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Combo Blues

I know, I know... I have really been neglecting this blog lately, and I realize that there are a lot of fans out there that are probably going to smite me to within an inch of my life, but that's cool; I deserve it.

I guess I'll make a small mention of something that has been bothering the literal crap out of me lately, and that is the repulsive DVD-BD combo packs of anime that FUNimation has been releasing.

I know the companies out there seem to think that first we were all made of money, and then that we were too stupid to count the amount of bonus feature content included; but now they are just pushing their junk on us as a matter of par for the course, and we are just accepting this.

Over the course of this year, FUNimation has been releasing dual-format combo packs of their shows, for what ever reason I can only fail to grasp. I know it isn't for a cost effective stand-point, and it sure isn't because the fandom actually wants dual-format garbage, but more of a way for them to begin forcing the gradual shift away from DVDs into the higher definition format.

I have no problem with DVDs still. I think they are a very reliable format, and in the right authoring hands some really good quality episodes have been and still could be released.

FUNimation on the other hand has limited our consumer options drastically by making combos of their shows with both DVD and Blu-ray, and those of us that want one or the other are forced to spend an additional ten or more dollars per set for product that some of us will do nothing with.

Now before you go off thinking that I'm just looking some gift horse in the mouth, let me assure you that is not the case. This isn't a gift that will benefit us all. Some of the fans are pretty hard pressed for money to buy anime with, and when they can, are sure to want the more cost friendly items available. Not to mention that it's highly unlikely those same fans will have the latest BD technology yet, or have even held out for the technology to come to them. So what good will buying something with blu-rays do them?

On the opposite side of the coin, those of us that have the BD technology and are looking to expand that format in our shelves are buying BDs for a reason. Because we actually want the BDs... not the DVDs. If we did, then we would have gotten the DVDs to begin with. So again the question is, why would we possibly want two of the same thing?

If this is a matter of cost and packaging, then FUNimation's actions are clearly singing a different tune, since not only do they release a jumbo box-set, and then a singles thin-box set. I'm not seeing any difference between that, and just making two separate format releases.

I've yet to have to buy a dual-format box-set, but I know it's only a matter of time before I do, and when I do... I will be stomping the ground and wagging my finger at the execs of FUNimation and asking once again why I feel a cold hand on my shoulder from behind, and deft hands reaching for my wallet.