FUNimation Posts & Removes Widescreen DBZ “Season One” Trailer
Published by 22 October 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

Earlier this afternoon, anime-listings-superhero WTK spotted a new trailer for FUNimation’s upcoming Dragon Ball Z “Season One” Blu-ray set. The trailer confirmed what was initially teased then slightly danced around and now apparently re-confirmed: the sets will be cropped.


While the page hosting the trailer was quietly removed, fans were already on top of it grabbing screen shots and mirroring the video.


In the meantime, product descriptions across various online retailers have also confirmed the cropped widescreen transfer:

This new Blu-ray edition has gone through a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies from the film. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality, and the colors are bolder and more vibrant. Lastly, a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series was done to create a modern HD widescreen presentation!

FUNimation conducted an online survey earlier this year asking fans to weigh in on another re-release, and more specifically about aspect ratios by showcasing examples for both 4:3 (“Original Production Release”) and 16:9 (“Crop of Original Production Release”). FUNimation had previously released two volumes of Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray — in its originally 4:3 aspect ratio — but “suspended” production of the remaster a mere six months after its original announcement, claiming they would be “re-evaluating the current process and researching more efficient methods of restoration.”

The company has released Dragon Ball Kai on both DVD and Blu-ray in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.

Big thanks to everyone playing along at home!

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