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1:1 identical retail copies of Anime Legends DVD bootlegs on the market. Be aware of 3rd party sellers.
on February 11, 2014
First off, I will say that I love this series, but it is not a review of the show but rather for the product and trying to bring awareness of the product's availability and bootleg problems plaguing the marketplace. This is not a seller problem, but these will be found at conventions, online retailers, and brick and mortar stores that don't know better.
In 2012 Bandai Entertainment USA went out of business. Since then many bootlegs have hit the market, especially for the popular shows.
These bootlegs typically come in a clear case and are nearly indistinguishable between the retail copy. This particular series was never released with clear casing and came in a thick black box. The DVDs they're using for these are DVD-5's, meaning that the max they can put on the disc is about 4.75 Gigs while the official retail releases use DVD-9's. Due to the fact it's impossible to tell by looking at the DVD set, the only way to know for sure if you have a bootleg or retail copy is to check the disc's properties in your computer.
The only way you will know for sure that you got an official retail copy, will be:
1. If you buy *directly* from Amazon or Rightstuf. Their warehouse stock comes directly from the publisher.
2. If you buy new it will come with a security sticker.
3. The final test to see if it is legit is to put it into your computer and see if the disc is less than or greater than 4.75 Gigs. If it's greater than that, then you should be good.
(note: the bootleg on the right was not an Anime Legends bootleg, so they may have copied the disc file name for these as well)
I hope you found this information useful. There's not many people who know about this and I'd hate for people to continue falling prey to buying bootlegs.
Not only is this happening to Bandai's Anime Legends sets, but it's also happening to Discotek Media's sets as well.
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