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

Review Date: Friday, March 01, 2002

What They Say
The Last Defence:
With the remote control smashed and Vegeta giving Cell the go-ahead, the stage is set for Cell’s terrifying completion. Now it’s up to Krillin and Trunks to save 18 from Cell’s power-hungry grasp. But Vegeta isn’t going to let Trunks ruin his plan! Will Trunks strike against his own father to save the Earth from Cell?
(Episode 144)

Cell is Complete:
Dr. Gero’s dream has been realized, and the earth’s greatest fear has come true. Cell is complete! Can anyone stop the android nightmare in his final, perfect form? As the heroes nervously line up, a glimmer of hope shines from above. Gohan is a Super Saiyan!
(Episode 145)

Vegeta Must Pay:
After allowing Cell to reach his final form, Vegeta is ready for the challenge he was promised. But as Cell becomes a brick wall to the Saiyan’s every blow, it’s clear that Vegeta has more than he bargained for!
(Episode 146)

The Review!
Thanks to the decision to once again jump way ahead of the episodes seen on TV here, the third and final Perfect Cell disc for now finally shows us in his vaunted Perfect Cell form, standing around as the Z-Fighters try in vain to beat him.

Audio once again is limited to the horrid English dub, though hopefully the rumors of the upcoming Great Saiyaman Saga discs finally having the option of both English and Japanese tracks prove true. 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 Cell, Trunks, 18 and Krillin actions in this disc. 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 Cell’s joints venting energy after he absorbs Android 18. 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.

This volume finally sees Cell absorb Android 18 and complete his drive to perfection.

As Cell swoops down towards his goal, Trunks blocks his path. Cell is pounded into some mountains, where he quickly masks his power level and burrows underground. He sneaks up on #18, and once again Trunks tries to prevent Cell from devouring her with his tail. Vegeta however, wants to see Cell reach perfection, and bats his own son away. #16 and Krillin attempt to stop Cell, but are easily dispatched. In desperation, Trunks launches an energy ball at Vegeta, and blasts him far from the battle scene. Cell makes more advances on #18, but Trunks arrives just in time to kicks him away. Frustrated by all the interference, Cell uses a Solar Flare on the Z warriors. With everyone blinded, he zips down and absorbs #18, beginning his transformation to perfection.

Waves of energy spread across the Earth as Cell completes his transformation. In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Goku and Gohan are still busily training. When Goku finally goes all out, Gohan finally becomes a Super Saiyan. Back on the Earth, Cell is so intent on admiring his new body that he just ignores Krillin and Trunks who are busy trying to kill him with a flurry of attacks. Krillin forms a death disc, and chucks it at Cell. To his surprise, the attack bounces right off him. Cell smashes his body in response, but Trunks aids him with a Senzu bean almost immediately. Vegeta flies down to challenge this new Cell, and seems fairly even with him in power at the beginning. His confidence slowly fades as he realizes he's not putting a dent in Cell, the evil android merely using a fraction of his power.

The unstoppable force that is Cell completes his evolution into his final form, and the Z Fighters realize that once again they’re screwed.

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