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NEWS: Manga Entertainment's U.S. Rights to Ninja Scroll Expired


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Majin Tenshi



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 5:10 pm Reply with quote
If the UK release is region free then excellent.
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staab99



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:38 pm Reply with quote
Such a shame, it's one of my favorite 90's anime movies.

Sure it's over the top with its violence and nudity. But for what it was, it sure was entertaining. Hopefully a company like Discotek could pick it up.
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Ryu Shoji



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 6:49 pm Reply with quote
Majin Tenshi wrote:
If the UK release is region free then excellent.

I highly doubt it. Every one of MangaUK's blu-rays has been Region B only.
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jlaking



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 7:05 pm Reply with quote
So Ninja Scroll is going out of print, you know that means RACS will be increasing the price on the copies they have left.
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JohnnySake



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 7:09 pm Reply with quote
jlaking wrote:
So Ninja Scroll is going out of print, you know that means RACS will be increasing the price on the copies they have left.


I'm sorry, I think you meant to say "eBay" or "Amazon" sellers will be increasing their price. Rolling Eyes
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E-Master



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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 8:57 pm Reply with quote
It was a cool movie, and yes I too hope someone like Discotek can license it if Manga Entertainment is no longer owners of the title.
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TarsTarkas



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 12:30 am Reply with quote
Good news for the British. Don't know why they didn't release it here in the States before their license expired.
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ikillchicken



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 1:37 am Reply with quote
JohnnySake wrote:
jlaking wrote:
So Ninja Scroll is going out of print, you know that means RACS will be increasing the price on the copies they have left.


I'm sorry, I think you meant to say "eBay" or "Amazon" sellers will be increasing their price. Rolling Eyes


Yes...but RACS does this too.
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PurpleWarrior13



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 4:03 am Reply with quote
Manga Entertainment's US branch is still around? If so, they've been very quiet in recent years...
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LUNI_TUNZ



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 4:54 am Reply with quote
PurpleWarrior13 wrote:
Manga Entertainment's US branch is still around? If so, they've been very quiet in recent years...
Dammit. I was about to make the "Manga Entertainment's still a thing?" post.
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Tratious



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 2:17 pm Reply with quote
PurpleWarrior13 wrote:
Manga Entertainment's US branch is still around? If so, they've been very quiet in recent years...
Yes, although they are more a Brand than an actual company in North America.They actually just released REDLINE & First Squad
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Soundmonkey44



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 2:49 pm Reply with quote
Why do I get the feeling Discotek will save this eventually?
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staab99



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 3:32 pm Reply with quote
Soundmonkey44 wrote:
Why do I get the feeling Discotek will save this eventually?


I don't blame them for rescuing this one.
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GrilledEelHamatsu



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 7:31 pm Reply with quote
PurpleWarrior13 wrote:
Manga Entertainment's US branch is still around? If so, they've been very quiet in recent years...


They were brought by NBCUniversal in 2009.

Starz owns ALL rights to Manga Entertainment.
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dragonrider_cody



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 9:37 pm Reply with quote
GrilledEelHamatsu wrote:
PurpleWarrior13 wrote:
Manga Entertainment's US branch is still around? If so, they've been very quiet in recent years...


They were brought by NBCUniversal in 2009.

Starz owns ALL rights to Manga Entertainment.


Ummm...no. Manga, and Starz Media, which includes Manga's "sister label" Anchor Bay are owned by Liberty Media. Liberty was originally spun off of TCI cable systems and is an independent company. Manga still exists in both the US and UK, but only as a label of Anchor Bay/Starz. The Weinstein Compant also owns 25% of Starz Media.

The US branch doesn't distribute much anymore, though they have put out things like Dead Space, Red Line, First Squad, etc.
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