FUNimation UK’s Release of Shomin Sample Put on Hold

Those hoping to see FUNimation UK’s upcoming release Shomin Sample will be disappointed to learn that the title has now been put on hold due to a change in release plans from the distributor; as announced in the latest Anime Limited newswire.

Previously Shomin Sample was going to be released as a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack however due to the licensor requesting the DVD to be encoded in a PAL format FUNimation UK, and in turn Anime Limited, are now having to re-think their release plan for this title.

So, let’s talk about Shomin Sample as there has been a change to the plans when it comes to this title. Shomin Sample was set to be a Blu-ray+DVD combo pack release. However a licensor request has meant this is no longer possible as the DVD component would have to authored in PAL format. As we’ve discussed before when this has impacted other titles, including No-Rin to name one, it is cost prohibitive to author a PAL master for this title. On top of that the overall quality from a PAL master is worse than an NTSC master, and is not the quality we aspire to.

In order to release Shomin Sample on DVD FUNimation UK / Anime Limited would have to re-author the release to PAL standards which is not adds additional cost but reduces the quality found on NTSC format discs; such as those we have been getting over the past year or so.

As it stands Shomin Sample will get a UK release; however it’s most likely that it will be released as a standard Blu-ray only release rather than a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack.


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.

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