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Megazone 23 - Video Releases

 

This section contains information on legit English language releases of the first part of "Megazone 23". A complete listing of English language video releases of all three parts of "Megazone 23" can be found here. Video releases of "Robotech the movie" can be found here. In November 2003, ADV Films UK announced on it's website that it had acquired all three parts of "Megazone 23", but the series was never released there. ADV Films has since discontinued operation in the UK as well as the US. Note: Please do not ask me where bootleg or downloads of this movie can be found. If you email me regarding bootlegs or downloads, don't expect any response.

 

Megazone 23 Part One

Country of Origin: USA
Company: Streamline Pictures
Format: NTSC VHS, English Dubbed
Runtime: 81 minutes
Catalogue Number: SPV 90913
Release Date: 20 July 1995
Availability: Out of Print

The first uncut video release of this film in English. Like the majority of Streamline Picture's titles, it was released as an English dub only. The dub is completely new, and contains no material from "Robotech the movie".

 

Megazone 23 Part 1

Country of Origin: USA
Company: Image Entertainment
Format: 
NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles
Runtime: 81 minutes
Catalogue Number: ID5550SEDVD
Release Date: 10 August 1999
Availability: Out of Print

The first English DVD release of this OVA. It contains the English dub from the 1995 VHS release, as well newly translated English subtitles timed to the Japanese language track. This release was sub-licensed by Image Entertainment from Orion Pictures, the owners of Streamline Pictures.

 

Megazone 23 Part 1/Megazone 23 Part 1 with Collector's Box

Country of Origin: USA
Company: ADV Films
Format: 
NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles
Runtime: 81 minutes
Catalogue Number: DMZ/001 (Disc Only), DMZ/BX1 (Disc with Collector's Box)
Release Date: 1 June 2004
Availability: Out of Print

After the original Image Entertainment disc being out of print for many years, ADV Films re-released the OVA in 2004. It contains a brand new English dub with a new cast, the Japanese language track and English subtitles. As a bonus there is a commentary track with Matt Greenfield, director of the English dub and two other ADV staff, David Williams and Janice Williams. In the commentary they discuss a few of the in-jokes and the history of the OVA and how they dubbed the title. This disc also contains a mini poster with some liner notes taken from the 2000 Japanese DVD box release on the reverse (which don't seem to be edited that well and at points are barely translated). On the actual disc it self, there is a gallery of images from early drafts of "Megazone 23", "Omega City 23", as well as design reference sheets. The disc was also released in special edition with a collector's box, which had space for the other two "Megazone 23" releases and included a small mouse pad. Unfortunately the box is no more than a very thin piece of cardboard folded into a box, and isn't very sturdy.

 

Megazone 23 Part 1

Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Company: 
Asia Video Publishing
Format: NTSC DVD, Region 3, Japanese Dialogue and Cantonese Dub with English and Traditional Chinese Subtitles
Runtime: 81 minutes
Catalogue Number: Unknown
Release Date: 7 December 2004
Availability: Out of Print

This DVD release from Asia Video contains the Japanese dialogue, a Cantonese dub, traditional Chinese subtitles and English subtitles. The disc contains no extras.

 

Megazone 23 Complete Collection

Country of Origin: USA
Company: ADV Films
Format: 
NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles (3 discs)
Runtime: 225 minutes
Catalogue Number: DMZ/BX2
Release Date: 11 December 2007
Availability: Out of Print

A box set of all three "Megazone 23" OVAs in a three disc keepcase. The artwork combines the main promotional image for "Megazone 23 Part II" with an edited image of Eji Tanaka from a promotional image from "Megazone 23 Part III", with garish false colours. It is easily ranks as one of the worst ADV Films DVD cover art. The on disc extras are identical to the single discs, but it does not contain the fold up posters from those discs.

 

Megazone 23 Complete Collection 

Country of Origin: USA
Company: ADV Films
Format: 
NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles (3 discs)
Runtime: 225 minutes
Catalogue Number: DMZ/100
Release Date: 13 January 2009
Availability: Out of Print

A re-issue of the previously released three disc set of all three "Megazone 23" OVAs. This time the vastly improved artwork comes from the third OVA.

 

Megazone 23 Omega Edition Basic Set

Country of Origin: USA
Company: AnimEigo
Format: Region Free, NTSC Blu-ray, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles (2 discs)
Runtime: 360 minutes
Catalogue Number: AV20-200
Release Date: March 2021
Availability: Out of Print

Produced via Kickstarter and only avalible to people living in the US, Canada, the UK and all of Europe with the exception of Italy. Contains all three parts of "Megazone 23" on two blu-ray discs, with all parts being a new 4K telecine scan from the original negatives. The English dubs include the 2004 ADV Films versions as well as the 1995 Streamline Pictures dub for the first OVA and the 1987 Harmony Gold English dub of "Megazone 23 Part II" with the 10 minute ending of "Robotech the movie" as a separate feature as per the Japanese blu-ray box release. Unlike those releases, the footage does not come with "burnt in" Japanese subtitles. Other extras included the commentary track from the 2004 ADV Films release of the first OVA (with Matt Greenfield, director of the English dub and two other ADV staff, David Williams and Janice Williams) and a new second commentary track for the first OVA with Gaku Miyao (sub mecha designer and key animator) and Hiroki Sato (animator), a new 10 minute "Secret History" documentary on the OVA, setting material and colour artwork galleries and an assortment of "Megazone 23" trailers which play subtitled within the menu itself. Physical extras include a foldout poster of the Haruhiko Mikimoto art used on the Japanese blu-ray box set and the list if all the backers on the reverse with a promotional artwork piece from 1985, a small sheet of stickers and a 22 page liner notes booklet with bonus colour manga by Gaku Miyao which features background characters of backers who funded higher tiers.

 

Megazone 23 Omega Edition Premium Set

Country of Origin: USA
Company: AnimEigo
Format: Region Free, NTSC Blu-ray, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles (2 discs)
Runtime: 360 minutes
Catalogue Number: AV20-201
Release Date: March 2021
Availability: Out of Print

Produced via Kickstarter and only avalible to people living in the US, Canada, the UK and all of Europe with the exception of Italy. Contains all three parts of "Megazone 23" on two blu-ray discs, with all parts being a new 4K telecine scan from the original negatives. The English dubs include the 2004 ADV Films versions as well as the 1995 Streamline Pictures dub for the first OVA and the 1987 Harmony Gold English dub of "Megazone 23 Part II" with the 10 minute ending of "Robotech the movie" as a separate feature as per the Japanese blu-ray box release. Unlike those releases, the footage does not come with "burnt in" Japanese subtitles. Other extras included the commentary track from the 2004 ADV Films release of the first OVA (with Matt Greenfield, director of the English dub and two other ADV staff, David Williams and Janice Williams) and a new second commentary track for the first OVA with Gaku Miyao (sub mecha designer and key animator) and Hiroki Sato (animator), a new 10 minute "Secret History" documentary on the OVA, setting material and colour artwork galleries and an assortment of "Megazone 23" trailers which play subtitled within the menu itself. Physical extras include a foldout poster of the Haruhiko Mikimoto "Eve" art used on the Japanese blu-ray box set and the list if all the backers on the reverse with a promotional artwork piece from 1985, a small sheet of stickers and a 22 page liner notes booklet with bonus colour manga by Gaku Miyao which features background characters of backers who funded higher tiers. The premium set also comes housed in a chipboard box using the same Haruhiko Mikimoto "Eve" art used on the Japanese blu-ray box set and a second booklet 172 pages in length featuring messages from Haruhiko Mikimoto, Gaku Miyao, Shinji Aramaki and Hiroki Sato, as well as colour artwork and extensive setting materials from all three parts of the franchise.

 

Megazone 23

Country of Origin: USA
Company: AnimEigo
Format: Region Free, NTSC Blu-ray, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles
Runtime: 360 minutes
Catalogue Number: ANM-DV-1699
Release Date: 10 May 2022
Availability: Pre-Order

Re-authored single disc retail version of previously issued "Megazone 23" Kickstarter sets. Contains all three parts of "Megazone 23" with all parts being a new 4K telecine scan from the original negatives. The English dubs include the 2004 ADV Films versions as well as the 1995 Streamline Pictures dub for the first OVA and the 1987 Harmony Gold English dub of "Megazone 23 Part II" with the 10 minute ending of "Robotech the movie" as a separate feature as per the Japanese blu-ray box release. Unlike those releases, the footage does not come with "burnt in" Japanese subtitles. Other extras included the commentary track from the 2004 ADV Films release of the first OVA (with Matt Greenfield, director of the English dub and two other ADV staff, David Williams and Janice Williams) and a new second commentary track for the first OVA with Gaku Miyao (sub mecha designer and key animator) and Hiroki Sato (animator), setting material and colour artwork galleries and an assortment of "Megazone 23" trailers which play subtitled within the menu itself.

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