You should be aware BWBoddy that Durrarara was another release from Aniplex of America.
Like Madoka Majica it was released in 3 parts at about $50 each (though they could have easily done two since each release has 9 episodes IIRC).
Also just in case a certain couple from the "sister show" Baccano do show up a couple times, and no they don't sound the same in the dubs...
IMO if the entire show was about Izaya & Shizuo I totally would buy it in a second. They were easily the best part of the show, though Celty herself was very attractive in a headless sorta way...
I did watch it on Adult Swim when it was running, so I know what happens.
Unlike Baccano I don't think it would need multiple views to figure out what's going on.
I agree with you on all points, the problem i have with the dvd sets is they could have easily made them 2 sets of 13, instead of 3 of 9 episodes. I'd rather shell out the $150 for the bluray with the awesome packaging & extras.
Shizuo & Izaya are hands down the best part about this show, i wish there more of them, i'm only through episode 8, so i don't know if their screentime is expanded in later episodes. To be quite honest, i find the 2 main characters boring so far.
I am aware Isaac & Miria cameo at some point, they were definitely 2 of the 3 best things about Baccano(the other being Ladd Russo), i also noticed a Darker Than Black poster in the background of episode 7 i believe.
Overall i'm enjoying Durarara a little more than Baccano.