Dagon wrote:When you guys say "international" do you mean just anything that's not the Japanese release or do you mean anything not from Japan AND Funimation's American release? Would I have to buy a non-American/Japanese version to get the best colors? I own Funimation Kai Final Chapters, bought in America.
When referring to Kai TFC, there are 2 different cuts; Japanese & international. The international cut is the original version of this version of Z, as it was being produced by Toei for the explicit purpose of dubbing, airing, & home media releases overseas, with their own voice cast rerecording the dialogue as they'd done before, since they both didn't have the original masters for the dialogue & to make the continuity of the recordings better. It also allowed for some better performances (I've read that Ryusei Nakao apparently gave a more heart-wrenching performance for Frieza in some scenes than he did in Kai).
Kai: TFC was never supposed to air in Japan originally, since Kai didn't do too well over there in terms of toy sales or, apparently, fan reception. However, the series did very well overseas, mainly in America, where we received a better dub than Z got that, while it's got its detractors, is a very
different & better dub than Z's was. Although, France also got a better dub same as us & I think Brazil did too, since the French dub of Z was really bad & the Portuguese dub was more of a gag dub on their parts. However, after Toriko got cancelled abruptly, Toei didn't wanna lose the timeslot to another company, so they cut down Kai further than what they had already (mainly just cutting out left in filler scenes from the first 10-15 episodes or so & speeding up others into their new versions of them, as well as getting a whole new assortment of ending songs & a different opening song set to an altered version of the opening sequence they'd made already).
As for the masters, no. Unless someone's gonna run a fan project to alter the colors, which all there is is an annoying green tint, there's virtually no differences between Japan's masters & the international masters. They're the exact same across the board. I only wish that Toei allowed Q-Tec to finish the series, since they, while having some coloring errors, remastered the series really well & recut the series to be a TON better than Z was, as wella s producing 4:3 masters rather than leaving the series cropped, while Toei didn't even bother creating 4:3 masters of the recut & left in some filler scenes that didn't make sense to leave in. I'm looking at you, Hell scenes.