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Robotech - Masters - Legacy Collection 5 (1985)  

Number: 268

cover Robotech - Masters - Legacy Collection 5

IMDB Rating: star star star star star star star star star star

Country: Japan, 330 minutes

Spoken Languages:

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Animation

Director: Robert V. Barron

Cast: Jean-Claude Ballard, Cam Clarke, Rebecca Forstadt, Tony Oliver, Gregory Snegoff

Medium: Original DVD

Plot Outline:
The Robotech Masters Legacy: Collection 5, a three disc collection, contains episodes 49 through 60 (the second half of the second story arc, The Robotech Masters) of the legendary anime series Robotech from the mid 1980s. Also included in this boxed set is the fifth installment of the Elements of Robotechnology special features DVD which includes the original English language translation of Macross and extras from the Robotech II: Sentinels movie. Robotech was the most popular of the Americanized Japanese anime series to hit American TV waves during the 1970s and 1980s (along with Star Blazers, Voltron, Transor Z, etc.) Known for its cutting edge animation, high-tech battle scenes, futuristic weapons (planes, tanks, motorcyles that transform into robots), cool alien invaders, and realistic and compelling storylines, Robotech swept an entire generation and helped put Japanese Anime forever on the map of American pop culture.

In this particular volume the action and drama hit a crescendo as a memoriless Zor joins the Earth's ranks and the Earth's defenders (under the direction of the stubborn and foolish Leonard) continue to fight an uphill battle against the far superior Robotech Masters. This collection is the pivotal chapter to the entire Robotech saga as the secrets of Protoculture (the reason why all the fighting has taken place) are finally revealed, giving a prelude to the maelstrom to come in the next story arc.

Here's the rundown of the episodes and content featured on each disc:

Disc 1: Counter Attack

Episode 49 - A New Recruit: General Emerson assigns a memoriless Zor to Dana's 15th Squadron in hopes that (an infatuated) Dana can help him regain his memories. Bits and pieces come back in haunting bits for Zor. Also, Supreme Commander Leonard makes a faithful decision.

Episode 50 - Triumvirate: Dana and Zor visit the site of the SD-F1 in hopes to jog Zor's memory and find mysterious plants growing inside. Marie saves the day as the Earth Defense forces launch their biggest (and fruitless) attack against the Masters yet. Also, introducing, The Ajax Fighters.

Episode 51 - Clone Chamber: Musica is overcome with human emotion; Marie saves the day again as Leonard unveils his new plans. Plus, Dana makes a date!!!

Episode 52 - Love Song: Reunited, Sean and Marie head off for a date (with disaster); Nova has a secret admirer. Plus, Leonard has an unpleasant surprise for General Emerson.

Episode 53 - The Hunters: Louie's special targeting system for his video game draws attention from the Robotech Development department. Plus, Emerson's fleet goes off into battle.

Episode 54 - Mind Game: The 15th is assigned to and attacks the Robotech Masters Fortress -- where betrayal awaits. Bowie copes with his feelings on killing. Plus, introducing -- the Invid Fighters!!!

Disc 2: The Final Solution

Episode 55 - Dana in Wonderland: Trapped once again aboard the Robotech Masters' Fortress, the 15th gets another first hand look at the Robotech Masters' way of life. Also, Bowie is reunited with his true love.

Episode 56 - Crisis Point: The 15th make their escape from the Fortress with the aide of Musica and a re-programmed Zor.

Episode 57 - Daydreamer: The 15th smuggles Musica back to Earth, hiding from Nova and the GMP. The Masters plan their next move and deal with the fallout from Musica's actions. Plus, the 15th is betrayed again...

Episode 58 - Final Nightmare: On the run, Bowie and Musica (with Nova and the 15th on their heels) return the site of the SD-F1 and make a startling discovery. Zor regains his full memories revealing all. Plus, Leonard gives the final order -- fight to the end!!!

Episode 59 - The Invid Connection: The Final Battle between the Earth Defense Forces and the Masters. Zor cuts a final deal with the Masters.

Episode 60 - Catastrophe: The thrilling conclusion for the Robotech Masters saga. The 15th attempts to liberate the clones and Zor attempts to stop the Masters once and for all!!!

Disc 3: Elements of Robotechnology 5

This collection actually contains one of the better installments in the "Elements of Robotechnology" series. Here's a rundown of the contents on this disc.

1. Original Macross English Translation Pilot: This is the half hour Carl Macek produced English translation of the Japanese anime series Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, which formed the 1st Generation of the Robotech series (the Macross Saga). Same basic storyline, etc. etc. Awfully cool feature.

2. More Production Art Clips for the Sentinels as well as unused artwork for Southern Cross. Pretty cool.

3. Extras from the Robotech Movie including: 1 - the movie trailer, 2 - a music video featuring 3 Dog Night's "In My Heart" (really cool) and 3 - Storyboards and 2 ½ minute animatic (the animatic's pretty cool).

4. More International Clips in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian for two scenes (Sean's disastrous date with Marie and the 15th trying to sneak Musica onto Earth past Nova).

Comments: ADV Films;UPC702727017322;Episodes 49-60;Legacy Collection;

Loaned: No

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