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Postby Solaire_Of_Astora_77 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:03 am

I'm new to the forums, so don't rip me to pieces, but I need help getting a non bootleg copy of the platinum DVD set. I want to avoid getting the fake bootleg copies if at all possible, and since we have no release date for a hypothetical Blu-Ray release in the U.S. and I don't speak fluent Japanese, I am just going to buy the DVD. I have a few selections picked out from ebay, and I would like to ask two things:
1) Are any of the links bootlegs
2)Should I go for Like New or just play it safe with New/unopened

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371588846290?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252291560857?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301899565274?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/162002390324?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

I'm asking a lot, I know, but I really want to own a legit copy, not a sleazy fake. And if you know of a legit copy being sold somewhere, please don't hesitate to post it.

Edit: I guess another good question is: should I just give up and wait for the chance that the Blu-Ray might be released in English?
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:23 am

"New/Unopened" is not playing it safe - this has been out of print for many years, and multiple original unopened copies are very unlikely to pop up now.

Here are some previous similar threads (though I haven't found one I was looking for that gave more detail on how to distinguish bootlegs):

http://forum.evageeks.org/thread/17214/Help-Purchasing-Neon-Genesis-Evangelion/
https://forum.evageeks.org/thread/16781/Beware-of-the-Evangelion-Bootlegs/
https://forum.evageeks.org/post/759690/Is-this-a-legit-release-of-NGE/#759690
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Postby Reichu » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:42 am

1st and 3rd links have enough reference pictures that it can be assumed they are real. The other two also show the "ADV" logo clearly, making them quite unlikely to be bootlegs -- but I personally dislike auctions that can't bother with more than a single photo. :p

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Postby pwhodges » Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:06 am

But some bootlegs have the ADV logo on - it's not hard for them to do that!
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Postby Reichu » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:13 am

First time I've heard of it, then.

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Postby Bagheera » Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:40 am

I haven't heard much about bootlegs being a problem with the platinum DVDs; it's much more an issue when trying to get the soundtracks, as those are often produced as bootlegs in Malaysia (where it is legal to do so) and shipped globally. That said, of the links provided I would say the third is probably your best bet.
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:32 am

View Original PostReichu wrote:First time I've heard of it, then.

http://imgur.com/a/pOBls#6
from the first thread I linked.
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Postby zlink64 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:29 am

I've had a lot of issues with bootleg anime when buying from ebay. I just stop buying from there years ago. I might've just been unlucky. If you are super worried I'd wait for a blue ray release since those ebay prices are way over the top. Like I have that version of the dvd....I don't remember it being that expensive at all. 100 plus seems like it's not worth it. Like I don't think it's worth it unless you really want that specific version for collecting. If you just want a decent set of the show I think you should wait. But I mean it's up to you, I paid like 200 bucks for ninja gaiden statue that was like 30 bucks at release so I can't judge but I'm just saying maybe it'd be more economic to wait. The only annoying thing about waiting is that you are gonna have to constantly be on the look out so you don't accidentally miss it when they resell the show.
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Postby Reichu » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:33 am

View Original Postpwhodges wrote:http://imgur.com/a/pOBls#6
from the first thread I linked.

Ah. Didn't bother looking since I haven't been bitten by a bootleg since my first encounter with Son-May way, way back. That one does have the ADV logo, so you are correct that it's nonindicative, but there are other dead giveaways. This is why lots of pictures are a necessity. The bootleg will be revealed for the fake piece of shit it is, and the real thing will reveal that it has no secrets to hide.


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