Madman Entertainment picks up Sailor Moon for AUS and NZ

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http://love-and-pop.com/madman-acquires ... me-series/

"Madman Entertainment are thrilled to announce the acquisition of SAILOR MOON – one of the most beloved and iconic anime series ever made – for distribution in Australia and New Zealand on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms.

"Not only will the arrangement see the release of all 200 episodes of the original series along with the three feature films and additional specials, but also the previously unavailable series SAILOR MOON S, SAILOR MOON SUPER S and SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS.

"The uncut and uncensored release of SAILOR MOON will feature its original un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio, along with all original Japanese character names, story elements and relationships, as well as an all-new uncut English dub with a new voice cast.

"The first 12 episodes of SAILOR MOON will premiere on AnimeLab.com on November 28, with subsequent episodes from season 1 and other seasons (SAILOR MOON R, SAILOR MOON S, SAILOR MOON SUPER S and SAILOR MOON SAILOR STARS) to follow throughout 2015

"The smash hit SAILOR MOON anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi and tells the story of Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy but kind-hearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

"SAILOR MOON will also receive a deluxe DVD and Blu-Ray release at a date to be determined in 2015. Further details of these deluxe releases will be revealed in the near future.

"Finally, in addition to the original series, Madman is also very proud to announce the acquisition of brand new series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL – which will begin streaming on AnimeLab.com from November 28, as well as receive a disc release at a yet to be determined date."

It is not known at this point if Madman will be using the material that Viz has already produced or if they will be giving the show their own separate treatment.
 

micknutson9

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^Any news regarding the English voice cast for both the AUS & NZ version yet or no?
 

Sabrblade

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micknutson9 said:
^Any news regarding the English voice cast for both the AUS & NZ version yet or no?
Madman isn't dubbing company. It's a DVD distributor. They make and sell DVDs for existing shows and movies. They don't work on the shows and movies themselves.
 
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lastchanceforaslowdance said:
Is this just the VIZ set repackaged for europe ?
Australia and New Zealand actually and yeah probably.

Also Europe is a collection of separate countries with their own languages and licensing companies so selling one set to all of them would be hard.
 

Sabrblade

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lastchanceforaslowdance said:
Is this just the VIZ set repackaged for europe ?
Australia and New Zealand are in Europe? :P
 

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Lovely.
The guys down under get the DVD.

And we British are still no closer to a release.

Sigh.
 

SailorWelshy

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Black_Chaos said:
The Brits haven't gotten the DVD ?
Nope.

I had to get my DVD from America. My laptop can play different regions.
 
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It's probably only a matter of time before Manga Entertainment picks it up for the UK. Madman will probably use Viz's materials and possibly even the same discs, but with the Viz logo swapped for Madman's. That's what they usually do. Their discs are often recycled for Manga UK as well.

And no, there will be no new dub. They're using Viz's dub and basically have the same license Viz has. This is actually big news for them since Australia has only previously gotten the DiC dub of Classic and R on DVD (with DVDs pretty much identical to ADV's). Unlike the US though, Australia has the series back through their old licensor (Madman). For the UK, I'm pretty sure it will be Manga UK now instead of MVM Entertainment (especially since MVM's DVDs of the DiC dub flopped, they probably don't want to touch the series with a 10-foot-pole. Interestingly, they are the only country to get BOXSETS of the DiC dub).
 

NJ_

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Both Europe & Australia are Region B so there's a reason to import the Blu-ray sets if nobody has the patience to wait for Kaze to pick them up.

As for those in Australia looking to buy on DVD, do they still convert the video to PAL? If so then I would worry because of BS like this.
 
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NJ_ said:
Both Europe & Australia are Region B so there's a reason to import the Blu-ray sets if nobody has the patience to wait for Kaze to pick them up.

As for those in Australia looking to buy on DVD, do they still convert the video to PAL? If so then I would worry because of BS like this.
No, most releases are NTSC these days. Thats why Manga UK doesn't work with Madman as much as they used to.
 

Black_Chaos

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SailorWelshy said:
Black_Chaos said:
The Brits haven't gotten the DVD ?
Nope.

I had to get my DVD from America. My laptop can play different regions.
Good thing your laptop can play different regions then ! If AU/NZ is getting the DVD how long is it going to take England ?
 

Sera-V

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Madman are pretty good when it comes to packaging so I'm expecting something better than the US effort.
 

Sera-V

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NJ_ said:
Both Europe & Australia are Region B so there's a reason to import the Blu-ray sets if nobody has the patience to wait for Kaze to pick them up.
Considering the low quality of the Blu-Rays I see no reason to pick them up, not matter what the region code is. The picture quality of the Viz Blu-Rays is worse than the other countries DVDs.
 

Sabrblade

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Mercurius said:
Are you sure on that, Sera-V? Go look at http://www.madman.com.au/, and look at their boxarts...then go to amazon.com and search the same titles.

I did...not any different, except replacing FUNi or Viz with Madman's logo. :(
Allow me to point you to a fine example of Madman having superior DVD art than a U.S. release.

Here is the art for Madman's release of three Japanese Transformers series:
http://s28.postimg.org/3v3vm6nwt/100105 ... 9_f0_0.jpg
http://s28.postimg.org/uucbv2zrh/1000x1000.jpg
http://s28.postimg.org/rc0byoyvh/kinopo ... 267163.jpg

And here is the art for the U.S. releases of those same three series:
http://s28.postimg.org/fbevxyrgt/f8c9e59bb7c3.jpg
http://s28.postimg.org/a19x6o77x/BZXq_O.jpg
http://s28.postimg.org/cjvm7csy5/0000000039892.jpg

The Madman ones look epic and utilize a greater amount of characters in a dynamic action scene, while the U.S. ones are minimalistic and use only two characters from each, not conveying the same level of excitement as the Madman ones.
 
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The Studio Ghibli and Transformers releases are handled by Disney and Shout! Factory respectively in the US. The Manga UK and Madman AU releases of FUNi and Viz shows are usually identical to the US releases, but with different logos/region coding, and maybe slightly different packaging (same design though).