With today’s long-awaited news that Anime Limited will be releasing the highly anticipated second volume of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- as a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition, and Standard Edition DVD, on 20th May 2019! The distributor also announced a replacement scheme for those who purchased the Part 1 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition, which was released back in June last year. More details on the replacement scheme will be shared by the distributor at a later time.
At release, consumers complained that the Blu-ray version suffered from noticeable banding and other artefeacts that negatively affected the visual quality. This news of a replacement schemes comes 10 months after the initial release, and a similar decision announced by Funimation in February, who released the series in North America, and whose Blu-ray masters Anime Limited’s release used here. Anime Limited have at time of writing, yet to receive any complaints relating to the DVD version.
According to a report by Anime News Network, Funimation “noticed a discrepency” between the materials they were instructed to use for their Part 1 release, and the materials actually intended for use in their market. In July 2018, Anime Limited President Andrew Partridge noted on our forum that their release:
In this case with Re:Zero – while it strongly falls into disappointing for us too, it is not at least the common vernacular definition of defective for us. It totally deserves to be in the disappointing category though and we are looking into it as we love this show a whole bunch too
Commenting on our Discord server, Anime Limited noted that the newly announced Part 2 will also be using the same Blu-ray masters as Funimation’s recent U.S. release.
Like the previous volume, the Re:Zero Part 2 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition will include two discs inside a digipack adorned with artwork from the series, and a 92-page booklet to be stored inside a sturdy box. Orders made from Anime Limited’s store and Zavvi however, will also include a storage box designed to house both parts of the series! The storage box will be limited to 1,000 units.
Will you be completing your Re:ZERO collection? And what are your thoughts on Part 1’s Blu-ray quality? Leave a comment to join the conversation!
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