Dragonball Z TV #23: Frieza - Death of a Prince (Mania.com)

Review Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

What They Say
Episode 70: The Renewed Goku
Despite his new powers, Vegeta proves to be no match for the all-powerful Frieza. With each painful punch, Vegeta's dreams of becoming a Super Saiyan fade away, and Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin can do nothing but watch, frozen with fear. Back on the spaceship, Goku's healing is almost complete! Can Vegeta survive Frieza's relentless beating long enough for Goku to arrive?

Episode 71: The End of Vegeta
The revitalized Goku arrives on the battlefield of Namek, but not in time to save Vegeta from Frieza's vicious attack. Beaten and broken, Vegeta hangs on to his life by a thread, using the few minutes he has left to share the secrets of his violent past. Will this shocking revelation help explain Vegeta's ruthless nature? And why does Goku look so familiar to Frieza?

Episode 72: The Ultimate Battle
Feeling a new sense of brotherhood with his long-lost Saiyan race, Goku wages a determined battle with the evil Frieza. As the fight ensues, it appears that Goku is holding his own! In an attempt to defeat Goku, Freiza directs his energy blasts at Namek itself, turning the planet into a deadly, lava-spitting war zone! Can Goku stop Frieza before Namek is torn to pieces?

The Review!
Content: If you want to get a DBZ DVD with some of the most important and emotional episodes from the Freeza saga, then this is the DVD you want to buy. Seeing Vegeta's death in Japanese is one of the most heartfelt and emotional part of the series.

Audio: We have the standard dub and Japanese track on here. The dub is in stereo while the Japanese track is in mono. The problem with the Japanese track is that it plays a bit lower (not too low) than a fansub at times. Depends on your speaker system.

Video: Outstanding output to DVD, but one problem is that the picture tends to wiggle a little bit and bounces at one part when Goku is done slapping away Freeza's beams.

Packaging: I like how Funimation centers the "Frieza - Death of a Prince" text but I think moving Vegeta to the left was unnecessary. I really don't like most of the Funimation "screencap" video/DVD covers at al but this one was an exception.

Menu: The menu is great as always and is the same as the Summoning, Transformation, and Revealed DVD's. The only problem to me is that it tends to be a bit slow at times and I'm waiting longer than usual just to select the episodes I want to see.

Extras: What extras? Basically the same from all the other tapes/DVD's. I only gave it a D- for including the English only preview for the next episode.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony Playstation 2 with standard A/V cables

Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: D-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z