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Discotek Media will release Cybersix on DVD in 2014

This is a pretty wild coincidence as just a few weeks ago I was thinking about how awesome it would be if Discotek released Cybersix on DVD. The long time supporter of classic anime titles announced a 2014 release for the 13 episode series on Facebook. The 1999 television show was adapted from an Argentinian comic book series of the same name by Japanese animation studio TMS. Cybersix had a brief run on FOX Kids in the U.S. but will mostly be remembered as an iconic series on Teletoon in the late 90s and early 00s. If you’re reading this blog you’re likely familiar with the show, so there’s no point in a plot synopsis here. Continue reading

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Funimation will release the 1996 Canadian Dragon Ball Z dub on DVD this August

Remember this? Well, we now know what that is:

rockthedragon_edited_largeThe original broadcast version of DBZ!

The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, the Saiyans have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own.

With the fate of his family, friends, and the entire human race hanging in the balance, Goku, the Earths greatest hero, must rise to meet the approaching threat. As he prepares for the fight of his life, Goku embarks on an epic journey that will take him to other worlds, pit him against new and old enemies alike, and force him to confront the dark secrets of his own past. At the end of this path, the most powerful opponent he has ever faced awaits: the evil Saiyan Prince Vegeta!

This collector’s edition features the original Canadian voice cast and opening theme song, “Rock the Dragon”!

Contains episodes 1-53 plus movies 1-3 (Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and Tree of Might) and a hardbound, full-color 48-page book which showcases the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today.

Yep, Funimation is re-releasing the 1996 edited TV dub of Dragon Ball Z. It’s a weird decision since for the last 14 or so years the company has ignored the existence of this version of the show. I’m not sure this dub should be re-released. The script was liberally translated and led to such errors like Vegeta indirectly calling Bardock a brilliant scientist. In terms of editing it’s got to be stated that these 53 episodes cover the equivalent of about 76 uncut episodes. But hey, I guess Funimation can actually use the original delivery of a certain infamous line about Power Levels …
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Funimation to release a potential Ocean redub of Dragon Ball Z on DVD?

FN01204 This is going to be a long post … Following an early leak via solicitations, AAA Anime, a distributor of official anime merchandise to independent retailers in North America has put up a rather interesting listing, titled “Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 Saiyan Saga (DVD Box Set) (Ocean Dub) (DVDs)“. Funimation is no stranger to re-releasing Dragon Ball Z, but this one in particular is almost baffling. AAA Anime’s description of the release:

From Funimation! The original 29 episodes of Dragonball Z have been redubbed by the fan-favorite Ocean team! Here’s where it all started! Goku learns of his alien heritage when his brother arrives on Earth and kidnaps Gohan! After a battle that costs Goku’s life, Piccolo takes Gohan into the wild country for special training and the rest of the Earth’s defenders gather to train for the arrival of two more Saiyans: Nappa and Vegeta!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time listed for YTV premiere on July 9, DVD release in question *UPDATE* TV Broadcast may be false alarm

As schedule wiz Mohji points out scheduling site Zap2it lists the third Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (under its Japanese title of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time”) as airing the on July 9, 2011 at 12AM. This would be the movie’s television debut, and I guess an apology for not screening the film in Canada.

IN TRUE 3D

While Zap2it is almost always correct in their listings (as they receive there’s from broadcasters) I’m not 100% convinced that the film will debut at this time. Firstly, 12AM isn’t the kind of timeslot YTV debuts films at. 12AM is a timeslot where they’ll showcase an encore presentation of an earlier broadcast of that night. The film is currently only set for that one broadcast. Secondly, the listing on Zap2it is almost all linked to the Japanese staff, from voice actors, to even the title. The Japanese version wouldn’t air on YTV.

However, that doesn’t mean YTV won’t air the film. It could simply have been put on the schedule mistakenly (like a certain show) jumping the gun. We do know 4Kids (the franchise’s US licensor) was selling the movie to international broadcasters, and that YTV bought into 4Kids with another batch of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds episodes. But would they allow a Canadian broadcaster to air it before they air it on the CW4Kids? Would they even allow a broadcast before the DVD release?

This is not 3D, but I sure fooled you!

Speaking of which, its DVD release is in question. As I mentioned on a few social networking sites, I became a bit concerned for the film’s home media release when no Canadian retailers had put up pages relating to the release (after various US retailers had put up pre-order pages for July 19). I grew slightly concerned, and reached out to 4Kids for a response on if this DVD would be US-only. They never got back to me. That’s when I noticed something – the US release seemed questionable. I checked over the distributor’s website (in this case, it’s A&E Home Video), and saw nothing Yu-Gi-Oh! related scheduled. I thought, “Maybe they don’t advertise third party titles?”. But then I checked Amazon.com, and instead of asking me to pre-order. It told me the film was no longer available. So I checked Wal-Mart.com, and sure enough the film was pushed back to the generic place holder date of December 31, 2012. It’s not getting released in July in North America. Though, it seems that Manga Entertainment UK’s Uncut, and Bi-lingual release of the film (which also includes Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon – a card originally given away with the screenings of the film) will still take place on July 25, 2011. I’d certainly hope that 3D/2D Blu-Ray is region-free…

But here comes the inevitable question of why this US release seems to not be happening. Well, as someone who isn’t in the know in this specific situation, it’s pretty easy to point the finger at the legal fight 4Kids Entertainment is in with NAS, and TV Tokyo (the Japanese production houses behind Yu-Gi-Oh!). Especially given it’s a lawsuit stemming from home video distribution, and 4Kids supposedly hiding money earned from Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD, and VHS releases.

One thing I can say for certain is this, if, and maybe even when YTV (I’d suggest checking out YTV.com’s online schedule for the 9th, and seeing if the film is listed there as the air date) broadcasts this film, it won’t be in 3D. So while it’s a nice way to bring the film to Canadians, we’re still missing some of the cool things US, UK, and Japanese audiences got to see.

UPDATE

As noted by a few members, YTV.com’s online schedule list Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light for this 12AM broadcast. It appears this may have been a false alarm all along.

Beast Wars (Beasties) DVD Sets Won’t Be Released In Canada

Shout Factory’s upcoming DVD re-release of Beast Wars will not be heading to Canada, so says producer Brian Ward. Responding to a forum user asking about the lack of shipping for these sets to Canada, he responded with:

As for Canada, these rights weren’t Hasbro’s to license, as far as I know. My understanding is that Alliance has these, due to their involvement with the series in the ’90s. That’s only my understanding. I have no idea why they’re the license holder. But Canada was not on the table.

In a rare case of Canada-exclusive licensing, it appears these sets will not be released in Canada due to Alliance Atlantis having the rights for home distribution in Canada. Alliance had previously helped distribute the show, and had released VHS, and DVD versions of the series in Canada. Despite the fact the show was known on broadcast as “Beasties”, their releases all used the “Beast Wars” moniker.

As of this writing Alliance does not plan to release their own version of these sets. It’s a truly disappointing piece of news given these sets would be a really affordable way to get back into the series that many held quite dear.

Beast Wars (known in Canada as “Beasties” due to broadcaster concern) ran 15 years ago on YTV, and became a staple example of quality Canadian animation. Running for 52 episodes the series (and its sequel – Beast Machines) became a fixture on YTV, and is considered by many to be the best Transformer show. Alongside ReBoot the series is considered MainFrame Entertainment’s best.

Shout Factory’s first dose of Beast Wars is scheduled for a US release on June 14. I’d advise those interested to import a copy. I know I will.

ReBoot Season 1 & 2 Complete Collection to be released March 1, 2011, Mainframe Collector’s Edition Detailed

Shout! Factory has announced a March 1, 2011 release date for their first ReBoot DVD release. The set will contain the first 23 episodes, which comprise the first and second season, and retail for $29.93. This set will be divided over 4 separate DVDs, and contain various extras, such as special commentary by producer Christopher Brough, designer and storyboard artist Blair Peters and animator Zeke Norton. The set for season three and four will be released later this year.

The Matrix of Leadership Edition

Later this year will also see another new ReBoot release, ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition Complete Series DVD box. The 9-DVD set will contain more than 18 hours which is the the entire series, and all the extra features the season sets include. On top of that the set will include a special 24-page collectible book and a limited-edition lenticular collectors card of Dot’s diner. This limited release will be available on March 1, 2011 Shout! Factory’s online store, before hitting mass retail later this year. This set is likely to set you back at least $70. Canadians interested should note that Shout! has a special $9.99 shipping rate, but due to some errors, this price will only apply if only one copy of just the complete collection is in your basket.

ReBoot finally gets a DVD release

Shout! Factory, and Rain Maker Entertainment announced last night that they have plans in place for the first computer animated television series to finally hit DVD. The series co-created by Gavin Blair at Vancouver based Mainframe Entertainment (Creators of Beasties/Beast Wars, and Shadow Raiders/War Planet among other things, eventually bought by Rainmaker) in 1994 for YTV became a fairly large hit with considerable merchandise being produce, and broadcasts worldwide (a notable one being the censored ABC broadcast in the US). The series spawned four seasons, and two TV movies before a lack of funding ended the show with a cliff hanger. That didn’t stop the show from becoming a fixture of Canadian television, airing to this very day (on Teletoon Retro). However, rights issues, and weird releases left fans without a proper home video release of the series. There were plans to create spinoff shows, but nothing outside of that webcomic (which you can read at Reboot.com) ever really materialized. Sure, there is that movie that’s been in development for ages…

Anyways, Shout! has the rights to distribute the series on DVD, and on digital store fronts (so expect to see it on things like the PlayStation Network video store, or Netflix). Given this is Shout!, I do hope they’ll include a stack load of extras, and commentaries. Although, I’m not sure I’ll have to hope, as the press release states the first release will be of a complete series collectors box (who wants to bet it’ll be in the shape of a game cube?), and that’s usually a good indicator of a stacked release, if their $100+ sets of Transformers, and GI Joe are anything to go by. For those who don’t want to drop $100+ for all of ReBoot at once next year (you should!), I’d expect Shout! to break up the complete series release into single season sets. That is, assuming the show doesn’t tank entirely with the initial release. Those expecting Blu-Ray shouldn’t. Shout! is a smaller scale company who doesn’t really do Blu-Ray. Not to mention the fact that ReBoot was rendered in standard definition, so unless someone digs up 16 year old computers with the shows files in tact, and re-renders everything in HD, a Blu-Ray release wouldn’t provide a huge increase in picture quality.

I’ll get to the Metajets Teletoon news eventually…