Selection of Upcoming FUNimation UK Titles Switched to Blu-ray
13/02/2017 Leave a comment
Consider this both good and bad news as distributor Anime Limited, on behalf of FUNimation UK, have recently announced on their blog that a selection of upcoming FUNimation titles have been switched to Blu-ray only releases (as opposed to Combo Pack’s and Stand-a-lone DVD’s) due to the Japanese licensor demanding PAL authored DVD’s.
This news effects the UK releases of Brothers Conflict, Snow White with the Red Hair – Part 1 and Heavy Object – Season 1 Part 1; of which Brothers Conflict was expected to be a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack release – which has now been downgraded to a Blu-ray only release – while both Red Hair – Part 1 and Heavy Object – Season 1 Part 1 are having their DVD releases cancelled completely.
As explained in the newswire post published on the Anime Limited blog the Japanese licensor would only allow DVD versions of the titles to be released if they were encoded in PAL and as PAL encoded discs offer an inferior product (as well as cost more to produce) the UK Distributor – in conjunction with FUNimation – have opted to cancel the DVD releases entirely.
Now we have news on some change of formats to upcoming releases. Previously Brothers Conflict was to be a Blu-ray+DVD combi pack, and Snow White with the Red Hair Part 1 and Heavy Object Season 1 Part 1 were to both going to have individual Blu-ray and DVD releases, however licensor requirements have meant that would can no longer release DVDs of these titles.
Because of this the DVD versions of Snow White with the Red Hair and Heavy Object that were planned have been cancelled, and the release of Brothers Conflict will now be a Blu-ray only release.
The reason for this is the requirement by the licensor that the DVD is released in PAL. Unfortunately remastering as a PAL for the DVD release has prohibitive costs that, based on the titles involved and the current level of demand, are difficult to absorb, therefore releasing these on DVD is no longer possible. Unless there were extraordinary demand for these titles on DVD it is very unlikely that DVD releases of these would be explored again in the future. We apologise to those of who were looking forward to the DVD releases of these, but to make this crystal clear, Brothers Conflict, Snow White with the Red Hair and Heavy Object will be Blu-ray only releases.
Although this news doesn’t directly effect us (i.e. those who have a passion for Blu-ray releases) it does have an effect on those hoping to receive Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack releases or wanting to buy the stand-a-lone DVD release.
All three titles will be released on ‘Blu-ray only’ later this year with confirmed dates to be announced in due course.