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Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition is a 2013 collector's DVD box set that features the entire 1996-1998 Ocean Studios dub of Dragon Ball Z, which originally aired in the U.S. on first-run syndication and later on Toonami, prior to the Funimation in-house dub. Each box set consists of a 48-page hardbound book featuring character profiles, the history of the series, and other trivia; the nine DVDs for the Ocean dub are stored in folder-like slots on the inner side of the back cover. It is named after the American "Rock the Dragon" opening theme song by Shuki Levy and Ron Wasserman. This box set features the edited 53 episodes of the Saiyan and Namek Sagas, and the three DBZ movies dubbed by the Ocean cast: Dead Zone, The World's Strongest and The Tree of Might. This set also marks the first home video release of the 1997 edited TV dub of The Tree of Might.

Cover art[]

The cover depicts Goku and Vegeta in their deadly scuffle on Earth. Goku is seen blocking Vegeta's fierce kick as the Saiyan elite maintains a fighting posture with ferocious and relentless determination. The cover also uses the 'classic' Dragon Ball Z yellow-orange gradient logo, commonly associated with the original Funimation/Saban/Pioneer-related works of the series.

Episode count[]

Saiyan Saga
Namek Saga



Comparison of color grading between Rock the Dragon Edition and the original Pioneer release.

  • Excluded from this set is Pioneer's uncut 1998 dub of The Tree of Might, which was released to Laserdisc, VHS and DVD, but never aired on Toonami.
  • The brightness appears to be increased in this release, which explains the desaturated look to the color grading.
  • All recaps, previews and bumpers are included. Most of the recaps and previews from this dub were previously only available on the Madman Entertainment DVDs in Australia.
    • However, both episodes 9 ("Princess Snake's Hospitality") and 10 ("Escape from Piccolo") share the same next episode preview since episode 10 was skipped in the 1996-1998 syndication run. The correct previews are included in the Australian DVDs.
  • The edited Tree of Might dub originally aired in syndication as a three-part TV episode in 1997. On this set, it is presented as a stand-alone movie (as it was later aired on Toonami). The set also features the slightly censored versions of Dead Zone and The World's Strongest that aired on Toonami.

Hell edited into HFIL

  • This set includes the original broadcast versions of episodes 1-3, which contained multiple references to death. All subsequent episodes sidestepped references to death with phrases like "sent to the next dimension".