Dragonball Z TV #28: Frieza: Fall of a Tyrant (Mania.com)

Review Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

What They Say
"The Last Wish" - While a newly enraged Goku resumes his onslaught against the evil Frieza, Dende races to make the final wish of King Kai's plan. But Frieza has his own wish in mind, and he too speeds toward the dragon! "Duel on a Vanishing Planet" With all of his friends evacuated to the safety of Earth, Goku has chosen to remain on the doomed planet of Namek to finish Frieza once and for all. "Pathos of Frieza" - Time is growing short for Goku, as each passing second brings Namek closer to its ultimate destruction. As Goku's strength continues to increase with every blow, it appears that the battle has at last reached its conclusion! ...or has it? "Frieza Defeated!!" - As his desperation grows, Frieza's attempts to destroy Goku become more and more reckless. The clock is ticking! Can Goku escape from Namek before it explodes?

The Review!

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 Goku and Freiza punching each other, although I’m amazed that their arms don’t break; I think that would hurt. 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.


Well, the longest five minutes in history continues on this disc and the battle between Frieza and Goku begins to draw towards its final conclusion (no, really, I promise). Super Shen Long transports everyone sans the two super titans back to Earth. There also interesting scenes here, most of which are about Gohan and Bulma asserting their belief to Vegeta that Goku will live through this and return to Earth, and Vegeta getting ready to become the strongest ruler of the universe by default. Back on Namek, while the two warriors appear evenly matched, Frieza does seem to be trying much harder than Goku and gets in the most of the punches. However, Goku is taking what’s being dished out without flinching, so that doesn’t mean much in this case. Then, Goku decides to really disillusion Frieza and starts beating the living hell out of him. There is actually one point, I kid you not, where he begins to viciously bitch-slap Frieza back and forth. I was very amused. Frieza becomes no!
t only physically exhausted from the battle, but also his pride has been seriously damaged since he can’t even defeat this Saiyan monkey. In quite a surprising move, Goku announces that the fight is over because Frieza is so weak he cannot possibly win. Goku starts to fly off, but Frieza hasn’t had enough yet. Copying one of the dead Kuririn’s attacks, Frieza throws a disc of sheer energy at Goku that will follow him wherever he goes. Unimpressed, Goku begins to dodge the disc, but what happens later is sudden, unexpected, and absolutely fantastic to watch. While most who have this disc probably have already seen the episode before buying it on DVD, I won’t spoil the ending here. It’s too good for that.

This disc contains highly-stylized DBZ-style bone-crushing, body-maiming fighting action which is even more brutal and intense than on the previous volumes. Highly recommended.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
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.
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 61
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z