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Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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The Saiyans are coming! These ruthless, intergalactic villains carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they're headed for Earth! The evil Saiyan warlord Vegeta will not rest until he's seized the wish-granting powers of the Dragon Balls for himself! Goku vs. Vegeta! The battle of all battles begins now!
Make room on your shelves because the Dragon Ball Z Season Sets are finally on Blu-ray! We embarked on a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies that might have tarnished your viewing experience. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality. The bolder, more vibrant color of this ultimate Dragon Ball Z release closely mirrors the visual aesthetics of today's entertainment. Lastly, we undertook a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series to create a modern HD widescreen presentation of this legendary fan favorite! It's time to experience Dragon Ball Z like you've never experienced it before!

Special Features

Sneak Peek
Textless Opening Song
Textless Closing Song
U.S. Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat
  • Directors: Chris Cason, Kent Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 925 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F9IB1M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Let me preface this. I'm in my thirties. I've got DBZ releases across Pioneer discs, Funimation single discs, Dragon Boxes, Orange Bricks, Funi Blu Rays and steelbooks of the movies, and now these new Blu Rays. I never got the Level sets, because the Dragon Boxes had just finished, it seemed kind of pointless at the time, but now I realize it's a shame that they cancelled full frame Blu Ray releases. But my point here, I'm going to try to make an argument FOR these Blu Rays, and I'm not new to this franchise, and I'm not an "accept everything and like it" fan. I may have bought some Orange Bricks, but I was not a fan of the cropping on those releases.

I received my Blu Ray of the first season, and after watching it, I popped in the first Dragon Box, and then individual discs of the Captain Ginyu saga to compare the openings, and the colors. The Dragon Boxes essentially look like VHS releases next to this. They're certainly nice to own, but I'm willing to do my next rewatch of the entire series in the new Blu Ray format. Also, the cropping isn't NEARLY as egregious on these season sets. It is handled much, much better than the Orange Bricks. Obviously, you are still losing image, but the episodes now pan and scan up and down, left and right, and fill in areas being lost. The Orange Bricks were simply a crop, dead center.

Yes, it's incredibly frustrating that the Dragon Boxes instantly went out of print. It's also almost a certainty that the uncut, full frame episodes will receive another release in the future, since we know Funimation will release the Dragon Ball franchise forever, and that's understandable, as it's the most bankable anime series of all time, arguably.
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74 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Palmer on January 15, 2014
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I may not be, as many would call it, a "true" DBZ fan, considering my rather late interest in the series. I just started watching this a few years ago when I bought the orange brick sets on DVD. I know, I know. . . They apparently suck and aren't the real deal, but that's what I first experienced the show on. That said, I can only really offer my opinion on this release in comparison to those versions I HAVE seen. So, here goes. . .

Video Quality: The moment I received my purchase, I set out to compare the quality to that of the DVD sets I had in my possession at the time. The Blu-ray, I set to my 720p screen, while I had the DVD playing on my 1080. Even with the reduced resolution, the difference was obvious. Colors and line-work were much, much clearer, no sign of blotches or dust marks, and even much of the odd frame shaking had been reduced. It was still there, that's sure, but there was significantly less of it. Lastly, the cropping, which is what everyone is complaining about, was done better in this release than in its orange brick counterpart. They did a better job focusing on the characters and important parts of the video rather than haphazardly cutting off the edges as before.

Sound Quality: While watching the DVDs, I noted a lot of fluctuation in the volume. Some segments were quieter, while others were louder (this is much more noticeable while wearing headphones). The blu-ray set, however, did not have this issue. The sound quality is much clearer and less static-ridden (particularly in the mid-episode transitions).
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By MAJID on January 17, 2014
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This release is awesome.. no grains like (level sets) no pink skin like (Dragon Boxs) and Super QUALITY.

Pick it up now if you're a fan of the series.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By TL Movie Buff on January 30, 2014
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This review is mainly on the Blu-ray itself. (which I own a copy of, AND actually had seen a few episodes) All I can say about this show is that it may not be my favorite show, but I did grew up with this title when I was a kid (not this much) and it has its moments. At times, the fillers that were not in the original Manga can make the show drag... a lot. I recommend people to read the manga for the best experience, but the anime is still a good show to watch.

In regards to the releases: Funimation never ceases on milking this title since the 90's, from VHS, DVD's to now Blu-ray. Before discussing this set, I would like to discuss my earlier experiences with the earlier sets starting with the Season Set DVDs made years ago. (the next paragraph would start the analysis of this new release for those that only want to know about this.)
- The "Orange Brick" DVDs were the first to have the entire series in 9 affordable box sets with controversial video framing and restoration, the worst being the widescreen cropping. From my memory, it wasn't that great of cropping, and its details and colors were troubling. It included 3 audio versions (the Original language and the newly-revised Funimation Dub [both in 5.1 mix with original Japanese music and 2.0 with American Broadcast music heard mainly on Toonami at the time]). The Marathon Mode was a nice feature (no need to revisit the opening, the ending, and "previously on" segments all the time).
- Then came the "Dragon Boxes" which corrected what should have been: A faithful (though still questionable, in regards to the colors) restoration from Toei Animation and Pony Canyon in 2003, the 2.0 American Soundtrack mix dropped for better video quality, leaving the original language and 5.
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Full series release?
They've only advertized the first 3, but have said they plan to do the whole series in 9 sets.
Dec 26, 2013 by Adam Jackson |  See all 4 posts
release details?
For some reason it's listed as Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 which is 4:3, what's going on?
Nov 8, 2013 by AlmightyBob |  See all 8 posts
Is this version Uncut?
Yes, it's uncut. You know they have been releasing uncut DVD's since 2000, and the Saiyan Saga with Goku and Raditz' death received it's first uncut release 10 years ago, and has subsequently been released uncut four times since then. Uncut DBZ releases are the standard. (This one is cropped to... Read More
Feb 6, 2014 by J. K. Baxter |  See all 5 posts
Is this DBZ or DBZ Kai?
This is the regular Dragon Ball Z, not Kai. But this is the revised, uncut dub with the full opening and closing, not the version from the late 90s. If you want the episodes the way they were in the late 90s, you should buy the Rock the Dragon set, which has those episodes the way they were shown... Read More
Dec 8, 2013 by Adam Jackson |  See all 4 posts
Does this have the english audio track?
It has both. But the ORIGINAL American broadcast version of the first isn't on here. That version is one the Rock the Dragon box set. This is the uncut, uncensored 2005 dub.
Dec 20, 2013 by Adam Jackson |  See all 4 posts
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