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So if I want the two DVD box sets of the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime (comprising all 51 episodes), that's under $40 on Amazon. That's nice. That's reasonable. I could afford that when I get my first paycheck from my job that starts this fall.

But if I want the Cowboy Bebop boxset - which is only 26 episodes, so roughly half the length of FMA - that's like $120?

And then Puella Magi Madoka Magica on DVD, which is only 12 episodes, totals about $150 for the three DVD sets.

I don't understand you, anime DVD pricing. I don't understand you at all.


....Then again, is it just anime? I added the DVDs of the first two Godfather movies to my Amazon wish list and noticed that there's like a $20 price difference between them. Which is just weird.

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Updated 22nd July 2013 at 12:39 AM by Misato Katsuragi

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  1. Totally Not Booster Gold's Avatar
    You want to know why? I'll tell you, DVD'S are dead. LONG LIVE THE DIGITAL ERA!
  2. 97SaturnSL1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Booster Gold
    You want to know why? I'll tell you, DVD'S are dead. LONG LIVE THE DIGITAL ERA!
    i wouldnt go that far...yet


    it varies by country and who the publisher is.
  3. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
    A lot of the time, it really depends on who has licensed the series. If you are in the United States, Funimation has FMA, and Funimation has been very good at having decently priced season sets for a while (as well as keeping most of their catalog in print). Cowboy Bebop, on the other hand, was licensed by Bandai... last time I checked, it's out of print (which really drives prices up on items). Madoka is released by Aniplex, right? They are stuck in the early 00's with their DVD pricing.

    As for the Godfather movies, have you considered the collection set? I don't know where you shop for your DVDs, but the Godfather Collection has been out for quite a few years, so should be able to be obtained used through ebay or Amazon for a better price than just buying the movies separately would be... plus you'll get all three movies.
  4. CrackFox's Avatar
    I've noticed that animated series are really expensive on DVD. Don't know why but it definitely sucks.

    Give me a physical copy any day. Digital media is so charmless.
  5. Jack Pschitt's Avatar
    You see, Cowboy Bebop is like freaking awesome and stuff, so it costs more than Fullmetal Alchemist. It's literally like that simple bro.

  6. Lugion's Avatar
    Yeah, Cowboy Bebop is OOP. I was lucky enough to grab a copy when it was still ~$30.

    What's REALLY ridiculous is how both new releases of Gurren Lagann are $175 and upwards of $600 for the DVD and the Blu-ray versions, respectively.
  7. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
    Yeah, there are a lot of series that I kick myself for not buying back when they were still in print. Like... I doubt that I'll ever own all the Galaxy Angel series now.
    @Faye Valentine; Thought that I'd warn you that there is at least one bootleg Cowboy Bebop set that I know of (and actually own). Make sure that if you buy your boxset from anywhere besides a trusted retailer, that you get a chance to see the set before you buy. Here's pics of the bootleg that I own.

    Updated 21st July 2013 at 10:30 PM by Satoshi-kun
  8. Misato Katsuragi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Satoshi-kun
    As for the Godfather movies, have you considered the collection set? I don't know where you shop for your DVDs, but the Godfather Collection has been out for quite a few years, so should be able to be obtained used through ebay or Amazon for a better price than just buying the movies separately would be... plus you'll get all three movies.
    Yeah, see, that's the thing...I'm not sure if I want the third movie.

    My mom just got the first two movies for her birthday from a friend, though, so maybe I'll ask said friend where she got it. They're just two movies I love to the degree that I feel like I should have a hard copy, not just a digital one. (Plus, there are significant chunks of both films that are in Italian with English subtitles, and a lot of ding-dongs who put them on the Internet manage to include them without the subtitles. I watched Part II online and it was ridiculously hard to find a subtitled version. I don't understand why; the original film had them, since it was made for an English-speaking audience!)

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