Unboxing: Sword Art Online – Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [UK]


With Sword Art Online – Part 1 getting a Combo Pack release within the UK, we decided to see what it had to offer to those who bought it and just like our DVD review of the series, which can be read here, we are left with mixed opinions.

The Series, as mentioned in our Review, is entertaining but does have issues and it is the same with this Combo Pack release, as the artwork, while looking good, does seem a bit basic – furthermore the disc artwork, while stylish, also feels slightly amateurish despite its hefty £24.99 retail price tag. The Disc artwork has a “lightscribe” feel to it as it features no colour other than the BBFC rating logo, furthermore other than the small “Blu-ray & DVD” logo it is hard to distinguish which disc is the Blu-ray or DVD, unlike FUNimation which tend to alter the colour slightly. Additionally (and this could be me being picky) but the disc can easily show fingerprint marks as opposed to other titles with proper coloured artwork.


It’s the picture quality itself that provides the real experience and as expected the Blu-ray is highly detailed and provides a more visually enjoyable experience than when compared to the DVD, however the Blu-ray also has its own flaws. These flaws are that the chapter points are missing, which means if you intend to skip the opening song (which is actually pretty catchy) it will skip the entire episode and move onto the next episode, which isn’t exactly something you want to experience when you’ve never watched the series before. Most Anime releases have five or six chapter points (Opening, Part A, Part B, Ending, Preview) however in Sword Art Online it only has one, the entire episode – it’s a real shame and unfortunately its a problem that also occurs in Part 2 of Sword Art Online.

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This Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack of Sword Art Online – Part 1 is a really mixed bag, same as it is with the series, its nice to have it on Blu-ray (with a DVD version thrown in for good measure) but it is a shame that the overall production quality seems rather shoddy, even the lack of extra features (which slightly improves in Part 2) is disappointing.

Sword Art Online – Part 1 is now available and it is a series worth watching in High Definition, but unfortunately due to Sword Art Online’s high price tag (for each individual volume) I would wait until they drop in price before taking a dip into it. Sword Art Online – Part 1 is now available within the UK, with Part 2 being released on the 27th January 2014.

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.

3 Responses to Unboxing: Sword Art Online – Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [UK]

  1. Kieran says:

    Great unboxing video! I’m a big fan of Combo releases and can’t wait to get my hands on Part 2 at the end of the month. I do agree with you that it’d be better if the discs were different in some way, though!

  2. Gaugbear says:

    Is it locked to the UK?

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