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Feed from the Honneamise Focus Panel at Anime-Expo 2008. Transcription: zalas
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

12:01:17 <zalas|BVUSA> Simultaneous release
12:01:21 <zalas|BVUSA> timed to release together at same day as Japan
12:01:25 <zalas|BVUSA> Imported products from Japan
12:01:29 <zalas|BVUSA> higher quality of print, product and packaging
12:01:32 <zalas|BVUSA> price strategy
12:01:41 <zalas|BVUSA> lower pricing from previous bvusa line for the US customer
12:01:52 <zalas|BVUSA> dual language format
12:01:55 <zalas|BVUSA> english language tracks on a title by title basis
12:02:21 <zalas|BVUSA> announcement on freedom
12:02:23 <zalas|BVUSA> OVA
12:02:33 <zalas|BVUSA> freedom was original bvusa title on hd dvd twin format
12:02:37 <zalas|BVUSA> the hddvd format did die
12:02:45 <zalas|BVUSA> part of the first honneamise will be freedom
12:02:58 <zalas|BVUSA> (showing freedom trailer)
12:04:12 <zalas|BVUSA> coming in bluray nov 2008
12:04:13 <zalas|BVUSA> and dvd in 2009
12:04:24 <zalas|BVUSA> will be dubbed in English
12:04:27 <zalas|BVUSA> as well as french for eu market
12:04:40 <zalas|BVUSA> nov 11, 2008
12:04:41 <zalas|BVUSA> blu ray disc release
12:04:46 <zalas|BVUSA> 4 blu-ray disc limited edition box set
12:04:50 <zalas|BVUSA> 139.98 srp
12:04:55 <zalas|BVUSA> 16:9 1080p
12:05:03 <zalas|BVUSA> dolby true hd 5.1 ch audio and lpcm stereo
12:05:05 <zalas|BVUSA> english and japanese langauge
12:05:08 <zalas|BVUSA> and english & french subtitles
12:05:17 <zalas|BVUSA> includes never before released in north america freedom seven
12:05:23 <zalas|BVUSA> pricing comparison
12:05:26 <zalas|BVUSA> 20000 yen
12:05:32 <zalas|BVUSA> $60 more than US price!!
12:05:52 <zalas|BVUSA> as BEI, we will release Freedom as a DVD
12:05:55 <zalas|BVUSA> regular pricing
12:05:58 <zalas|BVUSA> first quarter next year
12:06:02 <zalas|BVUSA> next release
12:06:06 <zalas|BVUSA> Gunbuster vs. Diebuster gattai movie
12:06:10 <zalas|BVUSA> from Studio Gainax
12:06:15 <zalas|BVUSA> 6 ova series
12:06:21 <zalas|BVUSA> reedited to become a theatrical feature
12:06:24 <zalas|BVUSA> (playing trailer)
12:06:34 <zalas|BVUSA> Gainax 20th anniversary work
12:06:58 <zalas|BVUSA> (the video looks terrible, they must be using a streaming trailer or something)
12:08:39 <zalas|BVUSA> blu-ray disc release
12:08:41 <zalas|BVUSA> north america
12:08:43 <zalas|BVUSA> nov 25, 2008
12:09:00 <zalas|BVUSA> couldn't have English dub track
12:09:09 <zalas|BVUSA> separate materials not available
12:09:18 <zalas|BVUSA> gunbuster the movie $49.98 srp
12:09:24 <zalas|BVUSA> honneamise label $49.99 srp
12:09:33 <zalas|BVUSA> for diebuster the movie
12:09:39 <zalas|BVUSA> 3 bluray disc box set gunbuster vs. diebuster set
12:09:44 <zalas|BVUSA> extra bonus disc
12:09:45 <zalas|BVUSA> 99.98 srp
12:09:53 <zalas|BVUSA> 14,800 yen in Japan
12:10:13 <zalas|BVUSA> BEI is pleased to announce the merger of AnimeVillage.com and dot-anime.us
12:10:26 <zalas|BVUSA> AnimeVillage.com will use dot-anime.us to fulfill all Bandai Entertainment, Inc. titles online
12:10:47 <zalas|BVUSA> Q&A
12:11:00 <zalas|BVUSA> We have many new titles for next year, but for now these are the titles
12:11:16 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: In regards to Freedom, Freedom vol 7 separately for those of us who bought 1-6?
12:11:46 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Boxset, or get regular DVD next year 1-3, 4-7 (two volumes released by BEI)
12:12:05 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: HD-DVD release of Freedom, was dual disc, is Bluray going to be like that?
12:12:11 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Will just be standard Blu-ray
12:12:34 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Offering something to people who already dropped $200 dollars for the HD version?
12:12:44 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Well, we'll give you a bunch of posters and stuff ;)
12:12:55 <zalas|BVUSA> A: You want some cards to start with? (they're giving out cards in response to questions)
12:13:14 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Will bluray and DVD releases of previous BV titles maintain the same quality as we have seen?
12:13:34 <zalas|BVUSA> A: quality will be available on the Bluray release imported from Japan
12:13:37 <zalas|BVUSA> A: labeled under Honneamise
12:13:51 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Will sola, etc. be available as DVD as well through BEI at this point?
12:14:04 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We don't know yet
12:14:15 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Intent to finish SRW?
12:14:17 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Yes
12:14:34 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: packaging change from HDDVD to Bluray?
12:14:51 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We have some people from BV here... (asking)
12:14:53 <zalas|BVUSA> A: TBA
12:15:09 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: What's going on with true tears
12:15:23 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Shigofumi, true tears, sola, postponed until further notice, no news for those 3 titles.
12:15:41 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: As of right now, how much of Bluray release planned for back catalog
12:15:48 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We have some plans, but not at stage to announce yet
12:16:17 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Still we can't put new series on Bluray simultaneous yet
12:16:24 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Most of the release will be from the catalog first
12:16:44 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Clarification on freedom, English dub, what about process?
12:16:55 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Record in US, send materials to Japan, have them author it and ship back discs
12:17:18 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Since bluray is still pretty brand new and expensive, are you guys going to expecting sales to be slightly slow?
12:17:34 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Compared to DVD, it's still small, but trend is increasing. Retailers are dedicating shelf space to Bluray
12:17:50 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Next year, when all TV systems go digital, people will have more HDTVs, etc.
12:18:00 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Bluray releases in brick and mortar?
12:18:04 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We're planning to, yes.
12:18:26 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: personal opinion on Bluray vs. HDDVD? do you miss HDDVD?
12:18:42 <zalas|BVUSA> A: I got a HDDVD player and a PS3 bluray player, much easier to play on HDDVD player
12:19:04 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Still, bluray player is expensive, Walmart announced a $280 player with $100 coupon
12:19:36 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Still same features in Bluray version? (Overlaid line art, etc.)
12:19:47 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Specs for freedom haven't been fully finalized, can't answer at this time.
12:20:13 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: asking for director and series producer(?)'s commentary at AX last year as an extra
12:20:25 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: PSP?
12:20:31 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We kinda quit. Retailers not interested.
12:20:40 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Video on demand, digital download?
12:20:44 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We're still studying.
12:21:13 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Gundam 00?
12:21:17 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Wrong panel, LP1 4pm
12:21:53 <zalas|BVUSA> We are wondering about our current pricing.
12:21:55 <zalas|BVUSA> Audience: I like it.
12:22:13 <zalas|BVUSA> Audience: Price drop is good on a few of them, if you work well on making the packaging nice, it'll be fine.
12:22:30 <zalas|BVUSA> Audience: If it's a title I know I'll like, the pricing is fine for me.
12:23:34 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: market expectation of sola, true tears, shigofumi?
12:23:56 <zalas|BVUSA> A: It's very difficult to predict, we hope to at least sell 5000 initially, hopefully more
12:24:07 <zalas|BVUSA> A: We've been asked this by the licensors as well.
12:24:33 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Why bluray first and DVD later? Since bluray penetration will be coming in later?
12:24:51 <zalas|BVUSA> A: DVD price will be lower, we just want to make some time difference between releases
12:26:13 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: does the label move to BEI, does that affect future negotations?
12:26:23 <zalas|BVUSA> A: pretty much going to be the same, probably going to be easier due to less competition
12:26:54 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: Was confusion over Bandai one of the factors of BVUSA BEI merger?
12:27:00 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Yes, we were confused as well.
12:27:12 <zalas|BVUSA> I spent a year telling people to stop contacting me for BVUSA
12:27:16 <zalas|BVUSA> And now I want them to start contacting me now
12:27:32 <zalas|BVUSA> We kept forwarding emails to each other
12:27:51 <zalas|BVUSA> Q: BVUSA people going to Cypress headquarters?
12:28:00 <zalas|BVUSA> A: Yeah, good team and we're going to be very efficient moving forward
12:28:04 <zalas|BVUSA> A: And I'm happy with my commute time.
12:28:09 <zalas|BVUSA> Thank you for coming
12:28:25 <zalas|BVUSA> BEI new acquisition announcement
12:28:29 <zalas|BVUSA> as well as 00 announcement
12:30:17 <zalas|BVUSA> (panel ended early)
Notes: None