Originally leaked in February and formally revealed earlier this week, FUNimation’s upcoming “Rock the Dragon” collector’s set now has an official trailer:
The set is slated to contain the original 53 episodes of FUNimation’s edited English dub produced from 1996-1998 in conjunction with Ocean Studios (voices) and Shuki Levy (music), as well as the first versions of DBZ Movies 1-3 as produced from 1997-1998 in conjunction with Pioneer (later Geneon). DBZ Movie 3 first saw the light of day in North America from FUNimation as a three-part series of “episodes” during the second season of the original syndication broadcast. If we had to guess from the trailer, it appears that this version will be contained within the set, as opposed to the uncut, faithful re-dub that was produced for VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD in 1998.
All of this material was released on VHS and DVD, with the exception of the TV edit of DBZ Movie 3. A home release appeared to have been planned at some point for the edited version, and it was this edited version that was later reused for Cartoon Network broadcasts, but only the uncut re-dub ever made it to home video.
The trailer also gives a very brief glimpse at the 48-page booklet that will accompany the set, which is stated to showcase, “the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today.”
In addition to Anime Corner Store and RightStuf, pre-orders have also gone up on Amazon. While the MSRP for the set is $99.98, retailers have it priced online between $60-70. The set drops 20 August 2013, and we will rock the wagon with the rotten dragon as we watch our “Rock the Dragon” set.
(Didn’t anyone else ever watch the original broadcast with the closed-captions on…? Just us…?)