Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 Comparison – Which is Superior the DVD or Blu-ray Season Set?

With FUNimation re-releasing Dragon Ball Z as Blu-ray Season sets I think it is time we take a look to see which ‘season set’ is superior, the Orange Brick DVD Sets or the newly released Blu-ray Season sets.

For this particular comparison I will only be comparing screenshots from the US DVD Release of Dragon Ball Z – Season 1 (i.e. the Orange Brick) and the newly released Dragon Ball Z – Season 1 Blu-ray. The reason for this is that they feature the same physical content (episode-wise) and have been ‘Digitally Remastered’ in the same sort of fashion, by cropping the picture into 16:9 Widescreen, as opposed to its original 4:3 Aspect Ratio, as well as performing some digital restoration on the picture.

Either way, with the introductions over lets take a look at some comparisons.

Comparison One:

Blu-ray Screenshot:

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DVD Screenshot:

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The colours are slightly darker and more realistic in the Blu-ray version than they are in the DVD Version, plus areas of the picture have been cleared up to reduce scratches, distortion and picture blur, all of which are easily noticeable from the above screenshots.

Comparison Two:

Blu-ray Screenshot:

DBZ_Season1_Bluray_Screenshot_2

DVD Screenshot:

DBZ_Season1_DVD_Screenshot_2

Mistakes made during the 16:9 Cropping process have been fixed in this new Blu-ray release, for example in this scene Piccolo’s mouth is visible in the Blu-ray version, where as in the DVD release you can hardly see Piccolo’s mouth at all. Constant errors like these have been fixed throughout the Blu-ray release.

Comparison Three:

Blu-ray Screenshot:

DBZ_Season1_Bluray_Screenshot_3

DVD Screenshot:

DBZ_Season1_DVD_Screenshot_3

As you can see the detail is clearly much more sharper in the Blu-ray release than in the DVD release and it provides a more newer, fresher look at the series.

Overall the newer Blu-ray Season Sets of Dragon Ball Z are visually sharper than any previous DVD release and provide a superior visual experience to the viewer. It’s also worth nothing that FUNimation haven’t simply taken the old DVD footage, from the Orange Bick Sets, and remastered it in High Definition, instead they have re-processed, and re-recorded it, to fix any cropping errors that were caused, finally any damage (such as scratches and marks) were removed to provide this newer look of the series.

Of course not everyone will approve of FUNimation’s hard work, especially those that do not like the show being cropped or restored to high quality detail, however this Blu-ray Set (and the upcoming Blu-ray Season Sets) are entirely different to any previous DVD or Blu-ray release and, strangely enough, brings new life into an age old series.

Dragon Ball Z – Season 1 on Blu-ray is now available within America, with Season 2 expected for release later next month. The Orange Brick DVD versions are currently available in both the UK and America.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

2 Responses to Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 Comparison – Which is Superior the DVD or Blu-ray Season Set?

  1. Dark Saga says:

    This cropped Blu-ray’s just sucks. Damn you, Funimation.

  2. Pingback: Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Z – 30th Anniversary Edition | AnimeBlurayUK

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