Funimation will release the 1996 Canadian Dragon Ball Z dub on DVD this August
Remember this? Well, we now know what that is:
The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, the Saiyans have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own.
With the fate of his family, friends, and the entire human race hanging in the balance, Goku, the Earths greatest hero, must rise to meet the approaching threat. As he prepares for the fight of his life, Goku embarks on an epic journey that will take him to other worlds, pit him against new and old enemies alike, and force him to confront the dark secrets of his own past. At the end of this path, the most powerful opponent he has ever faced awaits: the evil Saiyan Prince Vegeta!
This collector’s edition features the original Canadian voice cast and opening theme song, “Rock the Dragon”!
Contains episodes 1-53 plus movies 1-3 (Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and Tree of Might) and 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.
Yep, Funimation is re-releasing the 1996 edited TV dub of Dragon Ball Z. It’s a weird decision since for the last 14 or so years the company has ignored the existence of this version of the show. I’m not sure this dub should be re-released. The script was liberally translated and led to such errors like Vegeta indirectly calling Bardock a brilliant scientist. In terms of editing it’s got to be stated that these 53 episodes cover the equivalent of about 76 uncut episodes. But hey, I guess Funimation can actually use the original delivery of a certain infamous line about Power Levels …
The dub for the three movies are uncut, and have a pretty good translation. However, all of this stuff was released by Geneon/Pioneer on DVD in the late 90s, and while it’s obviously no longer in print they’re not exactly hard to find online. Personally, I’d have been more interested in this release if it included the alternate English dub of the rest of the series by Ocean. That’s never been released on home video anywhere.
Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon DVD Box Set Collector’s Edition will be out August 20th with an MSRP of $100.