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Macross Plus arrives on Blu-ray!

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So, technically the official release date of Macross Plus on BD is not until tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peek at some of the goodies on their way to you original roughnecks of Dalmatian High School who pre-ordered.

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I have not had time to check everything out, but here’s a brief overview:

Image quality: Incredible.  looks great on my HDTV, all the tiny text on the monitor screens at the test flight center is legible and the colours are vibrant and lines crisp.  Perfect.

Audio:  Great.  Although the first thing I checked was whether it had the alternate David Hayter English dub for Episode 4, and yes, it does.  So that’s a bit of a downer.  For more details on that, please look in the link below.

There are lots of interesting additional materials, and if anyone remembers what I wrote about the phenomenal Macross 7 boxsets, you may recall that the “Archives” booklets included with those were somewhat lacking in terms of production history, and instead just focused on in-world details, such as character profiles and mecha stats, which I personally had little interest in.

This set, on the other hand, has a full 100 pages worth of interviews with the staff and write ups on rare (pre-)production elements, all of which sounds fascinating, but I haven’t had time to read through it to see what secrets are awaiting revelation yet.

It also has a beautiful booklet of genga (production keyframe animation sketches) including lots of Itano Circus goodness.

Recommended for any, nay, every, Macross fan.

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And last but not least…. Included in the package is the announcement that Orguss is coming to Blu-Ray this autumn!!  Get your Choco Parfait Monsters into position because we’re gonna blow a hole in the Space-Time Continuum!!

Official site is here:

http://www.toei-video.co.jp/BD/orguss.html

… But it is still blank because, like I said, this set officially should be out tomorrow so expect this page to have more info in the next few hours.

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EDIT: Gallery added (Tochiro)

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