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Published by VegettoEX
20 June 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

FUNimation’s high definition, remastered Blu-ray release of the Dragon Ball Z TV series lasted all of two volumes and about six months between original announcement and a release hiatus/suspension.

The company has mostly avoided talking about continuing the series in such a format since then, falling back on promoting the (cropped/widescreen) orange brick season sets originally released from 2007-2009 after completing the “Dragon Box” run and working on the “refreshed” Dragon Ball Kai TV series.

Today, FUNimation launched a new survey asking fans about their purchase history with the franchise and continuing with a new Blu-ray release, which would tentatively span nine volumes (similar to the DVD bricks) and cost $44.98.

Perhaps most interestingly, the company is specifically asking about aspect ratio preferences:

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While the orange brick sets were cropped to 16:9 removing approximately 20% of the original picture, FUNimation’s “Level” Blu-ray sets remained in their original 4:3 aspect ratio. FUNimation also released Dragon Ball Kai on both Blu-ray and DVD in its original 4:3 production aspect ratio.

FUNimation’s question about which year you started watching the series starts with 1996, the year that FUNimation themselves began airing their dub of Dragon Ball Z in syndication.

Visitors of Kanzenshuu that select a 16:9 preferred viewing option for a 4:3 original production will be considered non-canonical readers and will promptly be shot out of a cannon.

Thanks to everyone who gave us the heads-up!


8 Comments
  1. Insertclevername

    I assume that cannon is pointed at a lake infested with alligators, right? Or is that just wishful thinking? 😈

    20 June 20139:46 PM EDT
  2. BlazingFiddlesticks

    ^ I thought he meant CANON. 8)

    Interesting development. Filled it out just now, 4:3 of course.

    21 June 201312:11 AM EDT
  3. oracleofseasons

    I hope this amounts to something, unlike the Dragon Box survey from last year.

    21 June 201312:55 AM EDT
  4. bullza

    I chose 16:9.

    21 June 20131:41 AM EDT
  5. SSj_Rambo

    I feel confident you guys can single-handedly swing this whole survey. 🙂

    21 June 20131:56 AM EDT
  6. sangofe

    Oh my gosh. DBZ returns on Blu-Ray? YES, THANK YOU. Here goes my money! And anyone who chooses 16:9 deserves to be shot!

    21 June 20133:51 AM EDT
  7. fizzer

    I think they’ve used those “widescreen” and “fullscreen” pictures to create bias. It feels set up to make people think 16:9 looks better, possibly so they can use the orange bricks.

    21 June 20135:03 AM EDT
  8. Gyt Kaliba

    I’m seriously tempted to vote 16:9 just to annoy people. But I wouldn’t be that evil…would I? 😀

    21 June 20134:02 PM EDT