Funimation Reveals Plans for New Dragon Ball Z BD Collector's Edition if it Receives 2,500 Pre-Orders
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Funimation and Toei Animation US announced on Saturday that Funimation plans to release a new Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Disc collector's edition set in commemoration for the show's 30th anniversary.
Funimation stated that the company will need to have 2,500 copies of the set pre-ordered in order to manufacture the set. The company explained that it will host a reservation campaign for the new set later, and that if the set does not receive 2,500 pre-orders, Funimation will not create the set. Funimation added that 2,500 units are the minimum build order for sets from its printers.
Funimation explained that it is not looking to crowdfund the set on sites like Kickstarter as those crowdfunding platforms "are typically asking fans to fund the creation of new content, not something like a collector's edition which may be cool but isn't quite the same as new content."
The company has so far announced that the set will include the complete Dragon Ball Z anime series on Blu-ray Disc with new bonus content, an exclusive collectible figure, and "North America's first-ever full-sized hardback artbook" for the series. Funimation said it will reveal more information about the set at a later date.
Funimation has not officially confirmed what aspect ratio the release will have. The company's announcement image (pictured above) uses the Dragon Balls "Four" and "Three."
Funimation announced in 2011 that it would release the series for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. This release had planned to keep the 4:3 aspect ratio, but Funimation only released the first two volumes before suspending production on the release in 2012. Funimation stated at the time that it had to suspend production due to "technical challenges of restoring from the original film frame by frame," noting that "the cost incurred to restore these shows has outweighed the suggested retail price we were able to pass along to our fans." The company also stated at the time that it was "researching various technology that would let us proceed" with the Blu-ray releases.
Funimation later released the series on nine Blu-ray Disc volumes in 2013-2014, but those releases changed the aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9.