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Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One (2011)

Sean Schemmel , Christopher R. Sabat , Mike McFarland  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Justin Cook, Mike McFarland, John Burgmeier
  • Directors: Mike McFarland
  • Format: Full Screen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036ZA8BM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,236 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One" on IMDb

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The Legendary Z Reborn!

For the first time in history, experience the legendary Z as the master intended: bigger, faster, stronger, and packed with the pulverizing power to blow your puny minds! Beef up your collection with this manga-centric, fresh take on Akira Toriyama’s original vision, featuring more action than you can handle, revitalized animation, and an amped-up audio experience that will make your ears beg for mercy!

The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he’ll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord – Prince Vegeta.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Dragonball Z should have originally been. October 6, 2010
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A lot of people don't seem to understand DBZ Kai, and I'm here to explain it. But first, let me say I've been watching Dragonball (in general) since about 1987-1988, when I was completely hooked on it. I actually thought Gohan was Goku (because he was drawn the same as Goku in the DB) when I first watched DBZ.

For some reason, I picked DBZ up when Goku was training with King Kai, rather than starting from the beginning. I watched it through to the start of the Buu arc (after skipping a good portion of the Cell arc because it was JUST SO LONG) and gave up because the pace was just so slow I couldn't take it anymore.

Having said that, here's the reason why DBZ was paced so slowly: DBZ aired year round in Japan. It didn't have seasons or repeats. Every week (barring interruptions for special events, which happened a few times a year) for 7 years. DBZ was being produced faster than the manga was. They didn't want to deviate from the source, so they had to pad out what little they had until they could get new material from the manga. This is why they talked so much and brought a lot of the episodes to a painful halt. This is why inconsequential subplots were introduced, so they had more filler. I remember the Freiza battle being particularly painful, where Frieza and Goku would talk for the entire episode about how much they wanted to kill each other while only doing 2 or 3 moves that entire episode. I almost abandoned the series then honestly, but managed to hold on.

So, enter Dragon Ball Z Kai. This has been recut to fit the pace of the original manga. This is what DBZ _should have been_. This matches the manga. This is how Akira Toriyama wanted it to be. The subplots eliminated were not part of canon, so to speak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but with flaws. May 18, 2010
Ok so I'll list my likes and dislikes about this, starting with dislikes


1. Starting with the box set before we get to the anime. Funimation, would you please care about your product as much as we the consumer does. I mean come on! You screwed up by putting vegeta on the cover of disc 1 and raditz on disc 2; he's not even in disc 2. Gez.

2. The opening sequences, "commercial" breaks, closing sequences are amazing animation. I wish they would of done it that way, I didn't even know what to expect, I thought it was going to be that type of animation like the 1 for that dbz movie with vegetas little brother table. But oh well I guess they didn't want to. It would've put a whole new feel to it and would of been like watching a brand new dbz.

3. it's Watching dbz in fast forward. Which is fine and all but its kinda weird from watching the original so many times to this.


1. If you don't have time to watch all of the episodes normally, this is a great way to get your fill and fix.

2. Dying for a dbz fix, want to watch that amazing fight sequence, you won't have to look far and skip through scenes and episodes just to get to the beef of the action, it's pretty much here.

3. Feels like the manga is being flip booked for me with dialogue and action nd everything.

So all in all ill take the good with the bad, its dbz there's not much to ever hate about it. (Except for you gohan who decides to turn ink saiyaman and not be a major bad ass like we know you could of been.) Anyways, lol in the end dbz is dbz an ill take all I can get from the 20 + old series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emotion is Key May 20, 2010
Speaking as a long time DBZ fan I can honestly say I like where this going.
After watching some of the Japanese version online I was really look forward to the dubbed version and Funimation dose not disappoint. They didn't just use the same voice tracks and put in a shinny new box set the started from square one and redid it. This time with much more emotion in the voices plus the even used some original Japanese names of the attacks. The mood in Dbkai has change a little but in a good way. I can understand why people where saying that they wanted to see the entire show re-animated but I can look the other on was in this case and with fillers cut out it kept my ampped up for more action. It doesn't take away from the story it just makes it so you won't have to wait 5 or more episodes for one fight to finish. I know not everyone is going to agree but for now so far so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kai doesn't disappoint! August 19, 2011
By PhilG
Let's face it. As fun and nostalgic as Dragon Ball Z is, it's always had a bad habit of dragging on forever, to the point where even the most patient among us get fed up and yearn to see the villains' defeat and the start of the next saga. The series aired year round in Japan and Toei had to use filler so it wouldn't get ahead of the manga, which was still being published alongside it. So they inserted many side stories and diversions to keep the episodes going until there were more manga chapters to adapt, resulting in a very bloated, drawn out series.

I was a big fan of DBZ back in high school, when it aired on Toonami in the afternoons. I became an even bigger fan when FUNimation started releasing DVDs with original Japanese audio and subtitles. But somewhere along the way (I think it was when the first `orange brick' season sets were being released, where the picture was cropped to the point of distraction) I lost interest and moved on.

Then Dragon Ball Z `Kai' came along, and renewed my interest in the series. Here was DBZ with a new approach: all of that extra filler (like Princess Snake, Hell, the robot, the dinosaur, Fake Namek, the orphan children, the Ginyu Force on King Kai's planet (*shudder*) Garlic Jr. (*vomit*) etc. etc.) was removed, leaving behind only what was originally in the manga (well, I say `only' but there are a few exceptions- Gregory, for example). Now I could watch the series without it taking forever to get to the good parts. Some people miss the extra material, but I think the series is better off without it. The old filler scenes are not only pointless and tedious, they sometimes create huge plotholes (like Goku's old spacepod being destroyed but being intact later to take him to Namek, or again, the Garlic bloody Jr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Like the dragon ball z Kai episodes I will be ...
I Like the dragon ball z Kai episodes I will be come back for the rest for the episodes of dragon ball z kai
Published 14 days ago by Jarred
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 7 months ago by CHASE ALBERTS
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
I liked the new openings and beginnings. I also like that there wasn't tons of filler episodes, but I was disappointed that they began to censor everything. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mikoyoukai
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z Kai
I love Dragon Ball Z Kai it is just as good as Z. Kai is good because it is all about action. No filler. I like the filler though but I also enjoy it without filler. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nico
5.0 out of 5 stars part one dragon ball z kai
My grandson received this as a Christmas gift and he really loves it. The product arrived in very good condition and was priced at a reasonable rate.
Published 22 months ago by Loraine McCown
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love the show, love that i found a new copy for less than $10. Building my collection, but hate that the next one is $50. wth
Published on July 1, 2012 by Vann Hibberts
4.0 out of 5 stars the best way for newcomers to enjoy this master piece
i am kinda seasoned in the dbz series. i have read every dbz manga volume. i did own seasons 1 and 9 plus the broly trilogy and wrath of the dragon/fusion reborn. Read more
Published on June 2, 2012 by Entertainment Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z on Cartoon Network and I loved it. As an adult now, I wanted to add DBZ to my dvd/blu-ray collection and this set is exactly what I was looking... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-birth of Dragon Ball Z (Kai), in a whole new, epic way!!!
After purchasing this DVD set, I was stunned by how the dialogue changed over the previous years of the original Dragon Ball Z! Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Bill Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY ALL CHEAP TRASH,SO NOT WORTH BUYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HI,i looked at the advertisment videos for a couple dvds in the series and let me tell you all i see is a poorly made production series!!! Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by dave
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Please don't review until you actually own it.
I completely agree. Only review this product if you actually own it. No one cares about you owning the Japanese blu-ray's or what you think will be on this product.
Mar 1, 2010 by Carl "King Dex" Sprayberry |  See all 7 posts
How many episodes are there?
Thanks! Anytime, S. Miller :D
Mar 8, 2010 by N. Yadav |  See all 24 posts
Any news on the Japanese audio track?
Most likely not. It'll probably only feature the new Japanese music track.
Mar 1, 2010 by Carl "King Dex" Sprayberry |  See all 5 posts
Which one should I get?
There is no set that meets all of your requirements. If you want the original voices all 3 come with the original Japanese voices and Funimations dubbed voices and all have (optional) subtitles. All 3 are also uncut... to an extent. If you want a set that fills the screen it depends on what type... Read More
May 18, 2010 by B. Miller |  See all 9 posts
Is this dvd edited like the show is on nicktoons?
It's uncut.
Dec 4, 2010 by Freeze Man |  See all 2 posts
which should i buy ?? a recommendation is gratefully appreciated Be the first to reply
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