Funimation Acquires Manga Entertainment UK

May 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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Yugi shaking hands with Joey while their friends watch in episode 135

Funimation today announced that it has acquired Manga Entertainment UK, a London-based anime licensor and distributor. Manga UK is the current distributor of all Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on home video in the United Kingdom and has also brought Yu-Gi-Oh! movies to theaters throughout the country. The company offers some Yu-Gi-Oh! Blu-ray and DVD products that are not available in other markets, like the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! movie bundles.

Manga UK confirmed that there will be no changes to its Manga UK brand and that its employees still remain with the company.

Funimation was the distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! on home video in the United States until 2009.

(News from Funimation, h/t ANN)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Gets Blu-ray, DVD from Manga UK in October

July 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Pyramid of Light artifact on display at a museum in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it will release Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on DVD and, for the first time ever, on Blu-ray this October. The London-based distributor’s upcoming release slate shows two Yu-Gi-Oh! video listings, both with a street date of October 8:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Triple Pack, which includes Pyramid of Light, Bonds Beyond Time, and The Dark Side of Dimensions

Manga UK stated on Twitter that only the English-dubbed version by 4Kids Entertainment is included. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie was first released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2004 by Warner Home Video. That version also included only the English dub and is no longer in print.

A remastered English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and the first English episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS were screened in cinemas in the United Kingdom on June 13.

There has yet to be a formal announcement from any American distributor regarding similar products for this side of the globe.

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! The Movie, VRAINS Head to United Kingdom on June 13

May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A wide-eyed Yugi Muto looking at the Pyramid of Light in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom will soon be able to see the digitally remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub on the big screen! Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it is bringing the special screening to over 30 cinemas across the country on June 13.

Advance tickets for the one-night showing are available now at yugiohthemovie.co.uk and at select box offices.

This is the same special event as the ones held in the United States in February and in Canada in April.

Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Advent Giveaway

December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba lifting up the steel container holding the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Bearing gifts

Heads up, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom. Manga Entertainment UK has a limited number of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and posters and wants to give them all away to you! For a chance to win, all you need to do is follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet by Monday, December 11, 8 am GMT.

This prize draw is part of Manga UK’s Anime Advent Calendar, where every day of Advent the company highlights one of its favorite releases of 2017.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: An Overview of the English Blu-ray and DVD Products

June 28, 2017 at 12:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 18 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD cover mock-ups from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay
Entertainment! The United States and Canada are the last of the major English-speaking markets to receive this movie on home video. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom received their own copy from Manga Entertainment UK on May 29, while Australia and New Zealand received it shortly after that on June 7 from Madman Entertainment.

Surprisingly, each of the companies offers different content and extras with their home video releases. Some of them even contain unwanted content, like cropped videos, incorrect aspect ratios, and dubtitles. Argh! Which version should the discerning Yu-Gi-Oh! fan buy?

This post offers an overview and comparison of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD products from Anchor Bay, Manga UK, and Madman. It also takes a brief look at the BD and DVD products from Marvelous in Japan. Screenshots captured from all of the discussed products are at the end of this post.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay’s region A Blu-ray and region 1 DVD (pictured above) include both the English and Japanese audio tracks of the movie. Both languages have a 5.1 surround sound mix. The English version of the movie includes subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH) that can be toggled on and off. The Japanese version includes subtitles that are automatically turned on, though they fortunately aren’t burned into the video (“hard subbed”). More on these subtitles in a moment.

Anchor Bay’s BD and DVD have the distinction of being the only releases that contain two video tracks. One is the English-language video with translated cards, signs, and credits. The other is the original Japanese-language video with Japanese credits. However, the song “To Believe In Something,” which plays during the credits in Marvelous’ BD and DVD, does not play here during the Japanese credits. Instead, viewers hear a longer version of “Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme: The Dark Side of Dimensions” as the credits roll. (This was also the case when Eleven Arts screened the Japanese version of the movie in theaters. Looks like music licensing issues rear their ugly heads yet again.)

Furthermore, only Anchor Bay’s BD and DVD have the English dub that includes the winners of 4K Media’s voice-over contest. The English dub released in other territories have the winners’ lines read by the movie’s other cast members.

Anchor Bay’s releases include four special features. In “Favorite Moments with the Cast,” the voice actors of the main characters reminisce about performing in the original anime. “Q&A with Dan Green” and “Q&A with Eric Stuart” feature the two leading men chatting about their history and memories with the show and what they think of the characters they play. And last but not least, “Show Us Your Cards!” immortalizes the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and their favorite cards on a massive wall of selfies.

Anchor Bay’s products suffer from two glaring problems. The first is its subtitle track for the Japanese version of the movie. These subtitles aren’t actually a translation of the Japanese dialogue. Instead, the lines are taken directly from the English SDH — in other words, they are dubtitles. Sadly, this is not the first time that an Anchor Bay anime has been plagued by dubtitles. Most recently, the company’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex BD released earlier this year suffered from dubtitles and bizarre audio errors. The company further drew the ire of anime fans when it tried to brush this problem under the rug.

The second problem is the aspect ratio of the picture. As seen in the screenshots below, DSoD is presented here in 1.78:1, which completely fills the screen of a standard widescreen display. However, the correct aspect ratio is supposed to be 1.85:1 letterboxed. In order to maintain the 1.78:1 ratio, some of the left and right sides of the picture have been cropped out. Anchor Bay is the only distributor of this movie to hack up the video in this way.

I’ve reached out to Anchor Bay about these issues and will post an update if I receive a response. Update (July 11): Anchor Bay has responded and outlined a replacement program for its products.

Anchor Bay’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions BD and DVD sell for a suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98 respectively. Each includes a Gold Rare Obelisk the Tormentor card, while supplies last.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions from Manga Entertainment UK

Manga UK’s region B Blu-ray and region 2 DVD (pictured below) also include both the English and Japanese audio of the movie. Both languages have a 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix. However, only the English-language video with translated cards and signs is present; the Japanese-language video is not. But since there are no cuts to the movie, both the English and Japanese audio align with the visuals without any problems.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD cover mock-ups from Manga UK

Manga UK includes one set of subtitles with its videos: an accurate translation of the Japanese dialogue. These subtitles are, as far as I can tell, the same subtitles that appeared in Eleven Arts’ theatrical screenings.

Manga UK’s DVD is the only one out of all the DVDs discussed here that uses the PAL encoding system. Madman Entertainment’s DVD does not, even though Oceania has traditionally used this format. Playing at 25 frames per second instead of 23.97, videos converted into PAL characteristically have slightly higher-pitched audio and poorer video quality.

Oddly enough, while Manga UK’s videos do utilize letterboxing to maintain a wider picture than Anchor Bay’s videos, they are not quite at the 1.85:1 ratio; they are more like 1.89:1 or so. What’s the reasoning behind this?

Manga UK’s releases do not include any video extras. Both the BD and DVD include a Gold Rare Obelisk card, while supplies last.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Pack Blu-ray and DVD cover mock-ups from Manga UK

DSoD is also being offered in Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Pack (pictured above), a two-disc set that includes this movie and Bonds Beyond Time. The Movie Pack is available in both BD and DVD formats. The BBT discs are identical to the ones Manga UK sold in 2011, so there’s probably no reason to buy this pack if you already own BBT. These products do not include any cards.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions from Madman Entertainment

Madman’s region 4 DVD (pictured below left) contains only the English version of the movie. The audio is available in a 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix. The company did not put out a Blu-ray counterpart. On the plus side, the picture on the DVD is properly letterboxed, and the DVD contains two theatrical trailers as extras.

Cover mock-ups of Madman's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions DVD and the JB Hi-Fi exclusive version

Australian and New Zealand retailer JB Hi-Fi sells an exclusive version of DSoD on DVD (pictured above right), which includes a unique slipcase and a Gold Rare Obelisk card. (Special thanks to Armaan Swaich for the tip!) Regular versions of the DVD don’t include a slipcase or card. Aside from these two extras, JB Hi-Fi’s product is otherwise the same as the regular DVD.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions from Marvelous

Marvelous, a Tokyo-based developer and producer of games, software, and audio-visual content — and the producer of all Yu-Gi-Oh! home videos in Japan — released DSoD on region A Blu-ray and region 2 DVD.

Marvelous’ BD is considered a premium product and contains a 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround sound mix, as well as a DTS Headphone:X mix. It also includes a commentary track featuring the voice actors for Yugi, Kaiba, Jonouchi, and Mokuba. The BD is available in a standard edition and a limited edition with additional goods.

Both the BD and DVD have optional Japanese subtitles and include three trailers as extras. The DVD lacks the DTS Headphone:X track and commentary track.

Marvelous’ BD is the only BD out of this bunch whose picture correctly has a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Its DVD, on the other hand, is a hot mess. Not only is the picture’s aspect ratio wrong (it’s something around 1.83:1), the letterboxing is completely uneven. The bottom matte is significantly thicker than the top one. Furthermore, the video suffers from the same sort of artifacting that has been present in all of the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs ever since 5D’s.

Video Screenshot Comparison

So ultimately, which release looks the best? As usual, I’ll let the screenshots do the talking.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 1 thumbnail - Kaiba Corporation space station

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 2 thumbnail - Yugi Muto

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 4 thumbnail - Aigami's cube

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 5 thumbnail - Joey Wheeler

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 6 thumbnail - ATK

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions screenshot 7 thumbnail - Dark Horizon

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For whatever reason, out of the three Blu-ray products discussed here, only Marvelous’ release has a picture that shows the correct 1.85:1 letterboxing. Likewise, out of the four DVD products, only Madman’s picture has this correct aspect ratio.

Other video product overviews:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD & Blu-ray
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1 DVD Box Set
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD Box Set
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 DVD
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season DVD box set

Manga UK Recalls Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD

November 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Manga Entertainment UK's Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD box set is being recalled

Attention buyers of Manga Entertainment UK’s November 21 release of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 on DVD: the publisher is issuing a recall of this product due to a manufacturing problem. Disc 2 in Volume 1 of the box set includes episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s instead of GX. You can return the product to your place of purchase for a full refund. A corrected printing will be available “in a few weeks’ time,” says Manga UK.

Netflix Adds Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

October 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Pegasus viewing updates of the Duelist Kingdom tournament in episode 8

It’s been a long time coming, but the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has at last found its way onto the holy grail of video streaming platforms: Netflix! 4K Media (Konami) announced earlier today that English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! are coming to Netflix, beginning with season 1 tomorrow, November 1. The videos will be accessible not only to fans residing in the United States, but also to those in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. International fans will have even more streaming options to look forward to on YUGIOH.com in the coming months, 4K Media noted.

Yu-Gi-Oh! streams have come a long, long way since the early 2000s when they were only available on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites. In the U.S. alone, various Yu-Gi-Oh! videos can today be found on a slew of online platforms, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, iTunes, Nicktoons, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Xbox Video, and more. Adding the coveted Netflix deal to the list is quite a feather in 4K Media’s cap.

4K Media’s announcement also highlights Manga UK’s DVD release of Yu-Gi-Oh! season 1 across the pond on November 17. Manga UK formally announced the release just prior to the MCM London Comic Con last weekend, though eagle-eyed fans may have spotted it when it was first added to Manga UK’s store earlier this month.

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.

 

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Blu-ray

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Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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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.

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

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time to Get U.S. DVD, Blu-ray on July 15 from Cinedigm

March 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 15 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray cover mock-up from Cinedigm

Today, 4K Media (Konami) formally announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S.! The long-awaited home video release will include both the English-dubbed and original Japanese-subbed versions of the memorable 10th anniversary movie, as well as the 10-minute introductory flashback exclusive to the English version. The DVD and BD will be released by Cinedigm on July 15 and will retail for $9.95 and $14.95 respectively.

Up until now, the English-language version of Bonds Beyond Time was only available in the United Kingdom from Manga UK, who released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in mid-2011 in both English and Japanese. The similarities between Manga UK’s products and Cinedigm’s upcoming releases end there, however.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who have 3D capable video equipment and who are looking to relive the thrilling theatrical 3D experience that they enjoyed on the big screen will unfortunately not have their needs met with Cinedigm’s BD release. While Manga UK’s BD included both 2D and 3D versions of the film, Cinedigm’s will sadly only include the 2D version.

And while the first press of Manga UK’s DVDs and BDs included a Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon promo card for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Cinedigm’s releases will not.

Make no mistake about it — a U.S. home video release of Bonds Beyond Time is long overdue and it is fantastic to see that 4K Media hasn’t forgotten about it. Nevertheless, it is disappointing that the American release is lacking features that the UK release included. American fans who have already picked up Manga UK’s releases and who value these components might want to think twice before parting with them in favor of Cinedigm’s releases.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was screened in 300 theaters across the United States on February 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6, 2011 by Cinedigm.

The Long Road to Home Video

Former Yu-Gi-Oh! license holder 4Kids Entertainment originally intended to release Bonds Beyond Time on home video in the U.S. back in July 2011 via A&E Home Video (whose titles were handled by Cinedigm at the time). However, the lawsuit and bankruptcy protection proceedings between 4Kids and the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors in early 2011 completely stifled this and other potential licensing deals from coming to pass.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the UK were more fortunate. 4Kids Entertainment International, the overseas licensing arm of 4Kids based in London, was not embroiled in the U.S. lawsuit and was able to secure a distribution deal for the United Kingdom with the UK division of Manga Entertainment. The home video release was originally scheduled for May 30, 2011.

A brief scare caused the release to be pushed back about two months, leaving Manga UK and fans to wonder whether the effects of the lawsuit had rippled across the pond and were impeding the ability of 4Kids’ London-based subsidiary to conduct routine business.

Eventually, 4Kids and Manga UK pulled through, successfully releasing Bonds Beyond Time on DVD and BD on July 25, 2011. The DVD went on to become Manga UK’s second best-selling title of 2011.

Additional reading:
The Home Videos That Never Were: DVD and Blu-ray Releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time

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