Friday, January 14, 2011

Funimation Changes Ga-Rei / Eden of the East Movie to DVD/BD Combo Sets

Funi just sent over another memo about an hour ago letting us know that they have changed the release format of both Ga-Rei Zero and the Eden of the East Movie.

Instead of the previously announced separate DVD and BD releases, Funi will be combining both versions into DVD/BD combo sets.

So...

Ga-Rei Zero Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-12)
Ga-Rei Zero Complete Colelction DVD (Eps #1-12) (BLURAY)

now becomes the:

FN-08880 Ga-Rei Zero Complete Collection DVD / BLURAY Combo Set (Eps #1-12)

Eden of the East Movie 1: King of Eden DVD
Eden of the East Movie 1: King of Eden DVD (BLURAY)

now becomes the:

FN-08843 Eden of the East Movie 1: King of Eden DVD / BLURAY Combo Set

The price for the new combo sets is the same as for the previous versions, and all existing pre-orders for these will be updated to the new combo set version. No action is required on your part.

Sometimes on Friday I can't wait for it to be five o'clock in Texas so they stop making changes and I can go home for the weekend. :-)

6 comments:

The Sci-Fi Fanatic said...

For the love of... God bless you guys.

MARl0 said...

Well as long as the price remains the same, I don't mind. If they had raised the price for it, I would have been pissed, as I hate BluRay releases that force the inferior DVD along with it—a DVD that I will never ever use (Disney is very frequently guilty of this).

Joshua said...

Mario,

There's a very simple reason Disney does that: Kids don't understand blurays.

It's easier on lousy parents to get both discs than it is to explain to a three year old that, yes, we did get The Princess and the Frog for Christmas, but no, we can't watch it in the SUV on the way home from Grandma's because that's a DVD player, not a Bluray player.

Kid's response: Three hour screaming tantrum.

Disney knows that its market wants/needs both.

Or the world needs some better parents that don't use a dvd player as a babysitter, but you know, that's too much work.

Robert said...

The studios are getting a lot of feedback from retailers (like us) who are at the point where we don't want to stock two versions anymore, so the combo packs make sense as long as they are priced appropriately. It also helps reduce overstock returns when we misjudge the amount of one or the other format people will be interested in, and I can tell you, that's hard to pin down – it seems different for each title.

And let me say again, as long as they are priced appropriately, which means at the lower cost of the two.

But Josh is right about Disney. They do extensive consumer profiling to determine which type of release parents are mostly likely to buy (and pay more for), and there is a lot of truth in that many Disney products are purchased to be used to distract the kids - at least until the kids get old enough to have a smart phone which they can then proceed to check every 45 seconds of every waking hour. I see kids running around 10, 11 years old with those things. Those parents have found a great little box to keep them busy, and should be ashamed of themselves. But that’s the world we live in now.

MARl0 said...

I've always known why they do it, but it still doesn't make me happy. And Disney isn't the only one doing it either. My copy of Scott Pilgrim vs the World ended up the same way. It's just really frustrating being forced to pay extra for a combo pack with a disk that I have no interest in. I'd rather save $5 and just get the BluRay.

Robert said...

The combo packs should be carrying the 'single' version price point. After inventory reduction and production savings, it really actually probably costs less to produce a combo pack than two seperate versions.