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Gundam Z Perfect TV (1 - 50)
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Intro:
Universal Century 0087. After Operation Stardust, the Earth Federal Forces formed an elite division, the Titans, to hunt down the remaining remnants of the Republic of Zeon. The Titans leadership, however, has been far more interested in gaining power for themselves for the past four years. Corrupt and bent on taking over the EFF, the Titans use brutal means that are outlawed under the Antarctic Treaty. The Titans face resistance in the form of the Anti-Earth Union Group and Karaba, who, along with civilian Kamille Bidan, steal the Titans new mobile suits, the Gundam Mk. II.

Packaging:
This is a six disc gatefold set. The first thing I noticed about it is that the center hubs, which have wing clips and not barrels, are removable, so if one falls out on you, it can be put back in. Past that, the front panel has a full- frame image of Kamille with insets of Char and Sirocco. The interior panels are mostly white with pictures of characters or mecha, and they kind of look like they could have been covers for individual DVDs.

Video:
The video may be 20 years old, but it's crystal clear. It almost looks as if it's been remastered, or at least cleaned up from the source, but it's not quite as good as the quality in the new movies. The DVD transfer is excellent, too, it's free from distortions.

Audio:
There are two audio tracks, English and Japanese. They both come in loud and clear. Both tracks are free from audio distortions, as well.

Subtitles:
There are two subtitle tracks. One is the dialogue, and one is only signs. I only noticed a few errors, and they were exceptionally minor, just a missing or extra letter here and there. Overall, they were excellent. I will mention they're not always exactly literal translations of the original Japanese. The translator took some liberties with the script, but they're not too extreme, just changes meant to make it flow better in English.

Chapter Breaks:
There are five chapter breaks for each episode. In my opinion, any more would be too many, and any less would be too few, so this is perfect.

Content:
There aren't any special features, but the DVDs are pretty jam-packed with content, so it's okay. I don't see how they would have gotten any more of anything on these discs without the quality taking a hit. So, in this case, I'd rather have the outstanding quality the of these discs than a director's commentary or out-takes of Char hitting his head on the cockpit of the Hiyaku Shiki... actually, come to think of it, that would have been a good special feature.

Conclusion:
Z Gundam was the first sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam, all the way back in 1985. Much like the original Gundam series, Z Gundam was initially a failure, but has become one of the more popular Gundam series. It is an unflinching look at the realities of war, and it recently gained popularity and attention with the release of the Z Gundam: A New Translation movie trilogy in Japan. It's also one of my personal favorites, and this DVD set is a great presentation.


Publisher: MI
Discs: 6
Episodes: 50
Price: $37.80

Reviewer: Nozomu
Reviewed On: 07/15/2006
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Those cut-ins are used a lot when characters in mobile suits talk.


The black Gundam Mk. II











One of many, many mobile suits used by the Titans.

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