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Monday, 11 August 2014 14:07

Cowboy Bebop coming to BD in December, plus Disney/Amazon Feud Part II, Penny Dreadful & more

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All right, we’ve got some cool news for you anime fans. FUNimation has officially announced that their planned Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series will finally arrive on Blu-ray Disc (and also DVD) in December. Four versions are planned: A DVD standard edition, a Blu-ray standard edition, an Amazon-exclusive BD/DVD combo premium edition, and a second BD/DVD Combo premium edition that will be exclusive to the site. The exclusive versions will include different packaging and collectable swag items TBA. The exact street date and further details will follow in the weeks ahead, so we’ll be sure to update when they do.  [Read on here…]

By the way, FUNimation has also acquired the home video rights to D-Frag, BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Riddle Story of Devil, Freezing Vibration, Unbreakable Machine Doll, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2, Haruhi Chan and Churuya San, Lucky Star (the series + OVA), the Strike Witches movie, and the Steins;Gate movie.

In other news today, Disney and Amazon seem to have resumed their pre-order feud. A number of upcoming Disney/Buena Vista titles are no longer available for pre-order on the Amazon site, Guardians of the Galaxy among them. Our friend Chris Tribbey has more on this here at Home Media.

On a related note, Disney seems to have backed away from their commitment to Blu-ray 3D, releasing only select theatrical 3D titles on the format, often only in Europe or in the U.S. as retail exclusives. Probably, this is the studio attempting to save a buck and get its retail partners to pay for 3D when they can. This is a shame, because while we know the audience for Blu-ray 3D is limited, it is a very dedicated enthusiast audience eager for more BD3D content.

Speaking of Disney, at last a couple retail sources are also suggesting that when The Wind Rises arrives on Blu-ray (reportedly on 11/18 according to our retail sources), it may be accompanied by Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke on Blu-ray as well. Keep in mind, these are all still TBA, and so could change.

In other announcement news, Fox has set a new Alien: 35th Anniversary Edition for Blu-ray release on 10/7 (SRP $24.99), but we don’t believe there are any new extras as this is only a single-disc edition. It’s just a re-issue of the existing movie disc in new packaging. Still, the new packaging is nice (see below). [Editor’s Note: We’ve confirmed with Fox that there is no new disc-based content on this release, but you do get a pair of collectible inserts in the package, including an Alien comic and exclusive art cards featuring the work of the late H.R. Giger. Just FYI.]

And Fox has Ice Age: The Complete Collection coming on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/7 (SRP $49.99 and $39.98).

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: Season One will street on Blu-ray and DVD on 10/14 as well (SRP $54.99 and $45.99).

Universal is releasing a Van Damme: 5-Movie Action Pack on Blu-ray on 10/14, including Hard Target, The Quest, Street Fighter, Sudden Death, and Lionheart.

Kino will release Werewolf Woman (1976) on BD on 10/28.

And Well Go USA has set the 2013 Australian western/crime drama Mystery Road for Blu-ray release on 10/14.

Here’s a look at some cover artwork for the titles above (click on the links to pre-order on Amazon while also supporting The Bits)...

Alien: 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Disc)    Van Damme: 5-Film Collection (Blu-ray Disc)    Sharknado 2 (Blu-ray Disc)

Mystery Road (Blu-ray Disc)    Last Embrace (Blu-ray Disc)    True Confessions (Blu-ray Disc)

Stay tuned!

- Bill Hunt

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