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Dragon Ball Franchise TV Specials


FUNimation released the two Dragon Ball Z TV Special features out of order (the Bardock special aired in Japan in October 1990, while the Trunks special aired in Japan in February 1993). Their original DVD releases contain the original Japanese version with accurate subtitled translations, as well as their standard-of-the-time English dubs, which featured dialogue running the gamut of accuracy, as well as music in the style of their movie releases from the same era (for example, the Bardock TV special featured ending themes by Sum-41 and American Hi-Fi). When these two Dragon Ball Z TV Specials were aired on American television by Cartoon Network, certain pieces of music were removed from these dubbed productions as they originally appeared on DVD and replaced with new music.

Continuing onwards with the success of their Dragon Ball Z TV season sets, FUNimation’s “remastered” Dragon Ball Z TV Specials “Double Feature” saw its release to DVD in February 2008, taking the place of the previous two individual releases. Touted as a complete remastering, this release was produced in a (cropped) widescreen presentation with a “remastering” process by Video Post & Transfer in Texas. Despite FUNimation’s claims, the set is indeed cropped (missing approximately 20% of its vertical resolution while only gaining approximately 5% of its horizontal resolution), it is not remastered frame-by-frame from its original film, and the color has been adjusted. 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. For more in-depth information on these types of releases, please listen to Episode #0065 of our podcast.

Individual-disc, budget-priced releases from this “Double Feature” were announced for September 2009, despite the fact that FUNimation had already announced their acquisition of the “Dragon Box” masters for the Dragon Ball Z TV series and movies for later that same year.

The Dragon Ball GT TV Special was re-packaged as a part of “Season Two” of FUNimation’s “Remastered” Dragon Ball GT box set release. See more about this release over on the “Dragon Ball GT TV Series” page.

For more detailed information on the TV Specials, 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 crew listings, both the original Japanese and English voice actors, theme songs, and more!

Individual Releases (DVD)


FP-03005

Dragon Ball Z TV Special #1 – “Bardock: The Father of Goku”

30 January 2001
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
The English dub-only “World of Dragon Ball Z” feature, which recaps the series up to the “Android” arc, is included on this DVD as a special extra.
SP1
Bardock: The Father of Goku

FP-03004

Dragon Ball Z TV Special #2 – “The History of Trunks”

12 December 2000
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
The English dub-only “World of Dragon Ball Z” feature, which recaps the series up to the “Android” arc, is included on this DVD as a special extra.
SP2
The History of Trunks

FN-03889

Dragon Ball Z TV Specials “Double Feature”

19 February 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “Double Feature” release contains “remastered” (cropped) versions of both Dragon Ball Z TV specials and replaced the previous individual DVD releases.
Disc 1
SP1
Bardock: The Father of Goku
Disc 2
SP2
The History of Trunks

FN-02818

Dragon Ball Z TV Special #1 – “Bardock: The Father of Goku”

15 September 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This single-disc DVD release is a budget-priced break-out of the previously-released “Double Feature”.
SP1
Bardock: The Father of Goku

FN-02819

Dragon Ball Z TV Special #2 – “The History of Trunks”

15 September 2009
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This single-disc DVD release is a budget-priced break-out of the previously-released “Double Feature”.
SP2
The History of Trunks

FN-03852

Dragon Ball GT TV Special – “A Hero’s Legacy”

16 November 2004
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
4:3 Standard / Uncut
Format
This TV special was later included in the second Dragon Ball GT TV season box set (“remastered”), rather than receiving an additional, individual release.
SP
A Hero’s Legacy

Individual Releases (Blu-ray)


FN-03857

Dragon Ball Z TV Specials “Double Feature”

19 February 2008
Released
English / Japanese
Dialogue
16:9 Widescreen / Uncut
Format
This “Double Feature” release contains “remastered” (cropped) versions of both Dragon Ball Z TV specials.
SP1
Bardock: The Father of Goku
SP2
The History of Trunks