A new restoration and re-mastering process has made it possible for FUNimation to produce season sets of its popular Dragon Ball Z anime series on Blu-Ray. Each season set will include new triptych art and include new cast interviews, retrospectives and fan submissions. Also, exclusive to the Blu-Ray, a nine-part special features series that spans the entirety of the show’s run.
Dragon Ball Z: Season One will be available on Blu-Ray on December 31st, but fans can pre-order for 45% off regular price today until November 11th.. Check out the press release, following the jump, for details.
“Dragon Ball Z” Season Sets Blasting onto Blu-ray This Winter
Flower Mound, TX (November 7, 2013) – FUNimation® Entertainment has announced that it is giving the Blu-ray release of the anime phenomenon Dragon Ball Z another go.
Originally attempted with the Level Sets in 2011, production was suspended due to technical challenges of the frame by frame restoration from the original film. After careful evaluation of the process, FUNimation is glad to announce that restoration has recommenced and releases will be available before years end.
Different from the Level Sets before it, the episode count on the Blu-ray Season Sets will be identical to their extremely popular DVD counterparts. Also different, is the restoration and re-mastering process being used. A bolder, more vibrant color palette is being used to produce a picture current, and future, televisions can take advantage of. The Blu-ray Season Sets will also come in a widescreen format. Precise shot-by-shot reframing of each scene has been used to ensure the optimal picture when converting from its native, full screen format.
“We want Dragon Ball Z to be a part of the HD experience,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and president of FUNimation Entertainment. “We want people to see how much time and care has been taken to give them something similar to what is being animated today.”
Each set of three releases will feature never-before-seen triptych cover art, showcasing the major heroes and villains from Dragon Ball Z’s three major sagas.
Included in Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Season Sets will be a nine-part extra features special that spans the entirety of the releases. Each Season Set will include brand new cast interviews, retrospectives, and fan submissions.
Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) will be available at online and at retail on December 31, 2013.
To celebrate the announcement of this release, FUNimation is having a 4-day only, pre-order special on their website. From November 7 – November 11, fans can pre-order Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) for $24.74 (45% off). (http://shop.funimation.com/Shop/ShopProductDetail.ss?itemid=76548)
Dragon Ball Z: Season One (Blu-ray) Summary
The Saiyans are coming! These ruthless, intergalactic villains carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they’re headed for Earth! The evil Saiyan warlord Vegeta will not rest until he’s seized the wish-granting powers of the Dragon Balls for himself! Goku vs. Vegeta! The battle of all battles begins now!
Make room on your shelves because the Dragon Ball Z Season Sets are finally on Blu-ray! We embarked on a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies that might have tarnished your viewing experience. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality. The bolder, more vibrant color of this ultimate Dragon Ball Z release closely mirrors the visual aesthetics of today’s entertainment. Lastly, we undertook a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series to create a modern HD widescreen presentation of this legendary fan favorite! It’s time to experience Dragon Ball Z like you’ve never experienced it before!
The trailer may be found at : http://youtu.be/Byo4rgMHUM4
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