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Dragon Ball: Season 1 (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • 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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 745 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dragon Ball: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Marathon play special feature
Textless songs
Digital booklets are now available on each of the Toei sites. Customers can find the download links in the DVD/Blu-Ray section of each website near the summary information for each product. (each product has its own page)

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Product Description

NTSC/Region1. In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT.

In 1986, the animated adaptation of Akira Toriyama's manga Dragon Ball debuted on Japanese television, launching one of the most popular franchises in anime history. Dragon Ball introduced a special mixture of male bonding, rigorous training, martial arts fighting, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi action that scored a huge hit with boys and led to the follow-ups Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT--and numerous imitators. A small boy from another planet, Goku commands super-human strength, but he was raised in the remote mountains by an old man and he knows little of the world. Goku meets Bulma, who's trying to assemble the seven magical Dragon Balls so she can wish for a boyfriend. The naive boy and the hot-tempered girl join forces, then form a quarrelsome alliance with Oolong, the shape-shifting pig, and Yamcha, a dashing bandit with a metamorphic familiar, Puar. The heroes compete for the Dragon Balls against the pint-sized Emperor Pilaf (who wants to rule the world). After defeating Pilaf, Goku goes to study martial arts with Master Roshi, a lecherous but extraordinarily skilled old man. Goku and fellow student Krillin develop formidable powers that they use in the World Martial Arts Tournament. These episodes set the pattern for Dragon Ball and numerous other series: humans and creatures of all description train endlessly, then gather to pound the ramen out of each other before an audience. Naturally, the hero wins in an extended final match. The first adventures are lighter in tone and more broadly comic than the beginning of the darker Red Ribbon Saga. For years, the first13 episodes of Dragon Ball were only available in the U.S. in the heavily edited set Saga of Goku, to the chagrin of the fans. Following their successful release of the complete Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, Funimation is presenting Dragon Ball uncut and digitally restored. The series probably looks better now than it did when it premiered, as it was reportedly filmed in 16mm. Note: The sight of the prepubescent Goku and Krillin running around naked doesn't bother Japanese audiences. (Rated TV 14, but appropriate for ages 12 and up: nudity, risqué and toilet humor, cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Secret of the Dragon Balls, 2. The Emperor’s Quest, 3. The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi, 4. Oolong the Terrible, 5. Yamcha the Desert Bandit, 6. Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls, 7. The Ox-King on Fire Mountain, 8. The Kamehameha Wave, 9. Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch, 10. The Dragon Balls Are Stolen, 11. The Penalty Is Pinball, 12. A Wish to the Eternal Dragon, 13. The Legend of Goku, 14. Goku's Rival, 15. Look Out for Launch, 16. Find That Stone! 17. Milk Delivery, 18. The Turtle Hermit Way, 19. The Tournament Begins, 20. Elimination Round, 21. Smells Like Trouble, 22. Quarterfinals Begin, 23. Monster Beast Giran, 24. Krillin's Frantic Attack! 25. Danger From Above, 26, The Grand Finals, 27. Number One Under The Moon? 28. The Final Blow, 29. The Roaming Lake, 30. Pilaf and the Mystery Force, 31. Wedding Plans?)

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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Wish Has Been Granted... August 11, 2009
I have long wondered when Funimation would finally get the rights to the first thirteen episodes of Dragon Ball allowing them to release a proper set. Now after all that waiting it's finally going to happen and their giving us the first two sagas and beginning of the third all in one set! I'm ecstatic to read from Gen Fukunaga, president at CEO at FUNimation Entertainment, that the original thirteen episodes will be redone uncut as up til now they've only been properly available in a highly edited DVD set titled 'The Saga of Goku'. While I happily purchased that set long ago from LionsGate Entertainment I'm more than happy to upgrade to this set if it means finally owning those first thirteen uncut episodes.
This set will contain the following 31 episodes from the Goku/Pilaf, Tournament and Red Ribbon Army Sagas:

The Saga Of Goku/Emperor Pilaf Saga

1 Secret of the Dragon Ball
2 The Emperor's Quest
3 The Nimbus Cloud Of Roshi
4 Oolong the Terrible
5 Yamcha the Desert Bandit
6 Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls
7 The Ox-King on Fire Mountain
8 The Kamehameha Wave
9 Boss Rabbit's Magic Touch
10 The Dragon Balls Are Stolen
11 The Penalty Is Pinball
12 A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
13 The Legend Of Goku

Tournament Saga

14 Goku's Rival
15 Look Out for Launch
16 Find That Stone!
17 Milk Delivery
18 The Turtle Hermit Way
19 The Tournament Begins
20 Elimination Round
21 Smells Like Trouble
22 Yamcha Vs. Jackie Chun
23 Monster Beast Giran
24 Krillin's Frantic Attack!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Season One Remastered - Awesome! September 21, 2009
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I actually started out as a Dragon Ball Z fan back when the series first aired in the US on Cartoon Network. Over last year, I bought all of the remastered Dragon Ball Z seasons as well as the Dragon Ball GT series. I was looking forward to seeing the original Dragon Ball series which deals with the earlier years of Goku, Krillin, Bulma, etc.

I have to say that this first season of Dragon Ball was not disappointing. In fact, I think it is in many ways better than Dragon Ball Z. Why? Quite simply, this work is not only extremely funny, but you don't have to wait through episode after episode after episode (like in Dragon Ball Z) to see the ultimate outcome of something. The story moves at a very reasonable pace.

Warning! There is a lot of sexual innuendo in Dragon Ball. Far more than in Dragon Ball Z. It's extremely hilarious but if you are bit prudish about this topic, don't buy this series.

I love the interaction of Bulma with Goku. It is funny beyond belief.

If you are a Manga, Anime fan as well as a Dragon Ball Z fan, buy Dragon Ball.

By the way, unlike Dragon Ball Z, this remastered version isn't cut on the top and bottom of the screen to create the impression of wide screen. It's in the original screen format!
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, addicting and absolutely awesome! September 9, 2009
It's the series that started it all... "Dragon Ball". Originally, a manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama for "Shonen Jump", the manga series lasted from 1984 through 1995 and since the manga series has produced several anime series which include "Dragon Ball", "Dragon Ball Z", "Dragon Ball GT" and currently in Japan, a new HD broadcasting of "Dragon Ball Kai" and in 2009, an American live action film titled "Dragonball Evolution" was released worldwide.

"Dragon Ball" is the first arc of the series which aired in Japan from 1986 through 1989 and lasted for 153 episodes. The series was released by Harmony Gold USA in the late 80's and then by FUNimation Entertainment in 1995 and uncut episodes were released on DVD in 2003.

But now the episodes will be released in the USA for the first season of "Dragon Ball" for the first time uncut, remastered and digitally restored.

"Dragon Ball - Season One" features a total of 31 episodes on five DVD's. Here is a spoiler-less summary of each episode:


* EPISODE 1- Secret of the Dragon Balls - Bulma and Goku meet for the first time.
* EPISODE 2- The Emperor's Quest - Another group looking for the Dragon Balls.
* EPISODE 3 - The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi - Goku tries to help a turtle get to his home.
* EPISODE 4 - Oolong the Terrible - Bulma and Goku find a Dragon Ball in a nearby village but the village has been terrorized by something called Oolong the Terrible.
* EPISODE 5 - Yamcha the Desert Bandit - Yamcha, the bandit from the desert challenges Goku.
* EPISODE 6 - Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls - Oolong joins Bulma and Goku on their quest for the Dragon Balls.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Dragon Ball is a classic work, and this series of boxed sets is totally worth owning for the content alone. There's not much I can add to the discussion of how great this lighthearted, 80's action-adventure is --- but I CAN mention the dissatisfying experience I had with Funimation's DVD packaging. It's hard to review my love of this series against the problem I had with Funimation's packaging, but I hope it can help people get a better idea of what they might run into if they decide to purchase these boxed sets.

Every Dragon Ball season set (there are 5) is supposed to come with a roughly 20 page collector's Episode Guide Booklet, that contains character profiles, illustrations and episode summaries. They're nicely produced, and the summaries in particular are very helpful if you ever need to find your place as you make your way through this rather lengthy 153-episode series.

When I ordered all 5 seasons in the mail, however, I found that TWO of the seasons I purchased were missing their booklets!

After contacting the seller, I was promptly mailed one of the booklets, but unfortunately informed that I needed to contact Funimation about the remaining season's missing booklet.

After getting in contact with Funimation's product concerns department, I was told that Funimation was 'going green', and that they had stopped producing the episode guide booklets altogether for their Dragon Ball boxed set releases. I was pointed to a downloadable PDF file on their website instead.

I'm pretty miffed to spend as much as I did on these sets to not completely own them in the end. So a word of warning to collectors eye-ing these sets --- they may or may not have the episode guide booklets. I hope this helps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Danela Tesoro Carrisalez
3.0 out of 5 stars Will buy come them again !!
The collection arrived in great condition yet, without episode guide, which was unfortunate...
Published 1 month ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Totally fantastic! I want them all!!!
Published 1 month ago by rodney hair
4.0 out of 5 stars Inferior to Ocean's 1995 Dub
It saddens me when I learn of an entire generation who missed the original, superior Ocean dub of the original saga (first 13 episodes) of Dragon Ball, which this is NOT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cartoonmaniac
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Published 1 month ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great TV show!
Published 1 month ago by kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure of a Lifetime Begins!
Ah yes Dragon Ball... an anime masterpiece that defined a generation. Dragon Ball is an action, adventure, comedy series that follows the adventures of Goku, as he explores the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price but took for ever to arrive. Like almost two weeks to arrive
Published 1 month ago by Marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show for everyone!
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragonball where we first met Goku!
I have always enjoyed this series, I remember watching this a kid on toonami on Cartoon Network. I'm glad it has the English actors. I don't care much for subtitles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josh Finchum
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buy dragon ball season one or wait for a dragon box version?
Actually, there is one slight difference between the dragon box and remastered version of Dragon Ball. The remastered versions were slightly zoomed to eliminate dirty footage around the edge because that was easier than cleaning up each frame. I'm almost positive that the japanese dragon box... Read More
Dec 29, 2010 by Bradley Michael |  See all 3 posts
Comparing versions
The Saga of Goku set is edited with an entirely different voice cast and all background music replaced. This set contains almost everything uncut (excluiding original Japanese episode title cards, episode previews and Japanese ending credits).
May 11, 2010 by Zachary Pryor |  See all 2 posts
Main differences between DRAGON BOX and just REMASTERED?
The Dragon Boxes are uncut with next episode previews and in 4:3 aspect ratio, its original aspect ratio. The Dragon Boxes' remastering is much better quality, even though it is fairly grainy. What Funimation did to DBZ was pretty average. They cropped the picture and removed some detail from... Read More
Jun 29, 2010 by Xlea |  See all 2 posts
The post is a few months old, but this info will be useful for anyone else picking up this set:
The sets are edited; For the entire series only one opening and ending is used (the first and second respectively) out of two openings and three endings, the title cards are replaced with the... Read More
Apr 21, 2012 by Mr. C. P. Taylor |  See all 4 posts
They cropped it. Be the first to reply
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