Dragonball Z TV #55: World Tournament - Blackout (Mania.com)

Review Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2001



What They Say
Episode 201: A Dark and Secret Power
Videl takes to the ring for what is expected to be an easy victory over Spopovitch. Videl hits the towering brute with everything she's got, but her attacks have no effect. It seems Spopovitch is possessed by a supernatural power not his own!

Episode 202: Videl Is Crushed
With his seemingly unlimited supply of super strength, Spopovitch easily takes control of the match. To the horror of all, he delays his inevitable victory for the purposes of torturing Videl! And it looks like the muscle-bound thug isn't going to stop until he kills her! Will Videl make it out of the ring alive?

Episode 203: Identities Revealed
Gohan's luck runs out, as his identity is discovered when he takes his place on the tournament floor. But Gohan has other things to worry about; his opponent Kibito is determined to see him transform into a Super Saiyan! Gohan had better be careful, evil eyes are closely watching his every move!

Episode 204: Energy Drain
Spopovitch and Yamu spring into action! Armed with a mysterious device that drains his energy, the pair launch an attack on the golden-haired teen. Will Gohan survive this vicious assault?

The Review!
FUNimation recently announced that they would try to have episodes, which have not aired on the Cartoon Network, simultaneously released between the DVD and VHS. And although it was released two weeks later than the VHS version, World Tournament: Blackout arrives on DVD. Chronologically speaking, this DVD takes place after the “World Tournament: The Draw” DVD.

Video:

Again, FUNimation succeeds with a superb video transfer of these episodes. The picture quality is equal to most of the previous released DVDs, so there’s not much to say. Minor artifacting and no signs of shaky areas. The video can’t really get any better, unless remastered.

Audio:

The audio transfer, as with the video transfer, is superb. As usual, the English (Dubbed) version of the DVD is in Stereo, while the Japanese (Subbed) version of the DVD retains its original mono form. And although it’s in mono, it sounds as crisp as ever, with no signs of distortion or any problems within the audio. And as with the video, the audio can’t get any better unless remastered into stereo, which is very ridiculous, considering DBZ’s length. Also, the music composed by Faulconer for these episodes actually isn’t as bad and ear wrecking as it usually is; the music fits perfectly in each situation.

Packaging:

This was certainly a surprise to me. The cover art far surpasses all of FUNimation’s current artwork for DBZ discs. I must commend Lebo for this spectacular cover. The cover art displays Gohan looking over his shoulder in his Super Saiyan form at Spopovitch and Yamu as they spring into action. This is definitely a step up. The cover art has been touched up greatly and looks a lot different from the VHS versions’. The “Includes 2 versions” splash has also gotten smaller, similar to The Draw’s. And I don’t think I need to mention the insert issue again…

Menus:

Again, FUNimation produces outstanding animated menus, which this disc reveals. The menus with this DVD, as with The Draw, are in a widescreen format. The opening menu boots up with Gohan yelling, powering up to the level of Super Saiyan, which then shows Gohan once he’s all powered up. The menus also have fairly decent load times and features great animation.

Content:

This has got to be one of the most exciting DVD’s FUNimation has released. It contains the episodes in which Videl (*SPOILER ALERT*), the daughter of Mister Satan (“Hercule” in the edited TV version), fights a possessed Spopovitch. This disc also explains Shin and Kibit’s whereabouts and why they have come to the earth. All questions, which were not answered in the previous episodes, are answered with this DVD.

I definitely recommend purchasing this disc, if you’re a DBZ fan. There’s no way you could miss this DVD. If you have the extra money, I recommend picking up The Draw as well, since its events are which lead up to the various surprises in Blackout.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
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: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: D-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 80
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z