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tomahawkchoppa 04-09-2012 01:41 AM

Akira on Blu Ray?
 
Hey guys -- maybe a year ago I saw "Akira" on Blu Ray at best buy for like $30 -- and I didn't have enough expendable income at the time so I didn't pick it up.

Now, it's absolutely nowhere to be found, except on like Amazon through sellers, selling it for like $100!! Is it out of print permanently? Is a re-release being planned possibly or some kind of ultimo edition?

Dr Kain 04-09-2012 02:44 PM

It's out of print. It was initially going to just be one edition, but because it sold out immediately, Bandai Visual decided to do a second run, and I believe that was it.

As for it being rereleased, good luck. Most Japanese items do not get rereleased, so once they are gone, they are gone. That does not mean it won't happen, as they may do a cheaper version in the future, but I doubt we will ever see it hit the American market now that Funimation is the only full time anime company.

project-blu 04-09-2012 02:56 PM

and good luck getting it from odd retailers. trust me, i checked when i saw it hit 60 bucks.

a reference disc, one of the most beloved anime features ever, and out of print. yeah, you really missed out. big time.

Godstar 04-09-2012 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by project-blu (Post 2311621)
and good luck getting it from odd retailers. trust me, i checked when i saw it hit 60 bucks.

a reference disc, one of the most beloved anime features ever, and out of print. yeah, you really missed out. big time.

Yep, I bought it when it came out and it's one of the prizes in my anime collection. The video is top notch and the audio is especially amazing. That's one thing about Japanese games and movies that come over here, if you don't jump on it immediately you pay for it later through resellers.

Boston007 04-09-2012 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr Kain (Post 2311613)
It's out of print. It was initially going to just be one edition, but because it sold out immediately, Bandai Visual decided to do a second run, and I believe that was it.

As for it being rereleased, good luck. Most Japanese items do not get rereleased, so once they are gone, they are gone. That does not mean it won't happen, as they may do a cheaper version in the future, but I doubt we will ever see it hit the American market now that Funimation is the only full time anime company.

What a shame, I liked this movie. Oh well. Bandai so dumb

Godstar 04-09-2012 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Boston007 (Post 2311643)
What a shame, I liked this movie. Oh well. Bandai so dumb

They're out of business! Not sure if it's really there fault or stupidity.

VincentVinyl 04-09-2012 08:04 PM

It is still widely available in the UK as a steelbook and relatively cheap:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akira-Collec...4012546&sr=8-1

Sadly it is locked to Region B, so you would need a region-free player. Seems the UK version is a direct port of the US edition, as it is typicall for the distributor.

Boston007 04-09-2012 09:52 PM

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Originally Posted by VincentVinyl (Post 2311729)
It is still widely available in the UK as a steelbook and relatively cheap:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akira-Collec...4012546&sr=8-1

Sadly it is locked to Region B, so you would need a region-free player. Seems the UK version is a direct port of the US edition, as it is typicall for the distributor.

SHIT! I have a PS3. Otherwise I'd grab this

pantsofdoom 04-10-2012 02:32 PM

Damn, I had no idea that it went oop. Glad I bought it when I had the chance. It's a real shame though that people can't purchase this masterpiece.

Dr Kain 04-10-2012 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Godstar (Post 2311671)
They're out of business! Not sure if it's really there fault or stupidity.

No, that is Bandai USA, Bandai Visual is the Japanese company, who were the ones that released it in Japan and America at the same time.


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