Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 3 DVD Box Set Scheduled for January 14, 2014 Release from CinedigmNovember 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
4K Media (Konami) today formally announced the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! season 3 on DVD! “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Third Season” is slated for a January 14, 2014 release from Cinedigm Entertainment’s Flatiron Film label. The box set retails for $44.95 and contains two volumes, each with three discs. Each individual volume is also available separately for $24.95.
The third season of Yu-Gi-Oh! has somewhat of an unusual release history. Like its releases of seasons 1 and 2, former Yu-Gi-Oh! video distributor FUNimation released season 3 as both single volumes and as a complete season set. The singles were released in 2005 over five volumes. The first volume included a limited edition chipboard art box to house the remaining four volumes.
FUNimation’s singles, however, inexplicably skipped the entire Virtual World story arc (episodes 98 through 121) and instead began with the Battle City semifinal duels. Even the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Episode Guide from author Tracey West did not acknowledge Noah’s story arc in its listing. And although the singles never claimed to contain the entire third season (each volume only had the subtitle “Enter the Shadow Realm” without any mention of being part of a “complete” or “full” season set), fans were left scratching their heads as to why poor Noah had been neglected.
While the missing Virtual World episodes had always been streaming for free on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites and later, on Hulu, they only made their way to home video in mid-2008 as part of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete 3rd Season,” which was one of FUNimation’s last Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs. Since its release, that product has often been sold for inflated prices by secondhand dealers because of its limited production run.
For fans who already own FUNimation’s season 3 singles but not the less common season set, Cinedigm’s sale of its individual volumes will come in handy. You’ll want to pick up Cinedigm’s three-disc “Season 3 Volume 1” DVDs to fill the hole in your collection.
As with its previous Yu-Gi-Oh! releases, Cinedigm quietly slipped the street date of these season 3 DVDs to retailers, with no announcements coming from itself or 4K Media. Some online retailers having been taking pre-orders since late September. What are you waiting for? Head over to your favorite online shop and pre-order today!