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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Remastered Dragon Ball Z DVD and BluRay

Dragon Ball Z has seen its fair share of releases going from VHS to DVD, getting remastered and so on, but two recent releases have caught my eye for good reason. Dragon Ball Z: Broly Double Feature BluRay and Dragon Ball Z Bardock/Trunks Double Feature DVD from FUNimation are steps above your average remastered editions and well worth the purchase by fans of the series or anyone looking to add to their HD collections.

First up, Dragon Ball Z Bardock/Trunks Double Feature. This double dose of side-story DBZ action chronicles the future story of Trunks before he appears to cure Goku and battle the Androids. The true highlight to this feature is an alternate reality Gohan who loses an arm and goes Super Saiyan as it’s supposed to be, not with controlled power like we see in the Buu saga. Next you get the story of Bardock, Goku’s Saiyan father who has visions of the future, battles familiar enemies and dies as do the rest of the Saiyans, but gets a glimmer of hope as he sees his son rise to power. Both are good stories, and getting each in one collection rocks. The tin case with original release cover art from 2000 is neat and the long transfer description works for me. To put is simply FUNimation went through a lot of trouble to make this upgrade happen. Seeing these features in HD brings them back to life. It was like watching them for the first time as each color jumps out even more and you are not left with a feeling of watching an older anime. Does this hold true for Broly …?

The short answer on Dragon Ball Z: Broly Double Feature BluRay is yes … and no. These are by far my favorite DBZ movies as I love the Legendary Super Saiyan. Broly delivers on the action in both Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and Broly- Second Coming. So first up Vegita is lured to a planet, new Vegita, to become Saiyan king, but it’s a trap. He’s to be killed by the Broly who will in turn be killed by a meteor heading for the planet leaving Broly’s father to rule Earth. Goku of course gets in the way, and it turns out he really annoyed Broly as a baby. Rage takes over, great fights happen, Goku wins, but Broly does not die. If he did die then there would be no Second Coming which sees Broly on Earth and fighting with Goku’s children, Gohan and Goten. Throw in a young Trunks and the spirit of Goku and you have yet another epic battle that ends with Broly defeated (but not dead, good times). This disc was released only on BluRay, which is a shame, not for us BluRay owners, but rather for non-owners missing out on this treat. See these movies were two of my first fan-subs back in college and they were not the greatest. To see these movies in HD, remastered, re-created just brings back memories that don’t compare to the vivid images FUNimation is treating us too. Add to this that there are not many good anime options on BluRay and this is a must buy right up there with The Simpsons Movie.

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