Dragonball Z TV #06: Saiyans - Immortals (of 17) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999

What They Say
Episode #17: The Saibamen Strike
The Earth’s Special Forces show their newly developed power in their battle with the plant monsters known as the Saibamen. Unfortunately, the Saibamen are only a prologue to the real battle against their creators – the evil Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa.

Episode #18: Nappa…The Invincible?
Nappa powers up and picks Tien as his first prey. Chaotzu tries a sneak attack, but Nappa’s enormous power prevents anyone from helping Tien. Piccolo plans a new attack, but will it work on one who seems invincible?

Episode #19: Tien Goes All Out!!
Tien uses all of his powers to help Piccolo and Krillin attack Nappa, but Nappa continues to dominate the Earth’s Special Forces. Just as Nappa is about to finish off Piccolo and Krillin, Vegeta calls a three hour break to see if Kakarot (Goku) will show up. Where is Goku?

The Review!
And so goes the sixth release of Dragonball Z. I'm still interested in the show, but it's admittedly waning.
The video quality of this disc is much better than the earlier ones. The source materials for it are in much better condition, and there's very few scenes that look grainy or poor. Several of them look very slick and with great color quality.

The audio is the standard 2.0 Dolby broadcast English only track. Nothing amazing here, but it's basically what you'd expect from a TV series dubbed for general US consumption.

Packaging is similar to previous ones, though a bit darker this time around and not as eye-catching. Standard keepcase that we all know and love.

The menu is also the standard fare, chapter select and that's about it.

The show itself? Well, this disc contains three episodes of Goku still trying to get back along Snake Way. Talk about yawn material. The fight sequences, now that we're beyond the Saibamen, are pretty decent and interesting with some good choreography. Nothing I'm going to write home about, but it's fairly entertaining.

I'm disappointed with the turn of Gohan in this one. He's by far my favorite character and has been on a downturn lately. Hopefully that will start picking up now that he's showing some guts.

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Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 14.98
Running time: 65
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z