Judge Bryan Byun thinks he could save the galaxy too, if only someone would lend him a giant fighting robot.
Our reviews of Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition (Volume 2) (published April 29th, 2004), Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition (Volume 3) (published October 7th, 2004), Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition (Volume 5) (published November 18th, 2004), Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition Volume 1 (published March 12th, 2004), Robotech: The Complete Series (published November 6th, 2011), and Robotech: The Protoculture Collection (published December 1st, 2005) are also available.
You've never seen Robotech® like this before!
Volume Six in the Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition series kicks off the final New Generation chapter of the original Robotech series, and follows hot on the heels of events concluding the previous Southern Cross installment. The threatened Invid invasion has come to pass, and the insectile aliens, led by the Regis, have conquered Earth and turned its inhabitants into slaves for the purpose of harvesting protoculture.
Admiral Rick Hunter (from Macross), also known as Admiral Not Appearing in This Series, has sent a fleet of reinforcements from his expeditionary force to the Robotech Master homeworld, but the reinforcements are quickly decimated by the Invid, leaving Lt. Scott Bernard, apparently the sole survivor of the fleet, stranded on Earth and left to find some way to free his fellow humans and defeat the Invid invaders.
The Robotech Remastered collection is a re-release of all three seasons of the venerable Robotech animated series, which originally aired in the 1980s, with digitally remastered video and remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with some "new" footage sprinkled in to sweeten the triple-dip (this is the third release of the series on DVD). Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition (Vol. 6) comes in a two-disc set, with each disc in its own keep case and both cases housed in a box. A series box and plastic Veritech fighter model are included in the set. Volume Five contains thirteen episodes, seven on Disc One and six on Disc Two:
• "The Invid Invasion"
Most of the initial episodes in this collection involve Scott Bernard making his way through hostile territory, finding friendly humans, and assembling a ragtag group of rebels. As such, it's a more tightly focused, heroic story line than Southern Cross, and more satisfying. There was something vaguely annoying about the pathetic, peevishly evil Robotech Masters from the previous series, and the ruthless, powerful Invid are scarier foes, all the more because we've spent the past sixty episodes being reminded of how invincible they are. The Regis, who's like the bitchier older sister of Star Trek's Borg Queen, is a delightfully over-the-top villainess, the kind whose inevitable defeat you can enjoy rooting for.
Scott Bernard and his ragtag crew also recall some of the valiant-underdog spirit of the Macross story, and his relationships with the characters who join his quest are complex and interesting—especially in the case of one character whose deep dark secret I won't reveal, but which makes for quite the early plot twist.
Picture and sound are on a par with previous volumes of Robotech Remastered—a little better, perhaps, since the New Generation print wasn't quite as shabby as the Macross footage to begin with. The image is fairly clean and bright, and it looks very good in comparison to the original material. The audio tracks are Dolby Digital 5.1, in English and Spanish, with newly re-recorded effects. As with the rest of the series, you'll either love or hate the new mix depending on how attached you were to the original mix and how tolerant you are of the sometimes overly bright, frantic sound on this new edition.
Extras: nothing to see here, save for a few ADV previews. As with most of the previous volumes, there's a Veritech fighter action figure included, a nice bonus for toy mecha aficionados.
The absence of meaningful extras makes this Robotech Remastered release a tougher sell than it should be; given the vastly improved video and audio quality, it should be a no-brainer for anyone who's not a purist or anti-Robotech snob. As it is, the low price of these volumes makes this re-release worth checking out for the fan who already owns the previous releases, and a good choice for those new to the series. The New Generation story line, while based heavily upon events from previous chapters, actually stands up pretty well on its own, and can work as an entry point for new viewers.
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