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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:54 pm Reply with quote
Yeah, I'll definitely skip this release. I can already get low quality and hardsubbed video files, or stream it, so I see little benefit to rewarding a company for providing an even lower level of service. Hardsubbing on DVDs is inexcusable, let alone cramming close to four hours of video onto each disc.

And there is no "try again next time" here. You mess up a big title, you're done, forever. A blight on your brand! Don't reply saying "what about dere jawwwwbs ECONOMYYY". People need to learn from their mistakes, and that means losing a job or getting fired for incompetency.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:28 pm Reply with quote
Gah, it's like, they kinda sorta fixed the ugly cover issue, but I feel like they should've learned something from Bobobo. Clearly they did not, perhaps these people should not be making DVDs.

At least Discotek has the movies, and Fist of the North Star, and Captain Harlock (and other things I'm forgetting to mention because there is too much awesome to list it all right now), and they do awesomely. I think S'More should've peeked over their shoulder a little harder.
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WTK



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:09 pm Reply with quote
I emailed S'more Ent. in regards to the 2nd set delay and got this response:
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We're just holding back on the release date for the time being, analyzing sales and if sales on part one justify release of the balance of the series. With the advent of digital streaming and downloads, it's often difficult to justify the costs involved in releasing 4 DVD box sets.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:39 am Reply with quote
I hope they're not surprised by poor sales. You release a sub-par set, that's what happens. I'm even more glad that I didn't buy the first set now, if they're waffling over releasing the rest.
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gsilver



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:30 pm Reply with quote
It's unfortunate that they're getting the message of "no demand" rather than "bad release"

I did buy their release, and I do want a permanent copy of the show, but at the same time, I really wish that they had done a better job with it... Their current release is merely a hedge against Crunchyroll taking their version down, whereas, a proper quality DVD release could replace the Crunchyroll version entirely.
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ailblentyn



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:43 pm Reply with quote
I am very annoyed. They shouldn't mess with people's hearts. Sad
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WTK



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:51 pm Reply with quote
TRSI has removed the listing for Galaxy Express 999 (TV) Part 2 (http://www.rightstuf.com/​i/​089353707927).
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:11 pm Reply with quote
Well, there is no demand for an awful release. Hopefully they lose the license and someone competent like Discotek can grab it up and give the series the release fans deserve.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:56 am Reply with quote
well, if they don't plan to complete the show I guess that solves the dilemma on whether or not to get the first part... Sad
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EpicLotus



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:34 pm Reply with quote
What a waste of a good license. I really hope this doesn't scare off one of the better companies from doing the show properly. Fingers crossed that by the time Discotek finishes Captain Harlock, the GE999 license is up for grabs again.
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WTK



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:38 pm Reply with quote
via S'more Ent. Facebook page
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- The listing for box 2 of Galaxy Express 999 on Right Stuf is gone...I was going to order it on the 15th...did you push back the release date again?


- we did push it back, based on the poor sales for the first volume....the dvd market has gotten very tight so we must carefully evaluate our costs vs. sales and at this juncture, it's not making financial sense to rele

- 10 years ago, maybe ever 5, releasing the entire series would have been a slam dunk but given the costs of bringing a 4 DVD box set to market and to sell less than 2,000 units is a money losing proposition. and while it's easy to look at a company not having a lot of experience in anime, it sometimes pays to look deeper at the people who manage the company.sadly, decisions we make today are based on a much different business paradigm than 10 years ago. we want to release the next 2 boxes and are still evaluating options.

- we worked off the master elements that Toei provided and we were offered no viable options (and going back to film elements, restoring film, doing new film to video transfers was not financially viable). we provided 38 episodes for $49.98. if the other surviving anime specialist companies felt the series was worthwhile, they'd have entered into a license....and they didn't. i have dealt in the anime and fanboy/girl market for years, have a deep appreciation for the passion of the fans but i have also learned their passion isn't always based on business realities. they rightfully want what they want but it's sometimes, just not feasible.

- and frustrates the hell out of me too...LOL....just proves the old adage "no good deed goes unpunished". thanks for your support, both in business and otherwise.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:21 pm Reply with quote
EpicLotus wrote:
What a waste of a good license. I really hope this doesn't scare off one of the better companies from doing the show properly. Fingers crossed that by the time Discotek finishes Captain Harlock, the GE999 license is up for grabs again.


Miracles don't happen twice I wouldn't bet on anyone else picking up something so old that was given a chance to sell and didn't.
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lem



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:04 pm Reply with quote
how old it was is completely irrelevant in this instance. It's more about what they attempted to get away with.

from WTK's earlier post "38 eps on 4 dvds, a pdf file for the scripts. burned in subtitles. no dub, etc.,"

If and when it ever gets picked up and receives a proper release I will buy it. Until then there's always the backlog...
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ailblentyn



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:35 pm Reply with quote
lem wrote:
how old it was is completely irrelevant in this instance.
I wonder. As in, I genuinely don't know.
It would be interesting to have a poll about whether people genuinely would have bought it had the release been different. (Would a dub really have made a difference to the old-time anime fans this release would be for? I really doubt that.)
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mrsatan



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:06 pm Reply with quote
I would have bought it immediately had it been done right. The only thing stopping me from preordering it was this company's track record, and I don't regret not purchasing it.
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