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Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Collector's Edition (2013)

Daisuke Nishio  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Daisuke Nishio
  • Format: 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7TS972
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They say you never forget your first August 13, 2013
By Drewz
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original pioneer DBZ that started it all October 3, 2013
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best memories August 20, 2013
By Manpo
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS JUST A RE-RELEASE OF THE PIONEER DVDS August 24, 2013
Like most reviews of this item, I also prefer the original + later episodes dubbed by Ocean Group compared to Funimation.

But I wish they would release DVDS to all the Ocean Group Dubbed DB/DBZ/DBGT Episodes that never aired in the USA. Everything on this DVD release was previously released as 20 Single DVD Volumes by Pioneer and three box sets that combined all 20 Pioneer DVD Volumes.

Also ignore anyone who says that Funimation don't have the rights to later Ocean Group Dub Episodes, because that's not how it works. Lots of third party DVD companies sign third party contracts to release other people's products on DVD, meaning Funimation & their existing DBZ contract with the Japanese owners, could easily combined a contract with Ocean Group in Canada via Funimation's high DBZ Selling Market, to release all the later DBZ + DB & DBGT Ocean Group Dub Episodes.

Personally I own the original Pioneer DVDS which are much more collectable than this DVD Box Set, because the Pioneer DVDS were released when the series actually aired on TV and when they never done any edits to the TV Versions on home video/DVD including no re-mastering, meaning the Pioneer DVDS are for a fact, 100% the TV Version we remember with no edits starting from sound to just one second of scenery.


Dragon Ball Z - The Saiyan Conflict (Boxed Set I - Episodes 1-25)

Dragon Ball Z - The Namek Saga (Boxed Set II - Episodes 26-53)

Dragon Ball Z - Movie Boxed Set (Dead Zone/The Tree of Might/The World's Strongest)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Amazing. Just amazing. BUT, The only problem is Goku's voice, haha. That was the only problem I will ever have with Ocean Dub
Published 1 day ago by Kareem
5.0 out of 5 stars If you watched toonami then this is what you want
this is the version they showed on toonami. I never realized how much they avoided saying someone is dead until now. He's not dead Goku, he is just in another dimension...... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hank Nova
5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Dub
What can I say, I love the Ocean dub much more than the Funi Dub and this is like gold to me.
Published 22 days ago by James mang
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I remember staying up until 10 PM on school nights just to watch DBZ on Toonami. I remember the disappointment of watching Goku land on Namek and beat up Recoome in one hit, then... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Joshua Montoya
5.0 out of 5 stars As described, Great addition
Is as described, came on time and undamaged
Artwork is great with info on all relevant characters. The right step in releasing the show and being worth thr purchase
Published 1 month ago by Chopsuey1242
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 1 month ago by CHASE ALBERTS
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK THE DRAGON
This is the ultimate DBZ collectors set. All the memories flood back to me every time i watch this collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark brisch
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy. This is not he dragonball uncut
Do not buy this is the Canadian version. Voices are horrible. And they left out scenes. Plus on too of that amazon tried to give me not even a quarter of the refund. Read more
Published 1 month ago by stephenie
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure
This s*** is pure gold. My brother and I have been taken on an epic adventure filled with joyful nostalgia,
Published 2 months ago by JivusTurkus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome anime
This is the original version of DBZ, and it's awesome! Dragon Dragon! I remember watching these episodes on tv when DBZ was on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Evan Miller
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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 5 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 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 M. Lerch |  See all 3 posts
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
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 6 posts
Ok, just a little heads up. Be the first to reply
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