My first foray into the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam" films was back in 1994 or so. A group of friends fansubtitled the anime series and we were all hooked. Nearly 15 years later, I pretty much forgotten about the series and storyline and if anything, with so many MSG releases since then, I felt a bit lost on the overall Universal Century line.
So, in 2008, I decided that I'm going to start from the beginning and watch everything Universal Century related and slowly purchase a lot of the releases (since DVD press copies for review were given out back in 2002 or so).
The first thing on my list was to obtain the films and there have been several releases. The first was the "Mobile Suit Gundam" Trilogy (released as a box set and the other in just a DVD case that holds three discs) and then a later version released in 2004 titled "UC GUNDAM MOVIE PACK" which contains the trilogy, the fourth film "Char's Counterattack" and the "Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team: Miller's Report" OAV.
Both are a lot cheaper now and I was able to score the trilogy set pretty cheap.
As for those wondering what the films are about. Back in 1979 through 1980, there was the original 43-episode television series. In 1981, the series was condensed down to three films.
But the series has spawned many side stories, alternative universe stories, many manga, video games, model kits, toys...you name it, "Mobile Suit Gundam" is Japan's "Star Wars".
I have to say that what the staff was able to trim down to create three films from an original 43-episodes was pretty well done.
Of course, you lose a lot of the storyline from the original series and you lose probably some of the character development that goes into detail of relationships between characters.
But sticking to the core of the series which revolve around Amuro Ray, the crew of White Base, Char and the Principality of Zeon is intact and that is where the film succeeds.
There were some odd editing in two scenes from the third film where a scene didn't transition well to the next scene. Not sure if that was my DVD (scratch or dust, not sure) or how things originally were but all in all, to have a digitally remastered copy of the three films, let alone having a Dolby Digital 5.1 version of the audio is just fantastic.
If anything, this film has now made me want to purchase the original series and to see how much plot and character development that I'm actually missing.
As for the fourth film "Char's Counterattack", I have been told to watch Zeta Gundam first before watching it, so next step in my Gundam UC viewing list is "Mobile Suit Z Gundam" and will report on that later.
Anyway, you can find this trilogy or the separate film on DVD fairly cheap these days and who knows if the film will be coming out on Blu-Ray very soon. But if you are into mecha and want to check out the most successful mecha titles out there, I highly recommend checking out "Mobile Suit Gundam"."