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Dragon Ball Z Movies


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

In August 2009, listings for new versions of Dragon Ball Z movie 1 and Dragon Ball Z movie 2 appeared on Amazon with a low price point ($9.98) and cover art mirroring single-disc releases for the Bardock and Trunks TV specials. These appear to be break-outs from the “Double Feature” versions, despite FUNimation announcing their acquisition of “Dragon Box” prints for the 13 Dragon Ball Z movies. In September 2009, online listings for these two movies indicated that they may have been canceled; indeed, the products never actually made it to store shelves.

Individual Disc Releases

FUNimation originally produced the first three Dragon Ball Z movies in conjunction with Pioneer Home Entertainment (who also handled the home distribution of the movies). These first three movies (released slightly out of order: 1, 3, 2) contain the original Japanese score on their English dubs. Pioneer’s (now Geneon’s) rights have since expired, reverting back to FUNimation. In order to maintain consistency with their “Ultimate Uncut Edition” initative for the first two seasons of Dragon Ball Z, FUNimation created a re-release of these three movies, including their own, new, completely re-dubbed English track (which does not feature the original Japanese score, or a faithful dialogue translation). They continue to feature an unedited Japanese language track, however. After re-releasing Dragon Ball Z movie 1 on its own in 2005, FUNimation released a box set entitled “First Strike” in November 2006 that contained the re-releases of the first three movies; the re-releases of Dragon Ball Z movie 2 & 3 cannot be purchased separately from this box set.

Movies 4 onwards have been released directly from FUNimation, themselves, from the start. Movies 4, 5, 8 and 9 contain a score in the English dub by “real” American bands, as opposed to the original Japanese score (or a score by Mark Menza, who handled movies 6 and 7, and later the GT TV series). The original Japanese versions, however, remain fully intact on all unedited releases. Be aware that there are also edited, English Dubbed Only releases of movies 4-9.

Movie 4’s opening theme is put before the prologue, a mistake which was corrected in future movie releases.

The opening themes of the movies follow the TV series’ animation sequences. Dragon Ball Z movie 1 contains the original, first animation sequence for “Cha-La Head-Cha-La,” while movie 2 uses the second animation sequence. Movie 3 is actually the only Dragon Ball Z movie to have its own, new animation produced for the opening theme (it showcases Gohan and friends gathering the Dragon Balls). Movies 4-5 contain the 2nd animation, and 6-9 the third animation (all “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”). Movies 10-12 use “We Gotta Power” as their opening theme (which has only one animation sequence). Movie 13 has no opening theme.

For the TV and English-dubbed home video releases, there are some slight differences. The TV broadcasts of movies 1-3 used “Rock the Dragon” as the opening theme (with the same animations as the edited TV show). The TV versions of movies 4 and 5 (as well as the two TV Specials) no longer have music from “real” American bands, going with more generic background music. On the dub side of home releases, movies 4-5 use Bruce Faulconer’s untitled theme (with a slightly-edited 2nd “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” animation). Movies 6, 7, and 9 use Mark Menza’s untitled theme), while movie 8 uses a version of Bruce Faulconer’s theme performed by the Ft. Worth, Texas-based band, Tendril. Both are set to the entirety of the 3rd animation (also “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”).


PIDA-1336V

Dragon Ball Z Movie #1 – “Dead Zone”

09 December 1997
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This is the original joint FUNimation/Pioneer release. The English track features the Ocean Studios cast and original Japanese musical score.
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone

FN-02274

Dragon Ball Z Movie #1 – “Dead Zone”

31 May 2005
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of Dragon Ball Z movie 01 features a re-dubbed English language track with FUNimation’s updated voice cast and a redone musical score.
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone

PIDA-0123V

Dragon Ball Z Movie #2 – “The World’s Strongest”

26 May 1998
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This is the original joint FUNimation/Pioneer release. The English track features the Ocean Studios cast and original Japanese musical score.
Disc 1
M02
The World’s Strongest

FN-02275

Dragon Ball Z Movie #2 – “The World’s Strongest”

14 November 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of Dragon Ball Z movie 02 features a re-dubbed English language track with FUNimation’s updated voice cast and a redone musical score.
Disc 1
M02
The World’s Strongest

PIDA-0110V

Dragon Ball Z Movie #3 – “The Tree of Might”

17 March 1998
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This is the original joint FUNimation/Pioneer release. The English track features the Ocean Studios cast and original Japanese musical score.
Disc 1
M03
The Tree of Might

FN-02276

Dragon Ball Z Movie #3 – “Tree of Might”

14 November 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of Dragon Ball Z movie 03 features a re-dubbed English language track with FUNimation’s updated voice cast and a redone musical score.
Disc 1
M03
Tree of Might

FP-03073

Dragon Ball Z Movie #4 – “Lord Slug”

07 August 2001
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M04
Lord Slug

FP-03075

Dragon Ball Z Movie #5 – “Cooler’s Revenge”

22 January 2002
Released
English / Spanish / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M05
Cooler’s Revenge

FP-03077

Dragon Ball Z Movie #6 – “The Return of Cooler”

13 August 2002
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M06
The Return of Cooler

FP-03079

Dragon Ball Z Movie #7 – “Super Android 13!”

04 February 2003
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M07
Super Android 13!

FN-03081

Dragon Ball Z Movie #8 – “Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan”

26 August 2003
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan

FN-03812

Dragon Ball Z Movie #9 – “Bojack Unbound”

17 August 2004
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in both an uncut and edited format, but has been renamed.
Disc 1
M09
Bojack Unbound

FN-03832

Dragon Ball Z Movie #10 – “Broly: Second Coming”

05 April 2005
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in an uncut format only and has been renamed.
Disc 1
M10
Broly: Second Coming

FN-03872

Dragon Ball Z Movie #11 – “Bio-Broly”

13 September 2005
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in an uncut format only and has been renamed.
Disc 1
M11
Bio-Broly

FN-03876

Dragon Ball Z Movie #12 – “Fusion Reborn”

28 March 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in an uncut format only and has been renamed.
Disc 1
M12
Fusion Reborn

FN-03878

Dragon Ball Z Movie #13 – “Wrath of the Dragon”

12 September 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This movie was released in an uncut format only and has been renamed.
Disc 1
M13
Wrath of the Dragon

Box Set Releases (Original DVD Versions)


11601

Dragon Ball Z Movie #1, #2, & #3

09 October 2001
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This is the original joint FUNimation/Pioneer release. The English track features the Ocean Studios cast and original Japanese musical score.
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone
Disc 2
M02
The World’s Strongest
Disc 3
M03
The Tree of Might

FN-03858

Dragon Ball Z Movie #1, #2, & #3 – “First Strike”

14 November 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of the first three Dragon Ball Z movies feature a re-dubbed English language track with FUNimation’s updated voice cast and a redone musical score.
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone
Disc 2
M02
The World’s Strongest
Disc 3
M03
Tree of Might

FP-03093

Dragon Ball Z Movie #4, #5, & #6

15 October 2002
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This box set was released with both uncut and edited formats of all three movies, but they have all been renamed.
Disc 1
M04
Lord Slug
Disc 2
M05
Cooler’s Revenge
Disc 3
M06
The Return of Cooler

FN-03856

Dragon Ball Z Movie #8, #10, & #11 – “Broly: Triple Threat”

12 September 2006
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This re-release of the three “Broly” Dragon Ball Z movies feature an English language track with FUNimation’s voice cast and a redone musical score.
Disc 1
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Disc 2
M10
Broly: Second Coming
Disc 3
M11
Bio-Broly

Remastered Double-Feature Releases (DVD)

Continuing onwards with the success of their Dragon Ball Z TV season sets, FUNimation’s “remastered” Dragon Ball Z movies saw their release to DVD (as well as Blu-ray, seen below) beginning in May 2008, taking the place of the previous releases (though Dragon Ball Z movies 8 & 10 were released as a “Broly Double-Feature” previously on Blu-ray, seemingly as a test run for the format). Touted as a complete remastering, this release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation with a “remastering” process by Video Post & Transfer in Texas. Of note is the inclusion of a new audio track, featuring FUNimation’s traditional voice track (with minor line alterations where appropriate) played alongside the original Japanese musical score (which was previously only available as an option in the 1997-1998 DVD releases of Dragon Ball Z movies 1, 2, & 3 in conjunction with Pioneer).

Within these new “remastered” releases, FUNimation chose to package Dragon Ball Z movies 7 and 9 together, creating the first chronological inconsistency of this style of release to date. The three Broli movies (8, 10, and 11) saw a combined release, similar to to the Broly – Triple Threat release of the past.


FN-05014

Dragon Ball Z Movies #1 & #2

27 May 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone
Disc 2
M02
The World’s Strongest

FN-05015

Dragon Ball Z Movies #3 & #4

16 September 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M03
Tree of Might
Disc 2
M04
Lord Slug

FN-05016

Dragon Ball Z Movies #5 & #6

11 November 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M05
Cooler’s Revenge
Disc 2
M06
The Return of Cooler

FN-05017

Dragon Ball Z Movies #7 & #9

10 February 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M07
Super Android 13!
Disc 2
M09
Bojack Unbound

FN-05018

Dragon Ball Z Movies #8, #10, & #11

31 March 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Disc 2
M10
Broly: Second Coming
M11
Bio-Broly

FN-05019

Dragon Ball Z Movies #12 & #13

19 May 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M12
Fusion Reborn
Disc 2
M13
Wrath of the Dragon

Remastered Double-Feature Releases (Blu-ray)


FN-03861

Dragon Ball Z Movies #8 & #10

13 November 2007
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation as a “test” prior to now-standardized “double-feature” packs.
Disc 1
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Disc 2
M10
Broly: Second Coming

FN-05034

Dragon Ball Z Movies #1 & #2

27 May 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone
Disc 2
M02
The World’s Strongest

FN-03862

Dragon Ball Z Movies #3 & #4

16 September 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M03
Tree of Might
Disc 2
M04
Lord Slug

FN-03865

Dragon Ball Z Movies #5 & #6

11 November 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M05
Cooler’s Revenge
Disc 2
M06
The Return of Cooler

FN-03866

Dragon Ball Z Movies #7 & #9

10 February 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M07
Super Android 13!
Disc 2
M09
Bojack Unbound

FN-03867

Dragon Ball Z Movies #8, #10, & #11

31 March 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Disc 2
M10
Broly: Second Coming
M11
Bio-Broly

FN-03868

Dragon Ball Z Movies #12 & #13

19 May 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “remastered” release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation and contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music).
Disc 1
M12
Fusion Reborn
Disc 2
M13
Wrath of the Dragon

Box Set Releases (Remastered DVD Versions)

In August 2011, listings for repackaged box sets of the movies began to appear online. Despite a timed release immediately following the Dragon Box masters of the TV series, FUNimation confirmed that these packs would be re-releases of their own prior masters, and not Dragon Box versions of the movies.


FN-08886

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection One

11 November 2011
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This box set is a repackaging of the remastered “double-feature” releases which were produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation. The set contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music) and each movie features a redrawn cover based on the original Japanese movie posters.
Disc 1
M01
Dead Zone
Disc 2
M02
The World’s Strongest
Disc 3
M03
Tree of Might
Disc 4
M04
Lord Slug
Disc 5
M05
Cooler’s Revenge

FN-08887

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Two

06 December 2011
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This box set is a repackaging of the remastered “double-feature” releases which were produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation. The set contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music) and each movie features a redrawn cover based on the original Japanese movie posters.
Disc 1
M06
The Return of Cooler
Disc 2
M07
Super Android 13!
Disc 3
M08
Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
Disc 4
M09
Bojack Unbound

FN-08888

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Three

03 January 2012
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This box set is a repackaging of the remastered “double-feature” releases which were produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation. The set contains a third audio track (English dub with Japanese background music) and each movie features a redrawn cover based on the original Japanese movie posters.
Disc 1
M10
Broly: Second Coming
Disc 2
M11
Bio-Broly
Disc 3
M12
Fusion Reborn
Disc 4
M13
Wrath of the Dragon