FUNimation is in the process of preparing additional Blu-ray releases of Dragon Ball Z, complete with newly remastered video presentations. Before proceeding, though, the anime distributor is asking for fan and consumer input via an online survey. Currently, there are 21 Dragon Ball Z releases available on Blu-ray.
Survey questions cover a number of topics: preferred Dragon Ball series, favorite Sagas, 4:3 Original vs. 16:9 Cropped aspect ratios, and more. The official FUNimation message reads as follows: "FUNimation is looking into releasing Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray at an affordable price with a brand new remaster using new technology to make the show look brighter and crisper. Before we make this decision, we need your input. Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions. Your feedback is valuable to us."
Yeah, regardless of their past packaging screwups, FUNimation does, at least, like to listen to customer feedback and make something out of it. So the more people that give sound opinions, the more likely we might actually get some good releases. A Dragon Box BD set for Z, or even the original Dragon Ball series would be pretty awesome.
I finished the survey. Wish they have options for both ratios. I personally chose and want original ratio, but I think the sale would be better if they included both. Unfortunately, there are people who hate black bars, regardless of what the original ratio is. This could hurt some sale. I know I would not buy the release if it only has the cropped widescreen(well, unless it's really cheap. ;p)
At least FUNimation seems to be listening to the fans somewhat this time. I was disappointed to see the old Blu-ray releases get cancelled, but if they could create a product of that level of quality for the entire series, this die-hard Dragon Ball fan would be first in line to buy it.
@Icemouth & Yojimbo
I completely agree with you. But unfortunately I know few people who still would use a zoom in feature to view any tv or movie to avoid seeing the black bars. I gave up trying to explain to them about missing pictures. There are people who refuse to watch B&W films or complain about old movies being in 1.37:1 ratio. Sad.
Finished the survey, and voiced my opinion strongly for the original 4:3 framing, since purists will want it, and any non-purist, with obviously low regard for the video if they'd request it to be cropped, ALWAYS has the OPTION to just use the zoom feature of their display device. I did mention that it would be nice to have a second style for the translated subs that would put it in a zoom friendly zone, just for more options...
The Dragon Box masters were done in standard definition, as that restoration was done before the advent of HD home video. So porting those versions over to Blu-ray would not create a picture substantially better than the DVD release.
I myself would just like to see the "Level" sets continued with the same level of remastering, those sets proved Dragon Ball can look great with a proper 1080p remastering effort.
Took the survey! I really hope they release all three series on BD. As long as they release them as whole individual sagas or a giant box set for each series ill be happy! I need more than just 17 episodes in a volume...