Not to rain on all these hard facts being delivered - but it's actually because we sold a load of units of the original series and only a subset of people care enough to buy both versions or specifically wanted compilation films (some things haven't changed over the ages) .Sunrise has already stated being underwhelmed with the sales for 0079, and other titles. The gundam trilogy only got a 500 copy print run in the UK because of how poorly gundam sells here.
Interesting fact - Gundam doesn't sell badly here - it's a common misconception based on what I said before. It's just that there's a dedicated number of sales and compared to the USA the numbers are lower. That fact is pretty obvious when you consider population size of the UK vs the USA to all of us, alas in a sales context wishful thinking can set in comparing the two!
Actually also untrue - we got it because of the UK - but it makes more commercial sense to do France too at the same time instead of two separate authorings. Ultimately it still costs more to do - just less than doing two separately (even if we used the US master and France made it's own)!AL UK only gets the license rights because of AL FR, and they share alot of the production materials to reduce the cost otherwise it wouldn't be worth it.
The more you know and all that jazz!