Dragonball Z Movie #04: Lord Slug (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001
An asteroid is seen falling towards the Earth and Goku and Krillin go to stop it. It's just a clever guise, because the real horror lurking behind is the evil Super Namek Lord Slug! He has come seeking the Dragonballs to realize his wish for eternal youth. Can Goku and the rest of the Z-fighters handle this formidable opponent?
Funimation has brought out another great DVD, and in my opinion, it's hard to say they're doing anything less than an excellent job.
As usual Funimation gives us a Japanese track in mono and an English track done in stereo. Both tracks sound absolutely great, but overall, I prefer the Japanese track more. The English dub track is great also, and you get their original dub music along with music done by the Deftones and other bands.There is no noticeable breakup in the music on either the Japanese or English track, and throughout the whole movie you have perfect quality DVD sound. The fact that Funimation makes their own music and combines it with music by popular bands like the Deftones shows they definitely put a lot of time and great effort into their work.
The video quality just like the audio is superb throughout the entire DVD. There is no grain or rainbows whatsoever and we're left with a smooth, clear picture. For a show being several years old like DBZ, Funimation sure did a great job on the picture quality for this disc!
The packaging for this disc as well as most DVDs, is simple. As with the rest of the covers Funimation has put out, the one for this disk is definitely an eye-grabber! At the very front of the cover you have an astonishing picture of Goku performing his Kaioken technique, and behind him is a big picture of Lord Slug with his minions both in front of him and to his side. On the back of the case you have a couple of screenshots from the movie as well as a complete summary of what it's about. There is still no insert in the case, and while it would be better, it's not any big deal at all. Great job Funi!
As with certain other DVDs Funimation has put out like The History of Trunks, an outstanding animation is incorporated into the menus of this disc. The menus open up showing an asteroid falling, and an animation of Goku powering up is to the side. The load times between menus are relatively short, and there are several ones which you may select.
I fail to see why the extras on these DVDs are given nothing but bad grades and are disliked so much. Funimation only gives their commercials and previews of things that are already out, but so what. Even though commercials of some kind have been present in every extras section of Funimations DVDs, I still find them enjoyable and love to watch them. In the future I'm sure Funimation will add something else, but until then this section should be given a higher grade than a D or an F, because that's just ridiculous.
This is not the best Dragonball Z movie out there, but it's still very good. There isn't as much hardcore action as the rest of the DBZ movies, but there is some. Most of the movie is dialogue, and the real action doesn't start until at least halfway into the movie. Goku and Krillin notice an asteroid that's about to collide with the Earth, and they fly out and try to destroy it with their powers. It turns out that wasn't the problem at all, and that the real problem was the group of villains led by Lord Slug that touched down on the Earth! Lord Slug came to Earth with the intention of making a wish to give him eternal youth. Gohan attempts stopping Slug, and he takes out several guards, but is put out soon after this point. He puts up a great fight, but sadly, he can't handle everyone himself. Lord Slug makes his wish and achieves his eternal youth as nobody else was on the scene at this point to stop him. Piccolo comes in shortly after, saving Gohan, and takes out one of Slugs minions. However, like Gohan, the mighty namek couldn't fend off everyone, and he becomes incapable of helping for almost the rest of the movie. Goku and Krillin show up and Krillin is quickly knocked away leaving just Goku to handle the rest. The action gets better at this point, and Goku takes out Slugs remaining minions, leaving just him against Slug. As usual with the DBZ movies, a great fight ensues at this point. Goku eventually kills Slug for good with a Genki Dama (spirit bomb) and all returns to normal for the inhabitants of Earth. There is way more action and the stories are much better in the later DBZ movies, but this movie as said, is still very good. I'm extremely angered to see that the DVDs done by Funimation and the series is not given the credit it deserves. I consider myself to be the biggest all time DBZ fan out there, and when I see such horrible, boring shows like Escaflowne and the Gundam series given such good reviews and DBZ such bad ones, I see nothing but no taste at all. Great job on this disc Funimation.
Playstation 2 Computer Entertainment System
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: B
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 62
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Ball Z