With so many releases of the various Dragon Ball series’ in North America on DVD, and now Blu-ray, it has become exceedingly difficult to keep track of everything FUNimation has put out. It then becomes nearly impossible when you try to keep track of what languages are present, what the extras are, etc. This section of the “Home Video Guide” has been designed to breakdown these North American releases, providing you with each series’ release history and background, a breakdown of the various releases, re-releases, box sets, etc.
The entire Dragon Ball TV series has been released on two-disc sets, including a new “remastered” release of the first thirteen episodes. Previously, the first thirteen episodes were only available on the “Saga of Goku” box set, which was edited and dub-only.
Released:24 October 2000 – 27 July 2010
Episodes:001-153 English / 001-153 Japanese
- Edited, English Dubbed Only (001-013)
- Uncut, Bilingual (014-153)
- Uncut, Bilingual, “Remastered” (001-153)
Movie 1 was first released as part of the “Saga of Goku” TV box set in an edited, dub-only format. Since then all of the movies have had their own individual, uncut, bilingual releases with the exception of movie 2, which is only available through the two Dragon Ball movie box sets.
Released:24 October 2000 – 08 February 2011
Movies:01-04 English / 01-04 Japanese
- Edited, English Dubbed Only (01, 04)
- Uncut, Bilingual (01, 02, 03, 04)
The first two seasons of FUNimation’s dub were released by Pioneer as edited and dub-only. These were to be replaced by an “Ultimate Uncut Edition” release, but it was soon canceled in favor of a faux-“remastered” widescreen release which contains a redub using FUNimation’s current voice cast. Once completed, the entire TV series was available uncut and bilingual, released directly from FUNimation. The original single releases were phased out in favor of FUNimation’s faux-“remastered” widescreen release of the rest of the series, which themselves were succeeded by “Dragon Box” releases of the entire TV series. FUNimation began releasing a new remaster of the series for Blu-ray which was put on indefinite hiatus after only two volumes.
Released:13 April 1999 – ongoing
Episodes:001-276 (-291) English / 001-291 Japanese
- Edited, English Dubbed Only (001-053 / 001-067)
- Uncut, Bilingual (054-276 / 067-291)
- Uncut, Re-dubbed, Trilingual (001-027 / 001-027)
- Uncut, Bilingual (001-291, season sets)
- Uncut, Bilingual (001-291, “Dragon Box”)
- Uncut, Bilingual (001-034, Blu-ray; hiatus)
Similar to the first two seasons of the TV series, FUNimation’s productions of Dragon Ball Z movies 01-03 were released by Pioneer, with FUNimation themselves directly releasing the remaining movies. Upon releasing the remainder of the movies on DVD, FUNimation returned to release a “First Strike” box set that contained the re-releases of Dragon Ball Z movies 01-03. Following the success of the faux-“remastered” Dragon Ball Z TV season sets, FUNimation began releasing the Dragon Ball Z movies as double-features in a similar style beginning in May 2008 concurrently on DVD and Blu-ray.
Released:09 December 1997 – 03 January 2012
Episodes:01-13 English / 01-13 Japanese
- Edited, English Dubbed Only (04-09)
- Uncut, Bilingual (01-13)
- Uncut, Trilingual (05)
The Dragon Ball GT TV series on DVD “begins” with a special recap episode of the first sixteen episodes. FUNimation has since gone back and released these first episodes as part of their “Lost Episodes” five-volume collection. Most recently released are two “remastered season box set” versions of the entire series.
Released:15 April 2003 – 21 September 2010
Episodes:01-64 English / 01-64 Japanese
- Uncut, Bilingual (01-64 / 01-64)
- Uncut, English Only (Special Recap on Volume #1)
- Uncut, “Remastered” (01-64 / 01-64)
The two feature-length Dragon Ball Z TV Specials and Dragon Ball GT TV Special have all been released on DVD, while the two Z TV Specials also received their own faux-“remastered” release as a “double-feature” on both DVD and Blu-ray. The GT TV special was included on the second remastered Dragon Ball GT TV box set.
Released:12 December 2000 – 15 September 2009
Specials:Z TV SP 1-2; GT TV SP (English / Japanese)
- Uncut, Bilingual (Z TV SP 1-2; GT TV SP)
- Uncut, Bilingual, “Remastered” (Z TV SP 1-2)
The “refreshed” version of the series gained a letter back and was announced as “Dragon Ball Z Kai” for its North American distribution from FUNimation. It will be seeing multi-disc packs from the beginning, released on both Blu-ray and standard DVD.
Released:18 May 2010 – ongoing
Episodes:01-97 English / 01-97 Japanese
- Uncut, Bilingual (Blu-ray)
- Uncut, Bilingual (DVD)