Available in high-definition on Blu-ray in North America for the first time - the series that launched one of the biggest anime franchises in history returns with an all-new transfer from the 35mm prints! Universal Century 0079. The rebel space colonies of the Principality of Zeon launch a war of independence against the Earth Federation, using humanoid fighting vehicles called mobile suits to overwhelm the Federation Forces and conquer half of Earth's surface. Months later, the Federation has finally developed its own prototype mobile suits at a remote space colony. But when the colony suffers a Zeon surprise attack, these new weapons fall into the hands of a motley crew of civilians and cadets, and fate places a youth named Amuro Ray at the controls of the white mobile suit Gundam. Contains episodes 1-21. Bonus features: Clean Opening, Clean Closing, and Blu-ray / DVD Commercials. English LPCM Stereo, Japanese LPCM Mono, English Subtitles
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I received my copy two weeks ago, so here is my review!
The video quality is amazing! This is the first time the series is available in high-definition in North America. The colors are vibrant, the image is pretty smooth, as it has been DNR'd, but over all it's a 8.5/10)
No, this is no an upscale, this is an all-new transfer from the 33MM film prints done in Japan. The Japanese released the complete series on 9 discs(about 5-6 episodes per disc), and it seems like Sunrise will be releasing it on 4 discs(about 10-11 episodes per disc) for North America. I compared by Japanese box set to this version and I couldn't see any differences in compression or any artifacts introduced. I can't complain thought! The Japanese set was about 500-600 dollars, while the USA version will end up being under $100 dollars for the complete series( although the USA version is a "budget" release, the quality is identical to its Japanese counterpart)...
I received my copy a month early, as Rightstuf has an odd tendency to do that. I was at first concerned when i saw that they had 10 episodes on one disc and 11 on the other, but my worries were soon gone as the quality looks completely identical to the Japanese Memorial Blu-Ray box. While there is instances of DNR, the video looks very crisp and clear. It also includes the lossless japanese track in mono and english dub track in stereo. I will also point out that on my BD player, despite it being region A, told me that it was locked for me. I don't know why it was telling me this, but I later found out I could just get around it by hitting the top menu button on my remote. It's very odd, as when i put it in my Desktop and Laptop's Blu-Ray drive, it never popped up there, and it showed the logos like it normally would. Had my player's firmware updated and everything, too. It's very weird, but again, it was very easy to work around. Despite this, I think this Blu-Ray set is absolutely...
I've been waiting years for this to finally come out, and I was not disappointed. This is the cleanest format I've seen the series in, and it feels like watching the original without any loss on video or audio quality!
Pros: Simple and straight-forward menu, not clunky or confusing to navigate. Superb and clean English and Japanese audio. (English is the same version released on television in the US in the 2000's) 2-disc format is much better than the 4-disc format from a few years back.
Cons: Region 1 locked. I couldn't play it on my PC as most Blu-Ray have worked for me. Subtitle font could have been a little better, but not a deal breaker by any means. *Edit*: Episode 14.5 (15 in JP) "Cucuruz Doan's Island" is still missing, likely due to the North America release cut of this episode. This episode is pretty much impossible to find, but doesn't cut that much from the overall storyline.
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