Discotek has announced that June 26 will be the release date for the Lupin III Series One DVD box set. This is the original 1971-72 series, the original anime Lupin, and to many eyes, the best. Yasuo Otsuka was one of the creative masterminds of the series, and he was later helped by his good friends and Toei Doga alumni Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. A 22-year-old Yoshifumi Kondo (Whisper of the Heart) got his big break on this series.
Why release Lupin III on DVD and not Blu-Ray? "There's no point in doing the Blu-Ray. The Japanese version looks worse than the DVD version, and we checked. We're only going to do something on Blu-Ray if it's a significant improvement over the DVD. It's a waste of money to just slap it on a disc. We would rather spend that money on more licenses."
I am sooo looking forward to this box set. Hey, Discotek, I'm still available for essays or commentary tracks!
In related news, Discotek has also promised that more Toei films are coming soon...but which ones? Obviously, you know I'm lobbying hard for Horus. But all of the classic Toei movies are terrific - consider this a good time to finally get Puss in Boots (1969) and Animal Treasure Island from the Discotek website.