A special 3-disc collector's edition which includes War and Peace, The Final Conflict and the third installment in the Elements of Robotechnology extras series available only in this collection. This bonus disc continues w... more »ith another section of Robotech International clips; a promotional video announcing Robotech II: The Sentinels television series; a library of character and mecha designs from Robotech II: The Sentinels and the feature-length original Harmony Gold production of Robotech II: The Sentinels with audio commentary from series writer/producer Carl Macek - available on DVD exclusively in this 3-disc collector's edition.« less
Dennis F. from NEW BRITAIN, CT Reviewed on 3/2/2014...
Good classic anime
The Penultimute Volume in the Robotech series
Paul Hixenbaugh | Valley Village, CA | 09/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Of all 7 volumes of the Robotech DVD box sets, this is the one to get. It includes episodes 25-36 of the Macross Saga, which covers some of the grandest moments of the Robotech saga. Included here are the destruction and rebirth of Earth, the Sterling wedding, Lisa and Rick finally falling in love, and a lot more. Here is a summary of the episodes:25: Wedding Bells: The alien fighter ace Miriya Parino meets her match in human Max Sterling. Since she can't kill him, she does the next best thing...Marries him!26: The Messenger: With the destruction of Earth nearing, a group of aliens (Zentraedi) form an alliance with Earth to prevent their own destruction.27: Force Of Arms: The Earth is devastated in a horrifying attack.28: Reconstruction Blues: Two years after the global holocaust, Earth is being rebuilt. All is not peaceful, however, and old conflicts threaten to flare up again.29: Robotech Masters: The Zentraedi living on Earth continue to grow disillusioned as the Robotech Masters leave their homeworld to head for Earth...and battle with the humans!30: Viva Miriya: Our heroes attack the last enemy weapons factory with their secret weapon...a baby????!!!!31: Khyron's Revenge: The renegade alien warlord Khyron attacks a peaceful city.32: Broken Heart: Khyron holds singing star Lynn Minmei hostage.33: A Rainy Night: Claudia Grant and Lisa Hayes discuss loves lost and still to come.34: Private Time: Rick abandons Lisa for a date with that sniveling pop star, Lynn Minmei.35: Season's Greetings: Khyron the alien warlord attacks Macross City in a quest to destroy as many humans as possible.36: To The Stars: Our heroes must stop Khyron's attack, but some of them will pay the ultimate price while the rest are changed forever.These episodes include some of the high points of the series, and represented here are all of the facets that made Robotech such a splendid Sci-Fi experience. Space battles, cheesy pop songs, introspective moments of philosophizing...it's all here. This really is the best segment of the Robotech series.Also included on the bonus DVD is the OAV sequel "The Sentinels", which follows Rick, Lisa, Miriya and the rest as they set out to make peace with the Robotech Masters but end up fighting the most ruthless enemy of all, the Invid. This action-oriented follow-up was never completed, but the first six episodes were edited together into this smashing sequel. "The Sentinels" will not be available anywhere other than this box set, so this really is the one to get.A few words of caution: The sound for Robotech was recorded only in mono, so that's what we get on this DVD. Also, the video transfer is a bit grainy. The quality is at least as good as the aired versions or the VHS tapes released earlier, but has not been cleaned up a whole lot for the DVD. For these two reasons only I gave this DVD box set 4 stars instead of 5. Still, I loved it and will watch it over and over."
Robotech: The Saga (Almost) Continues...
Zagnorch | Terra, Sol System | 12/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Macross saga of Robotech finally winds up with this box set (the last 12 shows on 2 discs), as well as the Sentinels feature film salvaged from what was to be a new series that got the axe after the completion of only a handful of episodes. Like the previous Robotech DVDs released thus far, the picture & sound quality of the episodes aren't too much better than their VHS counterparts. But, at least they're now preserved on a more durable format. Also, with six eppies per platter, you're savin' a lotta shelf space compared to the old VHS tapes which held, at most, 4 shows per. Now you have a place to put some of your other fave 80's `toonage platters! Gotta give He-Man & the ThunderCats their little niches too, you know?This particular box set is the only way to get The Sentinels on DVD, which is the bonus disc's main feature. Speaking of the bonus disc, it has its good points and bad points. The 10-minute-long Sentinels promo featurette included a nice amount of scenes created for the aborted series which never made it into the video-release movie. Some of the dialogue, however, was re-dubbed using different voice actors. Then there's the movie itself. I was somewhat disappointed by the picture quality-- it wasn't all that different from what I used to see when I had it on VHS. The sound quality's not all that different, either. On the upside, though: like the other two platters included in this set, at least I don't have to worry about the disc deteriorating after several viewings like I would've with video tape (granted I take good care of the disc's playing surface, `natch). Writer/producer Carl Macek's feature-length commentary for `The Sentinels' doesn't cover too much on the making of the series/movie per se. Rather, he discusses how Japanese anime is conceptualized and produced, its history, and the differences between anime and American animation. His commentary is taken directly from Robotech Art 3, which he authored. I happen to own a copy of this particular publication, so in my case his verbal commentary didn't really cover any new ground. However, since the Robotech Art Books have been out of print for several years, and thus are very hard to find, it'll likely be quite new to most viewers. Just don't expect to be wowed by Macek's delivery-- he's a pretty soft-spoken guy!Also included are character & mecha sketches, many of which haven't been published before. And, like the previous Robotech Legacy Collection bonus DVDs, this one includes various scenes from the Macross saga in various European languages. Sadly, I think most of the foreign dubs sound better than the English (American) dubs! The Euro voice actors really took pride in their work!`LatePost Script: I'd actually give this only 3.5 stars were it possible. But, since there's no such rating classification, I rounded up my rating to the nearest star.'Late (for real this time!)"
Long live Robotech !!!
Gregg Dolby | Aruba, Dutch West Indies | 09/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you who are robotech fans, and also for you who do not know Robotech... this is an ESSENTIAL purchase. Robotech manages to appeal to all generations all over the world, because of it's solid story telling, and complex plot. Robotech boasts some Amazing animation, and a superb soundtrack.Don't let reports of bad picture or sound quality bother you.... it's robotech in it's original form... and the best I've ever seen it look or sound !!!!You just have to buy one of the 3 Macross Saga sets, and the rest will follow automatically (You'll just HAVE to see the rest)Enjoy !"
Classic TV Series
future NP | 09/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robotech has always been in my life. I don't remember ever watching Bert and Ernie or Mr. Rogers or anything like that as a child--I would just vaguely remember Lynn Minmei in her red Chinese dress. As a middle schooler, I thought I would grow up to be like Miriya and become an ace fighter pilot (Ha!). It's funny how things change, but now, as a college student, I appreciate not only the whole story but the love triangle in the story--especially Minmei, who always came across as an annoying little... But having experienced a love triangle of my own, I have come to sympathize (sp?) with her.
Anyway, the Robotech series is a classic that everyone should experience watching (even if you're like me and don't like Japanimation--Robotech is different!). These particular DVD's sadly bring the conclusion of one of the greatest stories of all time. Why is the story so great? Well, there's action, drama, comedy, romance, etc. There is also a great number of characters that the viewers come to care about, and each of them, with their own uniqueness, contribute to the greatness of the Macross story. The main character is Rick Hunter, who follows the footsteps of his best friend Roy Fokker and joins the Robotech forces against the 40 feet tall alien Zentradai that have come for the SDF-1 (a huge alien ship that the humans have transformed for their own protection). Rick Hunter falls in love with Lynn Minmei, who later becomes a famous entertainer, and forms a strong relationship with his commanding officer Lisa Hayes throughout the series. And then there is Max Sterling, the modest ace pilot of the SDF-1, who constantly out-manuevers Miriya, the Zentradai ace pilot of the elite Quadrono Squadron. (My favorite episode is "Farewell Big Brother" when they first combat each other).
I also commend the writers of Robotech for having such strong female characters, like Claudia, who is a solid rock to all around her.
Although the Sentinels return to some of the old Macross characters with new and interesting ones, I don't think it's as good as Macross. So it makes me sad everytime I watch the very last scene of Macross and hear Minmei's song bringing it all to a close...
"...a world of things we've never seen before
where silver suns have golden moons
each year has thirteen Junes
that's what must be for me
to be in love...""