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Dragon Ball Movies


The Saga of Goku” is the first season of the original Dragon Ball TV series as well as the first movie for the North American market. The episodes and movie currently released on those particular discs (episodes 001-013 + movie 1) are the first season as-is from their original syndication run and VHS release on American television in 1995. This means they are edited, English-dubbed only (with the Ocean Studios cast, as opposed to FUNimation’s cast), and were distributed by KidMark prior to their acquisition by Lionsgate. This version of the movie contains scenes from TV episode 2, in addition to the regular movie footage. While FUNimation has expressed their intent to release “all” of the series uncut on a home format that also includes the Japanese version, the above-noted contractual obligations and prior negotiations forbid them from releasing these home-format versions. Their own dubbed versions of the episodes, however, have aired via non-physical-format means such as “on-demand” with major cable networks. For more information on the KidMark/FUNimation licensing fiasco, please refer to the “Newbie Guide“.

Dragon Ball movie 2 had only its original edited and uncut English dub VHS release available for purchase. In 2005, it finally received a bilingual DVD release, as a part of FUNimation’s Dragon Ball movies 2-4 box set on 06 December 2005. This box set was re-released on 12 February 2008; it is essentially identical to the original release (no re-dubbed audio, no music changes, no translation changes on the Japanese side, etc.) except that it is packaged as a “thin-pack” set.

On the original release, Dragon Ball movie 3 contains only the original Japanese title card; missing is the English one created for the VHS release.

In 2010, FUNimation announced a re-release of the first Dragon Ball movie, which would finally contain the uncut version and presented in its original Japanese language. This would be the first uncut availability of the movie in North America, despite it being one of FUNimation’s original productions nearly 15 years earlier. The DVD re-release was delayed until December that year, presumably due to the newly-recorded English dub (featuring many of the Kai voice cast updates).

A new box set was announced for release on 08 February 2011 which would contain “remastered” versions of all four movies, including the new version of the first movie. The four movies would be spread across four discs.

For more detailed information on the Dragon Ball movies, be sure to visit the “Movie Guide” on this site. There, you will find in-depth information such as the original Japanese titles, fully translated cast and staff listings, theme songs, and more!

Individual Disc Releases


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Dragon Ball Movie #1 – “Curse of the Blood Rubies”

24 October 2000
Released
English Dubbed Only
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Edited
Format
These episodes have been renamed and edited from the original episodes for which they are based; corresponding to Japanese episodes 001-013. This box set also contains an edited version of Dragon Ball movie 1.
Disc 1
001
Secret of the Dragon Ball
002
The Emperor’s Quest
003
The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi
004
Oolong the Terrible
005
Yamcha the Desert Bandit
006
Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls
007
The Ox-King On Fire Mountain
Disc 2
008
The Kamehameha Wave
009
Boss Rabbit’s Magic Touch
010
The Dragon Balls Are Stolen
011
The Penalty is Pinball
012
A Wish to the Eternal Dragon
013
The Legend of Goku
M01
Curse of the Blood Rubies

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Dragon Ball Movie #1 – “Curse of the Blood Rubies”

28 December 2010
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of Dragon Ball movie 01 is the first time it has been available uncut. It features a re-dubbed English language track with FUNimation’s updated voice cast.
Disc 1
M01
Curse of the Blood Rubies

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Dragon Ball Movie #2 – “Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle”

06 December 2005
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
While no individual disc of Dragon Ball movie 02 was ever released separately outside of the “Dragon Ball Movie Box”, each movie (including movie 02) in the box set contained its own full DVD case and insert.
Disc 1
M02
Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle

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Dragon Ball Movie #3 – “Mystical Adventure”

27 February 2001
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
In addition to its original, individual release, Dragon Ball movie 03 was also re-released as-is in the “Dragon Ball Movie Box”. Within the box set for Dragon Ball movies 02-04, each movie (including movie 03) contained its own full DVD case and insert.
Disc 1
M03
Mystical Adventure

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Dragon Ball 10th Anniversary / Movie #4 – “The Path to Power”

29 April 2003
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
In addition to its original, individual release, Dragon Ball movie 04 was also re-released as-is in the “Dragon Ball Movie Box”. Within the box set for Dragon Ball movies 02-04, each movie (including movie 04) contained its own full DVD case and insert.
Disc 1
M04
The Path to Power

Box Sets


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Dragon Ball Movie Box

06 December 2005
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
Each movie in this box set is packaged in its own DVD case.
Disc 1
M02
Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle
Disc 2
M03
Mystical Adventure
Disc 3
M04
The Path to Power

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Dragon Ball Movie Four Pack (Complete Collection)

08 February 2011
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
Each movie in this box set is packaged in its own slim DVD case. All four movies have been “remastered” and are presented uncut, including the new version of the first movie.
Disc 1
M01
Curse of the Blood Rubies
Disc 2
M02
Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle
Disc 3
M03
Mystical Adventure
Disc 4
M04
The Path to Power