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On 13 September 2013, months following the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters across Japan, Toei finally released the franchise’s first theatrical film in 17 years to the home video market. We gave everyone a first glimpse at the packaging as our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) received his copy a day before its official release. Now join us again, as we add our detailed information pages to the “Home Video Guide“!
The film’s home video was released in “Standard” and “Limited” edition packaging, with both editions available in DVD and Blu-ray formats. While the “Standard Edition” release is your typical single disc release, with a few bonus features, the “Limited Edition” release comes jam-packed with special presents, a second disc of bonus features, and the inclusion of the Dragon Ball “Jump Super Anime Tour 2008″ Special. In addition to all that, a special booklet was included highlighting various aspects of the film, along with an exclusive introductory message from Akira Toriyama.
If you haven’t done so already, you can still pick up a copy for yourself from the following online retailers:
Our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) received his shipment at work today, and took a couple quick videos to show off the “Limited Edition” version.
The film’s official Japanese home release date is tomorrow (13 September 2013).
Next up in the lucky line of recipients are those of you down under in Australia: the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is coming to the 17th Japanese Film Festival later this year!
So far, the film is scheduled for five screenings across the tour: Brisbane (16 October 2013 – 20 October 2013), Perth (23 October 2013 – 27 October 2013), Canberra (30 October 2013 – 03 November 2013), Sydney (14 November 2013 – 24 November 2013), and Melbourne (28 November – 08 December 2013).
Big thanks to SaiyamanMS for the heads-up.
The film will be receiving its official Japanese home release this week (13 September 2013) on Blu-ray and DVD, with both standard and special editions of each. The special edition will come packed with a bonus disc containing production footage and the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special. Special retailer-exclusive versions are also available with extras such as special steelcase packaging.
Diamond Films and its partners have begun a series of social media updates announcing the upcoming theatrical debuts for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods across Latin America:
- Argentina: 19 September 2013
- Peru: 26 September 2013
- Mexico: 27 September 2013
- Chile: 10 October 2013
Takao Koyama is a name that is likely familiar to most of the Kanzenshuu audience. Having been the main writer for all thirteen previous theatrical Dragon Ball Z films as well as the “series organizer” for the Dragon Ball Z TV series, the man is quite intimately familiar with the franchise.
The new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods was written by newcomer Yūsuke Watanabe, however, with plenty of input from original manga author Akira Toriyama. In this case, Koyama was approaching the film much like any other audience member.
After seeing the film, Koyama penned a post on his blog, Noppo no Zakkan (“Noppo’s Various Impressions”). In it, he details his thoughts on the villain of the movie (Beerus, God of Destruction) and its “issue at hand”:
On Sunday the 7th, in the middle of a spring storm, I headed out to Apollo Cinema 8 in Tennoji, Osaka, near my regular lodgings, and watched it surrounded by children. It was a little embarrassing.
It was my first experience watching from the audience a Dragon Ball Z theatrical feature that I hadn’t handled the script for myself. It felt a bit strange.
Next to me, a young couple watched cosily together. I bet they could scarcely imagine that the old fogey with thinning hair sitting next to them was the one who handled the scripts of all 13 Dragon Ball Z theatrical movies.
But that’s not important to me.
And so, the movie began.
I was surprised right from the opening.
Once it started with the familiar “waves crashing into rocks” opening that is a byword for Toei, it then went into the 20th Century Fox opening, and continued with a credit for Toei Animation. Such wonderment. Actually, it’s because 20th Century Fox was involved in the production. I know the situation and some behind-the-scenes stories concerning that, but it’s top-secret information, so I can’t write about it.
And so, as for substance of the issue at hand…….
In handling the scripts for the films, what I always worried about each time was the problem of what to do about the opponent Goku fights against. That’s because, at the very least, they had to be stronger than [the ones from] the previous movie.
After much hard work, I was unable to come up with an opponent stronger than Broli, and fell into a rut where I made him appear three times.
That is to say, there’s the matter of questioning the idea of Broli as the strongest. As you are well aware, vehement opinions on the subject have been flying back and forth on this message board, as well as a variety of [other] websites.
For this time, Goku’s opponent, designed by Toriyama-sensei, was even a God of Destruction.
In the world of Dragon Ball Z, that’s a setting where even Broli, before the God of Destruction, would face a gap like that between a Yokozuna and the very bottom of the sumo ranks. That Broli, reduced to a pushover.
Only, from the impression I got of the character on the screen, Broli was scarier, no contest. Am I the only one who found that Broli looked overwhelmingly frightening? Or am I just biased towards my own creation?
Any more than this would become a spoiler, so I’ll hold off on it, but Noppo would like to hear the impressions of the Broli fans….
By all means, please see this work, which had a turnout of one million people in the first six days it was out.
The online Japanese fandom has come to refer to this as Koyama “dissing” (ディスる) Beerus and/or Battle of Gods.
We have archived our translation of this blog post in the Battle of Gods section of our main “Translations” page.
NeoVision recently announced on their Facebook page (back on 18 June 2013):
‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods’, the 18th theatrical feature of Akira Toriyama’s popular ‘Dragon Ball’ comic book series, being put out after a 17-year gap, will screen in Hong Kong in August. For further details, please visit the following profession [sic].
Their post links to the profile (not “profession”, a typo in their original post) for “Neofilms”, NeoVision’s film licensing division, which features a slightly different blurb:
‘Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods’, the 18th theatrical feature of Akira Toriyama’s popular ‘Dragon Ball’ comic book series, being put out after a 17-year gap, will screen in Hong Kong in August. Fans, be on the lookout for the release date.
Kanzenshuu spoke with NeoVision to confirm that they have indeed picked up the license and the film will begin screening in Hong Kong 15 August 2013.
Listings for the various Japanese home releases of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods have updated with a few key bits of information regarding their packaging and bonus inclusions.
The slipcover that will accompany all verisons has been updated from a standing shot of Goku to one of the first key art examples released for the film. The English title has also been corrected from “The Battle of Gods” back to simply “Battle of Gods”, while the Japanese Kami to Kami (“God and God”) has also been included.
The design of the box for the “Limited Edition” version (on both DVD and Blu-ray) has been altered to include Super Saiyan God Son Goku, while the “three-dimensional wall figure” has also been given a slight overhaul.
Of particular note is an update to the bonus DVD that will accompany both the Blu-Ray and DVD “Limited Edition” versions. While the disc will still contain recording footage, interviews, and coverage from the film’s opening, it will also include the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!” As it will be on a DVD, the special will obviously be presented in standard-definition, although it will still be in its original widescreen aspect ratio.
So far, the Jump Super Anime Tour Special had only been available on DVD in Japan through a mail-in order form via Weekly Shōnen Jump, V-Jump, and Jump SQ up through February 2009. There was no international release of the special, though Tarble was included as a playable character in all versions of Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Tarble’s voice actor, Masakazu Morita, returned to the franchise to voice Whis in Battle of Gods.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods will be available on DVD and Blu-ray (in standard and “Limited Edition” versions) in Japan 13 September 2013, with certain retailers (such as Amazon and HMV) having special editions of their own with even more bonus materials and packaging.
The CD single in question was released three months ago (where does the time go?!), but the review is still as relevant as ever!
Read on for a review of FLOW’s CD single for “Hero ~Song of Hope~ / CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. Both songs appear in the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and the CD single comes packed with a bonus remix track of an older song, and English version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, and instrumentals of both movie songs. Is this a required purchase for all fans, or just the music aficionados?
The Philippines join a slowly-amassing army of international locations getting a theatrical release of the new movie, including various countries across Latin America.
Big thanks to Pio Rafael T. Nepomuceno for the heads-up!
Japanese sites have all started listing the DVD and Blu-ray home release of the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, which gives us an impressive glimpse at all of the extras coming along with both the standard and “Limited Edition” versions!
The standard edition on both DVD and Blu-ray will come in a special slipcase cover, which somewhat strangely says “The Battle of Gods” on the spine and case despite the cover of the movie sticking with the standard “Battle of Gods” (sans-”the”) title.
The “Limited Edition” version on both DVD and Blu-ray will come with a slew of extras. In addition to the main feature disc (which will contain a “trailer collection” and “design materials collection”), the bonus disc (which will be a DVD regardless of which version you buy) has a few great things currently planned: a recording studio report, an interview collection, and a “Day 1 on-stage greeting” (the last of which probably refers to the one at Marunouchi Toei in Tokyo). In terms of physical extras, we can look forward to a “Super Saiyan God three-dimensional wall figure”, a postcard set of all 18 theatrical features, and a special booklet.
Amazon Japan has their own exclusive version of the “Limited Edition” Blu-ray release (priced at the same ¥9,240, but without any discount; the non-exclusive “Limited Edition” is currently a whopping ¥2,402-off) that comes with a steelbook:
The movie is currently available for pre-order in various versions on the following websites, and is officially due out 13 September 2013:
- Blu-ray Limited Edition (Amazon Japan Exclusive) – ¥9,240: Amazon Japan
- Blu-ray Limited Edition – ¥9,240: Amazon Japan | CDJapan
- Blu-ray Standard Edition – ¥5,040: Amazon Japan | CDJapan
- DVD Limited Edition – ¥8,190: Amazon Japan | CDJapan
- DVD Standard Edition – ¥3,990: Amazon Japan | CDJapan
CDJapan indicates that first-press editions will also come with a poster, so get those pre-orders in soon if you are interested!