Dragonball Z TV #27: Frieza: Eleventh Hour (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2001
What They Say
Dragon Ball Z: Frieza: 11th Hour
Audio is identical to the other DBZ TV discs, English stereo, Japanese mono. The Japanese track was solid as usual. Since I avoid torture, I did not listen to the English dub.
I detected a few scattered rainbows, but the video was up to par with the previous volumes, have no problems except some minor print damage.
I really like the artwork on this cover, which is a close-up of a wounded Frieza firing an energy beam. It’s very menacing, but I can’t give it a very high mark because it’s a screen capture … with dubbed episodes descriptions on back. YOU CALL THIS ARTKWORK!? It’s too bad FUNi is too cheap to get some real artwork. No insert for you! That "INCLUDED 2 VERSIONS…" text is REALLY starting to annoy me now. FUNi, you have established that the DVDs are bilingual, congratulations. Now stop it! All the logos on the front cover take up fifty percent of the space on the cover, and they just look unsightly. I would appreciate a picture from a DBZ art book over this cover. The spider-case packaging has unfortunately returned, and most of the legs were broken when I got the disc, which helps explain the low grade I gave. Grr…
The menus haven’t changed much from the previous ones, and it’s actually an improvement that it now plays all episodes without returning to the main menu after each episode finishes. This volume has corrected the last volume's problem with the last ending theme. Now, if you watch the Japanese track, you get the 3 endings in the proper places and then the DVD credits, all without being subjected to the English dub preview, yahoo!
I don't care how many times FUNimation lists previews for edited, dubbed VHS tapes as "extras;" it will not make them so, although noteworthy here is a preview for Blue Gender, (although it is full of crappy heavy metal music) a series I would be interested in if it had a bimonthly release instead of a one-every-four-months release. There is also a commerical for DBZ toys which is truly awful.
This disc begins the infamous battle referred to DBZ fans as “the longest five minutes in history”. Not willing to allow himself to be defeated by Goku, Frieza destroys the core of Planet Namek and informs Goku that the planet will explode in about five minutes. Since this fight will last for a good 5-6 episodes, it makes me wonder if the creators imagined “well, they’re just fighting at super-human speeds”… Anyway, the action is very good here, as well-done as the rest of the earlier volumes. Kami and Kaio also formulate and execute a plan to use Earth’s Dragonballs to wish all those killed by Frieza and his men and then transport all those except Frieza to Earth before the planet explodes. The dragonball’s bring back to life the Namekians, including the Grand Elder (who’s life was shorten by his encounter with evil, but it will be only for a short while) and Vegeta as well. Goku fights well against Frieza, but then Frieza announces that he is only using seventy percent of his full power and will now charge up to one-hundred percent. Despite Kaio urging Goku to take the opportunity to polish off Frieza while he is vulnerable, Goku chooses to let him reach maximum power because he wants to fight him so badly. Unfortunately, the new Frieza overpowers Goku and smashes him deep into the ground. It looks like Goku’s dead. There is then a very poignant scene where Gohan and Bulma are about to leave Earth in Goku’s spaceship, but Gohan realizes that is father’s ki has fallen to zero (iow, he’s dead or extremely close to it) and that if he returns to Earth, Frieza will follow him there and kill everyone. Gohan decides to return to the battlefield, even though it means certain death for him; a very serious choice made by a five-year-old! I look forward to watching the last two discs of this arc and seeing again how things turn out.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Daewoo DVG-5000N DVD player with 25" Panasonic Stereo TV
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: D
Menus Rating: D
Extras Rating: F
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 61
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z