Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 1-9 Collection BLU-RAY
About this deal
Most likely the same reason the level sets were canned even though Steve Franko confirmed that he completed work on all 291 episodes, to push the narrative that "4:3 didn't sell", and kill off any demand for the aspect ratio. Some have attacked FUNimation's claim that they "remastered" the film prints frame-by-frame, due to some amounts of grain, scratches, and jiggling frames (all normal for an old anime show) still left. The aforementioned newscaster was redubbed by Joel McDonald in place of Christopher Sabat, the latter using a voice virtually identical to his performance as Grandpa Gohan. Yes, the UK DVD release “orange brick” sets were uncensored as far as I am aware, but they were cropped too.
Each volume includes four discs with approximately 10 episodes per disc and also includes certain bonus featurettes. The set contains the full 291-episode run of the Dragon Ball Z anime series, starting with Goku's duels against Radditz, Vegeta, and Nappa during season one's Saiyan Saga, and concluding with the Buu Saga in season nine. First off the figure that came with this anniversary set is EXCELLENT and couldn't of asked for more. At least the plastic is fairly soft, and the disc holders don't have sharp points, so they won't scratch the discs.These releases are also notable for being the region 1 debut for the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Episodes 1-13, Dragon Ball Z Episodes 28-67, and Dragon Ball Movie 1. Great box set, all blu ray discs separated into separate blu disc cases and not flimsy cardboard type, picture quality is really great as well and best of all these discs work in the UK.
The series was telecined at an aspect ratio of 16:9, re-conforming it from its original 4:3 aspect ratio. Christopher Sabat gives a couple of groans to Recoome in " Ginyu Assault" after Jeice retreats whereas he was silent in the original version. Sabat redubs his performance as Zarbon in episode 78 and also gets an extra line " Well, I suppose you know best. The original episodes 1-53 are different, the inclusion of the Ocean Studios cast and Ron Wasserman score make for a more unique experience, and indeed it was how Dragon Ball Z was going to be dubbed before the decision was made to take everything inhouse.
The master is otherwise the same as the steelbooks (also minus the grain filter), but the cropping makes the filtering even more obvious.
The Season 3 set, so far, has received a much better reception from fans, mainly due to how FUNimation kept the colors the same, although they were brightened.Plus, the Sky Car 6 reporter is redubbed by Anthony Bowling replacing a distorted Stephanie Nadolny. why are they going back to the 2013 masters after making such a huge fuss about the 30th anniversary sets being in 4:3?