cat42 wrote:They released DBZ widescreen in America before it was even released that way in Japan!
The problem with that is, DBZ was made for 4:3. The cels and film always have more than you usually see, so Funi's new master gains stuff on the side but at the same time they crop off what was on top and bottom of the previous release. What they should have done is gone for full frame release that gives you as much of the film as possible. Pillarboxing is perfectly fine. I'd rather have that then cropping to make it 16:9.
Their worst crime though is filtering the life out of it to the point where they not only get rid of the dust, the film grain and other stuff, but they filter out the cel detail and flatten the image to the point of eye cancer. Then fuck with the colors to make it all shinier than it ever was. Doing this to traditionally animated works is a crime for which you should be dragged out onto the street and shot.
Japan is doing their own remaster of it now for the HD rebroadcast, hopefully they aren't as stupid as Funi. It will probably still be cropped to fit 16:9 for the broadcast but there is still a chance of full frame BD release.
I really have no faith in any R1 publisher other than Bandai Ent, since they swallowed up BV USA now. BV USA are <3 because quite a few of their releases are the same disc as Japan, but packaged for North America instead.