Back in 1986, a Japanese anime called Dragon Ball was created becoming a massive hit. Three years later, the creators continued the story with Dragon Ball Z, becoming one of the most successful anime television series around the world. The entire series is based on Akira Toriyama’s manga (comic), but was lengthened drastically for commercial purposes. Luckily, the entire Dragon Ball Z series has been re-edited and trimmed down to a slim 100 episodes from its chunky 291 episode original run in the form of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
Dragon Ball tells the story of Goku, a kind-hearted, supremely strong humanoid alien who risks his life to save the earth and the people he loves. There are many other aspects to the story, but we’re going to focus on the latest home release, Dragon Ball Z Kai Part Seven.
For DBZ Kai, every frame was put through a remastering process to clean them from scratches and aged wear. This has given the show a more authentic look than previous home releases.
The voices have been redubbed with some of the original English cast as well as a lot of new members. It is a bit strange to hear the voices we’ve grown to love change, but overall it doesn’t hurt the show. The distraction is only temporary.
The most important thing about this series is the removal of filler episodes. Dragon Ball Z was notoriously known for dragging events out with pointless story lines and prolonged events. This re-edit has made the show very tight and far more engaging.
Bottom Line: Pick up part seven and enjoy the Z warriors taking on Cell, without the unnecessary filler.
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Total Runtime: Approx. 275 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1