Some new listings went up on RightStuf this afternoon, including one that is of particular interest to all of us:
A new release containing the first five Dragon Ball Z movies appears to be coming 01 November 2011 for an MSRP of $29.98. The first batch of Dragon Ball Z movies were last released as “Double Feature” sets beginning back in 2008 on both DVD and Blu-ray — it seems about time for a re-release.
Back in July 2009 when FUNimation formally announced the Dragon Box release of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, the press release noted (bold emphasis added by us):
… today announces that it has acquired the original masters for the entire Dragon Ball Z anime series, episodes and films, and will release all as the Dragon Box for the first time in the U.S.
Since then, FUNimation has been extremely coy, dancing around the issue when asked at panels, and instead (rightfully so) focusing their attention on the TV series boxes.
Is this upcoming November release the first domestic “Dragon Box: The Movies” product? The numbers make a lot of sense: the first three Dragon Ball Z movies are contained on the second Japanese Dragon Box disc, while the fourth and fifth movies follow on the third disc (the first disc contains the first three movies from the original Dragon Ball series) — that makes five movies on a tight two-disc release.
We have an inquiry in and hope to find out and confirm for sure what this mystery release will be! We hesitate to get our hopes up — the price seems on the low side and the listing says absolutely nothing about being Dragon Box masters, and it’s worth noting that FUNimation was about to release $10 discs of the movies on single discs in late 2009 (albeit from the “Double Feature” masters) before canceling them after Bardock & Trunks slipped their way out — but with the movies in particular receiving such an impressive remastering in Japan, were it to play out that way, it would be one release everyone could get psyched about.