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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: D
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Broly Second Coming

By Chris Beveridge     April 04, 2005
Release Date: April 05, 2005


Dragon Ball Z Movie 10: Broly Second Coming
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Much time has passed since Goku's fight with Broly, culminating with Broly in a coma and frozen over. Years later, Gohan has grown up, Goten is born, and Goku died. Awakened by Goten's crying, Broly regains consciousness, seeking revenge! But, how will the Z warriors repel his might with out Goku?

The Review!
While on their journey to find the Dragon Balls, the young'ns of the show stumble upon a really ticked off Broli.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The menu lists it as a mono mix and depending on your receiver, it may list it as a stereo mix but it's definitely a center channel based piece. The dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems during regular playback. We did check out some of the English 5.1 track and they managed to find a number of good areas to really punch things up and give both the forward and rear speakers some new life with the action. Providing you enjoy the English version, the 5.1 track is a definite plus.

Video:
Originally released in 1994, this movie is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The show is in my eyes about on part with a lot of the TV series, maybe a touch better quality overall but mostly it just makes up for things with more going on and more lively backgrounds than better animation itself. The transfer looks good and is generally free of nicks and scratches and other print damage, cross coloration is very minimal and only a few areas of noticeable bothersome aliasing were visible. FUNimation continues to use alternate angles for the openings and closing and it works out well here. Overall, this feels a lot like a good amount of the material we've seen from the TV series with just a bit clearer looking print.

Packaging:
One of the better looking covers from a Dragon Ball Z release that I can think of, it's almost like a theatrical post in how it's laid out with the solid white stripes along the side and then the red strip in the middle where the character art is mixed together on a couple of layers. Broli's under the red and it serves up his attitude for the show while we get some nice looking detailed artwork of the good guys, though poor Videl misses out here. The back cover provides a sketch of Broli underneath all the light colors and text while Gohan gets a full color shot above it. The shows premise is covered pretty easily with the summary here and the discs overall basic features are quick and easy to find though they're spread out along the bottom with the production information. No insert was included with this release but they did include a Broli card from the CCG game.

Menu:
The menu uses the same colors as the covers and provides a white background where we get both the green hued illustration of Broli being broken into segments as well as a strong full-color close up of him while some of the hard instrumental music plays along to it. With little on the disc, the navigation along the bottom is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Access times are nice and fast and figuring out selections relatively easy. Unfortunately with FUNimation releases, due to the alternate angles and other layout choices they've made, our players' presets are never correctly read but it's a trade-off I'm still willing to make for alternate angle openings and closings.

Extras:
The only included extras is a series of character profiles for most of the leads in the show. While I normally dislike profiles, this set in particular disappointed me. Since I'm rather unfamiliar with the cast that's the focus here, I was hoping for some actual information on them but what I get instead is a couple of sentences, if that, that basically describes their role in this movie as opposed to the franchise in general. This was a loss on FUNimations part – if they provided some sort of hook for these characters I would have been interested in following up their adventures elsewhere.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
My spotty relationship with the Dragon Ball Z franchise continues again as we get a new movie/special, this time bringing back a character that had fought Goku seven years prior and barely managed to defeat him and save the world. But as noted in recent movies, Goku isn't around anymore (except in spiritual form it seems as he's able to show up at the darkest moment and aid them in some way) so things likely aren't going to go as easily.

Initially, we're introduced to the story by watching the younger set of characters going off on their own search for the Dragon Balls. Goten, Videl and a young Trunks (this is where my continuity knowledge fails me, why is he young now? Is he continuing to ape Goku's life?) have found six of the seven balls and are settling into the fun of finding the last one when they stop off at a local village. Videl's indignant as she learns that the villagers are preparing a very young girl for sacrifice to some overly powerful beast that resides in the area and has caused widespread problems for the villagers. Being the good guys, you can just tell that they'll all step up to the plate to fight the creature, since they expect a plate of food in return for services rendered.

What's unknown to the kids is that deep within the mountains here, Broli's spaceball had crashed here some time prior and he'd been encased in ice and kept out of trouble. Their battle with the big scary monster ends up setting him free though and to Broli, no time has passed at all and he wants to kill. It doesn't help that he comes across Goten so soon and he's the spitting image of Goku, which results in the trio trying to take him on without realizing just who he is. The fights are actually fun at this stage since Broli hasn't unleashed his ultra-powerful attacks yet and I admit to being amused at the way both Goten and Trunks look when they go super-saiyan mode and "light up."

Of course, if Goku had a hard time with Broli, they can't ruin his image and have the little ones here take him down so it works out well enough that Gohan senses what's going on and makes his way there to help. His being involved the first time around means he knows what he's up against but also that it's a chance to realize how much stronger he's grown over the years and whether he's up to the task of protecting the planet like Goku did. I've always like Gohan once he got his training from Piccolo and his older self has been fun to watch so I was glad to see him get some good action sequences here.

When all is said and done though, this is basically one extended fight sequence after a bit of opening amusement that can end only as it usually does. There isn't any real suspense here because you know nobody is going to die but you also know that it's going to take a lot of power to take down Broli, so having more people show up wasn't unexpected. If anyone gets the shaft here, it's poor Videl who is either off screen for most of it or ends up being kicked around so easily that you wonder why she hangs out with these kinds of people at her power level.

In Summary:
The second coming of Broli isn't a bad way to spend some time with this cast but it does fall into the entirely predictable side of things. Broli himself isn't all that engaging of a villain since his vocabulary is either saying Kakarrot or grunting so you miss out on some of the good exchanges that can go on during such events. The fights are fun though and I liked the cast of kids that initially were leading the show but lost it along the way to Gohan as he tries to uphold the legacy of his father. Not great, not bad, just another piece of the large pie that is Dragon Ball Z.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Character Profiles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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