The Ultimate Uncut Special Edition is an unfinished line of DVD releases encompassing the uncut FUNimation redub of the Saiyan/Vegeta Saga and was supposed to include the Namek Saga, along with the first three movies of Dragon Ball Z. The release would have spanned 22 DVDs, in addition to the three movies.
Vegeta and Namek SagasEdit
When Dragon Ball Z was first produced in the US, FUNimation collaborated with Saban Entertainment to finance and distribute the series to television, sub-licensed home video distribution to Pioneer Entertainment (later known as Geneon Universal Entertainment), contracted Ocean Productions to dub the anime into English, and hired Shuki Levy to compose an alternate musical score. This dub of Dragon Ball Z was heavily edited for content, as well as length; reducing the first 67 episodes into 53, and is often referred to as the Ocean Dub. After two seasons, Dragon Ball Z was canceled in 1998.
After gaining newly found popularity, FUNimation began dubbing episodes 54 through 276 (the series finale) with their own voice actors and studio from September 13, 1999 to April 7, 2003. This redub is often referred to as the FUNimation dub.
In 2004, Geneon Universal Entertainment's (which owned the rights to Dragon Ball Z's home video distribution) license expired, and the rights to home video distribution of the series was acquired by FUNimation, which included the video rights to the first 53 (67 originally) episodes of the series. FUNimation then announced that they would release these episodes uncut to include all 67 original episodes with their own redub. It would include a new 5.1 English language track and the uncut footage, as the Ultimate Uncut Special Edition line, in the broadcasted 4:3 aspect ratio. The plan was to create twenty-two DVDs which would include every episode of the Saiyan and Namek Sagas. To avoid confusion with the Pioneer/Geneon volumes of the series, FUNimation renamed the Saiyan Saga to the Vegeta Saga (Parts I and II, and would have covered 12 DVDs). The new English track would be a re-dub done by FUNimation itself, replacing the original Ocean dub.
In favor of releasing the remastered boxed sets, FUNimation canceled the Ultimate Uncut Special Edition after releasing DVD volume 9, shortly before the epic battle between Goku and Vegeta. Many fans were outraged by this, as they had spent large amounts of money on a set that would never be complete, while other fans were unhappy that they would not be able to obtain legal copies of the complete series in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, as the remastered sets are in 16:9 aspect ratio.
|Vegeta Saga I||Saiyan Showdown|| 1. The New Threat|
3. Unlikely Alliance
|April 12, 2005|
|Piccolo's Plan|| 4. Piccolo's Plan|
5. Gohan's Rage
6. No Time Like the Present
|June 21, 2005|
|Into the Wild|| 7. Day 1|
8. Gohan Goes Bananas!
9. The Strangest Robot
|June 21, 2005|
|Gohan's Trials|| 10. A New Friend|
11. Terror on Arlia
12. Global Training
|August 23, 2005|
|Goku Held Hostage|| 13. Goz and Mez|
14. Princess Snake
15. Dueling Piccolos
|October 4, 2005|
|Doomed Heroes|| 16. Plight of the Children|
17. Pendulum Room Peril
18. The End of Snake Way
|November 29, 2005|
|Back From the Dead|| 19. Defying Gravity|
20. Goku's Ancestors
21. Counting Down
|January 24, 2006|
|Vegeta Saga II||Saiyan Invasion|| 22. The Darkest Day|
23. Saibamen Attack!
24. The Power of Nappa
|March 21, 2006|
|Ultimate Sacrifice|| 25. Sacrifice|
26. Nappa's Rampage
27. Nimbus Speed
|May 16, 2006|
FUNimation had also acquired the rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004, and re-released them. Even though the three had same cover style, only the first three movies were released officially under the Ultimate Uncut line. All of these movies had a 5.1 English track, new subtitles, different DVD extras and come in a boxset titled 'First Strike'. However, they do not retain the original Ocean dub, and contain a new English dub produced by FUNimation's cast. This version contains the score by Nathan Johnson.
- First Strike Box Set, containing:
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/DragonBall-Vegeta-Saga-Saiyan-Showdown/dp/B0007LXOGY/ref=pd_cp_mov_3
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/DragonBall-Vegeta-Saga-Piccolos-Plan/dp/B0008FPJHQ/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_y
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/DragonBall-Vegeta-Saga-Into-Wild/dp/B0008FPJI0/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_y
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Vegeta-Gohans-Trials/dp/B0009CTTLA/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_c
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Vegeta-Saga-Hostage/dp/B0009MAOMI/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_b
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Dragonball-Vegeta-Saga-Doomed-Heroes/dp/B000AARL16/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_b
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Vegeta-Saga-Back/dp/B000BZ8ICG/ref=pd_cp_mov_2
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/DragonBall-Vegeta-Saga-Saiyan-Invasion/dp/B000CNGBUI/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_img_b
- ↑ http://www.amazon.com/DragonBall-Vegeta-Saga-Ultimate-Sacrifice/dp/B000ENUKNK/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_img_b