A week or so ago I got my Looney Tunes Golden Collection and the complete Death Note DVD box. One is pretty violent. I’m talking about Looney Tunes, of course . No, really, it’s extremely violent. Death Note has nothing on it.
With this Looney Tunes box I got the classic Roadrunner and Coyote shorts that I wanted. And a ton of other classics. I’ve only watched a few – there are four discs per case. Not all are good, but it’s all quality animation. The one with the Coyote trying to steal sheep under the nose of the sheepdog is hilarious.
I actually re-watched Death Note recently, but it got me thinking that perhaps I should see if it’s available on Blu-ray. From what I could read, the DVD quality was about as good as it was going to get, so I ordered the box. The picture quality is much better than the fansub I had. The audio quality is also significantly better. It’s only stereo, but that’s fine by me. I don’t think another sound mix would add much to this particular anime considering how much of it consists of internal monologue.
There’s one disc per case and each cover has a different character on it that maps to the time-line of the story. One thing I appreciate is that there’s only a short distributor logo and copyright warning when you pop the disc in, then it goes straight to the menu. Not like my Simpsons DVDs where you have time to make breakfast while the menu loads. Another nice touch is that the Japanese audio + English subtitle option is pre-selected if you go into the settings. The default audio is the English dub. I’ve heard that people think it’s OK, but the feeling is all wrong to me since I’m used to the Japanese voices. The Japanese voices sound more nuanced too.