Dragonball Z Movie #04: Lord Slug (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001
What They Say
The end of the world is fast approaching, in the form of a giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Not if Goku has anything to say about it! Goku and Krillin race to the rescue. Using their incredible powers, they narrowly deflect the asteroid from its deadly course. The Earth is saved... or is it?
A dark vessel descends from the surface of the asteroid, carrying a powerful new enemy - the evil overlord, Lord Slug. His forces have come to take control of the Earth and steal its natural resources, only in the process they intend to wipe out the entire human race! And when Lord Slug discovers the seven magic Dragon Balls, it seems nothing can stop his diabolical plans from coming to pass!
Now that Lord Slug has the power of Dragon Balls in his grasp, can even Goku save the Earth from the clutches of this mysterious invader?
Although it took ages to be released, FUNimation finally releases Lord Slug, originally titled “Super Saiya-jin Son Goku” on DVD. For such a crappy movie, it sure as hell took long to be released.
The video transfer, as usual, is great. Not many areas of grain, and vibrant colors. There are, however, some rainbow areas and artifacts, but for the most part, the video is great. One thing I noticed was that I was unable to have Japanese subtitles with English audio during the beginning. However, once the title passed by, it was possible for me to listen to the English version with Japanese subtitles. The video transition was excellent—you could barely tell that it changed tracks. Another plus for FUNimation.
Audio: Here’s an area, which shocked me, in the English version at least. As many people probably know (or didn’t), FUNimation hired the Deftones band to do the music for the dub. However, there are areas on the dub which use the music produced by the Deftones band and then there are areas which uses the dub music we are used to hearing on TV and on the regular episodes. Regardless of what band they hire, it’s just not the same without the Japanese music. And speaking of which, we once again get a nice audio transfer of the mono Japanese track.
FUNimation decides to use the original Japanese cover for this disc except two things. 1. They re-designed Goku in a way and made his appearance in his Kaio-Ken form. And as an extra for the DVD, he had a whitish glow around him. 2. On the original cover, Gohan and Piccolo were present. On this cover, they are not. For reasons unknown, FUNimation decided to edit out Piccolo, and Gohan riding Haiya- Dragon. Still, I commend FUNi for using most of the original cover, and the touch up on Goku was nice. As with the recent World Tournament DVD’s, the “Includes 2 versions” splash has gotten smaller. The back of the DVD contains 2 screencaps from the movie, surrounded by a white glow, and underneath it, blue splashes. And as usual, no insert.
Once again, FUNimation produces wonderful menus for its’ DVD’s. The opening menu shows the Asteroid in which, Slugg is on, coming toward earth which has “Lord Slug” displayed on it in beautiful white text with blue borders. We then see Slugg himself laughing, which then shows the Goku model, which is displayed on the case, close into the right part of the screen. Quite wonderful I may say. The text for the options is also good. Some may be bothered with the loading time of the menus, due to the animation, but it didn’t bother me any. The music contained on the menus is dub music, as in dub music from the TV show, not by Deftones.
Extras: I believe it is futile to mention the overall crappiness in these extras. However, I must once more give my opinion on them. Like I just said, its crap. Commercials are okay as extras as long as you have something else to back it up, other than more commercials. Commercials for VHS dubbed products, however, are a big NO NO. We’ve seen these extras somewhere before….oh yea, its on just about every DBZ disc out there. Here’s the thing, which puzzles and annoys me: Recently FUNimation announced Blue Gender, which will hit shelves on DVD October 16th. FUNimation’s President (Gen Fukanaga) stated that the Blue Gender DVD would be loaded with extra features such as interviews, character profiles, art galleries, and more. Now my question is this: Why can’t some of these extras be present on the Dragonball Z discs? Character profiles are definitely not hard to do. Why not get each of the voice actors to do profiles for each of the character(s) they voice? Extras such as those should be on the DBZ discs. I hope in the near future, that these extras are improved.
This, and movie 11, have got to be the worst DBZ movies ever produced. The only thing which even comes CLOSE to being addictive and enjoyable in this movie is Gohan’s whistling, which I should say has been altered in the English version, adding a bunch of different noises which needn’t be present. I also must blame TOEI for this movie. I still fail to see why its called “Super Saiyan Son Goku” when he doesn’t even turn SSJ. I can sum the plot up very quickly: Bad guy comes to earth; bad guy finds dragonballs; bad guy wishes for immortality; bad guy fights Goku; Goku wins with spiritbomb; the end. And who’d a thought this movie could get worse? FUNimation not only tortured us with their own dub music, produced by Bruce Faulconer, but they also got that heavy metal crap, or whatever the hell it is the Deftones produces, ruining the movie (as if it wasn’t already ruined). This, along with the History of Trunks and Bardock: The Father of Goku specials, are FUNimation’s worst dub! There’s absolutely nothing to like about the music produced in this disc. At least in the History of Trunks it was entertaining to hear Master P rapping on DBZ…
Unless you’re collecting every Dragonball disc there is, like myself, I don’t recommend buying this DVD. Gohan’s whistling is entertaining, but not entertaining enough to buy a $25 dollar disc.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Sony DVP S530D with Monster S-Video and audio cables. Sony Complete Dolby Digital Home Theater sound package with receiver and speakers. 27’ WEGA Sony TV
Mania Grade: D-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: F
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 62
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z