1989 Harmony Gold dub of Dragon Ball Search

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1989 Harmony Gold dub of Dragon Ball Search

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This thread is for the purpose of documenting and discussing the 1989 Harmony Gold dub of Dragon Ball.

I was able to track down two individuals, one in California and one in Pennsylvania, with tapes of episodes of this rare and coveted Dragon Ball dub. They are still digging them out and digitizing them, but the fact that tapes have been found after 30 years of waiting is monumental.

Also, an anonymous individual on another forum shared a VHSRip of the first episode of the dub off of a Detroit television station, and I was able to upload it to the Internet Archive for all to see. I will not post the link here, but it’s easy to find.

If anybody might have more tapes or have connections with individuals with more tapes, don’t hesitate to let me know! It is my goal to get this historic piece of Dragon Ball history shared with the web!

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I'm part of a private tracker site of people that rip from tv recordings of tapes to the internet, and someone a year or so ago had the first 4 episodes of the HG Dragonball Dub off the philly stations with commercials in tact. Most of my contributions have been my recordings from Cartoon Network, I think the rarest would be the Evangelion recordings from Giant Robot Week that I used in a Anime on Cartoon Network panel this past AWA.

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hey Tom_Servo, didn't we talk on the Anime Hell Facebook group?

I have two tapes full of Speed Racer taped off Philly 57, those commercial bumpers are pretty distinctive. My family visited Philadelphia in the early 1980s and 57 was running Star Blazers and Force Five on Saturday mornings, which was a treat to see. That must have been a pretty outstanding UHF station, at least in our eyes!

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davemerrill wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:25 pm
hey Tom_Servo, didn't we talk on the Anime Hell Facebook group?

I have two tapes full of Speed Racer taped off Philly 57, those commercial bumpers are pretty distinctive. My family visited Philadelphia in the early 1980s and 57 was running Star Blazers and Force Five on Saturday mornings, which was a treat to see. That must have been a pretty outstanding UHF station, at least in our eyes!
Yup, that's me. Just branching out to different groups and sites to try to gather information and tapes. :p

Sounds like a heck of a station WGBS was. I'll have to watch more of those commercials!

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Dave, are you able to capture/rip from those tapes to your computer and share those on a google drive with me and Tom? I'd like to check those episodes out. I can start a "Shit I get from Dave Merrill" anime DVD collection :lol: I need to run that as an informercial some day...

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at some point I'll get around to ripping those ads, sure. In the meantime there are several sets of 80s ad breaks I ripped and posted to the Mister Kitty YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MisterKittyTV/videos

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All five episodes were found by my source and uploaded to the Internet Archive. Enjoy!

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