Cowboy Bebop Comparison – Which is Superior DVD or Blu-ray?

Anime Limited’s debut Blu-ray Release is the first half of Cowboy Bebop, however considering the age of the series (and the amount of times it has been released) is it worth having a Blu-ray Release for it?

To me (and many others) the answer will obviously be “Yes!” but to the standard viewer (and to those who don’t own a Blu-ray Player) the answer would most likely be “No!”, which is a shame seeing as the High Definition version offers so much more, and that’s just in visual quality.

Blu-ray Screenshot (Taken from the Upcoming Cowboy Bebop – Box 1 Collection):

cowboy_bebop_hd_1

DVD Screenshot (Taken from the BEEZ Released Cowboy Bebop: Remix Collection):

cowboy_bebop_sd_1

-Thanks to @Robert88UK for the DVD Screenshot.

This is just a ‘small’ example of the differences between High Definition (Blu-ray) and Standard Definition (DVD), however it also shows if a HD Re-master process is done correctly the final product can rival shows that have been created in High Definition.

The Blu-ray (High Definition) screenshot was taken from the upcoming Anime Limited Blu-ray, which uses the newly created HD Masters from Japan, but it’s worth noting that the DVD (Standard Definition) Screenshot was taken from the BEEZ Released “Remix Collection” which featured a re-mastered Audio and improved picture quality. While the Blu-ray will use the  Japanese HD Masters its unclear if the Anime Limited DVD Release (which is released in September) will also use the newer masters instead of the previously released ‘Remix’ edition. If the upcoming DVD release features the newer masters then the picture quality will improve slightly, but it still won’t be as good as the Blu-ray.

Anime Limited’s debut Blu-ray release of Cowboy Bebop – Box 1 will be available on the 29th July 2013.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

One Response to Cowboy Bebop Comparison – Which is Superior DVD or Blu-ray?

  1. Pingback: Blu-ray Review: Cowboy Bebop – Box 1 | AnimeBlurayUK

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