Dragonball Z: Perfect Cell: Temptation (Mania.com)

Review Date: Friday, March 01, 2002

What They Say
Bow to the Prince:
It’s show-and-tell for Vegeta as he demonstrates just how much difference a year of hard work makes! Watching from the sidelines, Trunks recalls the intense time he spent training with his father. Meanwhile up in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, the pressure falls on Gohan as he tries to become a Super Saiyan. That’s no easy task, especially for a kid!
(Episode 141)

Hour of Temptation:
Goku and Gohan continue to push themselves forward, but will they even be needed? In his powered-up state, Vegeta is quickly pounding Cell six feet into the ground! With his back against the wall, the ever-clever android attacks Vegeta’s weakest point – his unbridled arrogance! Can the Saiyan Prince resist Cell’s tempting challenge?
(Episode 142)

Krillin’s Decision:
The beautiful 18 in his sights, Krillin clutches the controller that will shut down the android forever. But at the moment of decision, Krillin hesitates! Cell looms just overhead, hungry for perfection. Can Krillin find the courage to do the right thing?
(Episode 143)

The Review!
The second Perfect Cell disc, this volume provides a treat for fans of Vegeta as he leaps into arrogant action in classic “my foe is my inferior, so I’ll beat him about showing my superiority” DBZ ease.

Audio once again is limited to the horrid English dub, and there seems to be little in the way people can do to get Madman to change this for TV episodes at least. Either you accept it and cringe at the dub, or import and cringe at the bad Aus to US dollar conversion rate.

The video is of the same serviceable quality as always, neither terribly bad, nor extremely good, your basic straight as an arrow NTSC to PAL conversion.

The menu follows recent Madman DBZ trends, an animated main menu in the style of History of Trunks/Bardock discs with options to play the opening, each episode, the end credits, view the extras and “hidden” local authoring credit. On the right we have the images of Cell’s various stages of development taken off the top of the rear cover fading in and out, with the blue toned animated section displaying scenes of Super Vegeta beating Cell about the landscape. While nicely animated, it unfortunately seems to be at the cost of a screen selection page. Also instead of directly going into the US “DBZ is next” clip and the opening like the previously used style, it heads straight for the menu, allowing you to avoid the opening entirely if you wish.

There are a reasonable volume of so-so extras, with a promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z web site, character profiles for Krillin, Cell, Trunks, Android 16, Androids 17 and 18, and Piccolo, with trailers for the Cell Saga, History of Trunks and Bardock specials. New extras please Madman.

The front cover has a nice image of a smug grinning Vegeta. Along the top of the rear cover, we have images of Cell’s various stages from embryo, husk, insect, beefy bloke, and finally Perfect Cell, below which is the episode guide and screen captures for each episode. The Region 1 cover should look much the same, apart from lacking the Australian M15+ rating, PAL format tags and changed region globes denoting this as another dual 2 and 4 so it can be function perfectly on PAL systems in both in Australia and Europe.

Inside cover we have an arena, with Halo Goku with staff in hand on the right advertising the coming soon Dragon Ball Z movies Dead Zone, Tree of Might, Worlds Strongest, Lord Slug and Coolers Revenge. On the left under the disc hub, we have the Great Saiyaman advertising the upcoming early release of the Great Saiyaman Saga. The disc itself is setup to look like a dragon ball like all releases, though now it’s got gloss and shading to make it slightly better looking.

These three episodes show Vegeta’s personal catch 22, as he effectively pulps Cell, which increases the size of his overblown ego and leaves him open to psychological manipulation that will ultimately defeat him

While Cell puts on a brave show, Vegeta’s new power level seems far superior and the Saiyan prince decides to toy with his opponent. Trunks recalls his training inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and lovingly narrates his flashback. At Kami’s lookout, Goku tries to assist Gohan to become a Super Saiyan through role-playing, while those outside begin to worry as Vegeta just plays with his food instead of chewing it up. As Cell goes too increasingly pointless lengths to defeat Vegeta, Krillin closes in on the island.

As the self-proclaimed Super Vegeta shows him the power of an ascended Saiyan on land, sea and air, Cell begins to whine about how its all so unfair and if only he was complete that he’d mop the floor with him. Unable to defeat Vegeta on a physical level, Cell plays on the Prince of all Saiyans incredible ego to offer him a great challenge once he’s absorbs Android 18.

Krillin locates the two androids and wrestles with saving the world and flashing back to Android 18’s kiss. Vegeta falls for Cell’s goading, and allow him to search for 18. Of course Trunks isn’t about to let Cell do it, but during their fight Cell finally spots Android 18 as Krillin decides to crush the remote.

The sadistic pleasure of watching Vegeta virtually pulp Cell is fun to watch, even with the butchery that is the English dub.

English language track,Character profiles,Web promo,3 trailers

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: C
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 4 - Australia / South America
Released By: Madman Entertainment
MSRP: 24.95 AU
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z