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Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season 1 (2012)

Colleen Clinkenbeard , Christopher Sabat , Yasuhiro Nowatari  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Sonny Strait
  • Directors: Yasuhiro Nowatari
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079KGAN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Goku - Earth's greatest champion - bravely defends humanity against an invading race of warriors known as the Saiyans. When the mighty hero falls, his young son Gohan rises up to face the very villains who murdered his father. The battle rages through space to Planet Namek, where Gohan and his overmatched allies risk their lives to defeat the Saiyan warlord Vegeta - and the monster known as Frieza!

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season One [Re-Release] March 28, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here we go again! Another Season One Release for Dragon Ball Z Kai. Why you ask? Simply because Funimation, American Distributor, messed up the first release of this season. In March 2011 a scandal broke out regrading the Original Musical Score for the Show composed by Kenji Yamamoto. Shortly after Kenji's score for the show was completely removed and replaced with the Original Dragon Ball Z score by Shunsuke Kikuchi. With this issue the original release date for Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 5 was pushed back. When it was released the set contained the replaced score.
As expected Funimation dished out the "Season Sets" for the show, most likely to replace the "Parts sets", with the release of "Dragon Ball Z Kai Season One" back in October last year. Season one was was released to replace Dragon Ball Z Kai Parts 1 & 2, but with the Shunsuke Kikuchi musical score. However shortly after it's release many who bought the product found that the set did not contain the Shunsuke Kikuchi, but still containing the Kenji Yamamoto score despite indicating on the back of the box that it would have the replaced score. After many re-stocks and call backs from the product it was obvious that Funimation had clearly messed up the release and therefore have no choice but to re-release the product, again, but with the replaced score.

To put it simple this product is a re-release of last years Dragon Ball Z Kai Season One, but this time, now confirmed, containing the replaced Shunsuke Kikuchi score.

Funimation has been throwing around Dragon Ball Z releases for years from Volume sets to those hopefully forgotten Orange bricks sets. So what makes this new release any different from the rest?

Well this isn't the original Dragon Ball Z TV Show but a "Refreshed" edition of the show.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Series I Grew Up With July 6, 2013
By Chip
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Look, I LOVE the original DBZ (and Dragon Ball, though this is primarily about DBZ./DBZ Kai). I watched it all the time on Toonami way back in the day, played with the action figures, played the video games, had some old VHS tapes, and a few years ago I got the orange bricks (not the best remastering, but it overall fit my needs). However, as much as I love the original DBZ (and my DBZ fix was coming up again), I knew I needed a fresh change. As much as I love the Funimation English dub of DBZ, I've got to put some nostalgia aside and admit that it wasn't always the best. The acting was shoddy at times and the scripts (often changed from the original manga) could range from cheesy to downright terrible. Based on everything I had heard/seen from DBZ Kai, it looked exactly like the fix I needed. Not only was it a "new" version of DBZ that would feel fresh, but it would perhaps give me my fix and even more.

I am thrilled to say that I was right. [NOTE: This is not the edited version of Kai that aired on Nicktoons. This is the UNCUT version of DBZ Kai that contains blood and swearing.] DBZ Kai is exactly what I wanted and more. First of all, I have the say that the script is WAY better than that of the dub I grew up with. It is manga-accurate and never has those cheesy, cornball moments that the other English dubs have had. Also, considering that they have had 10 years of voice-acting experience, the English actors (mostly the same with a few changes) are absolutely superb this time around. Sean Schemmel completely embodies Goku, as does Chris Sabat as Vegeta and Piccolo (the voices are actually completely distinguishable from each other now). Everyone else is great as well.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season One: 2011 Release [Blu-Ray] August 19, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This review refers to the original 2011 edition.

Funimation has been throwing around Dragon Ball Z releases for years from Volume sets to those hopefully forgotten Orange bricks sets. So what makes this new release any different from the rest?

Well this isn't the original Dragon Ball Z TV Show but a "Refreshed" edition of the show. Dragon Ball Z Kai takes to the vision of the Manga. Kai brilliantly removes all the filler from the original TV Show allowing a more faster and action packed story. For example the Garlic Jr Arc has been removed as it was not presented in the manga in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Not only that but the show is presented in a Full HD 1080p resolution with a complete dirt clean up giving it a whole new viewing experience. The show runs for a total of 98 episodes finishing off at the end of the Cell Games.

One of the main attractions to the English version of this show is it's Dub. The English Dub keeps strict to the Japanese Dialogue and story unlike the English version of Dragon Ball Z. Not only does the English version contain a shiny new dub but the Japanese version has also been re-recorded. However the English Dub is presented in Dolby True HD 5.1 whereas the Japanese version is Dolby True HD 2.0

It should be noted that this Season Set uses Kenji's Yamamoto's Score despite indicting on the box Shunsuke Kikuchi's Score.

So for people who want to see a fast paced Dragon Ball Z in High Definition with a true to the script English Dub then this is the set for you.

Features:

Episodes 1 - 26 on 4 Discs
English Dolby True HD 5.1
Japanese Dolby True HD 2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is it 4:3 in the 2010's
Why is this in 4:3 when every other rani me reboot is redone with 16:9 aspect ratio and is completely reanimated. Not just what we already have with out the filler?
Published 5 days ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars No filler, no story.
Everyone is SO happy with their little "NO FILLER!" spiel. Let me ask you this, no filler proponents, does Goku have a drivers license? You don't know! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Josh Hatfield
4.0 out of 5 stars The best way to watch Dragon ball Z but it has unacceptable flaws!!
This is definitely the best way to watch Dragonball Z not only does it cut the filler down to nothing everything it keeps in is what is simular to the manga which we all know is... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Daniel K Miyasato
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
True to the manga with perfect sound and quality. Really kept the action very high and the story on the dot.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A must have for any DBZ fan. Was skepticalat first but i LOVE this version of DBZ almost more than the original. The only thing i dont like is the voice acting for Gohan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David the Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars #1
This is the beginning. The season that started it all. I watched the original DBZ back in 1998 on Toonami. I fell in love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Allen Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dragon Ball Z Kai

DBZ Done Right!!!
Published 2 months ago by m00gle
5.0 out of 5 stars and I have to say I couldn't have been more happy with these releases
It arrived about a week ago. I just finished watching all four seasons today. Wow, what an enjoyable experience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maddox Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparking? No, it's Dragon Soul now. Or something.
I am a ridiculous Dragon Ball fan, and my favorite moments of the series are right around when King Piccolo appears in Dragon Ball up until the end of the Frieza saga. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vincent Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the original
With all the tedious filler removed, all that is left is the juicy meat of the series, the pacing is better, and most of the original VA's return, and with that the series is made... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian
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