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'Dragon Ball Z' on Blu-ray

26 Jul, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

SAN DIEGO -- FUNimation Entertainment will be the first major U.S. anime distributor to enter the high-def format arena with the Nov. 13 release of two of its better-selling "Dragon Ball Z" action titles.

Blu-ray will be the sole high-def format for 1993's Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan and 1994's Dragon Ball Z: Second Coming.

The announcement came July 26 at San Diego Comic-Con International 2007.

More than one anime distributor interviewed at the Home Media Expo in Las Vegas earlier this month said they were avoiding high-def, partly because with the high video resolution of HD DVD and Blu-ray, even the smallest flaws of non-digital animation stand out. That's not stopping FUNimation.

“For us, we wanted to get to the next-generation gamer,” said FUNimation SVP Debra Kennedy, adding the household penetration of PlayStation 3 and Blockbuster's decision to only carry Blu-ray contributed to the company's decision. “It will look incredible.”

“After seeing demos of each next generation platform, it was clear that the Blu-ray platform was ideal for FUNimation,” said Ward Thomas, SVP of sales and operations. “The capabilities of the Blu-ray technology allows our fans to enjoy their favorite FUNimation titles like never before.”

The movies have been remastered in high-def and include new 5.1 sound mixes. The special features will be in 1920 x 1080p HD, and a featurette focusing on the high-def process is included.

A FUNimation press release says the company is committed to releasing future titles on HD as well.

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