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Cowboy Bebop - The Perfect Sessions (Limited Edition Complete Series Boxed Set)

Kôichi Yamadera , Unshô Ishizuka , Hirokazu Yamada , Ikurô Satô  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Kevin Seymour, Steve Blum
  • Directors: Hirokazu Yamada, Ikurô Satô, Kunihiro Mori, Tetsuya Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Takei
  • Writers: Akihiko Inari, Dai Satô, Hajime Yatate
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QCW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy Bebop - The Perfect Sessions (Limited Edition Complete Series Boxed Set)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original CD soundtrack included
  • Interviews with cast and creators
  • Session O music video
  • Character biography/gallery
  • Trailers
  • See individual DVDs for complete details

Editorial Reviews

Each of the snazzy 25-minute installments from the most popular Japanese animated TV series of 1998 is a satisfying adventure tale about a futuristic hipster bounty hunter. This is an elegant action-comedy anime, with smoothly integrated CGI space-flight elements, gorgeous graphics, blues harmonica and sax riffs on the soundtrack, and a no-sweat post-Tarantino attitude. Despite occasional eruptions of gun-fu Asian-action violence, and some intimations of heavy-duty drug use (in the first of 26 episodes, one especially noxious narcotic is administered as an aerosol spray straight onto the user's eyeballs), the tone is surprisingly convivial. None of the generic tough elements are grim or mean-spirited. Lanky antihero Spike Spiegel is a planet-hopping freelance hunter with an ex-cop sidekick named Jet, a loopy fellow hunter named Faye, a teenage computer hack, and a genetically enhanced Welsh corgi assistant in tow. The emphasis is on clever twists of plot in an episodic short-story format with as many wisecracks as punches being thrown. --David Chute

Product Description

Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop. They've formed a partnership in a bounty hunting enterprise that specializes in adventure and cash. Using an old converted fishing ship called the Bebop, with the help of the intelligent data dog, Ein, the mysterious and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine, and Ed, the genius hacker -- Spike and Jet scour the galaxy to clean up space, one bounty at a time.

* Considered one of the best anime of all time in both Japan AND the United States. * Cowboy Bebop is now available as a special DVD collection box set that contains all six DVD's from Cowboy Bebop packaged with the Cowboy Bebop Original Soundtrack CD in a collectors box.

Customer Reviews

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488 of 522 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited Sessions March 11, 2004
By E. Kim
Just a side note:
This item is a limited edition. When it hit the shelves, you could buy it for about $120. It came with 6 dvds, a special box, a soundtrack, and all of them were numbered. Since they were limited, Bandai stopped making them a long time ago. Unfortunately, if you're a fan of the series and don't own the Perfect Session box set, you're stuck with buying them individually if you want a NTSC region 1 version that has good quality video. You will find two different price range sets in the "New and Used" section. The first range from about $200-$300, this is someone or some store that has an actual Perfect session box set and since it's now a rarity, has raised the price. The other is a 3-disc "bootleg" and the price usually ranges $30-$60. The video quality is horrible and unless you just want a copy of the series and don't mind the poor quality, I really wouldn't reccomend it. I know the price tag is very appealing, but if your looking for a quality copy, you're going to have to buy a Bandai version, either by spinging the money for the Perfect session or by purchasing them individually.
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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest October 22, 2001
By Hector
I have never written a review before, nor do I plan to often in the future, but I felt that I ought to give it a shot here.

I'll leave out a lot of preliminary posturing and tell you straight up. As a long-time anime fan who has seen it all, from two-bit pulp series like Pokemon and Dragonball to art-house favorites like Akira and Princess Mononoke, I can say that Cowboy Bebop is, hands down, the finest anime ever produced for the small screen.
As with all creative works that are based on words (or a combination of words and images) the most important thing in a television series, be it anime or otherwise, is the writing. Needless to say, the writing in this series (Keiko Nobumoto receives the "Screenplay" credit, which I can only assume means that she was the head writer) is utterly fantastic and the translators have done a great job of conveying the real meaning and feel of the Japanese dialogue in English, rather than just translating word for word [Note: this applies to the subtitles, I NEVER watch dubbing; and yes, I do speak Japanese]. The individual episodic plots are well constructed and there is always the spectre of the overarching "uber-plot" mysteriously tantalizing you in the background. The characters are well-realized, interesting and three-dimensional, with the notable exception of Ed, the hacker, whose annoying presence is a result of the production company's desire to pander to a particular demographic of Japanese viewer. Fortunately, this character is not much used and the other three, Spike, Faye and Jet, are so cool and so interesting that the series could consist solely of the three of them sitting around, playing Mah Jongg and there would still be enough sexual tension and biting wit to keep it enthralling.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I have been a huge fan of the show for years, well since '98. I certainly give the series eight stars, to hell with five, eight is what it deserves. But beware of this item.

First, this is not being sold by Amazon, but by a third-party seller. Second, please take note on the number of discs that the seller has written down as to what the set includes.

My wife went online to Amazon to get me a birthday gift a couple of weeks ago and she went looking for the complete Cowboy Bebop series. She found this and thought perhaps it was a fluke in the pricing since the stat page says "7discs." She ordered this one and she loves me. I have a wife who gives me anime. I am lucky.

But this set only has three discs. Yes, it does have every episode from the series but there are ZERO special features. No behind the scenes or anything like I know the original is supposed to have.

The video quality is OK. Slightly better than if you recorded it off of the TV with a VCR. Not great, but not bad. I will stay with this copy though because it was a gift, but I really have to recommend paying the money for the official 6-disc version. If you just want the episodes, then get this. Its not bad, but not good either. Kinda' like Purgatory.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read carefully the item descriptions: November 25, 2004
I give the series a five and that should be painfully obvious. It's pretty much one of the best sci-fi animated series out there harking back to times of BubbleGum Crisis and Gundam 0083 when those were the best thing around. The point of this review is to state something a little less obvious and that is to BEWARE OF PIRATED/BOOTLEGGED copies of this series that Amazon sellers want to fence over the internet. You might as well rip them yourself for free and not bother buying their shoddy product. Unsuspecting buyers need to note one of the main descriptions the seller gives you: "Import" and when the CD count in the set is less than the one advertised. Basically, you should return this crap and give the sellers bad points for failing to state these are Chinese pirated copies of the lowest technical quality. It's no use reporting this to Amazon, so again, buyers beware.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box-set, misleading advertisement January 10, 2004
I already had the European Cowboy Bebop set, but since I wanted the NTSC version as well, I bought the new perfect collection.
Of course Cowboy Bebop is great, and it ranks number one on my list of all time favourites, however, the advertisement on this site is misleading.
You will only get the 7 disc version if you order from a manufacturer and pay the full price. Buying one from the "Used & New" section will get you only the three disc version.
However, there is no way of knowing this before you order, and that's why some people (like me) feel cheated.
There's no note that says that the one you are buying is the three disc set, and I think that's pretty lousy because that way people get their hopes up for nothing. Not everyone can afford $190 for a box set of anime, especially with the economy gone under here in California.
If you're on a budget and you want to see a quality anime without a whole lot of extras, simply get one of the Used & New. If you have money to spend on hobbies like this, you should definately buy one from the manufacturer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cast
Bebop grabbed me. Some friends aren't that into it but I enjoy the characters. Ed may be my favorite but Jet's lines are the best. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Voris
2.0 out of 5 stars Read for reason...
I love the series, easily a 4-5 star series, however my rating reflects the product I received... a garage-made bootleg.
Published 7 months ago by Daniel Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
I really liked the series and having them all in set really made it easier to introduce it to other people. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Louis Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars The best damn series in anime!
I loved every minute of it! There will not be another television series like this one. The anime of a generation and a must own for any cartoon lover.
Published 11 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
5.0 out of 5 stars Love of Bebop
First of all I loved how fast it got here. I really didn't have to wait that long; second of all, the shipping costs weren't really costly, like an ATM fee. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Quietwolf4
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Bebop
This is one of the best shows ever! Sad to see it end. Wish they would put out a few more movies
Published 13 months ago by MetalMania
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
Bought this a few years back (for about $40, haha) and still have it! Really got into it when it started playing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charles J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Bebop...
This anime series is my favourite because it joins a jazz soundtrack with well done animation and characters you can almost relate to. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Broughton
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word: AWESOME!
The DVDs came much faster than I expected, plus there are all in great condition. A must have item for Cowboy Bebop fans!
Published on January 24, 2012 by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Set
This was a very good set, I bought it back in 2005. Different seller are selling it, but the kind I got was a very well done Chinese bootleg. It looked very official. Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by mschrissyok
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The cheap versions of this set are bootlegs so don't buy
Yeah, I fell for it too. Hopefully people will get the message about this criminals.
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