Out today from Cinedigm Entertainment is the complete first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Blu-ray and DVD! All 49 episodes of 4K Media’s English dub are available in your choice of a region A Blu-ray box set for $69.97, or a region 1 DVD box set for $44.99. Each set has two volumes and six discs.
Cinedigm initially released the first volume of season 1 in September 2016. If you already own that, don’t worry. Volume 2 of season 1 is also available separately for $29.93 for the BDs and $19.95 for the DVDs. If you would like the box, however, the only way to get it is by purchasing the season set.
The video in volume 2 BDs unfortunately suffers from the same color issues as that in volume 1. (Check out my screenshot comparisons and write-up for volume 1 for more details.) I’ve reached out to Cinedigm and will update this post if a solution is found.
All 49 episodes of season 1 are now also available for download on several platforms, including Amazon, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, PlayStation Video, and VUDU. The HD download-to-own episodes are free of the color problems seen on the BDs.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime makes its debut on home video today in the U.S. and Canada with the first 24 episodes landing on both DVD and Blu-ray! However, you would be forgiven for not being aware of this since 4K Media (Konami) has not formally announced the availability of this title, nor has distributor Cinedigm Entertainment added these products to its online catalog. With all of the radio silence, it wasn’t clear if orders would even be filled. Thankfully, they were.
Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V home video release is one of many firsts. This post will look at what makes this title special, examine what’s included with Cinedigm’s products, and compare them to the only other physical ARC-V home video product currently on the market — the Japanese DVD from Marvelous.
Yu-Gi-Oh! History is Made Again
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V marks the first time any Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series has received a high-definition Blu-ray release. While Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL both made their debut in the era of HD broadcasting, neither received a BD release, not even in Japan. Both series do have HD download-to-own options in North America, however. Up until today, the only Yu-Gi-Oh! BD product was for the movie Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time.
Speaking of download-to-own options, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is also the first series to have episode downloads released simultaneously while the show is still on the air, ahead of the home video release. Cinedigm has been adding DTO episodes to popular video platforms as they air on Nicktoons, with the option to buy a season pass. Fourteen episodes were uploaded before Nicktoons went into reruns. But as of today, episodes 1 through 24 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V are available for download on various platforms, including Amazon, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, PlayStation Video, and VUDU.
Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V release is also the first time that an English dub has landed on home video first in North America since the days of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX — that was way, way back when FUNimation was distributing that show between 2006 and 2009! Since then, the English-language releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL both debuted on DVD in Australia long before they made it to this side of the planet. (However, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s never saw season 2 over there, and ZEXAL didn’t even finish season 1.) And Manga UK, the British division of Manga Entertainment, was the first to bring out Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time on DVD and Blu-ray for the British market.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from Cinedigm
The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Volume 1 DVD and Blu-ray are released on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label and include episodes 1 through 24 of 4K Media’s English dub. Both products include three double-layer discs. Curiously, there are eight episodes on disc 1, nine on disc 2, and seven on disc 3. Among anime releases, putting eight episodes on one disc is a bit much for DVD, but is not at all unusual for BD. Some other anime publishers often squeeze thirteen HD episodes onto one BD disc (which isn’t necessarily detrimental to the video quality; it depends on the show), so Cinedigm handled the data spacing challenges well here.
Both versions include the basic single-page menu pictured at the top of this post. Yuya’s pendant swings back and forth in the background while the harmony for the theme song, “Can You Feel The Power?” loops.
The DVDs are housed in a black Amaray clamshell case with a double-sided swing tray. The BDs sit in a typical blue-colored clamshell case with a double-sided swing tray and is a few millimeters thinner than a DVD case. On the cover of both products is Yuya Sakaki, Timegazer Magician, and Stargazer Magician. The spine of the DVD volume shows part of an image of Performapal Hip Hippo which, when placed beside future releases, will form a larger picture. The BD case does not have an image on its spine; it has only the text “ARC-V Season 1 Vol. 1.”
Neither the DVDs nor the BDs include any extras, as has been the trend with almost all of Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! releases. Both products are region locked — the DVDs to region 1 and the BDs to region A.
4K Media opted not to release Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in a season set, a decision last seen in September 2014 with the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 Volume 1 DVD. It remains to be seen whether Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will get season box sets. (ZEXAL eventually did.)
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from Japan’s Marvelous
Japan saw its first Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V DVD in September 2014 from Marvelous. The show’s home video release in Japan is noteworthy in its own way because of its elimination of box sets. For the first time since the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters days, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is sold only as single volumes.
As expected from a Japanese anime home video, Marvelous’ volume 1 DVD includes only the first four episodes for a cool 6,264 yen (about 62 of today’s U.S. dollars). Naturally, the product is locked to region 2 and includes no subtitles.
Despite not being included as part of a larger set, volume 1 nevertheless contains numerous extras on the disc, like the clean (textless) opening and ending; a line art gallery of the main characters and monsters; commercials for the ARC-V anime, DVD, and music CD; and a 20-minute round table where the voice actors for Yuya, Yuzu, and Syuzo chat about the show’s characters. First printings of volume 1 also included an application to see a special ARC-V talk show that took place in February 2015, plus three photos of the show’s characters.
Video Screenshot Comparison
The table below contains links to a few screenshots from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 1. There are only three products to compare: Cinedigm’s DVD and Blu-ray and Marvelous’ Japanese DVD.
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[A] Cinedigm Blu-ray
[B] Cinedigm DVD
[C] Marvelous DVD
The video quality of Cinedigm and Marvelous’ Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V DVDs aren’t all that different from their previous releases, especially when compared to their handling of the anamorphic widescreen Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ZEXAL DVDs.
Once again, Cinedigm’s video has the better crop and better colors. And yet, Cinedigm’s video still suffers from the same defect with the horizontal lines at the very bottom of the picture seen in its Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL DVDs. In the ARC-V screenshots, the problem is most noticeable in B2, right below the lower button of Nico Smiley’s suit jacket. While the video is playing, this problem doesn’t really stand out, but the mere fact that this is still an issue after so many DVDs have been created is an annoyance. Fortunately, Cinedigm’s BD doesn’t have this problem.
Marvelous’ video once again suffers from ugly ringing artifacts that are present throughout. This is especially pronounced in an image like C6, where the picture is mostly still and features large sections of solid color. The artifacts are all too visible all around the borders of Yuya’s hair, face, and clothes. Also note the substantial bleeding of the red text outlines in C4.
Cinedigm’s Blu-ray plays very smoothly and would be fantastic if not for one glaring problem: the colors look way off. The reds in the picture aren’t red enough while the greens are much too green. The amount of blue seems to be okay. At first, I thought my computer wasn’t correctly calibrated to play BDs, but Cinedigm’s Bonds Beyond Time BD doesn’t suffer any color problems during playback. So what’s the deal here? Anime videophiles, let me know what your experience is with these products.
Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Vol. 1
Street Date: September 6, 2016
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)
Disc count: Three double-layer DVD discs
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Closed Captions: Yes
Disc count: Three double-layer BD discs
Video: 1920×1080 (16:9) at 23.976 fps
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Closed Captions: Yes
Also available for download on various digital platforms.
Tags: cinedigm, licensing
The reach of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime universe just keeps growing and growing. Today, 4K Media (Konami) and Cinedigm outlined their latest VOD and SVOD offerings of the various Yu-Gi-Oh! series for viewers residing in the United States and abroad.
In the U.S., the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series — both English-dubbed and subbed — has joined Tubi TV, an up-and-coming free video network available on the internet and via connected TV and mobile devices. The San Francisco-based platform boasts content from over 200 partners, including Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate, and has a diverse library that includes current anime simulcasts like Flying Witch and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.
And in Italy, all 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 are available to telecom service TIM’s subscribers on its TIMvision platform.
These newest distribution agreements are in addition to 4K Media’s already vast number of streaming partnerships with networks like Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Claro Video (in Latin America), and TV4 (in Sweden), among others.
“We’re thrilled to have episodes of the various Yu-Gi-Oh! series available to fans throughout the world,” said Mark Kirk, 4K Media’s SVP of digital operations, in a release. “4K Media has been embracing digital media platforms as a viable method for distributing content for over a decade and will continue to do so as the numbers of fans accessing the vast Yu-Gi-Oh! library of episodes online and on mobile devices validates that decision.”
The final 48 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL are on their way to DVD! Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 3 DVD box set to its catalog, scheduling it for a May 3, 2016, release. The six-disc, three-volume set includes 4K Media’s English dub of episodes 99 through 146 and is carried on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. This is a region 1 release.
Cinedigm is returning to the $44.99 price point for “Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 3,” matching the suggested retail price of its season 1 set. This set’s three individual volumes are not available for sale separately.
And with this, 4K Media’s Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL DVD products are complete!
It’s time to wrap up your collection of 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX! Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3 DVD box set to its catalog with a March 8 street date. The set will include episodes 105 through 155 on three 2-disc DVD volumes published on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. The suggested retail price is $44.99.
Just as with the season 2 box set, this release from Cinedigm marks the first time that season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will get a home video release in region 1 territory. The individual volumes of this set are not available for sale separately.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s next home video release is coming this fall! Cinedigm Entertainment today added its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2 DVD box set to its online catalog with a street date of October 6, 2015. This release includes episodes 50 through 98 of 4K Media’s English-dubbed production on three 2-disc volumes. As with its other Yu-Gi-Oh! video products, Cinedigm is publishing this release on its Flatiron Film Company line.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2” is a region 1 release and has a suggested retail price of $59.99 — a $15 increase over the season 1 set. The individual volumes of season 2 are not available for sale separately.
Cinedigm previously released its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 set in May.
Can’t wait for the DVDs? Watch the entire English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime for free right now on YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Season 1 is also available for download on a variety of platforms. Japanese episodes of ZEXAL are streaming on YUGIOH.com and Hulu as well but have stalled at episode 29.
– Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 DVD: An Overview
The second half of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is coming to DVD! Today, Cinedigm added the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 2 DVD box set to its online catalog with a release date of September 8. Like its Season 1 set, this one is made up of four volumes, each with two discs, and is carried on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. It includes the last 59 episodes of the English-dubbed anime.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 2” is a region 1 release and has a suggested retail price of $44.99. The individual volumes of season 2 are not available for sale separately.
Cinedigm previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1 on DVD in January 2015. Season 1 of this series is also available for download on various platforms. The entire series is streaming for free (in English-dubbed and subbed formats) as well.
The next installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on DVD is on its way! Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2 DVD box set to its catalog with a release date of July 7. The three-volume, six-disc set comes from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label and will include episodes 53 through 104 of the English-dubbed version of the anime.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2” has a suggested retail price of $59.99. As with its season 1 set, Cinedigm is not selling the individual volumes of season 2 separately.
Can’t wait for the DVD release? Watch the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! GX series for free right now on YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll!
Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 DVD box to its catalog with a street date of May 5, 2015. This set will contain episodes 1 through 49 of the English-dubbed anime in three volumes, each with two DVD discs. Like Cinedigm’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! videos, this release will be carried on its Flatiron Film Company label and is for region 1 DVD players.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1” has a suggested retail price of $44.99 and is available for pre-order from your favorite retailer. Don’t miss it!
Cinedigm had previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s first volume of season 1 in September 2014. The complete first season is already available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox Video, while the entire ZEXAL series is streaming on YUGIOH.com and Crunchyroll.
Tags: cinedigm, contv, wizard world
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.