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News ArticlesJune 12, 2004
Open Letter to Late Night with Conan O'Brien
In response to Pierre Bernard's "Recliner of Rage" segment on Robotech. Oh, heavens to Betsy! The outrage!
Author: Steve Yun

Conan O'Brien's show on NBC held a segment called "Pierre Bernard's Recliner of Rage," a short editorial where the show's graphic designer rants about important issues of the day. In the latest installment, Pierre complained that there were too many Robotech DVD's. Here's our response:

Dear Pierre Bernard,

There I was minding my own business at 1 in the morning watching my favorite TV show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, when lo and behold on comes "Pierre Bernard's Recliner of Rage." In the past, Mr Bernard, I found your segment to be very engaging and was relieved to know that someone else out there understood the important issues that are facing America today. I finally found a hero who could articulate the frustrations that average folk such as myself are faced with, such as the difficulty of finding the right markers these days or dealing with some of the annoying characters on Stargate SG-1.

However, I was horrified to discover that for this particular episode of the "Recliner of Rage" you decided to pick on Robotech. It started out innocently enough. You stated your enthusiasm for Robotech and described it as a show about "a little town on Earth that gets taken into space in a bubble, and then battles evil aliens with giant robots." Although it was a very rough generalization with minor inaccuracies, it was forgivable. In reality it is a show about a little Chinese girl who saves the world from giant aliens by singing love songs, but it's understandable how you didn't catch that since you have only collected up to episode 25 of the VHS tapes.

However, you claimed that the company that first released Robotech on DVD went out of business. This is completely untrue, as only one company has ever released Robotech on DVD, and that would be ADV. ADV is still going strong today and there was never any indication that they would ever go out of business, unless you count that one time three years ago when I played a prank on our fans and pretended that ADV was going to go out of business before they could finish putting out Robotech on DVD. If you heard these rumors and thought that they were true, relax, there is no need to give me any more guff over it because my boss already yelled at me about it.

On top of this, you claimed to have searched online for information about the Robotech DVDs and that you were confused by the myriad releases with repackaging and remastering. On the top of our website, you could have found the "DVD" link which would have led you to our DVD guide. In this guide, you will see a listing of the different DVD releases with clear explanations that will be understandable even to a graphic designer who has trouble making his own custom Viewmaster reels!

At the very end of your show, you challenged us to come up with a single comprehensive DVD collection of Robotech so that you could find out what happened to the little town in the space bubble. This is my counter-challenge to you, Pierre Bernard: send me your address and I'll send you the complete Robotech series on DVD! Take that, Pierre Bernard!

Steve Yun
Harmony Gold

P.S. For those of you who have no idea what this is all about and missed the Monday rerun on Comedy Central, you can see the original NBC broadcast of the segment in the Gallery

P.S. For the humor-impaired: this article is made in jest.


On the Conan O'Brien show, they held a segment called "Pierre Bernard's Recliner of Rage," a short editorial where the show's graphic designer is allowed to rant about the important issues of the day. In the latest installment, Pierre complained that there were too many Robotech DVD's.
A picture of Pierre Bernard in his earlier days, when he spoke about issues that mattered to America, such as the difficulty of finding good professional-grade markers.
Recently, Pierre has not only turned crankier in his tirade about Robotech DVD's, but he has also made many factual errors and inaccurate claims. He use to have his finger on the pulse of America. Where did he go wrong?
Conan O'Brien is too ashamed of this segment to show his face. We sympathize!
With our easy to understand charts, you'll learn about the different Robotech DVD releases and go back to buying more Robotech DVD's in no time!

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