I've read the manga, and seen the up to date Japanese episodes, and Bleach is one of, if not THE best manga/anime I've seen.
I was pleased to find out that this DVD has 3 discs and 12 episodes both in dubbed AND subtitled (as well as the Japanese raw), unlike some which give you far less. There is a real sense of quality. You even get a little slip with a small preview for each episode, which is also a small poster! :)
These first few episodes give you a good feel for all the characters, what their motives are, attitudes, and eventually, powers. The series really starts to take off around episode 20! So if you're not quite sure, wait till then!
Thoroughly enjoyed, thoroughly recommend!