How to Spot a Bootleg

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Postby Vivaldi » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:19 pm

hmm, I just bought last exile seasons one and two on ebay ( as a christmas present) and, right after I hit confirm I got this horrible feeling that it might be a bootleg. That feeling's gotten much stronger after viewing some of his other items up for sell.( Azumanga Dai-Oh seems quite obvious.) what do you guys think of this...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Last-Exile-Complete-TV-DVD-Boxset-Anime-ENG-NEW_W0QQitemZ120192594156QQihZ002QQcategoryZ1530QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD7VQQcmdZViewItem
I think I've been ripped. :oops:
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Postby Malificus » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:30 pm

well, here's the legit version of that: http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827 ... 39/4/153/0

So I'm willing to venture a guess that yes the $20 complete box set which should be selling for about $100 is a bootleg
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Postby Kariudo » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:39 pm

AFAIK, there's only 1 season of last exile
that's probably another big hint
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Postby Vivaldi » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:02 pm

crud, now me and my brother are screwed. :(

but where I live it aired in two seasons of 13 episodes each. o.O can't remember how they managed it though.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:07 pm

They're shipping through the U.S. postal service, so they're committing felony mail fraud - let them know you'll alert the authorities if they don't cancel the auction. Alert ebay to their auctions as well.
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Postby Shiroferetto » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:54 am

I bought The Perfect Collection edition of Gravitation. Is that bootleg? It was cheap, and it has some of the other hallmarks of bootleg... But I really just can't tell. FWIW, I believe I have seen The Perfect Collection editions on sale in BestBuy, but I can't recall exactly. I'll have to look at their shelves.

I know that some companies are putting out special edition series of older/favorite series, so it's kind of a fuzzy grey area.

Bitrates are lower (down from about 5k to about 2.5), and the number of disks is lower (2 instead of 4): though I have to admit that I never thought Gravitation really REQUIRED 4 disks, but... that's IMHO.

The other main difference is the PAR is 0.889 instead of 0.991, or whatever the original was.

Purchased from a****b***z.com.

Menus in English, though it does have English, Chinese, Spanish as language options. All region.

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Postby LivingFlame » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:37 am

I'm about 99.4763% certain that's a bootleg.
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Postby Shiroferetto » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:30 pm

LivingFlame wrote:I'm about 99.4763% certain that's a bootleg.


But... but...

Damn.

I hope not. I dunno, I'll have to look at it some more. but I bet you're right. :/

The good news is that I still have my legit Fruits Basket and Noir to watch, so... One simply dislikes being taken in. At least I know what/where not to buy next time.
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Postby LivingFlame » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:21 pm

Don't worry; a similar event happened to me a while back. It's irritating, but it's not the end of the world.
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Postby 76 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:45 am

LivingFlame wrote:I'm about 99.4763% certain that's a bootleg.




I'm only posting here because this is the first time that I've read this forum that this sticky has been posted in....yea, I know, WOW.

AND. On this particular occassion I find my name here.

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Postby AaronAMV » Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:45 pm

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Postby Scintilla » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:25 pm

AaronAMV wrote:http://www.amazon.com/FLCL-Fooly-Cooly-Vol-1/dp/B00005TPKX/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1218832733&sr=1-2
http://www.amazon.com/FLCL-Fooly-Cooly- ... 733&sr=1-3
http://www.amazon.com/FLCL-Fooly-Cooly- ... 733&sr=1-4
Bootlegs?

No, these aren't. These are the original volumes that Synch-Point released in 2003. The third volume was released both by itself and also with a box; I stupidly got the version without the box because I was cheap.

AaronAMV wrote:I say this because this(DVD Box set)...

Okay, THAT's a bootleg. The series was never released officially with everything on just one disk.

AaronAMV wrote:...has the same cover as the third set.
http://www.amazon.com/FLCL-Ultimate-DVD ... 733&sr=1-5
I'm assuming that's the REAL Box set?

Yes, that's the box set that was released later. Or one of them, at any rate; I don't know whether Synch-Point released one or two at different times.
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Postby AaronAMV » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:47 pm

So the first three were just the DVDs right? I didn't see a box for the third volume. :x

So I was right about the bootleg. Alright, that's good.

And so the third one is so expensive because it's all three boxes, right?
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Postby Krisqo » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:55 pm

It has all three DVDV plus a fourth special features DVD. That might help boost the price since people originally payed ~$100 for the three disks separately. But this is does not appear to be a boot to me at all.
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Postby AaronAMV » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:06 pm

Okay! :)
I'll probably just get the three discs though... >_>
I wish I had enough money for the whole series box.
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