Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 12/16/2014
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (141 out of 144)

Special Features


  • Memo from Bebop: The dub sessions remembered
  • Dinner aboard the Bebop
  • Cowboy bebop session #0
  • English and Japanese Commentaries
  • Interview with Wendee Lee
  • Interview with cartoon network producer Sean Akins
  • Ein's summer vacation
  • Textless opening & closing songs
  • "Tank!" music clips


Customer rating

4.9
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    You're gonna carry that weight...

    Posted
    BlackMantis
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    First let's address the elephants in the room. 1. This is in 4:3 format, not 16:9. For those of you who are saying 'huh?', that means it's classic square television format, NOT in rectangular widescreen. It's not an anamorphic release. So you're going to have to hit H screen, or one of the wide settings to make the black bars on the sides go away on your HDTV. 2. There's no subtitles for the English version! Why did Funimation do this?! They're on the DVD release (which IS actually anamorphic, as well). The subtitles are there for the Japanese language version (in English), but not everybody likes subs over dubs, and I like to read what English actors are saying sometimes. 3. The audio is still atrocious. This seems to be a problem with Cowboy Bebop all around, but one minute the theme song Tank will be blaring a saxophone solo, and the next you've got your ear pressed against the speaker to hear what Spike or Faye are mumbling. In other words, you're going to have to play remote DJ if you want to understand everything that's going on. If you can live with these three faults (and they're pretty big faults), then Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray is a great addition to your library. The palette is brighter, but mind you this series has a distinct tone. Faye's outfit will always be vermillion, not yellow, Spike's suit will always be midnight blue, not Navy, and Earth tones in this series will always push Utah levels of reds and oranges. The animation has little to no artifacting during action sequences a great improvement, the lines are much more distinct than what we're used to. The set comes on four discs which I love because that means less getting up, more binge watching. The Main Menu also doesn't have Tank blaring every time it comes on, unlike the DVD. But if you want the BETTER experience and can live with a dimmer color swatch, better subs, 6 discs instead of 4, Tank's bombastic whining, and all of the same extras, then I'd recommend the DVD over the Blu-ray. I never thought I'd say that, but the DVD is actually the better pull for this release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have for any true fan

    Posted
    CoreyMac
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    Cowboy Bebop is one of those series that is just impossible to criticize. Not because it has no flaws, but because it has rabid fans who will defend it to the death. It has obtained the mythical “classic armor,” which is an abhorrent carte blanche, bestowed upon only the most overrated of anime, that is used to automatically defend against any sort of legitimate criticism. Cowboy Bebop certainly has good qualities, and it is relevant in how it influenced western perception of anime, but it wasn't quite groundbreaking or revolutionary in and of itself. You could argue that its audiovisuals were in fact groundbreaking, but I think a work needs more than superficial qualities to be truly revolutionary or great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy for a great series

    Posted
    MovieMadder
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    If you're reading this, it's likeley that you're already familiar with how good Cowboy Bebop is, so I won't go into explaining that. What I will explain is the quality of this box set. It really is great and Funimation did a great job making it. The packaging is superb, the artwork captures the vintage feel of the anime. On the inside there's 4 different colored discs that look like vinyl records, and there's artwork of the characters on the inside of the case, as well as a list of episodes. The picture quality is top notch. Bebop has never looked or sounded this good. The extras include newly recorded videos of the reunited English dub cast and old behind the scenes videos from the original Japanese production team. This box set is simply a must have if you're a fan of this series. I'm more than satisfied with the product. If you're on the fence about buying it, then take my advice and buy it now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great version. I wish it were 4K though

    Posted
    Pootie
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    Like most have reviewed, this is the best version available. The subtitles, or lack of, is kind of a bummer. I used my 4K Blu Ray player and could not tell too much of a difference on the upscaling stuff that people mentioned. But the look and sounds are awesome. I do understand the audio complaints that most people are having. It is optimal with surround sound. I only have a sound bar, so at times it was a bit annoying. But I am really enjoying my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable, why not 5 stars

    Posted
    ManaSecret
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    Maybe I just don't get it... the animation is great. So why do I feel like it is unfinished after watching the final episode. Very abrupt ending, but the battle that finishes the series is what we should have seen more of (imo). I also feel like they could have fit all episodes on 2 if not just 1 BD. Guess some might feel cheated if it were not on multiple discs. BTW, 1 disc is bonus features, not my thing so I will never watch that disc. Would not be a bad series for say $20. I might never watch it again, but I am glad I took the time to engage myself to the series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great editon

    Posted
    Kamahama3x
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    Cowboy Bebop is a legendary anime that is a must see for anyone who loves the medium. As far as the product, the case was completely pristine in condition, and the disc worked perfectly. The anime is fairly dated, so the video quality can only be so good, but I can definitely say that audio quality is very clear and crisp. Every time the intro song would play, I listened to it the whole way through and had a blast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More Beautiful Than I Remember

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    C6502
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    This series was already gorgeous on DVD, but on Bluray it really pops. The HD format does a lot to remove some of the "muddy" washed out look of the DVDs and the old Adult Swim SD broadcasts back in the day. All I can say is that you owe it to yourself to buy Bebop on Bluray if you have even a passing interest in the show, anime, or want a really solid 8-hour block of TV you'll never forget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best animated series ever

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    SeanN
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    Cowboy Bebop is some of the finest storytelling in anime. All of the characters have so much depth to explore that even the episode count is still not enough. Most of what happens on the show is the characters having brief glimpses into their past while struggling with the present. Cowboy Bebop is a great first step for beginners into anime outside of the superhero genre.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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