It would appear Cthuko never did anything past a TV release, so if you’re wanting BDs (including the ’13th’ episode, which fleshes out the ending a bit more) I recommend AnimeNOW‘s release.
Edit: There is currently a low quality raw of the director’s cut floating around. I will update this post when a good encode and subtitles are released (most probably a Cthuko release).
The Gatchaman Crowds box set has been released in Japan now, which includes the long awaited, and much needed Director’s Cut for the final episode. I can’t remember what quite went wrong, but during the production of the final couple of episodes whilst the series aired in Summer, some complications arose. This lead to the second half of the 11th episode being pushed into the 12th episode, and the last half of the 12th episode being pushed over into, well, nothing.
I’ve only seen a few screenshots so far but there appears to be some minor differences (fixing up mistakes like these, I assume)
There were some other QUALITY and layer issues, but hopefully they’ve been fixed. I mean, they filled in her taiyaki, surely they bothered to fix actual issues?
So, yeah. I’m looking forward to a release of this and will probably re-watch it all because it was a very enjoyable series, only let down but the last episode (and that issue has hopefully been resolved with the DC). Cthuko seem to have confirmed to be doing a BD release.
<Petch> Are you going to drop the Gatchaman TV series now and just do the BDs since they got released with the director’s cut?
<HyakuPercent> We’ll be doing both
<HyakuPercent> I don’t like dropping things anyway
Season 2 hype now, I guess? :>