Unboxing: The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 (Blu-ray) [UK]

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Seeing as MVM Entertainment have released The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 onto Blu-ray, and because we liked it so much (as seen in our Review of the DVD), we decided to venture and get one so that we could unboxing it; so if you’ve been wondering what the Blu-ray set of The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 is like then here it is!

To start off with the Blu-ray release of The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 is identical to that of its DVD counterpart; with the only difference being the increased picture quality and Blue case; everything else, such as episode count, artwork and disc extras remain the same. Despite this i’d still recomend going for the Blu-ray, mainly because its only a few quid more than the DVD but because its a ‘better quality product’ – espiecally compared to most MVM Entertainment releases.

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The inside of the set is where it gets interesting; as both Blu-ray discs are littered with logos and copyright warnings; but what makes it interesting is that the copyright warning is directly aimed at Australia and New Zealand; so its safe to say that MVM Entertainment are using the same discs that are being used in Australia. Basically if you were to order Hanabees set in australia the disc artwork would be exactly the same – this ‘assumption’ is then further backed up by the inclusion of the australian ratings board (and Hanabee’s logo) being ncluded on the disc artwork. Of course if you aren’t interested in the disc artwork there is some cover-art on the inside which also lists the episodes that are included with this set.

All-in-All The Blu-ray release of The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 is what you’d expect it to be; the entire first season in high definition placed across two Blu-ray discs inside a standard amaray case; but of course the good news is that the artwork, packaging and design are all top quality – something which MVM Entertainment are usually hit and miss on.

The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray within the UK.

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.

4 Responses to Unboxing: The Familiar of Zero – Season 1 (Blu-ray) [UK]

  1. Hourin says:

    Hey Scott
    Lately I notice some anime blurays I bought have this problem with subtitles and audio, that on my PS3 menu I try to change either the audio and subtitles throughout all the episodes, it does not work so I have to resort to popup menus to change it of course this comes with the standard Japanese audio with Eng subs which is fixed. Quite an hassle switching audio and subs, I prefer having English audio with English subtitles. Not sure if this is an isolated problem since I don’t have access to an bluray player.
    I take you have an PS3 right? Can see you if it works on yours.
    It is Jormungand and Fam, the sliver wing.

    Thansk

    • Scott says:

      Hi,
      There is nothing wrong with your PS3 (or the discs themselves) its just that the subtitles have been restricted to the Japanese audio only.

      Long-Story-Short some Japanese license holders request that the English Subtitles are ‘restricted’ to the Japanese Audio.

      Furthermore you are aware that the English subtitles are a translation of the Japanese dialogue and are not the same as the words spoken in the English dub.

      • Hourin says:

        Hey
        That explains things, I’m aware of the English subtitles but due to being hearing impaired its a lot easier. Does that mean all bluray titles have that locked function across all regions?

      • Scott says:

        Yes; that is correct. If you imported the American (or even Australian) release of the same series the subtitles will still be locked to the Japanese Audio.

        Of course not all Blu-ray releases have the English subtitles locked to the Japanese audio, but until you put the disc in the player you just won’t know.

        When possible i’ll list if the English subtitles can be removed in our reviews; but sometimes it slips my mind 😉

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