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Macross Movie Blu-ray to Have Changes From 1984 Original

posted on 2012-07-20 11:00 EDT
Namco Bandai Games confirms July 26 BD will have altered shots as part of retakes, restoration

Namco Bandai Games has confirmed with ANN that its July 26 Japanese Blu-ray Disc release of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? film will have changes from the film's original 1984 version. The Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross: Ai, Oboete Imasu ka Hybrid Pack will contain two versions of the film, a "Complete Edition (HD Remaster Edition)" and the "Theatrical Release Edition," which the viewer can select between.

Both versions in the Hybrid Pack will have changes from film's original 1984 version. According to Namco Bandai, the two Hybrid Pack versions both have shots altered as part of the retakes and restoration under the supervision of director Shoji Kawamori.

The Blu-ray Disc release is called a "Hybrid Pack" since it also contains a PlayStation 3 game, My Boyfriend's a Pilot 2012.

To promote the Hybrid Pack's release, Namco Bandai screened a new version of the film in a Tokyo theater earlier this month. Audience members reported that at least two violent shots of the film were altered in the screenings, but Namco Bandai did not specify at the time if the Blu-ray Disc Hybrid Pack will also have changes.

Namco Bandai Games will release the regular edition of the Hybrid Pack for 7,140 yen (about US$88), and the limited-edition 30th Anniversary Box will cost 13,800 yen (US$171).

Thanks to Gwyn Campbell, Adrian Lozano, and Renato Rivera for the news tips.

Image © 1984 Big West © NBGI

Update: Namco Bandai Games updated its online question-and-answer section to address the changes. The Hybrid Pack's "Complete Edition (HD Remaster Edition)" and "Theatrical Release Edition" of the film are the same except for different prologue and ending sequences. Namco Bandai Games reiterated online that both Hybrid Pack versions have changes from the film's original 1984 version.


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