Unboxing: Attack on Titan – Season 1 (Blu-ray) [UK]
05/09/2016 Leave a comment
Earlier in the year Manga Entertainment UK re-released the first season of Attack on Titan as a complete season box set in an attempt to not only fix concerns over the first half of the series, which saw the bonus features stripped onto a DVD as part of the Deluxe Collector’s Edition (which we unboxed here); but to give potential newcomers to the franchise everything they would need within a single purchase. So is this Attack on Titan Blu-ray (which is also available on DVD) worth it? or is it just another missed oppurtunity by MangaUK? Well let’s take a closer look in our unboxing.
To start with this Attack on Titan – Season 1 release features two stand-a-lone amaray cases, entitled Part 1 and Part 2, bundled together in a thin carded sleeve and offers a similar experience to that of the previous release(s); of course this time the box that holds them actually says ‘Series 1’ and ‘Complete Series’ as opposed to the previous sleeve (which was bundled with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition of Part 1) that simply said Part 1 one of the front. While it’s nice that this ‘issue’ has been resolved it’s disappointing that a chipboard artbox – like those used with FUNimation releases – as it would have given this set a bit more value to it. Ironically enough that’s not the only disappointment as upon opening this set you will discover that Part 2 remains exactly the same as its previous stand-a-lone release and it’s only Part 1 that has undergone the re-authoring and manufacturing process.
Is this a bad thing? Not entirely. Part 1, which featured episodes 1 – 13, was often critised for having the bonus features from the Blu-ray disc stripped onto a DVD and as such MangaUK have fixed this by releasing a modified version of Part 1 (with the bonus features in-tact on the Blu-ray) as part of this Complete Series set. This ‘fixed’ Part 1 release is never going to be released on it’s own as upon looking at the packaging you will notice that a barcode is not included; where as Part 2 does have a barcode. The bonus features on Part 2 were never stripped from the Blu-ray disc and as such in order to cut production costs (in half) MangaUK have simply bundled in the previously released Part 2 set with their newly authored Part 1 release to offer this complete series collection. Basically the Part 1 included in this set has been newly authored strictly for this Complete Series release; where as the Part 2 inside this release is the same one that MangaUK had previously released.
Complicated back-story aside the disc contents and presentation remain exactly the same as their previous Part 1 and Part 2 counterparts; with Part 1 featuring red discs and Part 2 featuring blue discs – all of which feature the same selection of bonus materials and episode number. Part 1 features Episodes 1 to 13 where as Part 2 features episodes 14 to 26; all of which is presented in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Upon watching the discs you’ll soon realise that another problem presents itself; all of the errors discovered on the previous releases – such as incorrect subtitles, misplaced chapter markings and terrible subtitle placements – all remain on this complete series set. Initally it was expected that MangaUK would be using the disc masters created by Madman in Australia; but in actuality all MangaUK have done is added the bonus features back on to the second Blu-ray disc of Part 1 and left everything as it were; a simple fix for a not so simple problem.
Truth to be told it is actually disappointing what MangaUK have done; many suspected to receive the ‘ultimate’ version of the series with issues from the previous release fixed for this complete series collection but in actuality all they have done is re-authored the second disc of part 1 so that it contains the bonus features and packeged it in a slightly different manner to its previous release. It’s a interesting attempt at fixing the problem; but the problems are still there. On a positive side not it does bring the entire Season 1 collection of Attack on Titan into a single set that would look great on anyones shelf and it is an improvement over the preivous release; but alas while one issue has been resolved (the lack of HD Bonus materials) another problem is created as the ‘Beyond the Wall’ notebooks are not included in this Complete Season release.
Attack on Titan – Complete Series 1 Collection is now available on Blu-ray and DVD within the UK; alternatively if you wish to own the Notebooks as opposed to the bonus materials in High Deifnition then you could track down the individual releases of Attack on Titan – Part 1 (Deluxe Collectors Edition) and first-print-run editions of Attack on Titan – Part 2. Both of which are still readily available within the UK alongside this Season 1 collection.