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A+E Networks Home Entertainment To Rerelease "Robotech" In October

A+E Networks Home Entertainment has reached an agreement with Harmony Gold USA to distribute its sci-fi mecha series Robotech on DVD. Originally televisied in syndication in 1985 and later broadcast on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 1998, Robotech told a three-generational tale where humanity struggles to preserve itself and the Earth against the threat of alien invasions. The producer and story editor, the late Carl Macek, created the series by editing and rescripting three distinct Japanese anime: The Superdimension Fortress Macross, Superdimensional Calvary Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The series later saw its first animated sequel with the 2006 movie Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

A+E plans to release all 85 episodes remastered on DVD with “Robotech: The Complete Original Series”, due on 10/18/11 and retailing for $99.95. The same day it will also release three smaller sets for “The First Robotech War” (The Macross Saga) for $49.95, “The Second Robotech War” (The Robotech Masters) for $39.95, and “The Third Robotech War” (The New Generation) for $39.95. “Robotech: The Complete Series” will include over ten hours of bonus material, including the extras listed below.

  • The Making of Robotech (new to DVD)
  • Robotech Music Videos (new to DVD)
  • Robotech Overview (new to DVD)
  • Alternate versions of select Robotech episodes (new to DVD)
  • Robotech: The Movie Supplementals (including some new content)
  • Macross Original Pilot – 70 minute extended version (new to DVD)
  • Promotional reel of Robotech Launch in China (new to DVD)
  • Deleted scenes
  • Robotech: The Sentinals with audio commentary + its promotional video
  • Macross Original Pilot – Parts 1, 2 and 3
  • Mospeada Original Pilot – part 1
  • Opening and closing animations
  • Galaxy of the Stars – Harmony Gold promotional reel
  • Toy Commercial and Videogame presentation reels
  • International clips for all three Robotech Wars
  • Character bios, model sheets, pre-production art, comic book covers, and merchandise galleries

Original Source: Robotech.com. The full press release follows; click thumbnail to enlarge box art.



“Talk about a vast and expansive sci-fi franchise…
It changed the way we looked at cartoons”
– IGN.com

THIS OCTOBER, A+E NETWORKS HOME ENTERTAINMENT WILL UNLEASH A LEGENDARY ANIME SERIES – ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL IMPORTS – IN A DELUXE COLLECTOR’S SET FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS MATERIAL

ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES

The Limited-Edition 17-Disc Set of the Program Voted as One of IGN.com’s
“Top 50 Sci-Fi Series of All Time” is Priced to Collect at $99.95 SRP and Features Four Bonus Discs with Two Hours of Brand New Content Including a “Making of Robotech” Documentary, Robotech Music Videos, a Series Overview and Much More!

Also Available Day-and-Date Will Be Three Individual “Generation Wars” Sets: THE FIRST ROBOTECH WARS (THE MACROSS SAGA), THE SECOND ROBOTECH WAR (THE ROBOTECH MASTERS) and THE THIRD ROBOTECH WAR (THE NEW GENERATION)

IN STORES OCTOBER 18

NEW YORK, NY – Long before the current live action Transformers franchise took over the box office and introduced giant alien robots to a new generation, there was a sweeping animated sci-fi epic that delivered “mecha” to the masses: Robotech. Arriving on U.S. airwaves in the mid-80s via syndication, the legendary space opera – one of the very first anime imports — helped to usher in the multi-billion dollar anime industry and now, through the cult classic curators at A+E Networks Home Entertainment, the influential series will be reborn on DVD. Working in close conjunction with original Robotech producer Harmony Gold, the franchise will be available in a handsomely-designed collector’s set featuring all 85 re-mastered episodes of the engaging and dramatic anime classic. Available for $99.95srp, the specially-priced 17-disc set ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES will also feature four exclusive bonus discs with more than 10 hours of bonus content – much of which is new to DVD. The deal was brokered by Content Media Corporation, the worldwide distributor of the series.

A sweeping science-fiction anime epic, ROBOTECH was set at the turn of the millennium, when a mysterious spacecraft crash-landed on a South Pacific island. The secrets of alien knowledge aboard this vessel were unlocked, leading to the development of “Robotechnology” and the creation of a vast arsenal of robotic “mecha” to defend the Earth against the alien threats that would eventually strike, attempting to lay claim to the mysterious power source known as “protoculture.” Told through the eyes of characters caught in a successive series of three extraterrestrial invasions, the saga was the first anime series that many fans had seen, and is often credited with the explosion of anime fandom that continues to grow in the U.S. today.

The cornerstone of a blockbuster franchise that has spawned dozens of movies, books, toys, video games and comic books, ROBOTECH was originally licensed from Japan’s Tatsunoko Studios, adapted from three different series and re-edited and re-dubbed into English. Because ROBOTECH hailed from three completely different anime series, Harmony Gold joined them into a cohesive narrative by splitting them into three distinct chapters, each representing a different generation of the saga: THE MACROSS SAGA (36 episodes), THE ROBOTECH MASTERS (24 episodes) and THE NEW GENERATION (25 episodes). These are also informally referred to as “The First Robotech War,” “The Second Robotech War” and “The Third Robotech War” respectively.

Aside from featuring all 85 half-hour episodes of the original series (re-mastered from original elements for this release), ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES also includes over ten hours of bonus programming:

  • The Making of Robotech Documentary – NEW to DVD
  • Robotech Music Videos – NEW to DVD
  • Robotech Overview – NEW to DVD
  • Alternate versions of select Robotech episodes – NEW to DVD
  • Robotech: The Movie supplementals (including several sequences NEW to DVD)
  • Macross Original Pilot – 70 minute extended version – NEW to DVD
  • Promotional reel of Robotech Launch in China – NEW to DVD
  • Over an hour of deleted scenes
  • Robotech: The Sentinels (with optional audio commentary)
  • Robotech: The Sentinels promotional video
  • Macross Original Pilot – Parts 1, 2 and 3
  • Mospeada Original Pilot – Part 1
  • Original opening and closing animations
  • Galaxy of the Stars – Harmony Gold promotional reel
  • Toy Commercial and Videogame presentation reels
  • International clips for all three Robotech Wars
  • A vast stills appendix containing character bios, model sheets, pre-production art, comic book covers, and merchandise galleries
  • And much, much more!

Voted #34 on the “Top 100 Animated Series of All Time” by IGN.com, ROBOTECH will also be released day-and-date in several additional configurations. THE FIRST ROBOTECH WAR (THE MACROSS SAGA; 5 discs), THE SECOND ROBOTECH WAR (THE ROBOTECH MASTERS; 4 discs) and THE THIRD ROBOTECH WAR (TRHE NEW GENERATION; 4 discs) will also be available for fans both new and old.

With interest in “mecha” at an all-time high, don’t miss out on this landmark in anime history from the guardians of classic TV DVD at A+E Networks Home Entertainment.

Formed in 1983, Harmony Gold is a leading production, acquisition and distribution company of quality international television programming, producing some of the most classic and history-making programs in the industry. Harmony Gold is a division of The Harmony Gold Companies, whose interests range from theatre management, real estate and finance to film and television production.

About Content Media Corporation:

Content Media Corporation plc (“Content”, formerly ContentFilm plc), is a publicly traded, global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film (formerly ContentFilm International), the film sales division, holds the rights to 200 titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television (formerly Fireworks International) is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 3,200 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile.

A+E Networks Home Entertainment, part of the Consumer Products Division of A+E Networks, is a video distributor of non-theatrical programming, featuring collectible DVD editions of the high quality programming from A&E Network, HISTORY, and Lifetime, as well as acquired classic programming and sports. A+E Networks Home Entertainment brings the best of critically acclaimed entertainment presented in award-winning packaging to the special interest category.

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ROBOTECH: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES

Pre-order date: September 20, 2011 Genre: Anime
Street date: October 18, 2011 Sug. Retail Price: $99.95
Rating: N/A Catalog #: AAAE249020
Running Time: 32 hrs., 30 mins. + bonus Screeners: Avail. upon request
Format: DVD/ 17 discs Color Artwork: Avail. upon request

THE FIRST ROBOTECH WAR (THE MACROSS SAGA)
Format: DVD/5 Discs
Running Time Approx. 15 hrs.
Sug. Retail Price: $49.95
Catalog #: AAE252270

THE SECOND ROBOTECH WAR (THE ROBOTECH MASTERS)
Format: DVD/4 Discs
Running Time Approx. 10 hrs.
Sug. Retail Price: $39.95
Catalog #: AAE252280

THE THIRD ROBOTECH WAR (THE NEW GENERATION)
Format: DVD/4 Discs
Running Time Approx. 10 hrs.
Sug. Retail Price: $39.95
Catalog #: AAE252290

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