Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space is the third and final compilation movie in the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy.
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Each of the three movies are 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. The G-Armor upgrade parts were also completely removed and replaced in the narrative by the more realistic Core Booster support fighters. Hayato receives a Guncannon at Jaburo to replace the disadvantaged Guntank and this third movie also includes a substantial amount of new footage expanding on the battles of Solomon and A Baoa Qu.
The trilogy was released again both separately and in a DVD box set in America on May 7, 2002. However, said DVD is only available in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The video in the DVD boxset is identical to the Japanese special edition where most of the original voice cast members rerecorded their lines. The special edition release is digitally remastered but many of the sound effects are replaced, most notably the futuristic gun sounds being replaced by louder machine gun sound effects. Also, the music soundtrack, while not remixed is rearranged and in some cases removed from some scenes. The ending song of this movie begins at a different timestamp in the special edition. These changes were supervised by Tomino.
- When the RX-78-2 Gundam fires the beam rifle to the Rick Dom, the Dom's destruction sequence is reused from the 35th Episode, which is hit by missiles instead of the Gundam's beam rifle shot.