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The Price Of Fma Dvds., Is it really worth it?
Nepharski
post Oct 22 2005, 08:41 PM
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<In my attempt to collect all FMA DVD threads into one sub-forum, I'm moving this thread from FMA Anime forum section front to FMA Anime Japanese Audience sub-forum. 02/19/07 ~Tombow>

Not to sound miserly or anything, but I feel the prices for FMA DVDs to be startlingly high...at least by comparison, anyway. $35 will buy you the complete 2nd Season of, say, The Pretender, a total of 21 episodes, but $40 would only buy you 8 FMA episodes, 4 per $20 disk. Continuing with the comparison, a standard Pretender episode is about 45 minutes, whereas a FMA episode is aprox. 25 minutes. Excuse me, but I find that a tad expensive. Now, 4 episodes for $10 or something would be far more reasonable.

Or is it?

The only thing I know of one the DVDs are the episodes. What I want to know is, what else is there? What bonus features justify the price tag?

Is it worth it, or should I sit back and weight for when the prices go down a year or so from now?


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post Oct 22 2005, 10:17 PM
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Whether or not you should wait is entirely based on how much you want them. If you don't want them badly enough to spend 20 dollars on them every 8 weeks (or was it seven....) then you can probably wait. But don't get your hopes up, DVD's tend to take a very long time to go down in price. I mean, the most I've ever seen a Popular Anime DVD drop in price over the course of a year is 3 dollars.

Is it worth it? Who knows. It varies from DVD to DVD. You can always check what special features it has by going to a store and looking at the back of the DVD case. Volume 5 seems to have a decent amount of extras that might justify the price. Some Volumes are a bit dry when it comes to features. I felt that Volume 4 didn't have much that impressed... (Okay so yes it did have the complete first episode of a another anime for promotional reasons but... ah... whatever)

I think it's worth it since the DVD's come out reasonably far apart. You can earn back that 20 dollars within that time. Never really any profit or loss that way.


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post Oct 23 2005, 02:05 PM
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Anime dvds have always been more expensive than American crap dvds. I've been dealing with it for the past five years, so I'm used to it now. Actually, lots of stores *coughsuncoastcough* sell the FMA dvds for $30 each, not $20 each. Anime is an expensive hobby. That's just the way it is.
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post Oct 23 2005, 02:11 PM
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If I were you I'd just wait til the box set comes out. It comes out to be a lot cheaper. I highly doubt the prices will go down either. I just checked some anime right now on Bestbuy.com and Neon Genesis Evangelion, made in 1995, is still priced at around $25 per volume while the box set is only $70.


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post Oct 23 2005, 03:07 PM
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eh, the pretender is a crappy show anyway.

i think we've talked about this before, in another thread...


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post Oct 23 2005, 03:31 PM
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Well, I only pay 20 bucks at Best Buy... and yeah, also, I have a job... and yeah ._. I really have no problems with anime now since there's this gift called Best Buy and now McDonald's has that BestBuy buck deal with the large value meals and I usually get three best buy bucks all the time so I go out and buy anime for 17 instead of 20. lol ._.
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post Oct 23 2005, 04:49 PM
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QUOTE(adamclark @ Oct 23 2005, 02:07 PM) [snapback]303567[/snapback]

eh, the pretender is a crappy show anyway.

*Kills.*

I was only using it as price comparison.


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post Oct 23 2005, 05:35 PM
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Well, it's not exactly a fair price comparison. While Anime DVD's tend to never go down in price, the ones that do not sell well at all, tend to be the kind of product stores want to get out of their stock, so they dropt he price hoping someone will buy them. If it's good or not isn't a factor, if it's popular or not is.


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post Oct 23 2005, 07:19 PM
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it's not fair to compair american sitcoms/dramas and anime, since the us shows sell by seasons, while animes start selling in volumes containing, as you said, a couple of episodes.

eventually they'll make box sets of all the episodes and it'll be cheaper. they have the japanese ver in two season sets.

it's not too fair though. cowboy bebop dvds are like 30 a pop with only a few episodes...


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post Oct 23 2005, 09:23 PM
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I had this same problem when I first started watching FMA about a year ago. "TheVileOne" and I got into a bit of an argument about it too. laugh.gif
Here are some things to consider:
-A movie will run you between $15 to $20 for about 1.5 hours of film. That's about the same an anime DVD.
-A lot less people watch anime than other shows/movies. For that reason, the companies that license anime in the U.S. need to make more money per disc to turn a profit.
-The prices will not go down. If you go into Best Buy nearly every anime DVD is $20 no matter how long it has been on the shelf.

Personally I don't have a problem with the prices anymore.


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post Oct 24 2005, 01:11 PM
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you could always buy used on ebay, i guess.


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post Oct 24 2005, 04:35 PM
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QUOTE(adamclark @ Oct 23 2005, 06:19 PM) [snapback]303676[/snapback]
eventually they'll make box sets of all the episodes and it'll be cheaper. they have the japanese ver in two season sets.

it's not too fair though. cowboy bebop dvds are like 30 a pop with only a few episodes...

Yeah, I think I'll end up buying them in sets. In the mean time, I'll tape all the new ones on Saturday.

Speaking of Cowboy Bebop, a friend of mine had the first season or whatever, but all in one set, including english translations. It had over 20 episodes or something.


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In the event that Hiromu Arakawa can skillfully maneuver around this narrative plot hole, I will eat my words with a pinch of salt.
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post Oct 25 2005, 03:37 PM
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No one's forcing you to buy them. And you can probably get them cheaper on deep discount DVD or anime discount DVD or whatever.

And here's the thing:

Fullmetal Alchemist = best anime series of all time

The Pretender = umm what's the Pretender?

I rest my case tongue.gif .


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My tips on how to save money on anime DVDS:

Buy them on sales (like the big storewide sales cause you're wasting your time waiting for them to go down in price by themselves)

Get them used at game stores or something

If you want more than 1 series to watch, make a big thing with your friends. Each one buys a different series and let's the others borrow it (I save hundreds of dollars that way)

google the series there's gotta be a site out there to download a lot of animes

record it from TV

get membership cards from Barnes and Noble or Waldenbook etc. and buy DVDS there. You always get a discount.

go to anime cons. You could bargen and sometimes they actually play anime as a show thing.

that's all I can recall right now. My friend's and I made this big list with all sorts of money saving tips.


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post Oct 25 2005, 06:42 PM
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20 bucks for a DVD isn't alot considering movies are only 2 hours and 4 episodes of an anime is around 2 hours. Its a fair trade.
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