Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Series - Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
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Innocence and flesh were sacrificed when two young brothers ignored the laws of Alchemy in an attempt to resurrect their mother. The horrors they recklessly unleashed that night marked the beginning of a journey that leads from darkness to light and back.
In an era of war and corruption, State Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse desperately search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The legendary artifact is their last hope to restore what was lost – or it could be their undoing. The grisly truths found in the quest for the relic will test their souls in ways unimaginable. Murder stalks the brothers from the shadows and false prophets conspire to steal their faith. Morality is assaulted by military atrocities and scientific abominations. Amid the ashes of their childhood, Edward and Alphonse will discover the power to create is but a breath away from the power to destroy. The bond of brotherhood will be their greatest weapon in the fight for their lives.
The Collector's Edition comes in cool suitcase packaging and includes a 100 page art book, art cards, prints and more!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 10.75 x 8.75 x 3.25 inches; 4.1 Pounds
- Director : Jerry Jewell
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Animated
- Run time : 21 hours and 15 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2015
- Actors : Vic Mignona, Maxey Whitehead
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B0116FTD14
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: #204,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This being not only the first bluray release of the original FMA anime but also the first time it was released in one complete package I very much wanted it. I preordered it and it came in today. The show itself was great. Usually it's people opinions on which series was better. This one or Brotherhood. I say watch this first sense this version does a lot of character focus, making you love them more. Then watch Brotherhood. And the package itself was very pretty and nice. It came with another item so the corners of mine were a bit roughed up. It comes on 6 discs and are about the same thickness of any of the brotherhood Volumes. I think it's a great edition to my bluray anime collection and I recommend it :) hope this helped!
Episode 19, 25, and 51 commentary
Ura Hagane: Comedic Previews
The Transmutation of a Phenomenon: an Inside Look
Japanese commercial and U.S. Trailer
L'arc~en~ciel "Ready Steady Go" video
Textless Opening and Closing songs
Overall, I'm very happy to have all the episodes after so long. And also, it could be just because I haven't bought a complete series before but I found "Marathon Play" extremely useful. Watched everything in like 2 days.
Returning immediately. Very disappointed.
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Final Comments: For those debating the price while it may seem like a lot to spend for a show, per episode, it is cheaper than most $60 limited edition boxsets on the market (at the time of this review). If you collect anime and are a fan of this show, you will not regret this purchase.
First lets start off with something you absolutely need to know if you are considering picking up this series: as I am writing this review Funimation's license is set to expire in a month, meaning that this set will go out of print. The good news is that Aniplex is going to rescue the series. The bad news is that Aniplex is very much a company that caters to the hardcore collectors. So if you wait to buy it from them its going to cost you about $400 dollars or more. And that's just for the first TV series. Assuming you would also want to get the 2 movies, the remake series and the 2 OVAs (if Aniplex even bothers to release the OVAs) you're looking to spend at least $1000. So if you're looking at this listing in July or August of 2016, buy this immediately.
And now for the review:
This series is an absolute classic. Something that this series does incredibly well, in fact I'd say its one of the things FMA is known for, is its characters. You really get to know them well throughout its 51 episode run. You really get connected to them, and darn does this show ever bring on "the feels" whenever something bad happens to them (and this show really likes to kick its characters in the emotional gut). I don't want to go into too many details as far as plot because you can find that info pretty much anywhere and saying anything more would be in spoiler territory. Buy this if it sounds interesting to you. It is well worth the money.
The first FMA series began airing in 2003 and although it does show its age the animation is still very impressive for the time. To date, there has not been a blu-ray released in Japan. This means that Funimation had to go about restoring this using their own materials. As a result of this, each episode is presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio. That personally doesn't bother me, since the alternative isn't much better (nobody wants Dragonball Z's fake widescreen that just zooms in and cuts off 20% of the image) but people should still keep this in mind. The big thing with this release, however, is the picture quality. While it certainly does look good, its only a little better than the dvds. Because blu-ray disks can hold more memory than dvds (aka: they can hold more episodes) this is really more of a space saver than an upgrade. If you have the chance to buy the dvd for much cheaper I'd say go ahead.
Amazon experience; 5/10
This was the worst experience with Amazon I have ever had. When I first ordered this blu-ray I was told it would ship on Tuesday (I forget what date). Tuesday came and went and it still had not shipped. Wednesday passed and still nothing. I decided to give it one more day before I would contact them. I logged in the next day and it had finally shipped. I have no problem if my order is delayed. Sometimes things happen that are out of their control and I totally get that. But why was I not notified when my order was delayed for 2 days? I never received an email with an apology or explanation. Amazon never even acknowledged it.
Ok my order had shipped and was now on its way. It was now in my mailbox and all was good, right? Wrong. As soon as I took off the plastic I realized that the blu-ray case was broken in several places, with the pieces rattling around inside. I gathered all the pieces that had broken off and I checked the disks and there did appear to be some superficial scratches. Not only that, but there were other damaged areas of the case where the pieces could potentially fall off in the future and scratch the disks. I wasn't going to take the chance and immediately requested a replacement. I'll give Amazon some credit here: they were quick to fulfill my request.
The next week I got my replacement and, once again, the case was damaged. Though this time it was significantly less damaged than the first one. The bottom corner had broken off, but it didn't seem like it had moved at all during transportation. Another issue, although this one isn't Amazon's fault I assume, was that the magnetic security strip had been placed under a disk, which left some minor scratches. I tested the disk and luckily it played without any issues. I decided to keep this one because the disks still worked and I could always replace the case. However, I still wish Amazon had handled my order with a little more care.