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> First Stage Blu-ray BOX set to release in Feb 2014
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    Posted: Nov 1 2013, 03:38 AM


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And now some news from Japan. An Initial D fan from Yokohama, Kanagawa took this picture on one of the trains. This small advert contains some of the latest news in the world of Initial D.

The final volume (48) of Initial D manga is to be released on Wednesday November 6th as we all know by now. FINAL STAGE DVD is currently in the making. We still don't have a release date on that yet. A Blu-ray release for First Stage BOX set is confirmed, and set to release next February!! This is a great news because Initial D has never been released in the Blu-ray format before. There MIGHT be some bonus features, we just have to wait and see.

And we now have a more refined release date for the New Theatrical Initial D Movie. It is confirmed to be release in August, 2014. We bet it's going to be August 6th, 2014. We'll see. (smile)

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Posted: Nov 1 2013, 05:43 AM


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I am honestly, seriously excited for this.
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Does this mean that First Stage was remade in native 1080p?
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Posted: Nov 1 2013, 06:53 AM


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QUOTE (Nerubian @ 48 minutes, 37 seconds ago)
Does this mean that First Stage was remade in native 1080p?

What do you mean by "remade"?
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Redraw of characters, cars, scenes, everything. Don't know whether there's a common term for this...
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QUOTE (Nerubian @ 3 minutes, 10 seconds ago)
Redraw of characters, cars, scenes, everything. Don't know whether there's a common term for this...

Do you mean reboot? If they start everything from scratch (animations, effects, etc) but keep the original plot and premise?

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Posted: Nov 1 2013, 08:26 AM


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QUOTE (Nerubian @ 26 minutes, 45 seconds ago)
Redraw of characters, cars, scenes, everything. Don't know whether there's a common term for this...

QUOTE (THE_HONDA_CG2 @ 23 minutes, 35 seconds ago)
Do you mean reboot? If they start everything from scratch (animations, effects, etc) but keep the original plot and premise?

I seriously doubt it will be re-animated. That would be ridiculous and should be obvious after more than a few seconds of thinking about it. Now if by "remade" you mean "remastered", then we're talking. Bearing in mind that First Stage was produced in 1997-8, it was well before completely digitized production (though the CG sequences were ahead of its time), I'm not sure what the native resolution of the masters is but full HD will do the animation much greater justice than any previous DVD ever could have. I'm not expecting any touch-ups but it would be nice if they did make some fixes. Very minor ones, that is - I'm a purist when it comes to this stuff.

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The thing is, I can't see a thing mentioning First Stage in the picture posted.
It just says something like "A first in the box series: Blu-ray box will be sold in February."
So,I don't think it will be the First Stage.
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Ahhh. Yes I meant a reboot or remaster of First Stage.
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It would be cool if the Blu Ray is the set for the whole series.
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Posted: Nov 1 2013, 05:33 PM


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QUOTE (Initial D World @ Today, 4:38 AM)
A Blu-ray release for First Stage BOX set is confirmed, and set to release next February!!

As I posted on Facebook, this is inaccurate. All that image says in Japanese is that the first bluray boxset for Initial D in general is releasing February 2014. It doesn't say if it's First Stage, and even if it turns out to be First Stage it doesn't say whether or not it's the whole series. Keep in mind that this is Japan, and even more troubling it's Avex... I wouldn't put it past them to release things in halvsies.

Not to mention I don't have a whole lot of faith in their remastering skills considering how Third Stage, Battle Stage and Fourth Stage were mastered on DVD... sad.gif

EDIT: @BOZZ: It's not. 100% guaranteed.

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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ Today, 12:26 PM)
I seriously doubt it will be re-animated. That would be ridiculous and should be obvious after more than a few seconds of thinking about it. Now if by "remade" you mean "remastered", then we're talking. Bearing in mind that First Stage was produced in 1997-8, it was well before completely digitized production (though the CG sequences were ahead of its time), I'm not sure what the native resolution of the masters is but full HD will do the animation much greater justice than any previous DVD ever could have. I'm not expecting any touch-ups but it would be nice if they did make some fixes. Very minor ones, that is - I'm a purist when it comes to this stuff.

I definitely agree with kyon here. First stage is... a masterpiece. And to be able to watch it in glorious HD, and even if it's only 720p BDs, it will be so much better than the DVDs would even make it justice. That's great news and I hope they will release a 2nd Stage BD Box set, 3rd Stage BD, 4th Stage Box set and then 5th Stage and Final Stage later on too! I just hope that it's not just 1st Stage.

QUOTE (Nomake Wan)
As I posted on Facebook, this is inaccurate. All that image says in Japanese is that the first bluray boxset for Initial D in general is releasing February 2014. It doesn't say if it's First Stage, and even if it turns out to be First Stage it doesn't say whether or not it's the whole series. Keep in mind that this is Japan, and even more troubling it's Avex... I wouldn't put it past them to release things in halvsies.

Not to mention I don't have a whole lot of faith in their remastering skills considering how Third Stage, Battle Stage and Fourth Stage were mastered on DVD... sad.gif


At least, it'll be BD release of something Initial D related. smile.gif
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Posted: Nov 1 2013, 09:22 PM


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It will be. I just hope it won't be a VHS-to-BD transfer is all, since that's what the DVDs were, basically. sad.gif
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 17 minutes, 32 seconds ago)
It will be. I just hope it won't be a VHS-to-BD transfer is all, since that's what the DVDs were, basically. sad.gif

If it's VHS-to-BD, then it's just hilarious in and of itself. laugh2.gif
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 2 hours, 14 minutes ago)
It will be. I just hope it won't be a VHS-to-BD transfer is all, since that's what the DVDs were, basically. sad.gif

Ouch... I wonder why they didn't use something besides VHS, I thought at least 1st and 2nd Stage was also released on Laser Disc, doesn't that have better video quality than VHS?
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 2 hours, 16 minutes ago)
It will be. I just hope it won't be a VHS-to-BD transfer is all, since that's what the DVDs were, basically. sad.gif

Could you expand on the specifics of that?
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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ 2 hours, 25 minutes ago)
Could you expand on the specifics of that?

Um... well since I own the R2 of Battle Stage and the R1 of Third Stage (which is just a port of the R2 with additional tracks and a different menu), go frame-by-frame. There are some places where inexplicably there appear to be tracking errors. That shouldn't happen if it's a digital transfer from a master. I don't recall if such errors appeared in First or Second Stage, but they were very obvious in Battle Stage. Third Stage suffered from letterboxing like Fourth Stage did, but at least Fourth Stage seemed to be a digital transfer (albeit a bad one). Third Stage, I'm not so sure.

It's just because I spent so much time staring at the Battle Stage DVD while translating it. It's bad. I really, honestly hope they're transferring from proper 35mm masters when going to BD for these.
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 6 minutes, 35 seconds ago)
I really, honestly hope they're transferring from proper 35mm masters when going to BD for these.

What if
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 3 hours, 48 minutes ago)
I really, honestly hope they're transferring from proper 35mm masters when going to BD for these.

I do too... I mean, transferring from VHS to Bluray is like fucking a running blender.

Of course, it IS Avex, and three quarters of their staff probably do that in their free time anyway.
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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ 8 hours, 30 minutes ago)
What if
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To be honest...the thought had crossed my mind. sad.gif
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I dunno if this is anything to be excited about. If anything the only upside would be the storage space of the discs, because more than likely the footage will be upscaled to 1080p/1080i and while upscales can look good sometimes they're still not as decent as HD remasters.

And the likelihood of the series getting a Blu-ray release here is pretty much zero because Funimation never releases Blu-rays of S.A.V.E. series.
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Looks like it really is a complete set unless this is a mistaken addition to Amazon JP:

http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/B...y-22/ref=nosim/
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QUOTE (BOZZ @ 15 minutes, 57 seconds ago)
Looks like it really is a complete set unless this is a mistaken addition to Amazon JP:

http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/B...y-22/ref=nosim/

>¥ 42,000
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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ 4 minutes, 51 seconds ago)
>¥ 42,000
Blaze it, drifter.

The best part is that's only half of the collection... The other half is the same price.... and the second includes 3rd stage, 4th stage, both Extra stages and both Battle stages..
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Can't wait to see Battle Stage on bluray. The DVD was terribad, so it should be fun to see if they bothered remastering before upscaling. awesome.gif
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