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NEWS: FLCL, Vampire Knight Guilty Put on iTunes Before DVD/BD




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Nebs



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:21 am Reply with quote
The Anime Network has also been adding dubbed episodes of "Needless" to iTunes before the DVDs/broadcast/streamings have started:

http://j.mp/​gvkX7F
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Takeyo



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:38 am Reply with quote
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the first episode is available for free.

And it might be worth noting that it's presented in a widescreen format despite the fact that FLCL's original aspect ratio was a 4:3. Sad
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Penguin_Factory



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:59 am Reply with quote
Takeyo wrote:
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the first episode is available for free.

And it might be worth noting that it's presented in a widescreen format despite the fact that FLCL's original aspect ratio was a 4:3. Sad


Really? What does that look like?

I wanted to get the Blu-Ray of this but it looks like it's Region 1 only. I'll have to settle for the DVD.
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edzieba



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:15 am Reply with quote
Penguin_Factory wrote:
Really? What does that look like?
Very weird. They appear to have cut off some of the top and bottom portion of the 4:3 frame, and stretched the rest to 16:9.

It also appears they're using the same Q-tec butchered master as the JP BD, which is a shame. Smearing and unsharp-mask-haloes for everyone!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:14 am Reply with quote
I hope the BD release is a little better. Pre-ordered a while back. Smile
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Takeyo



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:01 pm Reply with quote
Happy news on the aspect ratio front. I received an email from FUNi's customer support confirming that the iTunes episodes were, in fact, presented in the wrong aspect ratio and are in the process of being corrected. More importantly -- at least as far as I'm concerned -- the BDs and DVDs will be in the correct 4:3. Big sigh of relief over here.
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captainbanana



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:22 pm Reply with quote
Takeyo wrote:
Happy news on the aspect ratio front. I received an email from FUNi's customer support confirming that the iTunes episodes were, in fact, presented in the wrong aspect ratio and are in the process of being corrected. More importantly -- at least as far as I'm concerned -- the BDs and DVDs will be in the correct 4:3. Big sigh of relief over here.


That's amazing news. I hope whatever customer support rep you were in contact with has correct information.

No matter what anyone says, the image quality on the Japanese Blu-Ray release was much better than the picture quality on the old DVD release. People expecting a criterion collection quality remaster for an older, less popular (in Japan for sure) anime are living in a fantasy world.
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