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Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic: Season 1
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Meet Yugi and his best buds Joey, Tristan and T'a. They share a love for the newest game that's sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters!.Legend has it five thousand years ago, ancient Egyptian Pharaohs used to play a magical game very similar to Duel Monsters. This ancient game involved magical ceremonies, which were used to foresee the future and ultimately decide one's destiny. They called it the Shadow Games. Since the game used so many magical spells and ferocious creatures, it wasn't long before the game got out of hand and threatened to destroy the world. Fortunately, a brave Pharaoh stepped in and averted this cataclysm..Now, in present times, the game has been revived in the form of playing cards..Meanwhile, Yugi's grandfather gives him an old Egyptian puzzle that no one can solve, but when Yugi finally pieces the puzzle together, his life is forever changed..
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Both in separate volumes and in DVD box sets but they never released the WHOLE series. Most of the series was put on DVD but part of the Doma Saga wasn't. A lot of fans were disappointed in this and frustrated. Plus when Funimation released the DVD's they either had many errors on the discs or part of the footage from certain episodes were cut out. Examples are:
Opening narration for Episodes 1-7 before the opening intro started
Then there was too much added footage for the Yu Gi Oh Logo in every Episode. Having 4 times the Yu Gi Oh Logo before the commercials when there was suppose to be just 1. This was very annoying as every 5 to 10 minutes you would see the Yu Gi Oh Logo pop up and then continue on with the episode.
Not to forget that some episodes were formatted badly on the DVD's. I know two episodes part of the footage had no audio. Weather this was a simple mistake when they burned the DVD's I don't know but it got me mad since the original DVD Box Set for Season 1 was around $70.00-$80.00. Ouch! You heard right! Yes the original DVD releases were very expansive which forced people to buy the separate volumes and even those were around $20.00 at the time.
Now here we are with a new DVD release by New Video Group. They got the rights from Konami and 4K Media to release the whole series on DVD. I just finished watching my set and all I have to say is WOW! New Video Group done this release the right way! There's no errors on the DVD's, no footage missing and no annoying Yu Gi Oh Logo popping up every 5 minutes! YES! Heck there's no tv rating either on the episodes another added bonus!
First let's start with the over all packaging. The DVD's are in 2 DVD cases with 3 trays in each case. So a total of 6 DVDs. The 2 DVD Cases are in a cardboard Case holder, or a display box. I am a bit disappointed in the box because I feel it's made out of cheaper quality and it should of been more thicker. I have the Digimon First Season Box Set and it was made more durable. But aside from this fact this is a very good release, much better then the Funimation release like 100 times better.
Now the quality of the episodes. They are perfect! Picture quality is great! and audio is too! The second thing I am disappointed in was that there's no bonus features at all. A bare bones release. I wish that New Video Group could have put the music videos on the DVD's. Or maybe some interviews with the voice actors and actresses. Or art galleries... Anything lol Well maybe for Season 2's release they'll do something lol... Oh wait! Better yet a Yu Gi Oh card! lol
Anyways guys this is something you should not miss!
Be warned that this is the 4 Kids edited Series. Not a problem for me because this was the first that I watched. And even though I've seen the Japanese version original uncut, I still love the 4 Kid's version as well. And the reason why I love it so much is because I thought the voice actor's and actresses were the best in this. Especially Dan Green and Eric Stuart.
Trust me guys you can't get any better then this release! And I waited 10 years for a better release and here it is!
A note for the completists/people who want the uncut versions:
Now, if you're expecting the original Japanese footage & language track, don't hold your breath. This set contains the 4kids edited footage w/ their original dub only, about exactly the same setup as the Digimon releases, with the dubbing being done by a different company, but the end result being the same. If you want the Japanese version, go buy the uncut DVDs, or watch subbed versions online, cause unless Saban &/or Konami team up with the original cast & possibly FUNimation, there's not going to be a release of the Japanese original footage, or the Japanese voice track on home media releases here in America any time soon. Now, you guys gotta understand the awkwardness involved w/ having the Japanese audio on the edited episodes & the 4kids dub on the original versions. The episodes weren't dubbed to the full episodes, like Dragon Ball Z, they were set like they were specifically, so there's certain scenes undubbed that were edited out for the English dub & the Japanese audio would have to be cut according to the footage at hand, so they'd be awkwardly set to each other, if they made that decision to have both on the discs, the dub & uncut/unedited footage, they'd need the cast to come back to dub those parts, which would be more effectively done in a new, better uncut dub, like 4kids started releasing several years ago, but cancelled because of copyright reasons, so pick your battles with getting these types of sets, cause you're not gonna win all of them with these releases.
Now, if you're like me & you grew up on this dub & don't have much of a problem with it, you won't be disappointed with these season sets. They have the full seasons on the discs & the original English dub too, since New Video Group partnered up with Saban & Konami to release the original dubs & edited versions of Digimon & Classic Yugioh on DVD. Until Amazon gets pictures of the product, trust me when I say that I've seen product pictures online & you won't be disappointed with the packaging & stuff, as it's worthy of a release like this.
Now, hopefully if every fan of this series buys all the seasons & they all sell well, they might release GX & 5Ds too & hopefully finish the dubbing started by 4kids with the original casts of both of those series & release the Bonds Beyond Time movie here in America. So please, just enjoy this for what it is & stop complaining for once in your lives as anime fans.
Can't wait for it's release, especially since its price is very reasonable. Hey, at least they're not as much as the Digimon series releases. I can't wait for this release, personally & I emplore you people to think the same.
Update 7/29: Since the downfall of 4kids, Konami has bought the full rights to the series' of Yugioh & Saban has bought the broadcast rights to the franchise, as to explain why it's airing on Nicktoons, as Saban teamed up with them to air Power Rangers in 2010, so I guess it only seemed logical to let them air the shows.
Update 9/10, the packaging: The packaging is great & the design is awesome! I feel the disc cases are a callback to the Funimation/4kids dvd cases, seeing as it's basically the same type of cases, but the cases come with 3 disc holders. Now on the packaging as a whole, it has an outer box with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon on it, as you may have seen. What you might not know, is that both sides have 2 different pictures on either side. On the left hand side of the front, it has a picture, along with the rest of the sets, will make Exodia, while the picture on the sides of the cases, will make a picture of Yami/The Pharaoh/Dark Yugi, for whoever prefers whatever, holding his duel disk from seasons 2 'til the end of the series, not to mention the end of GX, Bonds Beyond Time, & the movie. Now, I'd prefer buying this one over the volume releases, since it has these few extra things & a cool box case on the outside. On the back of the box, it says "It's time to duel" & other stuff that describes the series. Now, it might be just the 4kids dub, but it's still the show in a great format & presentation.
Now, I've read an article that said that Cinedigm & 4K Media struck a deal to release the rest of the Yugioh series', which could mean that they'll dub the rest of GX & 5Ds, or at least it's implied they will, since 4Kids didn't finish the dubs for those shows, they'll hopefully finish them, since they have the resources to do such a thing, since they are dubbing Zexal, it's just a matter of getting the casts back, writing the episodes, & license the episodes for dubbing & release everywhere outside of Asia. Link: [...]
I have a feeling they'll do that anyways, since GX, is probably gonna air on Nicktoons & the DVD will coincide with the airings of the episodes.
Now, overall, I give it a 8.5-9/10, for having all the episodes from the 1st arc, until the end of the mini "Dungeon Dice Monsters" arc. Plus, only having the 4kids English dub sets it back a little, & not do an entirely new uncut dub & finish what 4kids & Funimation started in 2004-2005, as I've stated above, but I'm not complaining too much. This is the dub I grew Up on & I'm happy to own it on DVD. Plus such great packaging for a beloved childhood memory & a highly sought after series that's DVDs ran out of print years ago. The cheapest DVDs, are the single & those can run you $100, more or less Plus the 1st 3 season DVDs, can run you 100s of dollars, plus seasons 4 & 5 were never released in season format, so this is your best option for owning this series outside of Asia. Can't wait for seasons 2-5 to be released, as well as GX & 5Ds on DVD, don't care for Zexal at all, & the Bonds Beyond Time movie in America, since it was only released in the U.K. for the English Dub. Maybe I'm shooting too high for now, but I'm pretty sure that they'll eventually be released here in America. Plus being a fan of Yugioh Abridged on YouTube, it's fun to see where all of the jokes towards the 4Kids dub in the series in the beginning & every so often afterwards & truly appreciate it all a bit more.
In summation; great release of this show on DVD, especially coming from someone who owns the vol 1 DVD single & knowing Funimation's DVD releases from back in the day. Cinedigm/New Video Group, is fastly becoming the new Shout! Factory. Now, if you weren't around, or old enough to keep track of Yugioh DVD releases back in the day & have a certain affinity for the series, as I & many other old fans, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. As with new fans, who wanna see where the franchise began, you won't wanna miss where it began & see why people like this show. Greatest release of the show on DVD & yes, I'm considering all the factors here, & probably always will be. THIS is how you release a beloved show on to DVD, Funimation! If you get what I'm talking about, thanks.
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