While I'm excited to pick them up finally, I'm trying to do some research into what version would be best for me. If anyone has any experience with any of the anime releases, I'd love the first hand opinion. I would prefer them on BluRay, but can compromise if need be.
Here's what I know about the respective releases. Amazon listings for versions (as I understand them) are linked.
DVD Orange Box
Cropped widescreen format.
Not edited down like Kai.
Seems to have lower quality American audio tracks.
BluRay Dragon (Level) Box
Seems to be original uncropped aspect ratio.
Seems to be closest to Toonami version.
Sadly only 2 sets have been released and additional sets are "indefinitely postponed".
No filler cut out like Kai.
Has filler cut out.
New voice dubs.
That's all I know at the moment. What's most important to me is that the audio and video are at the highest quality and in English (gotta relive those Toonami dreams). I'm also specifically looking to know if, for an anime as old as this, if the visual fidelity of the show is that much greater in BluRay when compared to its DVD equivalent. If you can help me learn more that would be awesome and I can update this as we go so people can reference it.
What I want:
5.1/7.1 English audio.
Uncut original Toonami episode versions.
Added request for opinions on DVD visual fidelity vs BluRay specifically.
This post has been edited by slicedbread: 04 November 2013 - 01:07 PM