The moment, we access a download of one of the most popular installments of Dragon Ball Z, we are able to comprehend the reason behind the show turning so popular amongst masses that the creators had to promise to come up with Blu-ray editions of the show.
Along with the Dallas-based firm, ANDTRANSFER, the show’s production house, Funimation decided to remaster the series from the original Japanese version.
The process was complicated as it involved remastering from the original 16mm films, using 1080p, with maintenance of the 4:3 ratios in between.
The first set of the series, labeled as 1.1 and comprising the first 17 installments was released on November, 2011.
Now, Funimation has announced along with its partnering company, that production of the label 2.1 s=disc has to be suspended immediately. The release of the second series was scheduled on March 27, 2012.
Till the time, the company re-evaluates the process of creating these films and restoring them suitably, production will remain ceased till further notice.
As for explanation, all that the company had to say was that the technical procedures to restore the series step by step, and frame by frame got more complicated with time, and a stage was reached where this process couldn’t be used to churn out these discs anymore.
We understand that the show is one that is worth spending on for Blu-ray prints in the market, but unfortunately the process applied isn’t the best one and restoration isn’t possible this way in the long run, anymore.
So at the end of the day, this is sad news for fans of the show all over the world that have been waiting for their chance to get hold of the next series on Blu-ray discs for experiencing sheer brilliance in animation, and adding on to their personal collection.