Dragonball Z: Great Saiyaman: Crash Course (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, March 01, 2002
What They Say
Take Flight Videl:
With the World’s Martial Arts Tournament fast approaching, Videl and Goten must learn to fly, and fast! Gohan reveals the secret to flying, and struggles to coach his two students into the air! Miles away, Vegeta is holding a training session of his own, and gets a big surprise from his young son, Trunks! (Episode 192)
Gather For The Tournament:
Videl masters the art of flying, and Gohan and Goten do some last minute honing of their Super Saiyan skills. The big day soon arrives, and the Z Fighters reunite! But what do you say to a hero’s who’s been dead for seven years?! (Episode 193)
Crowds of fans and fighters line the tournament streets. Among them: the high school jock Sharpner, who discovers his crush Videl has her heart set on the mysterious Great Saiyaman! Sharpner vows to ruin the caped fighter by unmasking his true identity and capturing it on film! (Episode 194)
This, the final Great Saiyaman disc, mostly serves as setup for the upcoming World’s Tournament Saga, but after the slow paced Saiyaman section of this saga, it’s nice to see some familiar faces.
Just the option for the English sadly. Not to say it isn’t good, much of the comedy on this disc being nearly impossible to screw up in any language, but I’m still disappointed that Australia is denied the ability to watch the TV series with original soundtrack.
The video keeps to the same standard as the pervious DBZ discs, mild grain in places but good, and I assume that when these episodes are shown on TV here in Australia they’ll be identical in quality.
The menu is yellow animated number based on the model adopted for the Imperfect and Perfect Cell discs, right down to the “hidden” authoring credit. Now the animation has be shifted to inside the dragonball, and that’s been moved to the extreme left and is just half on the screen, with the close up shot of the Great Saiyaman with his improvised scarf and glasses disguise used for the Gohan’s Secret disc cover. Only the main menu has animation, so things are speedy, but like the Cell discs, no form of chapter selection is offered via the menu.
As on the previous Great Saiyaman disc, trailers for the Great Saiyaman Saga, Dead Zone and World Strongest movies, Australian DBZ site promo clip and two character profiles, this time for Trunks and Hercule, whose profile is virtually nothing but spoilers for how the World’s Tournament will turn out.
Stock double-sided cover in clear wing keep-case. The front cover features a badly traced shot of the Great Saiyaman running towards the viewer. The rear cover is the same format as always, just changing the images used such as the Opening titles group shot replacing the one of Cell or the Androids. Opposite side of the cover has Cooler from the fifth DBZ movie in the center, with cover images for first four movies on the left side, and plugs upcoming release of the first four World Tournament discs on the right. Following the trend introduced with the Cell releases, the actual disc itself has a combination of gloss and shading to make it appear much more like a real dragonball.
Gohan tries to teach both Goten and Videl to fly, but while Goten has been channeling his energy for most of his young life, Videl has not a clue what he’s talking about. This uneven level of skill makes it hard for Gohan actually reach though to snobby Videl who can’t believe that a little kid is better than her, not helped by her growing infatuation with her teacher. In a side plot, Vegeta gets the same rude shock Gohan had when Trunks goes Super Saiyan too, before falling back into his default “I am superior than Kakkrot, so my son has to be superior than Kakkrot’s son” prince mode.
Once Videl and Goten have flying down pat, they split up and continue their preparation for the tournament.
The Z-Fighters link up on the island, with various reactions to the changes 7 years have brung, such as Goku’s worries over seeing Android 18 among the group. Trunks and Goten get shuffled to the junior tournament much to their disappointment. Sharpner attempts to get a shot of an unmasked Great Saiyaman, while the Z-Fighters unsuccessful try to place in the tournament without revealing their true strength in hilarious scene.
The stage is set for the World’s Tournament Saga with the final disc in the filler Great Saiyaman Saga.
English language track,Character profiles,Web promo,3 trailers
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B-
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
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