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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Mobile Suit Gundam I
In the year 0079 of the Universal Century, the Earth Federation and its space colonies are engaged in an apocalyptic war. The rebellious Duchy of Zeon, using humanoid fighting machines called mobile suits, has all but vanquished the Federation. Now the Federation's last hope is the prototype mobile suit Gundam. When a twist of fate makes young civilian Amuro Ray the Gundam's pilot, his own battle begins - a struggle not only for the Federation's survival, but for his own.
So, following up on the subtitled trilogy release, we've got the dubbed versions of the movies, starting with the first film here. Although EG's DVD release from a few years ago offered dual audio as an option, the method RX782 employed to sync the dub was something I didn't feel I could duplicate successfully and I didn't want to simply recycle his audio files. Since I created new rips of the trilogy dub audio from the original 1999 VHS releases to try and get audio that was as clean as possible, I decided to simply re-edit the movies to match the VHS versions, allowing the dub to perfectly sync to the video. Obviously, this approach means that there has to be two encodes for each movie, which is less than optimal, but in the end, my only option.
Anyway, on to what this release has going on. As I mentioned above, this encode features newly ripped audio from a brand new, sealed copy of the VHS release of Mobile Suit Gundam I. Since this tape features Hi-Fi Stereo audio, and I happened to still own a Hi-Fi compatible VHS deck, the dub is available in proper stereo.
Additionally, for a bit of nostalgia, I've included some recreated screens matching those of the beginning of the VHS tape, albeit with some updated terminology and clips taken from the BDs. For those of you who don't much care for a little VHS throwback, the title clips are chaptered, so you can simply jump right into the movie.
At the end of the film, as is fairly standard with our releases, we have English credits for both the dub production and original Japanese production. To go along with what most people consider a terrible dub, We've added some music to the formerly silent credits in the form of a portion of the English recording of the movie's theme "A Cross of Sand", as performed by Andrew W.K. from his 2009 Japan-only album "Gundam Rock."
Lastly, as these encodes were created using the same settings as the subtitled releases, aside from the above-mentioned additions at the beginning and end, the video is identical in both versions. Since some people may be interested in this release but don't care about having it available in HD, We've included a 480p SD encode for this version.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Complete TV Series Batch: Episodes 1-49
With high expectations, human beings leave Earth to begin a new life in space colonies. However, the United Earth Sphere Alliance gains great military powers and soon seizes control of one colony after another in the name of justice and peace. The year is After Colony 195. Operation Meteor: In a move to counter the Alliance's tyranny, rebel citizens of certain colonies scheme to bring new arsenals to the Earth, disguising them as shooting stars. However, the Alliance Headquarters catches on to this operation...
One more go around with Gundam Wing, and almost certainly the last (for the series anyway, since we still have Endless Waltz remaining to be done). This release is effectively just an HD upgrade to last year's Remastered DVD batch. For those of you who never upgraded from our original 2009 release to the 2013 DVD release, you'll find the following improvements in this batch:
- A brand new HD encode from the Japanese BD boxes
- Update subtitle font
- New OP/ED credit fonts (matching R1 DVD fonts)
- New OP/ED karaoke fonts
- New title fonts/typesetting (Series title logo, episode title, eyecatch series title logo, next episode preview text, and next episode title)
- Newly re-ripped and edited dub audio from R1 DVDs
- Added tracksets
Bonus material has been carried over from the old batches and is included in the 1080p batch, however, since this batch does not include Endless Waltz, some of the bonus material included with the old batches is being held for the eventual Endless Waltz OVA+Movie/Operation Meteor batch. I have added some more new bonus material, and upgraded others to HD encodes, including the reconstructed Toonami ending. The Frozen Teardrop Picture Drama raw is included with both the 1080p and 720p batches as well, using the same encode as released earlier this year. The bonus material includes:
- Artbook - Encyclopedia Of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Japanese)
- Artbook - Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Memorials II (Japanese)
- Artbook - Gundam Wing MS Encyclopedia (Japanese)
- Artbook - Assorted Artbook Scraps (Japanese)
- NEW: Mobile Suit Illustrated 2006 Assorted Pages
- NEW: Mobile Suit Illustrated 2013 Assorted Pages
- NEW: The Official Gundam Fact File Assorted Pages
- NEW: The Official Gundam Perfect File Assorted Pages
- Artwork - Remastered DVD Covers and Inserts (Japanese)
- Artwork - Frozen Teardrop Extras (Japanese)
- NEW: Artwork - Blu-ray Menu Art
- Manga - Gundam Wing Vol. 1 & 2 (English)
- Manga - Gundam Wing: Episode Zero (English Scanlation)
- Music - Gundam Wing Best Singles
- Music - Gundam Wing OST 1-4
- Novel - Gundam Wing Frozen Teardrop Prologue - Silent Prelude (PDF Conversion)
- Video - Remastered Gundam Wing Toonami Promo Collection
- NEW: Video - Toonami 2012 April Fool's Bump Collection (480p)
- NEW: Video - Gundam Wing Toonami Promo (480p)
- NEW: Video - Gundam Wing 3 Minute R1 Series Trailer (480p)
- Video - Gundam Wing Home Video Commercials Collection (1080i)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Gundam Wing LaserDisc Commercials (Untranslated)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Gundam Wing DVD Box Commercials (Untranslated)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Gundam Wing Remastered DVD Box Commercials (Untranslated)
- NEW: Gundam Wing Blu-ray Box Commercial (Untranslated)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Video - Gundam Wing Clean OPs+ED
- NEW HD ENCODE: Video - Gundam Wing Episode 1 Preview (Untranslated)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Video - Gundam Wing Broadcast Premiere Commercials (Untranslated)
- NEW: Video - Gundam Wing Blu-ray Box 2 Minute Promo (Untranslated)
- NEW: Video - Gundam Wing Frozen Teardrop Picture Drama - A New Battle (Untranslated)
- NEW HD ENCODE: Video - Gundam Wing Toonami Ver. ED (Hardsub Credits)
As usual for BD release, we also have a FLAC Pack for use with either version of the batch (as always, rename the files to have them auto-load for the 720p version). Episode 14 has also been revised to a v2 to correct an error with the OP lyrics displaying a line too large. For those of you with the files already, a patch is available below.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Mobile Suit Gundam Trilogy
Following the success of the Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, Yoshiyuki Tomino returned in 1981 and reworked the footage into three separate compilation movies. The first two movies, Mobile Suit Gundam I and Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow, were released in 1981. The third movie, Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, was released in 1982.
Each of the three movies is largely composed of old footage from the TV series, however Tomino felt that some things could be changed for the better. Tomino removed several aspects of the show which he felt were still too super robot-esque for the real robot series he intended Gundam to be, such as the Gundam Hammer weapon. The G-Armor upgrade parts were also completely removed and replaced in the narrative by the more realistic Core Booster support fighters. The third movie also includes a substantial amount of new footage expanding on the battles of Solomon and A Baoa Qu.
This release of the trilogy is subtitled only. Our release of the dub version is coming soon, with the movies cut to accommodate the dub by matching the VHS version's length.
Currently, no bonus material is included with the batch as it is still being encoded and the physical extras need to be scanned. The batch will be replaced with one that includes the bonus material when it is ready. Anyone that downloads this batch will be able to simply replace their torrent with the new one and they will only need to download the added bonus material rather than re-download the whole batch. A FLAC pack is also available which contains lossless versions of each track. As usual, the files are named for use with the 1080p version but can be renamed to auto-load for the 720p version.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Episode 49: The Final Victor
Heero and Zechs begin their final duel against one another. Duo sets off with the Gundam engineers, who intend to rewire Peacemillion so it will destroy itself before it and Libra crash on Earth. This objective is eventually accomplished, though it kills the engineers along with Quinze. Lady Une announces the surrender of the World Nation to the moderate colony leaders in the lieu of Treize's death, who agree with her proposal that the war must end. Heero and Zechs continue fighting until they realize that it now has no meaning and Libra will destroy the world. After Zechs apparently sacrifices himself to destroy Libra, Heero uses the Wing Zero's twin buster rifle to destroy the remaining fragment of the station that has entered the atmosphere. Following the end of the war, Earth and the colonies unite together to form the Earth Sphere Unified Nation and Relena, having returned to her Darlian identity, becomes the new vice foreign minister in hopes of maintaining the peace.
Episode 48: Takeoff Into Confusion
Wufei fights mobile dolls and gets a rematch with Treize, questioning if Treize understands justice and the consequences of his actions. However, as Treize reveals that he does understand, he allows himself to be killed by Wufei's Altron Gundam. Duo finds the Gundam engineers while Dorothy reveals her own tragedies as she attempts to prove to Quatre in a fencing duel on Libra that war is the only way peace will be understood. Heero and Relena return to Peacemillion, where Heero asks Relena to believe in him before he takes off in the Wing Zero to find Zechs.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Episode 47: Collision in Space
The Gundam pilots on board Peacemillion refuse to join Treize, but still believe they must stop Libra and head off in that direction. Sally and Howard decide the only way to stop Libra is to evacuate Peacemillion and ram it into Libra's main cannon. Noin decides she would rather remain by Zechs' side than fight him.
Episode 46: Milliardo's Decision
Heero sneaks on board Libra to rescue Relena and they both go to confront Zechs, but they fail to convince him to end the war. Meanwhile, Treize, piloting the new Tallgeese II mobile suit, leads the World Nation forces into battle in space and offers to duel Zechs one-on-one to decide the fate of the world, but Zechs fires Libra's cannon as his refusal. Treize is saved thanks to the timely arrival of Lady Une in the Wing Gundam, which Heero had left behind in Luxembourg, and he orders his forces to destroy Libra.
Episode 45: Signs of the Final Battle
Hilde sneaks on board Libra to steal the blueprints and runs into Relena. When she escapes to Peacemillion, she is nearly killed until Duo arrives to fight against the rebuilt Mercrius and Vayeate, now mobile dolls programmed with Heero and Trowa's combat data. Duo reveals the information from Hilde to Heero that Relena is on Libra.
Friday, July 18, 2014 | Posted by OZC | Edit Post
Episode 44: Go Forth, Gundam Team
Relena, now on board Libra, attempts to reason with Zechs, but is imprisoned instead. After Heero installs the ZERO System in Quatre's Gundam Sandrock, Zechs adapts the system so Dorothy can control mobile dolls. Dorothy has the upper hand against the pilots until Quatre uses the ZERO System and turns the tide.
Episode 43: Target: Earth
The five Gundam pilots are reunited on board Peacemillion. Trowa, after seeing Catherine amongst the colonists of C421, borrows the Wing Zero in order to free them from a rogue OZ unit trying to blackmail the White Fang to return Libra to them, but nearly destroys them because of the ZERO System until Quatre stops him, recovering Trowa's memory in the process. Relena attempts to reason with Zechs as her shuttle approaches Libra, but he orders the firing of Libra's cannon on Earth as a direct challenge to Treize.
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