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Despite originating on Japanese TV earlier this year, the special extended edition of the 2013 theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, Battle of Gods, has thus far only been released in select international markets (namely North America via FUNimation).

The Japanese market will finally receive their own version, with the extended edition hitting DVD and Blu-ray 13 March 2015.

Each version comes packed with a special sleeve for the disc as well as an original post card featuring art from the upcoming 2015 Dragon Ball Z theatrical film, Revival of ‘F’.

In all likelihood, the Japanese edition will be the only home release of the extended edition to feature FLOW’s two musical contributions (“Hero: Song of Hope” and “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”) in their original Japanese language; even in the Japanese language track on FUNimation’s and other international distributors’ releases, English versions performed by FLOW themselves are used.

The Japanese DVD (¥3,800 + tax) and Blu-ray (¥4,800 + tax) versions of the extended Battle of Gods are up for pre-order on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.


The 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods finally sees its home release today from FUNimation and comes packed with the original theatrical version along with a special extended edition. Stay tuned here at Kanzenshuu for a more complete review in the near future, but in the meantime, check out these quick facts: it is everything you actually wanted to know about this home release!

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What is “Battle of Gods”?
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was the first new theatrical film for the franchise in seventeen years, hitting Japanese theaters 30 March 2013. Though its original concepts were created by Toei Animation, original manga author Akira Toriyama entered the production early on to oversee much of the story and dialog. The script is attributed to Yūsuke Watanabe. A musical score was provided by Norihito Sumitomo. Character designs and animation supervision were handled by Tadayoshi Yamamuro. The film was directed by Masahiro Hosoda. The story is written to take place between the defeat of Majin Buu and the 28th Tenka’ichi Budōkai and is officially set in Age 778.

What is in the extended edition?
The extended edition includes just over twenty minutes of additional material, ranging from three-second interstitial transitions to entirely new scenes. Virtually nothing is removed or replaced; it is all additive.

Is this release in English or Japanese?
As with pretty much all of FUNimation’s home releases since 2000, this release includes the original Japanese audio track (with accompanying English subtitle translations) along with the company’s own English dub.

Which region is encoded onto the Blu-ray?
The disc is solely encoded for Region A. Manga UK will be releasing their own version of this release in November.

Who provided the translation for the subtitles?
Long-time Dragon Ball fan and FUNimation translator for the franchise Steven J. “Daimao” Simmons provided the translation.

What name spelling is used for the main antagonist in the subtitles?
Simmons went with a spelling of “Beers” in the subtitle track. For more information on the question, read our own overview. The character’s attendant is adapted with the traditional “Whis” spelling.

Are all of the audio tracks provided in 5.1 surround sound?
The English dub for the theatrical version, the original Japanese track for the theatrical version, and the English dub for the extended edition are all produced in 5.1 surround sound. The odd man out is the Japanese track for the extended edition, which is presented in standard stereo sound.

What kinds of special features are included?
Two featurettes are included along with other, shorter videos adding up to roughly half an hour of bonus material:

  • “Behind the Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors” (9:55) – An extended scene of Goku fighting Beerus with overlaid boxes of the English voice actors performing the lines.
  • “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled” (19:23) – Short introductions to various English voice actors, showcases of them performing their lines, and more.
  • Textless Closing Song (3:31) – A creditless version of the movie’s closing theme song.
  • U.S. Trailer (1:48) – FUNimation’s English-language trailer for the film using footage from the extended edition.
  • Trailers – Promotional videos and trailers for various FUNimation-licensed shows.

Is such-and-such reference kept in the English dub?
For the most part, yes. This includes an off-hand reference to a particular character’s sibling as well as the length of certain types of entertainment. The English dub’s script receives a bit of “punching-up” as seen in the company’s original 2000-onward dubbing, but overall lies somewhere between that and their Dragon Ball Kai treatment.

Are the original Japanese or English versions of FLOW’s songs included?
The English dub tracks and original Japanese language tracks for both versions of the film feature FLOW’s English versions of “Hero: Song of Hope” and “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. This has been the case with most other international releases (even in the Japanese language tracks). An opening screen of text on the release acknowledges and notes this change.

Are the end credits only provided in English?
Yes, the credits are exclusively written in English accompanied by the English version of FLOW’s “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. The Japanese cast is attributed to character names as they appear in the subtitles (Kuririn, Tenshinhan, Kaioshin, etc.). The kanzenban pages are not edited from their original Japanese text.

What types of releases are available?
A two-disc DVD set as well as a three-disc DVD & Blu-ray combo set are available. Each contain both the original theatrical and extended versions of the film.

Where can I purchase this home release?
Most retailers carry the movie. It is also available online from retailers such as Amazon and RightStuf.

I want to know more about this movie!
Head on over to the respective page in our “Movie Guide” for anything and everything you ever wanted to know about Battle of Gods! We have interview translations, character designs, links to our podcast reviews, and much more.

Is there a new movie coming in 2015?
Yes! Check out our article to learn everything there is to know so far.


FUNimation has announced that their home video release for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will drop 07 October 2014 in North America on DVD and Blu-ray.

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As hinted at by Manga UK’s previously-announced release (set for November 10th), the release will feature both the original theatrical version of the film along with the extended edition aired on Fuji TV earlier this year.

A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (MSRP $34.98), DVD-only set, and digital download versions will be available.

The extended version of the film is not available on home video in Japan.

Flower Mound, Texas (August 19, 2014) – FUNimation® Entertainment, North America’s leading anime company, is bringing Dragon Ball Z to Blu-ray & DVD in a big way. Right on the heels of its limited-run, highly successful theatrical release, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be hitting online and retail shelves October 7, 2014. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring new Dragon Ball Z content back into homes after so many years” said Gen Fukunaga, President and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment.

Fans of the series have a lot in store for them with this home video release. The Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Extended Edition on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with two versions of the film: the Uncut Version – which includes an additional 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage – and the Theatrical Version. It also includes over 30 minutes of extra features, including an in-the-booth featurette with the fan favorite cast.

FUNimation recently toured the movie’s English dub in a limited run across North American theaters, grossing $1 million its first night.


A “Shueisha Jump Remix” version of the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods “Film Anime Comic” adaptation will be available tomorrow (16 August 2014) in Japan for ¥667 (+ tax).

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The “Film Anime Comics” series collected screen shots from various anime-only stories into manga form, arranging scenes into panels on a page with dialog bubbles. The “Shueisha Jump Remix” series adapted these and other Film/TV Anime Comics into lower-priced versions on cheaper paper, sometimes collecting multiple stories together into a larger book.

The original version of the movie’s “Film Anime Comic” was released 04 October 2013 for ¥1,400 (tax included). It came in at 360 pages in the New Book Format (11 × 17 cm). The Shueisha Jump Remix version will come in at 364 pages.

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Additionally, double-movie-packed Shueisha Jump Remix releases for Dragon Ball Z Movies 9 & 10 (Bojack / 2nd Broli) and then Movies 5 & 6 (Coola / Metal Coola) will drop 22 August 2014 2014 and 29 August 2014, respectively. Each will sell for ¥619 (+ tax). The Movies 9 & 10 Shueisha Jump Remix version was previously released in 2009.

Re-releases of the standard edition/quality “Film Anime Comics” for Dragon Ball Z Movies 8 (1st Broli) and 12 (Janenba) came out earlier this year.


Listings for Manga UK’s home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods have begun popping up on retailer sites. A listing on anime-on-line.com in particular indicates that the release will be a double-disc edition and will come packed with both the original theatrical cut of the film along with the special extended version that was aired on Fuji TV earlier this year in Japan:

This double disc edition includes both the 85 minute Theatrical Cut and the 105 minute Director’s Cut. Both versions include the English and Japanese dubs and English subtitles. This edition also includes bonus content including “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled” and “Behind The Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors!”.

A separate listing also confirms a “Collector’s Edition” which will come packed with, “…4 collectable art cards and a limited edition o-card.”

Manga UK will release the film on both DVD and Blu-ray 10 November 2014.

Back in June, FUNimation voice actor Sean Schemmel tweeted photos from his Battle of Gods recording sessions. One photo in particular contained a scene exclusive to the extended version of the film, prompting the question of whether FUNimation had been able to secure said version of the film for either theatrical or home release. All tweets related to the recording sessions were removed shortly thereafter.

FUNimation’s North American theatrical tour of the film wraps up this week. No home release has been announced.

Thanks to our various forum members for digging up the listings!

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UPDATE: Listings for the “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray, and DVD versions are now also up on Amazon UK and confirm the same extras, inclusion of the extended edition, etc. Thanks, Baggie_Saiyan!


Movie box office service Box Office Mojo is reporting that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods grossed $1.07 million opening night (05 August 2014) of its limited North American theatrical run. These results are based on 692 U.S. theaters that reported their earnings. As of this post, following its second day in theaters, the movie has grossed $1.94 million. Many fans across the country have reported sold out showings at their local theaters, and yesterday FUNimation sent out an e-mail thanking fans for showing up in droves.

The limited theatrical run is officially slated to end this Saturday, but some areas will be seeing a delayed released from 14 August 2014 to 17 August 2014, so the final gross totals will not be available until then. However, based on the information available from Box Office Mojo, the United States posted the 4th best international opening day behind Argentina, Mexico, and Italy. Mexico currently holds the highest international total gross for the movie with $4.47 million accrued over its month-long theatrical run.

Be sure to share your Battle of Gods experience with us on our forum, or simply read the experiences from your fellow Dragon Ball fans. Also be sure to check back this weekend for a special podcast episode covering our own adventures to see the movie!


In mid-July Manga UK announced their acquisition of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, noting that additional details would be forthcoming “in the coming weeks”. Well earlier yesterday it was announced via their Instagram account that Battle of Gods is officially slated to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2014. Battle of Gods is currently available on home video in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwan with other countries slowly making their way from theatrical screenings to home releases.

In addition, Manga UK has also announced that the movie will be screened at the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival later this October, with a comment from the company noting this particular screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The announcement also indicates that additional screenings of the movie will be announced soon, so stay tuned for those!

Thanks to Anthony for passing this along.


Australian distributor Madman Entertainment announced last September that they had acquired the license to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and shortly thereafter it began being screened from October to December at the 17th Japanese Film Festival in Australia and New Zealand. As with all movies shown at the festival, it was presented in its original Japanese with English subtitles. However, Madman has recently announced that they will once again be screening Battle of Gods, only this time it will be a very limited run of FUNimation’s English dub of the movie. A region locked trailer was posted along with Madman’s official announcement, but it is merely FUNimation’s trailer for the movie with swapped out dates and locations.

The movie will be screened in 8 cities in Australia and 4 cities in New Zealand on 30 August 2014 (and exclusively in Melbourne on the 31st) as part of the special “Reel Anime” theatrical event. Tickets can be purchased directly from the participating cinema locations listed here.

Thanks to Matt for the heads up about this.


During their panel at this weekend’s MCM Comic Con in Manchester, Manga UK announced their license and acquisition of the 2013 film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film is scheduled for a UK release on both DVD and Blu-ray 10 December 2014.

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An Instagram recap of the announcement notes that the company will have more details on this and other announcements (related to various properties), “…in the coming weeks.”

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is currently available on home video in Hong Kong, Mexico, and Taiwain with other countries slowly making their way from theatrical screenings to home releases. English-dubbed North American theatrical screenings will take place next month, though FUNimation has not yet announced their own home video release plans.


While the staff here at Kanzenshuu unfortunately could not personally make it out to California for the event, we have a great group of friends that were able to help coordinate a whole bunch of excellent coverage from the North American debut for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

Before the evening’s festivities kicked off, we did have a chance in-house to talk with FUNimation voice actors and directors Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, and Justin Cook about the movie itself, its themes, some of the casting choices, and much more. Give the interview a listen via Episode #0364 of our podcast, released earlier this evening.

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Our buddies Josh and Ryan served as our correspondents at FUNimation’s “red carpet” event leading up to the debut of the film’s English dub last night. Check out their great recap video showcasing some of the arrivals, another quick interview segment with Christopher Sabat, and some of the fans cosplaying it up in anticipation of the film.

While the film has made its way to theaters and even home video releases across much of the rest of the globe already, this formally kicks off its North American release. Look for a limited theatrical run from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. More and more theaters and showtimes are being added constantly, so be sure to check back and stay tuned to your local theaters!