Manga UK has today announced that they will no longer be continuing to release their highly anticipated series ‘Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ on Blu-Ray. In a press release, the studio expressed its regrets over the turn of events but stated that the decision was made due to a combination of high production costs and low sales in the Blu-Ray format.
At present, Part 1 and Part 2 of the series are available on both Blu-Ray and DVD, but the series will continue on DVD only, with the release of Part 3 scheduled for 23rd February 2011. Part 4 is due to be released on 25th April 2011, and whilst the release date for Part 5 is yet to be confirmed, it is currently scheduled for release on 12th September 2011.
Jerome Mazandarani, Marketing Manager from Manga Entertainment has offered his sincere apologies to all fans that will be disappointed with this decision:
“It is never our intention at Manga Entertainment to disappoint our very loyal customers who we appreciate enjoy collecting a complete series on their favourite format. However, the exceptionally high inception costs involved in releasing the series on Blu-ray and the relatively small sales we enjoy in the UK have made the endeavor unviable. I cannot apologize enough to the fans that have already started collecting the series on Blu-ray for the disappointment this may cause them. I sincerely hope that you will continue to collect the series on DVD.”
FMA: Brotherhood is a reworking of the original Full Metal Alchemist anime series, following more closely to the source manga where the original series departed. It has been a highly anticipated release for fans of both the manga and the original series.