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Those of you who have been holding out for Full HD 1080p versions of Shinkai’s works will soon be able to purchase them because both “The Day Promised in Our Early Days” and “5 Centimetres per Second” will be released in Blue-Ray and HD-DVD format in Japan on April 18th costing 5775 Yen (US$55) each.
The ending credits of “5 Centimetres per Second” had showed the movie was produced in HD format so it was a matter of time before this happened really. The only bad news is there is no limited edition so if you want that film strip, you’ll still just have to go for the limited edition DVD release.
Content-wise, these HD releases contain the movie itself and eight minutes of extras. The extras are comprised of the movie trailers and also the “One more time, One more chance” PV 5 Centimetres per Second Special Edition that only came with the LE DVD release. However, oddly enough it seems to be missing the interview with Makoto Shinkai which both versions of the DVD contained.
I obviously won’t be getting this because I already own the DVD and, I don’t have an HD media player. I think it would be amazing to watch the beautiful artwork in its Full HD glory, though!
Ah, there’s always someone out there trying to make some quick cash eh? Usually I would say these “enterprising” individuals are causing fans problems but in this case, I suppose it’s just half and half.
It appears that last month, someone managed to sell off the Byousoku 5 Centimeters film strip they had via Yahoo Auctions for an end price of 32,500 Yen (US$300)! The price even started off at 4800 Yen (US$45)!
If you don’t know already, these film strips (cut from the actual reel) are packaged together with the Japanese limited edition DVD boxset and the scene you get is random.
Yes! The 5 Centimeters per Second novel has finally arrived from YesAsia after much waiting and trying out many ways to get it. I was expecting one of those smooth covers judging by the image retailers have up on their sites but, the cover outside the hardback book is actually a rough one.
ヽ(メ ｀Д´)ﾉ ムカー！！
WTH!? The Asahiya store at Sogo HK takes my reserve money, tells me I can’t cancel, makes me wait for a month and then tells me they don’t have the 5cm novel any more!? This is ridiculous… They kidding me on or something? Their stores in Japan seems to have stock so I don’t see why they can’t get it. Too bad I can’t speak to them directly about this matter since it’s a friend I asked to order it.