While we have already noted FUNimation’s announcement of their Dragon Ball “season one” DVD set, they have also released a press release noting the same information. The press release confirms a 4:3 aspect ratio among all of the other details.
Dragon Ball Now Remastered and Digitally Restored, Available on DVD in September
Flower Mound, TX – July 4, 2009 — FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, today announces that it has remastered and digitally restored the entire Dragon Ball anime series, including the first thirteen episodes original to the series. The Dragon Ball Season Sets will be available at major retailers nationwide on September 15.
The Dragon Ball series is composed of 153 half-hour episodes which aired in Japan from 1986 -1989. It is an adaptation of the first portion of the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama.
Dragon Ball Season Set One includes the first 31 episodes of the iconic franchise and chronicles the first adventures of Goku as a child as he meets Bulma, Master Roshi and others. Together they set out to find the seven magic Dragon Balls and make the wish that will change their lives forever.
“This is a project we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Gen Fukunaga, president at CEO at FUNimation Entertainment. “Some of these episodes of the original series have never before been released in their uncut form in North America.”
The first Dragon Ball Season Set includes 31 episodes on 5 DVDs with more than 745 minutes of uncut action. The Season Set releases will feature an aspect ratio of 4:3, English and Japanese language options, and the original Japanese musical score in 5.1 Surround.
The Dragon Ball Season One Sets will be available at major retailers nationwide on September 15, 2009 and will have an SRP of $49.98.
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.