Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Section 23's August 2010 Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Section 23 has sent out their August 2010 release schedule and we've got it posted to the store site. Here's what's coming:

La Corda d'Oro ~ Primo Passo DVD Collection #2 (Eps #14-26)
Princess Resurrection Complete Collection DVD Box (Eps #1-26)
Shigofumi Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)
Tytania Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)

Strangely, Section 23 also listed a new Sola Complete Collection (all 15 episodes, sub only) for August 3rd. Now as you well know, Bandai released all 15 episodes of Sola (sub only) last September and that set is still in print an available now. We just figured that Bandai had probably lost the license and Section 23 picked it up, but in a very confusing news release yesterday Bandai said:

"The American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has confirmed that the company still holds a license for the sola romance television series. Section23 Films announced on Friday that Sentai Filmworks has licensed the 15-episode sola series, and Section23 will release a boxset of the series in August. Bandai Entertainment's Robert Napton noted that his company is "not involved with anything [Section23 Films] are doing," and is "currently releasing sola and will continue to do so."

It's impossible for two R1 companies to hold the master license for any title at the same time, so someone is clearly a little confused here. However, given that we have plenty of the old Sola box that Bandai released, and that they are still sending us restocks, and that the Section 23 release is only subtitled like the old version and actually carries an MSRP $5 higher than the current Bandai release, we've decide NOT to solicit Section 23's new Sola box for pre-orders until there is some clarification about who actually owns the title. As soon as everyone gets their shit together and tells us who has what, we'll update that item. :-) Stay tuned.

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