Firstly I'm sorry to see you're reviewing a product that hasn't actually been released yet - I actually do check out our products on Amazon pretty regularly so I do see when new comments are brought up. We're always happy to discuss product models and this is one we've been covering a whole lot on Facebook really because we do understand people's concerns and it's always sad for us to see negative reviews for things we're pouring our heart and soul into producing.
Accusing us of being greedy stings a bit too as if we could do a cheaper DVD set right now we would! At the moment though for the DVD - to give context (at today's currency rates):
In Japan - the DVD edition is split over 9 parts and each part costs in regular packaging at £28.09 SRP = £252.81 for it all.
In the USA - the DVD edition is split over 5 parts and again standard amaray box at £23.95 SRP = £119.75
In the UK - the DVD edition is split over 3 parts, with deluxe packaging at £49.99 SRP == £149.99
It's a tough down the middle split but we felt that a slightly higher cost but more value for money in terms of packaging + extras represented more value for money in the short term until either half season sets or a whole season set was viable in later 2015 as it's easier to price half sets at a reachable price-point. We realise there is a desire for a comfortably priced Amaray DVD set - and I guess we could have just not done a DVD release until we could do them in half season sets - but then we'd receive flack for doing nothing for DVD buyers too!
That said, the way we're producing the DVD sets means we can do a lower number for now vs Blu-Ray without it costing more for the packaging so it's kind of a half-way house all in all. We also have to answer to the licensor and sadly as our DVD region code matches Japan there's a lot more stringent rules and less negotiation space than Blu-Ray overall alas (as BD is on a different region code).
Retailer set their own discounts and we'd expected more of a discount than this so maybe over time it will decrease - in fact a quick Google revealed to me that there are already some retailers discounting DVD so may be worth checking our Facebook for the best deals (we tend to share them).
Don't worry though - I'm not here to try and change your mind into purchasing this edition - but I just wanted to make you aware that we do take negative comments seriously and to give a bit of context.
In the meantime too the show is also available on Netflix and Wakanim while waiting for a cheaper edition as well. It's not ideal but it means you can show your support for a show you clearly love legitimately still :).
You never know though - we may still be able to negotiate something cheaper sooner but it's a really tough arguement - so leave it with us and we'll see what we can do!
Hope this at least makes things clearer and helps debunk the first two parts of the title of this review anyway and apologies for the essay!
President, Anime Limited