Purchasing DBZ
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Posted 12/9/11
So, I'm thinking of buying DBZ, finally, years after having last seen it. There seem to be multiple versions of it though.

Original DVD
Uncut DVD
Kai DVD
Blu-Ray

So... which version should I be buying? Thanks all :)
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Posted 12/9/11 , edited 12/9/11
the BD release it's simply superior - in everything (maybe except the price... )
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23 / F / Canada, Mickey Mo...
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Im going to watch the new version while Im working cleaning my friends house. hee hee I dun have to pay for it uncut dvd
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28 / F / Wisconsin
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Posted 12/9/11
If you want the filler free DBZ version then go with Kai otherwise go with the original though sadly I have both versions lol
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41 / M / Right behind you!
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Posted 12/9/11
Dragon Box version. Nearly identical to the Japanese release except it has the dub and subtitles; including Japanese credits and title cards. The original Japanese audio is DD mono, the audio is DD 5.1. Also, they came in nice boxes with booklets for a great price. They're out of print and probably going out of stock, so get them while you can if you think you'll want them.

I've seen very little improvement in the Kai Blu-rays in the video department. The Japanese audio has been rerecorded and while the quality is much better due to being newer and in DTS-HD, your mileage may vary when compared to the original. The filler has been cut out too, which may be a pro or a con on how you look at it. This one is probably either the best or worst depending on your taste.

The new Blu-ray releases, I can't tell you personally as I've not seen them. From what I've seen from promotional material and second hand, the video may be an improvement visually. How much seems debatable. I'll speculate if you have a good sound system, the audio will be a lot better than the Dragonbox. I do not think this version contains the original Japanese title cards or credits.

All the other versions are junk. I don't think of these three there is a definitively best version so you may just need to buy all of them.
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Posted 12/9/11
If you want to see all of the Dragonball Z episodes, do not get Kai. If you just want to get through it quickly, then yes get Kai.

I don't have Kai, so odvoiusly I have all the DBZ episodes.

Plus I recommend watching it in japanese too.
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Posted 12/9/11
Strangely, DBZ is the one and only show I can watched dubbed.
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28 / M / Michigan
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Posted 12/9/11
DBZ Kai is the worst ever anything but that
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Posted 12/10/11
DBZ Kai is the same, except that it excludes the filler, making the show simultaneously more streamlined, (arguably) better paced and more accurate to the manga.

And that's the answer, if you want to watch without the filler, get Kai, if you want the original TV run, buy the uncuts.
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Posted 12/11/11
I own the Dragon Box version and it's pretty much definite. Kai is okay but I would only recommend it to casual viewers who might be put off by the lag of some episodes/sagas.
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Posted 12/12/11
So Kai is like a condensed DBZ? I've never seen it yet, but I've seen everything else. What is Kai all about?
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Posted 12/12/11
1st )Dont go with Kai takes out way to much AND it doesn't even finish it ends at the end of the cell saga.
2nd) how much are you willing to pay ? cause for the original dvd seasons ( http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Season-Vegeta-Saga/dp/B000KWZ1TI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323726267&sr=8-1) (such as that) its only 12-13 dollars for each season OR do you want to pay 60 dollars for this ( http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Box-One/dp/B002KPINF2/ref=sr_1_15?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1323726338&sr=1-15)

For me personally its price i'd rather have all 9 seasons costing 12-13 dollars each . BECAUSE i dont care about if its HD 1080 P WITH STROBE LIGHTS and a free bunny with your purchase. If i can watch the anime , the audio and visuals are fine , and have the option to put on the japanese with subtiles thats all i need personally. Now for you thats your decision ?
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Posted 12/12/11
i would go with kai unlike the person stated above, it was originally suppose end with the cell saga but meh it's up to you bro.. Do not forget about the movies as well... all 13 movies plus the bardok "father of goku" and "history of trunks" ova.
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Posted 12/12/11

Cecilthedarkknight234 wrote:

i would go with kai unlike the person stated above, it was originally suppose end with the cell saga but meh it's up to you bro.. Do not forget about the movies as well... all 13 movies plus the bardok "father of goku" and "history of trunks" ova.



And don't forget to watch it in japanese!
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Posted 12/12/11
If you want some quick and fast action, go Kai. It's restructured to cut out all the filler that they threw in and it's supposed to be closer to how Akira Toriyama actually wanted it. Which is why it ended after the Cell fight.
For background story definitely go with what cecil mentioned, watch the Bardock and Trunks OVAs. The movies are neat but only one of them that I can think of is even close to canon material since it actually used material from the series. Yes, the first movie is technically canon since they shoehorned in the whole garlic jr arc but it was a filler season so I don't count it.
Sub or dub is your choice. I thought most of the american cast wasn't bad. I think christopher sabat did well with vegeta but murdered piccolo.
I liked all the japanese cast personally so I tend to watch it subbed when I re-watch it.
I probably got the worst run of the DVDs with the "remastered" version. By now there's bound to be a cheap version out so jump on whichever version you like. I'd be tempted to get the Blu-ray version if for no other reason than to have fewer discs. The quality is likely better too
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