It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything official about Book 1’s DVD. The last we heard of it was that the voice actors were finishing up commentaries for the special features section of the DVD. Today, we received the last bit of remaining details.
Firstly, the DVD will be hitting stores on July 16th. This is still a bit disappointing since we heard back in November that the DVD would be “coming soon.” I’m not sure that 8 months can be considered “soon”, but whatever; at least we finally know one of the release dates.
Another interesting bit of news is that Book 1 will also be coming to Blu-ray. The Legend of Korra is reportedly the first series that Nickelodeon will bring to Blu-ray, so I guess it’s fair to say that the Network has giving the series a bit of love in that department.
Unfortunately, if you want to take full advantage of all the special features, you will be required to purchase the Blu-ray version. Commentary on all 12 episodes will be exclusive to the Blu-ray version, but the DVD version will still have a select variety of the commentary. There will also be an Original Puppetbender short film called The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story, which will be available on the DVD version as well.
This whole ploy to add more bonus content on the Blu-ray edition is a complete scam that Nickelodeon has cooked up perfectly. Blu-ray looks incredible, there’s no doubting that, but an animated series such as The Legend of Korra can only look so clear. At best, The Legend of Korra will look slightly better on Blu-ray as opposed to DVD. You probably won’t even be able to tell the difference. But in order to help customers avoid that whole thought process, Nickelodeon drops the “exclusive” bomb and pretty much force feeds Blu-ray to the fandom. More money for them.
One concern I have is that Amazon has been letting people pre-order the DVD for quite some time now. However, no one was ever given the option to purchase the Blu-ray edition. Will Amazon give buyers the opportunity to upgrade? With the Blu-ray version being the better buy, Amazon will likely take a lot of heat from the fandom if everyone who pre-ordered Book 1 is stuck with the DVD edition. Hopefully it all gets straightened out soon.
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