Back at the end of this past July, Funimation announced
that they had acquired the North American home video rights to Speed Racer
and its original Japanese counterpart, Mach GoGoGo
, the late-'60s cartoon which introduced the world to its namesake hero, "Speed Racer," his girl "Trixie," brother "Spritle" and his pet monkey "Chim-Chim," parents "Mom" and "Pops" Racer, friend "Sparky," and the mysterious "Racer X"...as well as introducing us to that awesome automobile, the "Mach 5" racecar! Here's what Funimation said at the time:
Coming Soon for the first time on Blu-ray! The definitive collection includes episodes never released in North America, as well as Mach GoGoGo! This release will be available in Japanese (w/ English subtitles) for the first time - stay tuned for more details!
We've been patiently waiting since last summer for an official announcement of the title, with date and details and pricing. And for now, we're still waiting on that; we've had no word from the studio on this item. However, thanks to reader Tony Adamopoulos, we've become aware that the Best Buy chain of stores (and their website, too) has listings showing that Speed Racer - The Complete Series
on Blu-ray Disc will be available for just $22.99 (we're not sure if that's an SRP, or a discounted cost), starting Tuesday, May 30th
Again, we'll emphasize that we do NOT have official studio-provided word from Funimation so far on that title, date or price, and therefore it may not be finalized yet and could be extremely subject to change. For example, Funimation's announcement quoted above says to expect "Japanese (w/ English Subtitles)"...yet other parties say that the English soundtrack with the familiar American-language audio will be included, too. We'll have to wait and see if Funimation's eventual official announcement will agree with that info, though. Stay tuned, of course, and we'll update you further on this item, as further developments occur!