Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Giveaway

June 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Anubis' attack sends Yugi's cards flying in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Ahhh free stuff!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is heading to cinemas in the United Kingdom next week and Manga Entertainment UK is giving away some Yu-Gi-Oh! goodies to celebrate! Up for grabs is a prize pack containing:

  • A two-in-one Blu-ray containing Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! card binder with a pack of surprise cards

To enter, simply follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet. This competition is open only to residents of the United Kingdom and ends on June 13 at 3 pm BST.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will play on over 30 screens throughout the United Kingdom on June 13. The one-night event will also include a sneak peek of the first English-dubbed episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook Blu-ray Available Now

March 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Front cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Yu-Gi-Oh! has joined a select number of anime titles in getting its own SteelBook! Today, Cinedigm Entertainment re-releases Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time on Blu-ray in a lovely, collectible SteelBook case. The glossy gold case features brand-new key art of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei on the cover. This artwork hasn’t been seen on any other release of this movie, not even in Japan. Inside the case is Yugi’s glowing Millennium Puzzle alongside some Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The contents of the Blu-ray disc are identical to Cinedigm’s original Blu-ray release of the movie in 2014. The disc contains the movie in both English and Japanese.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook is available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, and many other video retailers for a suggested retail price of $24.99. UPC: 767685157343.

Back cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

The Millennium Puzzle and hieroglyph inside Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Jaden, Yusei, and Yugi on the front cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Netflix Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time

December 1, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Yusei Fudo, angry that his Netflix video is gone, in Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

Netflix today removed seasons 1 and 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie from its platform. Netflix originally added both to its network on March 31, 2016.

It’s not the end of the world though, since both titles are still streaming for free elsewhere. All three seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL are available on numerous networks, including yugioh.com, Crunchyroll, and Yahoo View.

And Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is available on CONtv and Tubi TV.

Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Movie

July 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Yusei, and Jaden admiring the sunset in Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

Tubi TV’s library of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is growing! The free, ad-supported video streaming network has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time. The 50-minute movie is available now to viewers in the United States.

Yu-Gi-Oh! BBT joins both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and all five seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Tubi TV’s catalog. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the first season of which was added just last month alongside Duel Monsters, has abruptly been removed.

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the STARZ app

This past month, Yu-Gi-Oh! and its many anime spin-off series made their way to a few new video platforms, giving fans even more options to watch and buy the anime they love.

First up is the STARZ app (pictured above), where you can now find season 1 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series in English. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins other titles like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, The Secret World of Arietty, and a few of the Ghost in the Shell animated movies as the only anime in the app. The STARZ app is free if your cable subscription package includes the network; otherwise, it costs $8.99 per month.

All throughout the month, Valve’s gaming and video distribution platform Steam has been adding plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime titles to its catalog. Now available are the English dubs of:

And last but certainly not least, the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is now on Crunchyroll for U.S. viewers. After the anime streaming platform apparently mistakenly announced its availability last month, the series is accessible for real this time. Whew.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time on Netflix

March 31, 2016 at 8:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Bonds Beyond Time listings on Netflix

It’s been over a year since 4K Media (Konami) last offered new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Netflix, but the popular streaming platform today added two new titles to its ever expanding library. First is Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 98), which are streaming in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. And second is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie, which is streaming in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The actual availability of each language track will vary depending on which country you’re streaming from.

Also still available on Netflix are season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 97) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime.

More places to watch:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL – DUBBED
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time – DUBBED

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Bonds Beyond Time Among CONtv’s Launch Titles

March 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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CONtv's launch titles include Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

CONtv, the new digital streaming network from independent content distributor Cinedigm and pop culture convention organizer Wizard World, opened its doors to viewers today, March 3. The over-the-top network already boasts nearly 1,500 hours of programming targeting its convention-embracing audience. Among its launch titles are the English-dubbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie. Other available animated titles include Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, Saint Seiya, Voltron, and Zatch Bell.

CONtv is available on the web and on iOS and Android. It’s free to watch and supported by ads, and also offers an ad-free version for $6.99 with exclusive content and benefits to Wizard World’s Comic Con events. CONtv is currently available to the U.S. only. Further details about the network, including its upcoming original programming initiatives, are available in a press release.

Previously:
Cinedigm to Launch CONtv Entertainment Network for Anime, Gaming, Convention Fans

Cinedigm to Release ‘The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1’ DVD

January 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 DVD cover mock-up from Cinedigm

Independent media distributor Cinedigm today added “The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1” to its catalog, a two-DVD set introducing the universe of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Included in this collection is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in English and Japanese, along with the first two English-dubbed episodes from each of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL anime series.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 is scheduled for a March 10, 2015 release on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film label at a suggested retail price of $16.95.

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray: An Overview

July 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray menu

Out today is the long-awaited release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in the United States on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. The film, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, made its theatrical debut on 300 screens across the U.S. in early 2011 but is only now getting a home video release. The title is licensed by 4K Media (Konami) and distributed by Cinedigm as part of its Flatiron Film Company label and includes both the English-dubbed and original Japanese subtitled versions of the film.

This post will provide an overview of the contents of Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray releases. Comparisons of Cinedigm’s products to Manga Entertainment’s Region 2 UK releases and to the original Region 2 Japanese releases from King Records/Marvelous Entertainment (“MMV” for short from here on) will also be included.

The World of Licensing Restrictions: How to Handicap a Non-Japanese Anime Video Release

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is the first official Yu-Gi-Oh! video product released in the United States to include both an English and Japanese version since FUNimation’s short-lived uncut DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 2004-2005. Fans in the United Kingdom also received a bilingual release in July 2011 from Manga UK. A Yu-Gi-Oh! title that includes the original subbed Japanese version?! Yes, it’s true! But there must be a catch, right?

Both Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions of the film include subtitles that are permanently fixed; on both of their DVDs and BDs, the subtitles are burned into the video (i.e. they are “hard subs”). While some viewers may see this as an annoyance, this is the price that licensees often have to pay if they want to release some anime titles outside of Japan at all.

The issue of forced subtitles and other crippling restrictions that afflict such anime releases has been discussed extensively by anime fans and pundits as well as industry insiders. Numerous episodes of the Manga UK podcast have touched upon the problems and their causes.

“Reverse importation, as far as some Japanese licensing companies see it, is a big problem on Blu-ray,” said Jerome Mazandarani, the Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Manga UK, in episode 18 of the company’s podcast. “Blu-ray is where they derive most of their finished packaged goods’ value now in Japan, and they are very, very concerned about it.”

The price of anime outside of Japan is considerably lower than that within Japan, Mazandarani explained. And if large Japanese production companies are very worried about an American or UK edition BD getting imported back into Japan, they have the leverage to curb the perceived threat. For instance, they can mandate that licensees burn the subtitles into the video of the Japanese-language versions of their titles. They can also disallow licensees from releasing a title for a certain amount of time after a DVD and BD are released in Japan, or disallow them from releasing a title in a certain way (e.g. no complete box sets).

In the same vein, the audio tracks of Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions are inferior to the audio tracks on King Records/Marvelous Entertainment’s releases. While MMV’s DVD and BD contain both a 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio track, Cinedigm and Manga UK’s contain only a 2.0 audio track with the Japanese version. The table below summarizes the audio streams found on the six releases.

 

DVD

Blu-ray

Cinedigm

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Manga UK

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

LPCM 2.0

King Records/MMV

 

 

Japanese

Dolby Digital 5.1
& 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
& LPCM 2.0

These types of restrictions are not by any means unique to Yu-Gi-Oh! titles, nor are they unique to English-speaking territories. Forced subtitles have even reared their ugly heads in France, a country whose anime industry is even bigger than that of the United States, explained Mazandarani in the fifth Manga UK podcast. Ultimately, Japanese companies simply don’t want to give Japanese fans any incentives to import less expensive releases from overseas, so some anime titles — and Blu-rays in particular — released outside of Japan will continue to be marred by these restrictions and deficiencies. It’s an unfortunate issue that the anime industries in Japan and throughout the world need to find a way to deal with.

The Lack of 3D: Falling Flat

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is a historic film in Japan. While 3D movies that use computer-generated graphics are commonplace, Bonds Beyond Time marks the first time anywhere in the world that a traditional, hand-drawn 2D animated feature had been converted into 3D for the big screen. MMV’s DVD and Blu-ray releases preserved this viewing experience for the Japanese home video market, delivering the film in both 3D and 2D formats.

When it first arrived in American movie theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was titled Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time. 4Kids Entertainment embraced the film’s 3D elements and even hired Cinedigm to render in 3D a special 10-minute back story of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei using scenes from their respective anime series.

Sadly, none of the hard work that went into creating the 3D theatrical experience was retained for Cinedigm’s DVD or BD; its releases contain only the 2D version of the film. What happened? Manga UK’s BD included the 3D version of the film, so why doesn’t Cinedigm’s?

Whether one believes that 3D adds an exciting and worthwhile layer to the cinematic experience or is just another gimmick for money-grubbing producers, it’s regrettable to see the hard work of others disregarded for the American home video market, and even more so when the 3D materials had already been provided for another English-speaking territory’s release.

Packaging, Extras, and Artwork

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD come packaged in ordinary plastic keep cases. The case housing the BD is about 25 percent thinner than a standard case.

Extras are something that Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! releases have been lacking, and sadly, its Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD fail to buck the trend. Cinedigm’s bonuses include a “Feature Flashback,” which is just the 10-minute back story exclusive to the English-language version of the movie, and the English-subtitled Japanese version of the movie, which I would hardly consider an extra. (The Japanese licensors probably consider it one heck of a generous extra though, given the dearth of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! media available in the West!)

Manga UK’s DVD and BD fared slightly better in the extras department, having included a Super Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon TCG card with their initial print run. In addition to listing the Feature Flashback and subbed version of the movie as extras, Manga UK also included the original 30-second theatrical trailer.

Neither Cinedigm nor Manga UK’s products hold a candle to MMV’s DVD and BD, which were predictably packed with collectibles while being sold at predictably exorbitant collector’s prices. In addition to including the standard disc and case, MMV’s initial print runs also included an Ultra Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon OCG card, a booklet filled with line sketches and illustrations of the movie’s characters and monsters, and a slipcover that features original artwork of the main characters.

All of the home videos releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time around the world use the same image of Jaden, Yugi, and Yusei striking a pose while crossing their Duel Monsters cards dramatically like swords. Cinedigm’s are no different, though the characters aren’t posed in front of the familiar green wall of hieroglyphs seen on the original English-language movie poster and on other home video covers, including Manga UK’s. Instead, the main characters are standing amidst a backdrop of outer space (or is it the Malefic World?) while being surrounded by a bright ring.

The only home video release that uses different artwork is of course the Japanese release from MMV, whose limited-edition slipcover shows the main characters standing unflappably straight while their monsters leap into action in the background. This exclusive artwork has not been included with any other territory’s video release.

Product Summaries

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Street Date: July 15, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)

DVD
Region: 1
MSRP: $14.93
Disc count: One double-layer DVD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Blu-ray
Region: A
MSRP: $19.97
Disc count: One single-layer BD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: 1920×1080 (16:9) at 23.976 fps
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Also available as part of Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set‘ DVD Megaset box and on various digital platforms for rental and download.

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Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season’ Box Set: An Overview

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Complete DVD Set Slated for July 15 Release as Amazon Exclusive

June 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Banner from YUGIOH.com announcing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set Cinedigm DVD Megaset
It’s… so… beautiful…

Today, YUGIOH.com formally unveiled details of Cinedigm’s upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic DVD Megaset! Titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set,” the 32-disc collection is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2014 as an Amazon exclusive at the suggested retail price of $229.64.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set will be the first time ever the entire Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has been released in one package. The Region 1 DVD set will include the English-dubbed version of all five seasons (224 episodes) of the series and all 12 episodes of Capsule Monsters, as well as the English and Japanese versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary Bonds Beyond Time movie. The DVDs will be housed in a special slipcase box that also contains a collectible booklet.

A few DVDs in this Megaset have been reauthored to fix various audio/video problems that were present in the original releases of seasons 2 and 3.

Update (October 14, 2014): Amazon’s exclusivity period for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set ended today. Other major online and brick-and-mortar retailers are now carrying this title. Your favorite local video store may also be able to order it for you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set DVD Megaset box design mock-up from Cinedigm

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