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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!


As was announced in late-May, FUNimation will be providing a limited theatrical run across North America for the new film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods from 05 August 2014 to 09 August 2014. Since the initial announcement, the official English cast has been announced, a theatrical trailer has been released, and a “red carpet” debut of the film in Los Angeles is scheduled for 03 July 2014, but so far no nationwide theater listings have been officially provided. With FUNimation indicating in its press release that the film would be coming “to over 350 screens across the US & Canada”, many fans have been left wondering if their city would be included.

Fortunately, a few companies — specifically Bow Tie Cinemas, Frank Theaters, and Showcase Cinemas — have recently begun listing showtimes for Battle of Gods, giving us a glimpse at where the movie will be available. The following theaters will be showing the film (organized by state), with some even already providing tickets for sale online:

  • Fairfield, CT — Fairfield Cinemas at Bullard Square
  • Mt. Airy, NC — Creekside Stadium 10
  • Shallotte, NC — Coastal Stadium 10
  • Southern Pines, NC — Sandhills Stadium 10
  • Delray Beach, FL — Market Place 12 IMAX & FDX
  • Venice, FL — Galleria Stadium 12
  • Dedham, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
  • Foxboro, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
  • Lowell, MA — Showcase Cinemas Lowell
  • Randolph, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
  • Revere, MA — Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
  • Bayonne, NJ — South Cove Cinema 12
  • Edgewater, NJ — Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ — Towne Stadium 16
  • Hackettstown, NJ — Bow Tie Mansfield Cinema 14
  • Ridgewood, NJ — Bow Tie Warner Quad
  • Farmingdale, NY — Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
  • Holtsville, NY — ISLAND 16: Cinema de Lux
  • White Plains, NY — City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
  • Whitestone, NY — College Point Multiplex Cinemas
  • Yonkers, NY — Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
  • Springdale, OH — Springdale 18: Cinema de Lux
  • Allentown, PA — Carmike 16
  • Gettysburg, PA — Gettysburg Village Stadium 10
  • Providence, RI — Providence Place Cinemas 16
  • Scott Depot, WV — Teays Valley Stadium 10

While these theaters are all located on the East Coast, Carmike Cinemas has posted showtimes for the film in 25 states across the continental United States. This brings the total so far to 31 different states, with presumably even more to follow. With such a widespread release beginning to take shape, it appears that most fans will be able to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.

It should be noted that all theatrical listings so far provide a running time of 85 minutes, lining up with the theatrical version of the film and not the special extended version. All North American theatrical showings will be English-dubbed-only.

We will be sure to keep you posted as more theaters are unveiled, or when an official, complete listing is announced.

UPDATE: We have been putting together an interactive map of all theater locations as they are announced.


Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first new film for the franchise in seventeen years, debuted in Japanese theaters 30 March 2013 with a home DVD and Blu-ray release 13 September 2013. There was a good deal of material left on the cutting room floor back in the planning stages, but some of the material seemed to make its way rather far into production: an extended version of the film was revealed for a special TV broadcast 22 March 2014 during the “Premium Saturday” block. The extra material and extended scenes added up to about twenty minutes of additional footage in the TV edition, resulting in a final runtime of just over 100 minutes.

With the hints — via (now deleted) tweets and specific character castings — that FUNimation may have acquired this extended version, interest is piling up all over again. It seems like the best time to debut our full documentation on this special extended version!

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On a new sub-page of the respective “Movie Guide” page, you will find a complete breakdown of all added, extended, and altered scenes.

Don’t forget that the movie’s main page in the “Movie Guide” details a wealth of information such as its promotion materials, the original design and concept drafts for the film, and a complete set of translated credits.