DVD Set Straight from
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About the Show
Sebastian, a young boy living near the Pyrenees Mountains in France, has never had a good friend. The children in town taunt him because he was raised by his adoptive grandfather and never knew his real mother. But one day, Sebastian meets a large white Pyrenees dog who escaped into the countryside. Everyone calls the dog "The White Monster," accusing her of terrible crimes. Only Sebastian knows that she is innocent. Awed by her gentle nature and beauty, he befriends her and names her Belle. But it isn't long before Belle has nowhere left to hide, and Sebastian makes a difficult decision. Resolving to do everything he can to protect his new friend, he evades the police by crossing the Spanish border with Belle and his little dog Poochie. Together, the three friends set off on their journey, vowing to travel as far and wide as it takes to elude those who seek to capture Belle, and to find Sebastian's long-lost mother.
Belle and Sebastian, based on Cécile Aubry's popular children's book series, first appeared on television as a live action series in France. A fifty-two-episode animated series was made for Japanese television in 1981, with the English dub airing on Nickelodeon from 1984-1990. The tale comprises a linear storyline, wonderful characters and animation, and a gorgeous soundtrack that will delight children and adults alike.
About the DVDs
Belle and Sebastian is available in a
complete set of eight DVDs containing all fifty-two episodes from
the cartoon series plus bonus material available from this web site
only. Each DVD has menus with sound for easy selection of episodes,
which have been conveniently put into chronological order. It also
includes a professional DVD case featuring quality custom cover art
and an episode list insert. Belle and Sebastian is available for
the very first time on DVD from The Stuff I Like Site only.
The quality is a breathtaking nine-and-a-half out of ten (see the screen captures below for examples). The video comes straight from official French DVD sources, and the English audio is clear and crisp. This is the highest quality and only complete set available; a nearly commercial quality set. Though I previously offered a set created from VHS sources (the first Belle and Sebastian DVDs ever made), my new set has been completely redone as described in the updates below. The process of its creation has taken me almost four years to complete, and as Belle and Sebastian is personally a deeply cherished series to me, I have spared no effort to make this set, unquestionably, the definitive Belle and Sebastian set in existence. To date, I've seen a couple other Belle and Sebastian DVD collections pop up on other sites, both coming from degraded VHS sources and neither of them actually containing all 52 episodes, despite one of them claiming to. Upon purchasing that set to have a look, I found that the creator covered up a missing episode with a repeat of an episode that takes place later in the series. Not only that, but I have seen sellers charge up to three times more than I do for their incomplete sets. My set remains the first of its kind, is the highest quality by leaps and bounds, offers exclusive content unavailable elsewhere, and is the most economical and only complete Belle and Sebastian collection out there, no guesswork required.
These are actual examples of the video quality, from every quality range in the set. They have only been sized down and slightly compressed to save bandwidth, and are otherwise unmodified from the source.
11/24/09: As of this date, I am extremely proud to announce that my Belle and Sebastian set has been COMPLETELY updated after almost four years of continual work. A great deal of love and toil has gone into the making of this set, and I have improved it so thoroughly that not one single aspect of my old set remains. The result is a brand new, near commercial-quality product, using official French DVD sources for the video, and new high-quality English audio which I have painstakingly resynced to match the beautiful new video. The more muffled audio from my old set is now clear and crisp, and here is an example of how dramatically the video quality has improved:
To perfectly recreate the English dubbed version just as
viewers remember watching it, I have edited the French version as
Not available in my previous set, I have added new material to my updated set:
As bonus material, I have included some
of the deleted scenes that are present in the uncut French version,
but were taken out of the English dub either for time or for
content. Most removed scenes are extremely minor, unnoticeable, and
inconsequential. For example, English dub staff would remove part
of a long pan of some scenery, other minor scenery shots, small
portions of unessential dialogue, or similar scenes that are
unimportant to the storyline. There were a few cuts per episode,
each cut typically being a few seconds long. However, I have saved
and included in this set deleted scenes of particular interest
because they were either removed for inappropriate content or they
elaborate on events in the story.
The following improvements have been made to the presentation of this DVD set:
I have created brand new, three-tiered
menus with high-quality artwork. They have been professionally laid
out to the best of my ability for aesthetics and ease of use. The
main menu includes a "play all" button, "episode selection" button,
and "bonus material" button. The episode selection menu includes a
video thumbnail to represent each selectable episode, and the bonus
material includes similar thumbnails as well as text explanations
of each deleted scene present. Every menu throughout all 8 discs
has unique artwork and each selection its own menu button, for a
total of 24 different menus and 73 unique menu buttons.
What the Set Includes:
Payment and Shipping
This entire collection of eight discs is available for just $49 plus $5 Priority shipping & handling including Delivery Confirmation. If you plan to purchase more than one set from me, please remember to use "add to cart" so I can enter a combined shipping rate for you. Orders are shipped within 24 hours of receiving payment.
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Countless hours and dollars from my own pocket went into the creation of these discs. I make these sets myself and need to be compensated for my own work or I cannot continue offering these sets and creating more. Please support me in further releases of rare cartoons from the past: do not redistribute my work in any fashion, including copying, reselling, or uploading. My products are for personal use only.
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