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Earlier today, Funimation announced the formal release date for their Vision of Escaflowne Blu-Ray sets. The series, plus film adaptation Escaflowne, will hit retailers on October 18.
Four SKUs for the TV series are being produced:
- Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
- Kickstarter Exclusive Part 1 (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)
- Part 1 (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)
- Part 2 (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack)
Pre-orders for the Collector’s Edition, as well as both retail Standard Editions, will open on July 15. The film will also be available for pre-order on July 15.
Funimation still hasn’t announced the final list of extra features, but they were able to confirm that the “Club Escaflowne” featurettes will be included in the sets.
Funimation’s Kickstarter to re-dub Vision of Escaflowne officially launched on February 27. In an interview with Anime News Network’s Zac Bertschy, Funimation brand manager Jennifer Fu explained the need for a new dub on the series:
So basically there was the original dub that came out and it’s based on SD materials that, as you’re aware, the director’s cut, the HD Japanese version that was released on Bluray more recently, has scenes that were not in the original materials that the original English dub was based on. So because of that it’s not possible for us to put the subtitled HD material which is what we’ve just received from Japan, on the same disc as the original dub, because otherwise it doesn’t line up correctly and there are some points where the dub just won’t have any dialogue or anything in it and it’d just be kind of strange.
Funimation noted that the $150,000 goal wouldn’t cover the full cost of a new English adaptation.
The campaign reached its goal on March 1, and passed its first stretch goal of $200,000 on March 10. The second stretch goal was hit earlier this week.
The campaign raised a total of $318,784 across 2,058 backers, with an average contribution of $154.90 per backer.
Funimation released packaging shots for the Kickstarter Edition (Standard), as well as both retail editions of the release. You can check these out below: