I never said anything about this new release being in HD, I just said I expect it to be on Blu-Ray. A lot of people seem to think the only benefit to having something on Blu-Ray is the vastly superior image and sound quality, which of course is a huge benefit but its not the only reason and it doesn't have to be for that purpose exclusively. SD Blu-Rays exist such as the aforementioned Beyblade sets, if that can get a release, surely so can the Saban and OG Funi dubs. I said it in a previous thread but I'll say it again, I highly doubt Funimation will release all 276 episodes in one box set. Its more likely they will release seasons 1-3 because they all used the Rock the Dragon opening and were all created in the 90s so commemorating them in one set (or one volume more specifically) makes sense. If it does well we will likely hear news about the rest of the edited dub being re-released next year.Robo4900 wrote:Doing something like this in HD would be crazy, and more than a little silly. They'd have to recreate, from scratch, every single title card, the OPs/EDs, all the Saban-era edits (which were very involved edit jobs!) as well as all the Funi-era edits if they're doing the TV versions (some of which were quite involved), all in HD. Very difficult, probably very costly, and if it's only 3 seasons, it'd have the Rock The Dragon problem of still just stopping part-way through the run, and everyone wanting more.
I would also buy a repackaging of Rock the Dragon, even if it was only on DVD. I want to legally own all those episodes because I too have nostalgia for them. Manga UK haven't shown any signs of progress with acquiring the one from 2013 so at this point, and with a new release from Funimation relevant to Toonami seemingly coming importing another release is my best bet.Robo4900 wrote:The Rock The Dragon sets were a limited release and are bloody expensive now. Anyone such as myself who'd like to just goddamn watch the version I grew up on is utterly screwed over by that, so putting out the Saban episodes on DVD again would be perfectly fine. And maybe this time they wouldn't screw up the visuals and that one NEP (RTD's visuals were heavily washed-out and blurred in the mastering; it looks utterly crap compared to, say, Madman's original release. And RTD also was missing an NEP due to an authoring error).
That said if Funi released it on DVD again unless they gave it an even more aesthetically pleasing deluxe release than Rock the Dragon they would see diminishing returns because there are a significant number of people who already bought it in 2013. That means they would be depending on the people who missed out on Rock the Dragon the first time and want a release that retains minor aspects of their original inhouse dub, such as Dale Kelly's narration. I can't see there being a big enough market for that alone.
Again, Funi don't have to redo everything in HD. People will be glad with a release of the original dub on Blu-Ray just to have more episodes per disc for binging purposes and on a more durable format.Robo4900 wrote:BD won't be an option due to the expense of redoing everything in HD, and it'll be a collector's item for the nostalgia market anyway, so it'll just be a DVD. Only chance it'd be on BD is if it's an upscale, which would give us nothing except a driven-up price and some "IN HD" deceptive marketing.
I'd love to see the Harmony Gold and Westwood dubs get a home release too. Problem is all the former seems to have is a tape called 'Dragon Ball' in their vaults that is very expensive even just to access let alone remaster, and the latter contains additional edits so even if Funi cared about alternate dubs there would be less incentive for them to use it as an additional audio track. If Funimation do go ahead and rerelease their entire edited dub though I'd love for them to at least release the Westwood episodes without additional edits that can sync up to their own edited dub video as an audio track just to widen their potential customer base, and if the set does well release a Complete Set of the Westwood dub later on that only included that dub. I'd buy it twice just to support the version I grew up with, but sadly they will most likely never do it.Robo4900 wrote:Personally, I'd much rather see them give this treatment to something actually special and worth our time, such as the Westwood or Harmony Gold dubs; those were never on home video, so if they put that stuff out, it'd be the first time fans who grew up on that stuff would be able to see it since the original airings (yes, Funi's OG dub is somewhat lost, but at least the original home video release exists, so you have the uncut version of the original dub, and all releases since have stemmed from those recordings; Ocean/Blue Water fans have nothing past the original Saban & Pioneer run). Of course, it's never going to happen; they'd have to negotiate it with Toei, so it'd be much easier to just dig out the tapes they already have of their own version, throw it onto Amazon in America, and let it sell out and fill eBay with overpriced used copies.