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About the commentary from the VAs, I didn't really care for the second one at all, but I loved the first one. For those who didnt hear it, it was especially interesting IMHO to hear Travis Willingham, who admitted he was wasn't very good in the first series due to inexperience. He had a great understanding of the new series and Mustang, and the relationship between Hawkeye and Mustang (he even accidentally gave away the tattoo, ha ha). He also apparently kept up with the subbed releases on Funimation, which I thought was pretty cool of him. :-P
Man, I'm disappointed that they didn't do a commentary for episode 19. I thought the dub for that one was outstanding, would have been nice to hear the major players from that episode (Travis, Colleen, Laura, Maxey) and their reactions to it.
[...]for some reason, they used the Riza cover from japanese volume 9. which was used on episodes past the one this current set is covering.
I gotta say I'm pretty disappointed about episode 19 too. Of all the episodes, I thought that was the one they would do a commentary for sure. And 26 too, maybe.
I think they used Hawkeye because the cover of Ed with the shot of him from the end of 26 would be the only suitable overall cover for Part 3, IMHO. (I think) the other two are of Olivier and of Scar and Winry, so I guess neither would work.
Anyway, i can't wait to get this!
QUOTE (Alzea @ Jul 16 2009, 07:49 AM)
DistantBlue, I just can see this, demotivational poster:
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QUOTE (AXavierB @ Aug 11 2010, 06:28 PM)
I don't even have an HDTV so it probably doesn't matter whether I got the DVD or not.
Or at least that's what I'll tell myself so I don't have to feel jealous of everyone with a Blu-ray player. =_=
Actually, even the dvd upscaled looks quite good so once you do get that HDTV, you'll be in for a treat. And as far as feeling jealous, since the show itself was shot in HD, it's only fair that most of us are watching it as such but again, it looks good on both dvd & bd.
Shame about the commentary, especially since I'd have preferred to have ep. 19 rather than for ep. 14 as as good as the ep. 14 was, ep. 19 probably would've had an amazing commentary from the group. But that's all just IMHO.
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so, the UK version of FMA:B released yesterday, anyone bought it yet? Are there any differences to the US version? Any bonus material? Is the OVA included? What about the covers? And I read here somewhere you weren't able to turn off the subtitles in the BD US version, is it the same with the UK release?
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I'm in the UK, but I buy the US versions...however, I think it's safe to say that they don't have OVAs; they have the same running time and I don't think they'd release one with and one without. xD I have no idea if they'll contain the postcards or not...I'm leaning towards them not, but I could be surprised.
I doubt they'll have all the covers (but I don't know for sure, because I'm not buying the UK versions) because, as with most (or all) MANGA releases it's a single DVD box with 2 or 3 discs inside, rather than a box set like the US version. So I'd imagine only one of the covers will be on the front (which in this case, it is, Volume 1's cover. Perhaps the covers from volumes 2 and 3 will be inside the box?)
I'm not sure about the problems with subtitles...I don't use them since the entire point of me getting these sets is to watch it in English. The only problem I've had with subtitles is that every second episode I watch, the subtitles on the opening are written in romaji instead of English. But it doesn't bother me because I usually skip the opening.
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I'm with penguintruth when it comes to my opinion on commentaries, but I honestly can't stomach them enough to sit through the entire thing. I watched the commentary for the episode where Hughes dies, and they hardly said two words about the actual show, and what they did say was usually incorrect. I don't know if anyone else watched it, but if you have, you'll remember:
During the opening, they commented on how overly-comidic they found the animation, and one of them said, "That's because the manga was so much darker than the anime, and they need to balance it with comedy!" Look, I know they're just actors (though I cant' stand their voices, on any of the thousands of shows they dominate, the same like ten actors in every single anime) but if they don't know what they're talking about, get someone who DOES to talk! How much farther can you get from the truth then to say that the anime, which was very, very dark, is lighter than the manga, which is based off the theme of HOPE, and that hardship leads to happiness???!! How is that darker than the first anime??
That was biggest thing, but there were smaller, irritating things afterwards. Like Winry's VA Caitlyn Glass mentioned how Winry is apparently the same in both animes. Okay, minor, but as a hardcore FMA fan who has always respected Winry for being independant and strong (while still femine) it was hard to listen to that, knowing how cliche and pathetic she was in the first anime.
Then there was the fact that they spent 80% of the commentary talking about food.
The worst was Hughes' death scene. I get that they're not fans of the show, but if they have nothing to say, why are they the ones talking about it in the commentaries? They were joking around about something entirely irrelevant during hte entire scene, laughing about something stupid while Hughes was buried and his daughter and wife were crying. Honestly. I've watched tons of commentaries before, and even though it's all fiction, the people talking have never laughed during something as sensitive as that before, because USUALLY the commentators have something worth saying, and have some sort of investment in the story. So the laughing made my skin crawl, and I nearly turned it off.
I stuck with it for God knows what reason, but not for long. At the strangest possible moment, I was finally pushed over the edge. They made a comment about not liking Roy's jacket and I was like, "That's it, I cant listen to you people anymore" and took out the DVD. My sister was like, "Finally. I didnt think you of all people would last that long."
...........Long story short, I've never liked hte English voice cast, but hearing this made me dislike more than their lack of talent, and made me disapointed in who Funimation chooses to commentate. There's got to be a script writer or a director or sometone who has something to say. Something beyond food.
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