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Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Collector's Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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Your wish has been granted. Now get ready to Rock the Dragon like it's 1999. FUNimation is bursting open the vault and finally unleashing what fans have sought for so long: the original broadcast version of DBZ with the Canadian voice actors.

Each Collector's Edition comes in a hardbound, full color 48 page book; which showcases the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today.

Product Details

  • Directors: Daisuke Nishio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 1480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7TS972
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I know that I am wrong in saying so, but, to me, these will always be the original episodes of DBZ.

I used to come home every day from school and watch this show. It certainly wasn't the first anime I had seen, but there was just something about DBZ that opened the floodgates to the genre, so to speak. I believe that part of that was the voice acting for this dub of the series. Everyone, from Goku to Ox King, had exactly just the right voice actor. Vegeta actually sounded like a villainous snake in this one as opposed to the constantly-constipated, grunting moron that he became in the more modern dubs.

Once Cartoon Network began airing episode 54+, I was devastated to see that not only had the animation and sound quality worsened, but EVERYONE had been cast a new voice actor and not one of them -- no offense -- was as good as the original crew (The Ocean Dub).

Because of this, I could never watch any of the new versions of DBZ. I found that I just constantly compared them to the old one. This collection represents such an awesome opportunity. I was more than happy to throw my money at it.

Included is the first 53 episodes spread across multiple discs, an art book, and three movies: The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, and Dead Zone. Don't expect any HD quality here, though. These episodes are still edited (for gore, etc.) and pretty much look like they did back in the day. If there is a quality boost, it's been too long for me to tell.

If you prefer the older dub of DBZ, though, then this purchase is a no brainer.
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This DVD box set is the Pioneer Ocean Dub version that aired on Cartoon Network in the late 90's, it was and will always be the first and original Dragonball Z to me because this was the version I remember watching as a kid and what got me into the Anime.

This Collector's DVD set features The Saiyan Saga (episodes 1-25) The Namek Saga (episodes 26-53) and the first three movies DeadZone, The World's Strongest, and Tree of Might as they were aired on Cartoon Network.

When my brother and I were kids, we would come home from school and watch the the show that we recorded on VHS cause the show would start just as we got out of school. Since then we became fans of the show and it became the first thing my brother and I had in common.

I loved (and still do) the ocean dub version mainly cause the Ocean dub had better voice actors and better background music (in my opinion). When the show was aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami and only showed the 53 episodes I kept wondering when were they going to air the next episode or when are the going to continue the series? So when they finally aired the new episodes I was first excited then disappointed that they had changed the animation and the voices, I was like WTH why'd they change the voices. Even though I continued to watch the series as it went on that was always the thing that bothered me. The Funimation voice actors got nothing on the Ocean Group actors, especially on Scott McNeil who was the original voice of Piccolo in the Ocean Dub. He made Piccolo sound dangerous and sexy (hey I'm a girl alright and yes I'm a Dragonball Z fan. Deal with it)

Definitely worth buying if you grew up watching the Pioneer version and are a hardcore fan.
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This contains dvds in a book that gives character profile. It is the ocean dub recording. Which means that it is the version that was on cartoon network back in 97in the UK (as i am British) and brings back so many memories.

All thats left to do now is to bring out the rest of the episodes which were broadcaat by the ocean group.
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Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon is something US/North American English language fans of DBZ have been asking for... for ages. FUNimaiton gave us Japanese language lovers the Dragon Boxes, so it's only right they come back and pay homage to those that REALLY kicked not only DBZ off into the stratosphere in terms of popularity, but the company FUNimation itself. At least in North America (it was already hugely popular in its country of origin, Japan of course).

If you watched DBZ on Cartoon Network, as many of us who wanted Anime but didn't have easy ways to get it, you most likely know this English dub. This dub includes:

dialog edits
edited video (scenes and episodes missing from the original Japanese release)
digital removal of Hell and other questionable content on screen
The original Ocean Group dub
Original replacement music

There are only 53 episodes included, as originally created in English. Also included are the original DBZ movies dubbed by Ocean as well.

Just as the DBZ Dragon Boxes may be almost specifically catering to the Japanese language fans, excluding all but a basic English dub, this set forgoes all other fans of DBZ in favor of JUST including the Ocean Group dub in its entirety. If you don't want to listen to an English dub, skip this set. If you want the FUNimation dub, for the uncut series, skip this set.

In terms of the set, I give it 4 stars because of the packaging. The description claims you get a 48 page book. That's true... sort of. The DVDs, all nine of them, are part of the book. So you have 48 oversized pages, followed by 2-3 cardboard "pages" that house the DVDs.

And the book part? It's pitiful. I could have put this together in my sleep.
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I got my set today. I have a question.
HFIL is short for "Home For Infinite Losers" which was the show's edited way of saying hell
Aug 3, 2013 by Trey Washington |  See all 3 posts
Will Funimation consider doing it for the rest of dbz original dub ,...
No plans that they've released. You would need to start purchasing the "Orange Boxes" to get the rest of the series as it aired originally in the US.
Dec 3, 2013 by Stephen Lerch |  See all 3 posts
Is this set really only 53 episodes?!!
This release collects every episode and movie that was dubbed by Ocean Studios for FUNimation around 1996-1998. That is why there are only 53 episodes. Episode 54 (original US numbering, but technically the last few minutes of episode 67 and the entirety of episode 68) saw the FUNi in-house voice... Read More
Jul 1, 2013 by Sir Phobos 83 |  See all 7 posts
Is Rock The Dragon worth buying again??
Hey P. Stark,

I also live in UK and I bought this set recently, although overall I'm very happy with it I can't lie that the packaging for the discs is horrible so in this instance you'd have to buy an 8-Disc DVD Case (£2.39 eBay -- to have discs 1-8 which have episodes 1 to 53) plus a standard... Read More
Jan 6, 2014 by P. Marck |  See all 9 posts
Why is this a DVD collection?
It's for fans who grew up with this. I won't be getting it, but I can see why one would want it.
Jun 9, 2013 by Xlea |  See all 8 posts
Ok, just a little heads up. Be the first to reply
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