Sunday, 20 November 2016

Unboxing [UK]: Outlaw Star - Complete Series: Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)

The fifth and last (but not least) MCM pickup is another Sunrise show - Outlaw Star.

It was Anime Limited's second license and now the Blu-ray is available!

Outlaw Star (Seihou Bukyou Outlaw Star) is an 1998 sci-fi series from Sunrise. The show ran for 24 episodes and has become a classic among anime fans thanks to its appearance on Adult Swim and being one of the three go-to shows back in the late 90s/early 00s anime boom (the others being Cowboy Bebop and Trigun).

Outlaw Star did receive a release from Beez Entertainment here in the UK (while Bandai handled the North American version). Both ended up going out of print due to the distributors disbanding. Anime Limited rescued the show in January 2013 while Funimation acquired a Sunrise package deal during that year at Otakon which included the show. Anime Limited released the show on DVD at first using the best master available at the time, and not long after the Blu-ray Disc Box was revealed in Japan which had a proper HD remaster (a lot of shows do simply get Q-Tec upscales which doesn't look great).

The Anime Limited Collector's Edition was revealed only a couple months ago at the time of this post. And it comes with pretty much the same contents as the Japanese Blu-ray Disc Box (with some minor differences). For starters the UK set includes the English dub and original Japanese audio with optional English subtitles. The 26 episodes and on-disc extras are spread across 4 Blu-ray discs and it is region locked to B. The Collector's Edition contents include a chipboard box matching the BD-Box design and a 100-page booklet.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: LPCM 2.0 [Japanese], LPCM 2.0 [English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 4:3
Region: B
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 4

Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
Gene Starwind always dreamed of a life as an outlaw and his wish seems to be granted when hired to be bodyguards for the mysterious Hilda. As the job goes from bad to worse, Gene finds himself the proud owner of the galaxy's most advanced spaceship - the Outlaw Star. Unfortunately for all involved the Outlaw Star is stolen goods and its owners want it back! Along with his partner Jim Hawking as well as the lovely Melfina - Gene must fight his way through pirates, aliens and assassins as he attempts to unravel the secrets of his new spaceship.

From the people that brought you Cowboy Bebop, discover this classic anime swashbucklers tale full of aliens, androids, pirates, female assassins and hot-tempered, very hungry catgirls! Could space action get any more interesting?

On-Disc Extra Content:
Pilot Film
Title-Free Openings
Title-Free Endings
Character Design Galleries
Mechanical Design Gallery
Character Color Setting Gallery
TV Commercials

Collector's Edition Extras:
Chipboard rigid box packaging with digipack
100-page Booklet

Outlaw Star is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anime Limited.

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