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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 74
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

By Andrew Tei     August 26, 2003
Release Date: August 26, 2003


Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
A Saiyan warrior has arrived on Earth. His name is Paragus and he seeks the rightful ruler of the Saiyans, Vegeta! Confessing his loyalty to his new king, Paragus pleads with the powerful warrior to vanquish a rampaging Super Saiyan who is threatening to destroy the entire galaxy!

But when King Kai learns of the Super Saiyan threat he begs Goku to rush to the scene of the action to take care of the problem himself. Sparks will fly as Goku and Vegeta clash over who is to be the one to confront the galaxy’s new menace.

However, the mysterious Paragus is not what he seems. What information does he have about Goku and Vegeta’s past? With Paragus’ volatile son Broly on the scene, the Saiyan power struggle reaches new levels of excitement and danger. Broly has his own agenda, and his target is the most powerful Saiyan in the Universe! But will it be Goku or Vegeta?!

The Review!
Just when I thought they couldn’t retell how Dragonball got started, well here’s another retelling of how everything began.

Audio:

For my primary viewing session, I listened to the feature in its original Japanese mono soundtrack. Made in 1992, the soundtrack, while mono, didn't have any distortions. Voices and sound effects were clear and distinct, though the music, not being in stereo, didn't sound so great.

I listened to the English 5.1 soundtrack while I was writing the review. It sounded fine, though there was little use of the rear speakers.

Video:

The video is presented in a 4:3 picture, which is how it was orignially shown in theaters in Japan. The movie's colors appear to be very bright. There was a little bit of line shimmering, and some macro blocking during dark blue scenes, but the video looked excellent overall. This is a multi-angle release, and the Japanese version includes the original credits while the English version has them removed. Subtitles for the Japanese version are white, small, and have black borders. They are a little hard to read.

Packaging:

The cover features Broly in Super Saiyan mode with Goku, Gohan, Trunks, and Vegeta all in their Super Saiyan modes also. Broly is flying towards the viewer, and everyone else is chasing them. The background is filled with ruins. Dragonball Z appears on top in very large letters, with the movie subtitles below. On the back cover, we can see Broly in various stages. There are two shots from the show, and 3 paragraphs to describe it. Inside, there are 3 Dragonball Z cards from the card game, featuring 3 different versions of Broly.

Menu:

The main menu features Broly floating on the right side of the screeen, with his hair waving, and some music playing. In the background, we see a ruined city and a comet that is about to fall on it. If you look at the comet, there are images playing on it. You can select play, chapters, language, and extras. The language menu does not show what options you currently have selected. There are menu transitions to the Extras menu.

Extras:

There isn't too much too poke around with in the extras. There is a music video using Broly footage to a song called "Eternal Sacrifice" by Tendril. We've got some character profiles for eight of the characters. That's really it. There's actually a documentary on the making of a DBZ Gameboy game, but I don't count that as an extra. It's more like an ad to me.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

A man that is connected to Goku by birth is ravaging the universe, and only our heros can stop him. Prepare for the pummeling of a century, again.

The Southern Galaxy is being attacked by a Super Saiyan, and soon he will threaten the North Galaxy that Kaoi-sama (King Kai, I will be using the Japanese names used in the subtitle script) watches. Everyone is just enjoying their daily lives when a large space ship lands on Earth. Paragas the Saiyan comes searching for Vegeta. He asks Vegata to be the king of New Planet Vegeta. The Legendary Super Saiyan is threatening planet Vegeta, so Paragas implores Vegeta to come to protect the new planet. Vegeta agrees to go, and Trunks, Gohan, Oolong, Kuririn, and Roshi go also.

Goku has been with Chichi trying to get Gohan into a very exclusive cram school when Goku gets contacted by Kaoi-sama. Kaoi-sama summons Goku to him, and tells him of the same threat. Instead of joining the others, Goku goes to the Southern galaxy by himself to track the Super Saiyan down.

Vegeta, Trunks, Gohan, Oolong, Kuririn, and Roshi all arrive on New Planet Vegeta. When a report reaches them of the Super Saiyan appearing on another planet, Vegeta leaves for it, taking Paragas’ son Broli with him. Everyone else stays behind, and they discover the Saiyans are using a race that had their planet destroyed by the Legendary Super Saiyan as a slave race. At this time, Goku appears next to Kuririn since the Ki that he was following led to New Planet Vegeta. But the Ki seems to have disappeared.

Vegeta returns, not having found the Super Saiyan. When Broli passes by Kakkarot though, Broli almost attacks him. Only Broli's father, through the use of some mind control device, can stop Broli. Broli has a deep power in him. Broli finally loses it, and attacks Goku while he’s sleeping. Broli, it turns out, was born only a minute after Kakkorot was born. They are tied by destiny.

Everyone finally figures out everything in the morning. Paragas has been behind everything. He wants the Northern Galaxy and the Earth for himself. But he doesn’t want the Earth damaged, so he brought the only people who could defend the Earth here. Now the real fight begins as Goku, Gohan, and Trunks power up to Super Saiyans and fight Broli. Broli is incredibly powerful though, as he demonstrates by blowing a planet out of the sky in a single shot. The fight goes terribly as they are all easily defeated. Gohan almost dies, but Picolo arrives on the scene to save him, and he’s brought a bunch of Senzu beans to heal everyone.

Now with everyone healed, and their forces increased by one, the fight continues. We get to spend the next 30 minutes watching Goku pretty much get beaten into a pulp. In the end, it’s not due to Goku that they win, but someone who you wouldn’t expect gives Goku the chance to win.

The first part of the movie seems like filler for the last 30 minutes of the movie. Otherwise, you'd just have a movie of everyone fighting, which is what I think everyone who's watching this movie expects. Most of the comedy provided in this movie is delivered by Roshi who spends the entire movie drunk off his ass, and a bit from poor Kuririn.

I found myself bored during the fight scene, and it just involved everyone getting their ass kicked over and over again. And finally in the end, the climax of the fight seemed very anti climatic. And Vegeta, oh, it was so sad to see the Prince of Saiyans in the state that he was in this movie. I expect a lot more from him.

There's a lot of good parts of the Dragonball Z Saga, and Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan isn't one of them. Only serious Dragonball Z collectors should apply.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Music Video,Character Profiles

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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