If you are a Macross and even a Robotech fan you may have heard of the first Macross Movie: “Do you Remember Love” and basically what was done as a thank you to the fans a 30 minute concert video called “Macross: Flashback 2012”.
It’s the 30 anniversary of Macross this year. And in different sets including this reviewed one. Both videos are now released on Blu-Ray.
I must state the following:
I have been a major fan of Macross since the early 90’s.
Some of the materials in this set is 25+ years old.
Video was tested with a PS3 feeding a 32” HDMI 720P TV.
I am not going to delved into the story except “Do you Remember Love” is the movie version, slightly different, of Macross TV series. While Flash Back 2012 is Minmey’s last Earth concert video done for the Macross fans in 1987 with ideas animated they though about but did not include in the series.
First there is no subtitle in English. This is a domestic release. AKA raw format. For Flashback 2012 its not needed. The movie you can follow along pretty good. And there have been English translations for a long time of the movie.
I stated at the beginning this is 25+ year old animation. I just got into Blu-Ray just a few months ago and I love the quality it can provide over a good DVD or Laser Disk. At first I was really depressed. I started off watching Flash Back 2012. Was shocked at what I though was a bad transfer. It was not until I played the Laser Disk copies that I realized they must have taken time to clean up what they could. Some parts are still grainy while others a very clean. They could have washed it all but looking over it multiple times think they got a decent balance. Colors are richer on the most part and corrected in some spots.
THE OTHER ITEMS IN THE BOX:
Except for what I like of using easy reseal packaging on the outer plastic of the storage box and the Blu-Ray disk. It’s a very nice box set. Includes:
A texture container box. (Very Nice)
A set of reproduction of sketches of characters, place etc on thin tracing paper. (Nice)
Five frames of film in a plastic sleeve. (Can’t tell where my 5 came from in the movie.)
A small book of reprints from a magazine that cover the movie.
Manual for the” Do you Remember Love Macross Game.”
A small book with more pictures and info.
A separator for the smaller size items.
Love the texture of the container for all of this. Has a quality of “We though out the detail’s.” The sketches, booklets, film strip, are nice to have and to look through. It’s great to have, in a small package, a good gathering of thing around these two animation’s from the Macross universe.
I need to state I both the box set for the videos and not really for the game. But I played a bit of it to add to the review.
It feels like the two Macross games I played a while back ( VFX PS1/ DYRL Saturn ). I have only played a few minutes of it. It was quite fun and uses every button on the controller! When I get a bit further in the game will update the game review section. It’s the only game I have played on the PS3 that I want to continue on when I have time.
Ok. Should I get it or pass on this? Very good question. I have copies on Laser Disk’s, DVD’s and even VHS of “Do You Remember Love” from Great Brittan. After comparing the Laser Disk, DVD and Blue-Ray of Flash Back 2012, I must say the Blu-Ray of both DYRL & FB 2012 are the best.
Would love the opening concert to go full screen but this was originally done for 4:3 TV not 16:9 sets when made. If you are a diehard Macross fan. Yes get the set. If getting into Macross, it’s a good way to have a condensed of the TV stories and Minmey’s last concert on Earth. Along with some nice content that adds to the animation. A good companion to have with the Blu-Ray release of the original series that also occurs this year.