Blu-ray Review “Dragon Ball: Season Eight”

dbz-8Actors: Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, Stephanie Nadolny
Directors: Mike McFarland
Number of discs: 4
Rated: Unrated
Studio: Funimation
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Run Time: 775 minutes

Season: 4 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

We are getting close to the end folks, FUNimation Entertainment just released the Blu-ray for “Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight Uncut”, which features episodes 220-253 of the classic anime series, presented in remastered high definition. It has been a blast getting to re-watch this series totally uncut and delivered in this wonderful Blu-ray release. I know haters will always hate but I love Dragon Ball Z and this is easily the best that I have ever seen this show. Personally, I do not want December to come any faster since that brings the release of season nine and the completion of this series uncut on Blu-ray. Every way it has been an amazing run!

Official Synopsis: The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father’s thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror: Majin Buu.

These episodes have undergone a frame-by-frame restoration to remove any blemishes, tape marks and foreign bodies from the film. Funimation has been consistently delivering for the fans on this series and this season is no different. There are three audio tracks included, the Japanese audio and two English tracks: the U.S. English-language broadcast dub and a mix with English dialogue and Japanese music. These have also been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality. This series has also received a precise shot-by-shot reframing to create “a modern HD widescreen presentation.”

The special features are not too bad either. There is a “Inside Dragon Ball Z” with an interview with Kyle Hebert aka the voice of adult Gohan and the narrator. There is also a “Inside Dragon Ball Z” with an interview with Kara Edwards, who is known for voicing Videl, Goten, and Gotenks. “Dragon Ball Z: Coming to America” is a feature about how the series has become so popular in the U.S. There is a Textless Opening/Closing Song included. Lastly there is a U.S. Trailer for the Blu-ray and also additional trailers included.

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