Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Triangular Macross Frontier マクロスF Blu-ray Disc Vol.7 review (preliminary)


More catch up this time…


1. Packaging, goodies.


 The first press goodie this time is the so called bromide 3 sheet set – Alto/Ranka/Sheryl. Well, there’s nothing special about the set. They are printed on materials somewhat close to photo paper, but definitely thinner than photo paper. There’s also a warning (do NOT expose these paper under direct sunlight and keep away from humidity) and placing advising sheet coming with the set, which they want you to shed some more money on some holders to hold these pictures.




Vol.7 include episodes 17 to 19. The story picks up after episode 18. Episode 17 is like the director toying with audience by showing so many death hints to Ozma, but in the end he survives. Episode 18 shows the potential of Ranka, and put Sheryl into a bad situation. Episode 19 is quite a turning point (climax) of the show since Ranka’s reaction is directly related to Vajra.Back to packaging of this volume, the jacket picture has Sheryl and her manager Belldandy Grace on the front, Canaria’s VB-6 König Monster variable bomber on the background. Grace has a very suspicious pose with Sheryl’s medicine in her right hand. I liked this cover better than last one since it depicts the show’s tone quite well.

Disc label:


The booklet focuses much on interviews on character designer Risa Ebata and animation supervisor Yūichi Takahashi.





2. Spec, Video Quality, Audio Quality, screenshot comparisons...

Here is the spec:


Codec: mpeg4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1


Japanese: LPCM 2.0

Audio Commentary

Japanese: LPCM 2.0


BD 25

Bandai/honneamise manages put 4 episodes (acutal content is 3 episodes, but the way of authoring the disc is that they duplicate the video of episode 4, and put the audio commentary on that one, so it counts as four episodes of space) But anyway, the video bitrate doesn't drop because of that. It still got a beautiful full 40Mbps full bitrate transfer.

2.1 The Video: A-

The videos this time remain the same quality.


2.2 The Audio: B+

The audio is again clean and clear, that's all I can say. It has not too much dynamic range. There's very little if not at all channel separation/directionality are present... LPCM 2.0 seems to be standard nowadays, but for this series, 2.0 is really limiting the Blu-ray capability...


2.3 The Menus and Subtitles: B

Same as the last four volumes, the menu of this release includes both non pop-up, DVD style always-on menu. Menus are static with no background music; as well as Blu-rays pop-up menu. The pop-up menu is missing the music chapters, the only way you can access the music chapters is thru the always-on menu, which defeats the convenience of what Blu-ray offers. The menu is simple and effective (Not so for the pop-up menu!), navigation is easy and intuitive. But again I would prefer a more Macross related theme...

And again, there's NO subtitles.


2.4 The extras: B

Audio Commentary (haven't listened yet..)

Other extras (ads)    . Bandai related ads   . It's not an extra feature rich disc, but there's a 16 page booklet, I'd rather prefer to have an actual print-out of the "extras".


3. Content:

needs more work

Final thoughts:

     add later.

Lastly, booklet scans:

JPEG version:

Uncompressed TIFF version (5 parts):




See You Next Deculture

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