Ryuji-Otogi wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:15 pm
I appreciate your sense of consumer activism, and in principle, I agree with you. But really, the only people having these types of conversations are DBZ super fans on the Internet. I too want a proper remaster of the series, and I don’t mean to excuse or reward poor releases from the company. It’s just gotten to the point where I want to enjoy the series, and getting hung up on these sorts of things prevents me from doing so. I just want full screen DBZ, ya know? If these sets weren’t prohibitively expensive, I would’ve bought one already. I wish they would just do another print of the Dragon Boxes, honestly. Maybe when Japan releases the series on BluRay we’ll have another chance at a U.S release. One can only hope.
I understand, but... Again, Funi have had the capability to do this release for nearly a bloody decade. The only way we'll get a release that isn't shit is to keep talking about it, I'm afraid. Whether that means more affordable 4:3 sets, or just some kind of new limited set that does what the Levels did again.
We have to spread the word. Get people like Ajay and Geekdom talking about this. Otherwise, the casual fans will continue picking up whatever sets Funi are hyping up at the time, and Funi will continue to ride the tide of us accepting their shitty releases.
Again, it would have taken literally zero effort for Funi to have put the 30th set out using the Level masters of all 291 episodes. Everyone should know that despite having gorgeous HD masters in their vaults, Funi are giving us shit that barely has standard-def detail. And the only way for everyone to know, is to talk about it.
Remember, all the talk of how bad the OBs and Season BDs were was always contained to just the hardcore fans. The only time it got outside that, was when Geekdom finally manned up and put out his "Why the Orange Bricks suck" video... In which he was very kind about the Season BDs, and was nearly ten years late to the party on explaining to consumers why the OBs are a bad buy (therefore the damage was already done), and at that time we didn't know that Funi could've put out the Level masters for all 291 episodes for no cost... And then recently, when the 30th sets were announced and previewed, he was outright shilling for them, saying "This is probably just temporary masters, I heard Toei was doing a remaster!!" and such. He was cheering this shit on. And as far as the casual fans are concerned, he's the most knowledgeable voice on Dragon Ball.
I understand you're tired of this shit after over a decade of dealing with it, but just sending a Tweet or two, keeping the conversation going in the most nominal way, that's all anyone need do. Imagine if all 13000 people who "Like"d Ajay's video on the Funi 30th sets, all Tweeted one message (Something like "#ReleaseTheRaws #WTFunimation"). As it stands, I watched this happen. Literally five people Tweeted anything about this. Funi has got us exactly where they want us: We're so tired out by ten years of this that, now we're finally in a position where we could make a difference, no one wants to spend the energy to just send a damn Tweet. :L
It's not too late, of course. But if no one wants to even spend two seconds making a Tweet, then it's a miracle Funi even gave us these deliberately-shitty sets.
I dunno what else to say, really. It's just a really shitty situation, and doing something about it takes like zero effort. Maybe we fail, and we lose, what, a minute of our time in doing so?... It just baffles me that no one cares about doing anything to comabt this, y'know?
Arian wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:30 pm
You say you partially agree yet you're ignoring the most important aspects of what Robo said.
FUNimation could have put out the UUSE/Mexican full screen masters AS-IS on Blu-ray and it would have been more well-received than this sham they call a remaster. They actively chose to tarnish the details of the footage, in addition to zooming in on it, but because it's in a square frame, you accept and appreciate that. You don't have to be a super-duper-hardcore "Intranets" fan to see that this needed to be recalled immediately.
You're entitled to your opinion at the end of the day, I suppose. But when we delve into what's right and wrong, there's no overlooking what the demons at FUNimation have done here.
Yes, that. I can't overstate the importance of the fact they have the Level masters for all 291 episodes in the vaults ready for release, but yes, that is true. They do also have the original standard-def digibeta masters. Hell, back in 2007, they would have had a much better "Season" release by just putting those out untouched. They were more than good enough for DVD. The UUE DVDs looked really good, after all. But, instead, we got shit.
Funi have a consistent pattern of having a good option and a bad option, and either both cost the same, or the bad option costs more, and they choose the bad option. It's baffling, and really shitty of them as a company.
Dragon Ball is a goofy kids cartoon from a long time ago. You take it too seriously at your own peril.
Debate the plot, characters, adaptations, dubs, etc., criticise the home video, but never lose sight of the fact that it's all just entertainment. You're supposed to enjoy it. If you're not enjoying it, just walk away.