Cowboy Bebop Remix, Volume 1
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Top Customer Reviews
While it has been universally noted on various postings about the remix versions that the sound is significantly better than the original sessions, there are multiple varying reviews on the PICTURE QUALITY. Some say there is no difference at all, some say it's a bit better, some say it's a lot better, all say they have "checked" both versions. Well, I took it a step further. I watched both versions side by side on an Avid Nitris Professional video editing system with high definition high resolution (HDHR) monitors and here is the DEFINITIVE ANSWER. There is a difference, they lightened it and did a very slight color correction. Basically, the old versions were a bit dark and some of the detail went unnoticed while the remix versions are lighter and there is more visible detail and color. In terms of viewing expeirience this means that a majority of the scenes look noticibly (if marginally) better. There are certain scenes, however, where the lightness works against it. Some of the more noirish scenes look a bit bleedy. Overall I would say that there is a difference in video quality and that the difference is mostly an improvement. But, even to the die hard fan the difference is negligible.
If you don't own the originals, if they're scratched, if you're a huge fan, if you have an awesome theatre system with good surround, or if you have a crappy small tv and can't see the detail in the image, GET THE REMIX. If not, while they are cool, they're not worth the $30 a pop.
I would have to say no. Before I give my reasons, I'd like to point out that I do not have an expensive sound system so the updated sound is lost on me. BUT...
- I thought that they remastered the anime itself, and they did not. It looks the same as the original sessions (that was the reason for MY purchase).
-They did throw in a few extras that weren't in the original(some commentaries), but hardly worth a purchase.
-They redid the packaging and it looks like a quick relayout from the old art. I liked the original packaging better. It had the character info on the back, and the dvd was made to look like a record. the new dvd just mimics the cover art.
-They didn't even bother to include a booklet/paper of any kind inside.
-Many animes(Rahxephon, Noir) have been released in boxsets, or on a signature series (Trigun, Lain) that are cheaper to give the people that can't shell out $30 a dvd a chance to get it. You have to wait a little while, and it doesn't usually have some of the goodies that the original had; but the money has already been made. Of course they are releasing this "remix" of bebop (which has been out for a good 7 years or so) for the full $30.
Basically in my opinion, if you are going to go through the trouble to re-release it, AND charge full price; GO ALL THE WAY!!! (Like the Calvin and Hobbes Collection coming out.) If you are going to charge $30 for a 1998 anime; make it worth my 30.(But it's not about the money; it's for the fans) (sarcasm).
HOORAY FOR BANDAI MARKETING!!
On this first disc, containing episodes 1 - 5 (Asteroid Blues, Stray Dog Strut, Honky Tonk Women, Gateway Shuffle, and Ballad of Fallen Angels), viewers are introduced to Spike, Jet, Ein (a dog), and Faye-in that order. The first four episodes introduce four of the five main characters and the general setting of the Bebop Universe, while episode 5 really starts to dig into the past of Spike. All of the episodes are good, but in this volume it is episode 5 that really shines.
Although this disc has not yet been released the animation of Bebop was top quality when the show was first released in 1998 and the re-mastering and new scenes can only add to the original quality. Also, the soundtrack has always been well planned and judging from the best of set that was released a while ago, having 5.1 will make it even better.
Just a correction from the "official" description above, this show ran on Adult Swim not Toonami.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've always have been Cowboy BB fan....mostly because of Spike. But sometime after watching the second eppy, I came to fall for Jet too. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dee H.
one of my all time favorite animes. i watch a lot but favor meaningful and interesting storylines. not that slapstick humor. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by penlight
The product was in GREAT condition. I am very happy with the quality that the case, cover, insert and DVD was in!Published on June 23, 2013 by Ken
You offer a video with spanish league but only have english and japanesse option. I am very upset with this situationPublished on March 9, 2013 by Carlos Mauricio Calderon Vargas
I watched this entire series a few times and still like it today. A great rebuttal to people who have a bad impression of anime in general.Published on December 13, 2012 by DB9
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