Italy Gets a Kick-Ass Castle of Cagliostro DVD
Now this looks really cool. Why can't we ever get something like this? This is an upcoming Castle of Cagliostro DVD box in Italy, which includes a large sculpture of Lupin, Jigen, and Goemon. The DVD case is also quite impressive and stylish, and limited to only 1,100 units.
Does Manga Entertainment still hold the rights to Castle of Cagliostro in the US? If so, they really need to bring out a super-cool kick-ass package like this package. Better yet, bring us the Cagliostro Blu-Ray, already! And this time, don't screw up the title sequence! I'm still cranky about the botched credit scene from the 2006 DVD. Judging by the fact that the older DVD is still on store shelves, while the later reissue is gone, I would guess most fans agree with me. Insist that TMS sends you the correct, uncut film.
No doubt online downloads have hurt the retail anime business in America and around the world, but this is not a new problem. It's simply a question of value. Publishers must offer a compelling package at a reasonable price to win customers. This means offering bonus features like commentary tracks, or documentaries, or interviews with the filmmakers, and, yes, cool toys for the die-hard collectors. Merchandising! Merchandising!