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> Initial D Premium Blu-ray BOX Pit3
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    Posted: Mar 9 2015, 12:44 AM


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Your dream has come true. They are bringing Blu-ray to Initial D Fifth Stage and Final Stage. They are calling this the "Initial D Premium Blu-ray BOX Pit3" which is slated for release on 2015/03/20. You can pre-order it now in the links below. But first, what's in it?

Good question, us fans have the right to know what is contained in this box that they are selling for 31,968 yen ($264.53) From the description, this box contains five Blu-ray discs and one music CD.

Disc 1~3 is Initial D Fifth Stage (All 14 episodes)
Disc 4 is Final Stage (All 4 episodes)
Disc 5 is a digest version of First, Second, Third and Fourth Stage. (Think of it like battle stage clips in High Definition)

And finally, the music CD contains non-stop Eurobeat music used in Fifth and Final Stage. Also there are deluxe booklets on Initial D material; a very nice luxury-looking storage box for the discs.

But all these for over $260?! Isn't it a bit expensive? You are right. That's why avex is also throwing in a special 1/24 scale Fujiwara Tofu Shop version AE86 model with this Premium box.

This AE86 model is different than the 1/18 version from AUTOart ( http://facebook.com/764494833566184 ) This one is smaller but it's just as detailed as the 1/18 version. This one also seem to have the roll cage (!) which was installed in Fifth Stage. So think of this exclusive version as the most up-to-date scale model of the Initial D Fujiwara AE86.

Anyways, this is not for everyone due to the price tag. If you do decide to take the plunge and get this, take some nice pictures for those of us who can't afford it. (that includes me..)

| Pre-Order Links |
http://amazon.co.jp/dp/B00RE0NNH6
http://kakaku.com/item/D0111332001


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Posted: Mar 10 2015, 12:58 PM


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I wonder why they're calling it Pit 3, were the Blu Ray "remastered" discs of Stages 1 through 4 also called Pits?
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Posted: Mar 10 2015, 01:00 PM


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Yes, they were released as Pit1 and Pit2.
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Posted: Mar 10 2015, 01:29 PM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ 28 minutes, 37 seconds ago)
Yes, they were released as Pit1 and Pit2.

Ah, I guess that explains it...
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 12:27 PM


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I found out why these "1080p remasters" are actually upscales.

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Lesser of two evils.
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 01:43 PM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ 1 hour, 16 minutes ago)
I found out why these "1080p remasters" are actually upscales.

Lesser of two evils.

Ha ha, it's a shame they didn't put more effort into them, but I guess they wanted to make a cheap buck...
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 09:46 PM


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The sad thing is, we are actually going to get another Hong Kong Live Action. Too bad no Michael Bay, or exploding Evo 3 in obvious CGI.
At least the AE86 model is very accurate, with roll cage, and no door visors.

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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 10:06 PM


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Only on IDW do we (and by that I mean not me) care so much about door visors.
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 10:09 PM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ 3 minutes, 43 seconds ago)
Only on IDW do we (and by that I mean not me) care so much about door visors.

ERMAGAWD NUU DOOR VISORS DIS NOT ACCURATE FAKFDKAKDAK

Fans tend to attend to the smallest details.
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QUOTE (Tessou @ 7 minutes, 32 seconds ago)
Only on IDW do we (and by that I mean not me) care so much about door visors.

What the heck are door visors anyway?
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 10:25 PM


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QUOTE (BOZZ @ 12 minutes, 4 seconds ago)
What the heck are door visors anyway?

These things.
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They were always there in the manga, anime, and the games, until the final battles.
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 10:27 PM


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QUOTE (Falbere @ 17 minutes, 31 seconds ago)
ERMAGAWD NUU DOOR VISORS DIS NOT ACCURATE FAKFDKAKDAK

Fans tend to attend to the smallest details.

I'm a fan and I don't give a shit about that level of accuracy.

Takumi only had 16 strands of hair on his bangs in second stage compared to 13 in first. Conspiracy?

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Damn, I never noticed those things, I see that they're in all the other stages, except for Fifth and Final...
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 11:07 PM


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And you can see all of that missing-parts beauty in glorious 1080p very soon. awesome.gif
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QUOTE (Tessou @ 9 minutes, 13 seconds ago)
And you can see all of that missing-parts beauty in glorious 1080p very soon. awesome.gif

Well as long as it's actually not just upscaled... biggrin.gif
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 11:18 PM


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Prepare to be disappointed.
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Posted: Mar 11 2015, 11:20 PM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ 2 minutes, 33 seconds ago)
Prepare to be disappointed.

Ah, btw, was the 3rd and 4th stage upscaled? what was the best quality ever released?
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Posted: Mar 12 2015, 01:15 AM


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They were, but no one bothered with rips of them, it seems.
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Posted: Mar 12 2015, 08:23 AM


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QUOTE (Miura Seri @ 7 hours, 8 minutes ago)
They were, but no one bothered with rips of them, it seems.

Makes me wonder if they actually look better than what they did with First Stage "upscale"...
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Posted: Mar 12 2015, 10:13 AM


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I'm going to venture to guess that they probably look better than the first box, only by virtue of having newer content within anyway. I do not believe they'd go to the trouble of putting a direct-from-film print of Third Stage on Bluray, so it's probably an upscale. Fourth Stage, who knows.
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Posted: Mar 12 2015, 12:50 PM


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I own both Blu-ray boxes that came out so far, and I can confirm that Third Stage was not upscaled. They actually gave it a new HD telecine from the original 35mm film, although they applied a lot of DNR to it. As for Fourth Stage, it couldn't be anything other than an upscale because it was digitally animated in standard definition, but it's still a big improvement over the DVDs for a simple reason: it's anamorphic, not letterboxed.

Really, as disappointed as I was with the hideously upscaled version of First Stage included in the first boxset, the second one is well worth buying because it includes the best versions of Third Stage and Fourth Stage ever released.

I'm also excited about this upcoming third BD-box, because Fifth Stage and Final Stage were both animated in native high definition (as evidenced by the raws captured from Animax's special airing of the first two episodes, not to mention some promotional screenshots), which means they'll benefit from a Blu-ray release much more than Fourth Stage did. I just wish it was a bit cheaper, considering it only includes 18 episodes, a music CD and a recap special, but I guess the model kit is supposed to make up for that.

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QUOTE (shagamu @ Mar 12 2015, 12:50 PM)
I own both Blu-ray boxes that came out so far, and I can confirm that Third Stage was not upscaled. They actually gave it a new HD telecine from the original 35mm film, although they applied a lot of DNR to it. As for Fourth Stage, it couldn't be anything other than an upscale because it was digitally animated in standard definition, but it's still a big improvement over the DVDs for a simple reason: it's anamorphic, not letterboxed.

Really, as disappointed as I was with the hideously upscaled version of First Stage included in the first boxset, the second one is well worth buying because it includes the best versions of Third Stage and Fourth Stage ever released.

I'm also excited about this upcoming third BD-box, because Fifth Stage and Final Stage were both animated in native high definition (as evidenced by the raws captured from Animax's special airing of the first two episodes, not to mention some promotional screenshots), which means they'll benefit from a Blu-ray release much more than Fourth Stage did. I just wish it was a bit cheaper, considering it only includes 18 episodes, a music CD and a recap special, but I guess the model kit is supposed to make up for that.

IS THERE EVER A CHANCE THAT YOU COULD UPLOAD THE SECOND BD PIT? (PIT2?)

I REALLY WANNA SEE 1080p ANYWAYS sad.gif i have both the third and fourth stages on DVD and they're not that great with quality...

PLUS I'M A HUGE FAN OF THIRD STAGE. (SW20 is my dream car lol) SO IF I COULD SEE THAT BLUE MONSTROSITY IN 1080p THAT'D BE GREAT!
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Posted: Apr 2 2016, 12:32 AM


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Please stop unearthing old threads to ask for files/links. As a new member, this is seen as unearned and annoying.

Next instance means the mod team takes the rubber bands off.
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