GeorgeC wrote:All right, another Blu-Ray anime release I can put next to the overpriced release of Wings of Honneamise which I know I'll get!
Is Wings of Honneamise
coming to Blu-Ray in the U.S. .. or only in Japan ..?
If it's only in Japan ..
.. does Blu-Ray port over DVD's anachronistic 'Region Code' system? IOW, would I have to have a 'R2' or 'region-free' BRD player, in order to view it ..?
Region-free, I don't know.
Sure, Sony and the Blu-Ray backers say that now, but the format is still copy-protected (for the moment), too. The B-R forum could always impose a de facto region coding through software in the future in a mandatory firmware update. That wouldn't surprise me in the least.
Blu-Ray expensive, YES!
Bandai Visual USA wants $80 for a DVD/Blu-Ray set of Wings of Honneamise.
You can't buy the DVD separate from the set.
You can't get the Blu-Ray separate from the set.
It's their insane pricing schemes that have anime fans pulling their hair out.
BV USA just doesn't understand the United States isn't Japan and that domestic anime fans won't put up with their business practices.
Sure, most anime fans in the States are clueless and don't appreciate how good they have it over Japanese otaku, but most of us aren't going to pay $30+ for an hour of anime let alone $80 for a 20-year-old film.
At least with Patlabor 1 and 2, fans had a chance on whether to get the movie alone or the deluxe sets.
My guess is that BV USA lost money on the Patlabor DVD singles and were convinced that for as few hardcore fans as there are that higher-priced discs were the way to go. BV USA believes getting anime out in the USA a few months after the Japanese release at only a slightly reduced price is going to reduce pirating?
I'm still scratching my head over that thinking. I just think the high prices will cause sales to drop and bootlegs to rise. Right now, there is no happy medium and anime is very expensive to collect over the long haul.
I think the BV USA pricing strategy is ultimately going to backfire and that BV USA will join Streamline Pictures, CPM, Urban Vision, and Toei as companies that just don't quite get the American anime market and its tastes and price-threshholds.