Highschool of the Dead Blu-ray & DVD Discounts
You know, anime been killing my pocketbook this year, and it's not even half way over. First, I got Summer Wars on Blu-ray for $19.99 then Evangelion 2.22 on Blu-ray for the same price. As I was casually browsing the web early this morning for some fact checking on a blog of Highschool of the Dead (HOTD) I was writing. I saw something rather shocking on a money saving deal that the community really needs to see.
The list price for the Blu-ray on Amazon.com is intended at $69.98 for a two disc set containing all 12 episodes. What I saw on May 25 at 5AM is the series is at a 44% discount of $38.99. Just for your information, the Amazon price for the standard DVD is shown with discount to be $53.99. If you really want the standard DVDs for a better deal. I also researched Rightstuf.com. While their price for the Blu-ray is marginally higher than Amazon, they are offering the standard DVD for $35.99. Mind you, that these discounted prices are subject to change. They could go higher or lower by the time of the June 28th release date.
I haven't been able to confirm that this series will be completed uncensored in this U.S. release, but the back art on the box does say "TV-MA VSD". The definition of these terms by the ratings board are V: graphic violence, S: explicit sexual activity, and D: strong suggestive dialogue. That does imply uncut, but the same rating was given on Anime Network's website, which was shown with some censorship to the more graphic scenes. If you were looking into purchasing Highschool of the Dead on Blu-ray or DVD. There are some great deals out there to take advantage of. Sentai Filmworks is distributing the series in the U.S. and will be both dubbed and subtitled.
If you're new to the HOTD series, you can watch the entire season subtitled on either Anime Network's website (HERE) or on HULU (HERE). Samples of the dub cast can be seen on Anime Network's YouTube Channel (HERE).
UPDATE: I recently heard back from a customer representative of Rightstuf.com on the issue of any possibly censorship. In this brief reply she answered,
"This title will be like the one they produced in Japan."