Originally Posted by arcane93
Why watch the dub anyway? Ugh.
I will say this for the Bandai blu-ray -- the sound on the Japanese language track is one of the most impressive and striking audio tracks that I've heard on blu-ray. If you have a reasonably decent surround sound system, it's well worth grabbing it (while you still can) for the audio upgrade alone. Hopefully they'll keep the same Japanese audio track on the Funimation version, but there's no guarantee.
I'm not disagreeing with your assessment of the Akira Bluray, from what I've heard its one of the best mixes ever done on home video ever (there's some big write ups online about it somewhere detailing this) however...
I've listened to the JPN version when I couldn't stand the Pioneer dub any longer, while decent, it's not what I was used to or could enjoy enough to slog through it, and Pioneers claim that the Streamline release was not accurate was bullshit, I watched both side by side with their "accurate subtitles"
and the only differences were some unnecessary profanity and other explanation to confusing things that didn't make it any better in my opinion.
I liked the Streamline dub, plus there are many talented 80's VA's on the cast (Cam Clarke as Kenada) and I dunno how it is for some people the first time I hear something that's how I like watching it again, with the same VA's (unless its abysmal and amateurish sounding) then I'll switch over.
But I'm not
so anal to believe that all JPN VA's are superior
to their English counterparts, and will never think that, it's your opinion if you do, even though it is a misguided one.
Originally Posted by NuclearPorkchop
Completely agree about the Pioneer dub...sweet christ whoever managed that production should be shot in both kneecaps. Give me Cam Clarke's Kaneda any day of the week over that pile of garbage. Watched it with the Japanese lang. track after a friend picked up the dvd, was better than the new dub...but just didn't feel right. The Streamline dub is how I originally watched it, that's how I'll always want to watch it.
I don't have a region free dvd player, otherwise I would've picked up the Madman R4 release, since I've avoided all the other disc releases to date.
Actually that's not entirely true...I found a mint LASERDISC copy of the film with the Streamline dub @ a local used music/movie store for something like 6-8 bucks a few years back
. The rip I have archived on my computer originally came from a laserdisc rip as well (not my own). Funny though...since I don't own a laserdisc player either.....eh, oh well.
Only thing from the lists I'm seeing people post that I need to get seems to be Cowboy Bebop, to replace my old bootleg discs. Glad I checked the DVD forum, thanks OP.
Glad to see, I'm not the only fan of that classic and definitive dub of that movie. Unless you're stuck on not playing movies on your PC, VLC plays any region DVD movie perfectly fine, and that's how I watch all of my other region movies just fine. I'd recommend picking it up, since as I mentioned at the moment there is NO OTHER way to get that dub with high quality video at all in the world, as the R2 Manga Ent. release was a rubbish VHS full screen washed out atrocity (my VHS copy looked better) the region 4 version is the definitive version of the movie for that dub. As I said, I'd buy it again if the bluray came with the Streamline dub (for the what 4th time, lol) I love the movie and that dub that much.