Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

The Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack comes with one DVD and one Blu-ray Disc. The DVD contains the movie and trailers, while the Blu-ray includes both those items as well as four bonus features. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub. On the Blu-ray Disc, the film is presented in 1080p High Definition 16X9 (HD Native).

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: October 20, 2015

I saw Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ during its theatrical run in Summer 2015 with the English dub. So when I watched the film on this Blu-ray/DVD Combo release, I was able to see it with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. I have to say that after seeing the film with the Japanese audio, I prefer that version over the English dub. The English dub actors do a good job for what they’re trying to do, but I thought the original Japanese was a little stronger.

This film follows the previous film, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. Obviously, many of the expected characters make an appearance. Beers and Whis, who were introduced in the previous film, also show up and play a part. The film also introduces Jaco, a galactic patrolman from Akira Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman manga.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ sees Freiza coming back to life, hence the title. He’s out for revenge against Goku, and this leads to several fighting sequences. Of course, we don’t get to see the fight between Goku and Frieza right away. We start out seeing Gohan, Kuririn, Tien, Master Roshi, and Jaco taking on Frieza’s henchmen. It was nice to see Roshi actually fighting and using the martial arts that we know he’s capable of, instead of just sitting around on his butt and doing nothing like he did for most of the Dragon Ball Z television anime series.

Overall, I thought there was a great mixture of the action and humor that the Dragon Ball Z franchise is known for. And in a lot of ways, I think that Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ ended up being a stronger film than Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. This film definitely needs to be seen by anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of Dragon Ball Z.

There are five extras included on the Blu-ray. The first is labeled as, “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: They’re Back!” This runs for about seven minutes, and it’s got the “picture-in-picture” concept going on. This basically shows a fight between Goku and Frieza, with footage of the voice actors performing their roles in a bottom corner of the screen while the scene is playing. But the last couple of minutes shows some of the voice actors goofing off in the studio. To be honest, I really didn’t care for this bonus feature that much. I think this feature will have a stronger appeal to viewers who are fans of the English dub actors and want to see what they look like and how they act out their parts.

The next extra is “The Return of Dragon Ball Z,” and it runs for 40-and-a-half minutes. It includes footage and interviews from both the world premiere of the Japanese film in Los Angeles in April 2015 and the premiere of the English dub in July 2015. Overall, I thought the section from the world premiere was a little more interesting, and that was probably due to the fact that this one also included interviews with Masako Nozawa (the Japanese voice actress for Goku) and Tadayoshi Yamamuro (the director), During their interviews, their responses are accompanied by subtitles, since they are responding in Japanese. But I have to give credit to Justin Cook, who was leading the interviews, and to Sean Schemmel (the English dub actor for Goku), for being able to understand and keep up with what their Japanese guests were saying.

There’s a textless version of the ending theme, which is the English version that Momoiro Clover Z recorded. For this, removing the text didn’t make much of a difference, since the only images appear in a small box on the left-hand side of the screen. The text didn’t really cover that up in the film. The “U.S. Trailer” is almost a little over a minute long, and it promotes the home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. Trailers for other releases that FUNimation was promoting at the time this film was released on home video are also included as a bonus feature.

I would recommend that fans of Dragon Ball Z add Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ to their anime home video library. For fans that have the ability to watch Blu-rays, I would recommend picking up the Blu-ray/DVD Combo.

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