Viz decided to throw a wrench in my works with Naruto releases, which I wanted to buy selectively. Thanks to explanations at RACS, I discovered that the scattered volumes upon which I built my plan actually contain a repackaged broadcast version, sold at $15.98 a disc, 4 episodes per volume, or $4 per episode. Which would be all right, but I do not want the broadcast version. In the same time, RACS sell an "uncut" version at $39.98 a set for 13-episode thinpack. At $3.08 per episode, this would be savings... for someone who wanted to buy everything.
Using my old map, and expecting each set to have 13 episodes, the thinpack scatters like so:
This is going to be expensive.
On the other hand, it's not a disaster like "Cardcaptors". One might say that Viz is doing fans a service by releasing the real footage. They could have as easily sent us to CDjapan.