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Mobile Suit Gundam: Special Edition Perfect Movie Box
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In Universal Century 0079, the colonies of Side 3, now renamed the
Principality of Zeon, declared war on the Earth Federal Forces. Mobile Suit
Gundam is the story of two soldiers on opposite sides in the war. One, Amuro
Ray, is a young boy who was pressed into service when he commandeered the
Federal Forces prototype mobile suit Gundam during an attack on his home in
Side 7. The other, Char Aznable, joined Zeon to avenge his father. As they
meet on the battlefield they first become rivals, and then bitter enemies.
The DVDs are in a 3 disc gatefold set, and actually, it looks really nice. It's full
of watercolor images, one for each movie and one for the front panel. The
only problem is there are seven art panels, and only four illustrations, so
three of them get re-used. And the back panel text seems to be referring
only to the third movie. But it does look nice, and it's solidly constructed.
The video was actually better than I was expecting. The movies are 25 years old
at this point, and the animation looks dated, specifically the character designs
on the supporting characters. But the quality of the video itself is outstanding
with no visible distortions.
The audio is every bit as good as the video, it's clear and free of distortions.
There are two tracks, both in Japanese. Track one is surround sound, track two
is stereo. They both sounded fine to me, but I don't have a surround sound
setup, so I can't tell you how it'll sound on one.
There were a few times, probably less than five, where the subtitle didn't appear
for a line. Other than those few missed lines, the subtitles are spot on. They're
timed well, grammatically correct, and spelled correct.
There were about fifteen chapters in each movie, which is enough to find all the
high points and important scenes.
This set has no special features, which is kind of a drag. But it does have three
really awesome movies, so I can't complain too much, but a trailer or something
would have been nice.
Gundam is probably the most popular anime property world-wide. In Japan,
Gundam is as well-known as Star Wars or Star Trek. In September 2006,
private cosmonaut Daisuke Enomoto plans to travel to the International Space
Station in a re-creation of Char Aznable's normal suit. The reason for
Gundam's popularity? These three movies. Do I really have to say more?
Reviewed On: 07/15/2006
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