Resurrrection F 3D to be screened in 3D + Home Release

Fans of Dragon Ball Z who missed the brief UK and Irish theatrical run of Resurrection F can now avail of a second opportunity to see the film, as extra dates have been added, albeit this time a 3D release.

Manga UK added on their official website:

Following its phenomenal success in UK cinemas last Autumn, Manga Entertainment are thrilled to announce the re-release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ in 3D for a limited time in 56 sites across the UK.

The film will be screened at select theatres across the UK in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, and South and North Lanarkshire on January 20th.

No dates have been announced for Belfast or Dublin, but keep watching this space for your ticket information or MangaUK’s Facebook page where they will likely reveal new dates and venues once they are added, as was the case with last year’s theatrical run.

Furthermore, the film will receive a home release on Blu-Ray, DVD, and a combo collector’s edition on January 25th.

Dragon Ball Z : Resurrection F is the 20th film instalment in the franchise. Featuring the return of iconic villain Frieza, this movie has an original story written by Akira Toriyama with Tadayoshi Yamamuro taking directorial duties. Most of the Funimation voice cast starred in the movie including fan favourites such as Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat. The movie received a world dubbed premier at Regal LA Live Stadium, before its general release on August 4th-12th.

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‘Resurrection F’ ranked ninth highest grossing anime movie in US history

Once again Dragon Ball Z has made anime history, on completion of its North American limited nine-day theatrical run, Resurrection F has grossed nearly $8 million domestically.

The movie has taken the place of The Wind Rises, becoming the ninth highest grossing anime movie in US history Among the top ten are other internationally successful franchises such as Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon and standalone titles such as Ponyo and Spirited Away. The full list can be seen below.

Funimation CEO and founder Gen Fukunaga congratulated the fans who have stuck with the franchise for so long and helped it to achieve this feat.

It’s truly gratifying to see how this movie resonated with fans, I’m so thankful to the loyal fans who embraced this movie and who have been with us on this journey since we first introduced ‘Dragon Ball Z’ to American audiences 20 years ago.

Additionally, as some have anticipated further screenings have been announced for fans who want more. David Wengrod, VP of Theatrical Event Distribution at Funimation added:

Because of the ongoing demand from both fans and theaters owners, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ will continue to screen as an ‘encore release’ at various theaters across North America thru August 17. Fans should check with their local theaters or DragonBallZ.com to determine exact locations.

Of course more screenings are to follow in the UK. Watch this space for further updates, including the global box office sales when they are released.

Dragon Ball Z : Resurrection F is the 20th film instalment in the franchise. Featuring the return of iconic villain Frieza, this movie has an original story written by Akira Toriyama with Tadayoshi Yamamuro taking directorial duties. Most of the Funimation voice cast starred in the movie including fan favourites such as Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat. The movie received a world dubbed premier at Regal LA Live Stadium, before its general release on August 4th-12th.

Anime Feature Film Chart

Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross / Theaters Opening / Theaters Date
1 Pokemon: The First Movie WB $85,744,662 3,043 $31,036,678 3,043 11/10/99
2 Pokemon: The Movie 2000 WB $43,758,684 2,752 $19,575,608 2,752 7/21/00
3 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie WB $19,765,868 2,411 $9,485,494 2,411 8/13/04
4 The Secret World of Arrietty BV $19,202,743 1,522 $6,446,395 1,522 2/17/12
5 Pokemon 3: The Movie WB $17,052,128 2,675 $8,240,752 2,675 4/6/01
6 Ponyo BV $15,090,399 927 $3,585,852 927 8/14/09
7 Spirited Away BV $10,055,859 714 $449,839 26 9/20/02
8 Digimon: The Movie Fox $9,631,153 1,825 $4,233,304 1,823 10/6/00
9 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ FUN $7,774,042 913 $1,817,914 183 8/4/15
10 The Wind Rises BV $5,209,580 496 $313,751 21 2/21/14
11 Howl’s Moving Castle BV $4,711,096 202 $427,987 36 6/10/05
12 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods SV $2,553,002 692 $296,414 62 8/5/14
13 Princess Mononoke Mira. $2,375,308 129 $144,446 8 10/29/99
14 Pokemon 4Ever Dim. $1,727,447 249 $717,061 249 10/11/02
15 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence GF $1,043,896 55 $317,722 47 9/17/04
16 From Up on Poppy Hill GK $1,002,895 49 $57,585 2 3/15/13
17 Cowboy Bebop IDP $1,000,045 29 $234,429 19 4/4/03
18 Paprika SPC $882,267 37 $35,593 2 5/25/07
19 Pokemon Heroes Mira. $746,381 200 $260,372 196 5/16/03
20 Metropolis (2002) Sony $722,932 16 $84,660 9 1/25/02
21 The Tale of The Princess Kaguya GK $703,232 29 $54,915 3 10/17/14
22 When Marnie Was There GK $559,544 57 $27,388 2 5/22/15
23 Akira Stl. $553,171 2 $11,263 2 12/25/89
24 The Last – Naruto the Movie Elev. $524,451 34 $179,370 23 2/20/15
25 Ghost in the Shell Palm $515,905 1 $2,736 1 2/2/96
26 Steamboy Triu $468,867 46 $136,148 39 3/18/05
27 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Elev. $375,627 76 $189,514 37 12/6/13
28 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Elev. $180,440 5 $62,340 5 10/19/12
29 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Elev. $177,802 42 $119,300 42 1/20/12
30 Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo Elev. $174,945 82 $110,825 82 1/10/14
31 Vampire Hunter D: Blood Lust UVE $151,086 12 $25,521 6 9/21/01
32 X Mng $143,355 1 $6,672 1 3/10/00
33 Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance Elev. $133,640 15 $84,157 15 1/21/11
34 Tokyo Godfathers IDP $129,560 10 $29,259 8 1/16/04
35 Appleseed Gen. $129,135 31 $66,869 31 1/14/05
36 Perfect Blue Palm $112,536 1 $9,600 1 8/20/99
37 Anohana The Movie: The Flower We Saw That Day Elev. $109,630 41 $37,480 17 1/18/14
38 Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Elev. $107,797 6 $1,579 1 7/3/09
39 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Tid. $94,591 1 $7,098 1 6/22/01
40 Escaflowne: The Movie Band. $94,060 5 $16,692 5 1/25/02
41 Summer Wars GK $80,768 11 $1,412 1 12/24/10
42 Sky Blue MEP $74,663 5 $3,022 1 12/31/04
43 A Letter to Momo GK $71,712 7 $4,596 1 7/23/14
44 Trigun: Badlands Rumble Elev. $62,027 12 $29,201 12 7/8/11
45 Wings of Honneamise Tara $55,572 n/a 3/10/95
46 Tales from Earthsea BV $48,461 5 $20,614 5 8/13/10
47 Road to Ninja – Naruto the Movie Elev. $43,171 44 $19,017 40 8/29/14
48 Millennium Actress GF $37,641 6 $18,732 6 9/12/03
49 Expelled from Paradise Elev. $34,510 13 $18,869 13 12/13/14
50 Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising Elev. $34,471 18 $23,171 18 3/14/14
51 K: Missing Kings Elev. $33,531 39 n/a 7/18/14
52 Spriggan ADV $25,824 5 $7,420 5 10/12/01
53 Short Peace Elev. $22,862 27 n/a 3/3/14
54 Blue Exorcist The Movie Elev. $21,796 7 n/a 8/17/13
55 Robot Carnival Stl. $10,642 2 $10,642 2 3/15/91
56 One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates Adventures in Alabasta BPic $6,587 97 $5,791 97 2/7/08
57 Tekkon Kinkreet SPHE $6,000 2 $6,000 2 7/13/07
58 Genghis Kahn: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea BPic $3,892 40 $3,332 40 2/21/08
59 Tamala 2010 Vita. $3,386 1 $3,386 1 4/2/04
60 Vexille BPic $3,259 97 $3,227 97 2/14/08
TOTAL (All Movies): $256,170,536
AVERAGE (All Movies): $4,269,509 331 $1,485,317 298
TOTAL
(Wide Releases Only):
$230,628,540
AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only):
$23,062,854 1,747 $11,800,583 2,165

 

Dragon Ball – New Book by Derek Padula

The next instalment of the Derek Padula’s Dragon Ball fandom books has just been released. In Dragon Soul : 30 Years of Fandom, fans can look forward to stories from 27 Dragon Ball professionals, including Sean Schemmel (Goku) and Chris Sabat (Vegeta) where they talk about how Dragon Ball changed their lives and why it’s such an important series internationally.

Additional professionals include the following:

Voice Actors
Chris Ayres (Freeza)
Chris Rager (Mister Satan)
Mike McFarland (Master Roshi)
Chuck Huber (Android 17)
Kyle Herbert (Son Gohan)
Jason Douglas (Beerus)
Chris Cason (Tien Shinhan)

Canadian Voice Actors
Peter Kelamis (Goku)
Brian Drummond (Vegeta)

Latin American Voice Actors
Mario Castaneda (Goku)
Rene Garcia (Vegeta)
Eduardo Garza (Krillin)

Other Voice Actors
Caspar Phillipson (Goku – Danish version)
Wendel Bezerra (Goku – Brazillian version)
Jose Antonio Gavira (Goku – Spanish version)
Eric Legrand (Vegeta – French version)
Julia Olivia (Chi-Chi – Spanish version)
Peter Secher Schmidt (Freeza – Danish version)

Funimation Employees
Justin Rojas
Adam Sheehan
Rick Villa

Other Professionals
Bruce Faulconer (Ocean Dub composer)
David Hernando (manga editor)
Olivier Richard (French journalist)

In addition, the book contains stories from 81 fans in 25 countries, such as the following:
Lawrence Simpson (MasakoX) from Team Four Star
RobotUnderdog (creators of Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope)
Twitter star Goku
Malik (Dragon Ball New Age)
Salagir from Dragon Ball Multiverse
Marcus Brimage (MMA fighter)
Youtube celebrities : Nelson Junior (Casa do Kame), SSJGoshin4
Chris Stuckmann (Film critic)
Famous cosplayers : “living Ichigo”, Atara Collis, and Jah’lon Escudero
Patrick Galbraith, Nestor Rubio, and Vicente Ramirez (authors)

The book is written by Derek Padula, author of The Dao of Dragon Ball, writer and co-creator of Dragon Ball Z : Light of Hope.

An ebook is available from Amazon, Apple, iBooks, B & N Nook, Kobo, and Padula’s site.

A print copy will be available within months.

New Dragon Ball Products For The UK and Ireland!

Over the next few months there are a few new Dragon Ball products that European and particularly Irish and UK fans can look forward to.

Just over a month from now, fans of Dragon Ball Z Kai in the UK and Ireland can expect a DVD and Blu-ray release for the series. The first season, which spans the Saiyan Saga will be released on 03 August 2015. The second season, which spans the Namek and Frieza Saga will follow on 08 September 2015. Expect details on the other two seasons soon.
The Kai dub released will be the same version KIX TV have been broadcasting for the past few years. The difference is that the DVD and Blu-ray will have all the blood, swearing and decapitation intact – in addition to the option to change between English and Japanese audio, and in its original 4:3 aspect ratio.

On 16 October 2015 the next instalment of the Dragon Ball games – Dragon Ball Z : Extreme Butoden will be released in Europe. Regarding the game and its mobility, Eric Hartness, the Vice President of Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. added:

Dragon Ball Z : Extreme Butoden lets players take Dragon Ball on the road while delivering a tight and engrossing fighting game experience developed by one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in Japan.

The recent movie Resurrection F is also expected to receive a UK and Irish release in some form. Manga UK previously announced they have secured the rights to the film, but it is unsure whether this will be a theatrical release(s) or home release.

UK Filmmakers K&K Productions also said the following on 20 April 2015 on their Facebook account:

LIVE ACTION DBZ UPDATE!
We know we are quiet at the moment guys, but we do have a BIG live action DragonBall Z project in the pipeline that we are working hard on.
We cant say to much right now, but we are really stepping things up a notch and we cant wait to start sharing more info with you all.
Thank you all for being patient and more updates to come!

While this comment did not reveal anything about the date(s) of the project, it is still worthwhile to keep updated through their Youtube channel.

That’s all the latest products for these shores soon to be released, but when there’s more they will also be revealed here.

“Dragon Ball Z Kai” Marathon to air on Toonami

To celebrate US independence day next weekend Adult Swim’s Toonami block will air a 3-hour marathon of Dragon Ball Z Kai.

The episodes connecting the Saiyan and Frieza sagas of Kai, which will run July 4th for three hours starting at midnight, followed by Attack on Titan at 3:00am are as follows:

12:00AM “Power Up, Krillin! Frieza’s Mounting Apprehension!”

12:30AM “The Scheme Is Shattered! Vegeta Strikes Back at Zarbon!”

01:00AM “A Touch-and-Go Situation! Gohan, Protect the Four-Star Ball!”

01:30AM “The Countdown to Battle Begins! Enter, The Ginyu Force!”

02:00AM “First Up for the Ginyu Force! Guldo’s Time Freeze!”

02:30AM “The Nightmare Recoome! Come Out and Play, Vegeta!”

This will be good news for US Dragon Ball fans interested in enjoying classic story content from Kai before streaming the debut episode of Dragon Ball Super during its premiere date in Japan, which is several hours ahead of US time zones (CDT : 14 hours, MDT : 15 hours, MST : 16 hours, PDT : 16 hours, AKDT : 17 hours, HST : 19 hours).

“Zenkai Battle Royale” Receives New “Zenkai Battle” Update

Japan has had its fair share of Dragon Ball arcade games in recent years with Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z : Dragon Battlers, and of course Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle, which has recently just promised new and exciting content for its existing fanbase.

The Japan-exclusive multiplayer fighting game is receiving a “3.0” upgrade (following the 2.0 “Super Saiyan Awakening” update) simply titled Zenkai Battle.

Dragon Ball: ZENKAI Battle Royale will evolve into mainly 2-on-2 “team battles”!!
A “new system” that you can only find in team battles! Plus new “strategies”! The super-warriors’ battles will burst on to new stages! Partner up with players nationwide and face off against an opposing team!
Cooperate with your partner, synchronize your breathing, and grab hold of victory!

The game’s official website has just revealed Super Saiyan 3 Goku and Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta will join the roster as playable characters.

Previous additions to the roster have included Golden Frieza and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Son Goku from Resurrection F.

Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta was included in 2009’s Dragon Battlers before making his way to Raging Blast on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Zenkai Battle Royale test-launched in Japanese arcades in 2010 and, while it continued to receive updates, has not had a home port announced.

Dragon Ball Z “Resurrection F” is “visually stunning” Funimation CEO claims

FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga has recently revealed the latest installment in the Dragon Ball Z filmography will be a must watch.

In a recent interview Fukunaga has stated:

We are thrilled to bring fans – both new and old – this latest film from series creator Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is a visually stunning movie and offers even more action and comedy than Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Dragon Ball Z : Resurrection F will receive its worldwide dub premiere on July 2nd at Regal LA Live Stadium and a general release across North American theatres on August 4th-12th.

The film, which received a worldwide premiere at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre on April 11th due to a collaboration between Fox international and TOEI will be screened in 74 nations worldwide. It is also reported to have sold more tickets than Furious 7 on its opening weekend.

The film’s English-dubbed version aill star Chris Ayres as Frieza, Kyle Herbert as Gohan, Sean Schemmel as Goku, and Christopher Sabat as Vegeta. The movie’s screenplay was by Akira Toriyama, and directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro.