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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: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z Movie 11: Bio-Broly

By Justin Rich     February 08, 2006
Release Date: August 16, 2005


Dragon Ball Z Movie 11: Bio-Broly
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Broly is back! And this time a case of mistaken identity might be the end of planet!

It is true that Broly perished in battle against Goku and his sons. But a sinister conjurer has reincarnated the legendary Super Saiyan thanks to the vast wealth of Lord Jaguar, a tyrant with his own devious plan for revenge. Now two brilliant criminal geniuses guide the blind rage of Broly! Their ultimate goal: Total dominion over planet Earth.
But can Broly really be controlled? The world will soon find out as the most powerful Saiyan in history is unleashed with incredible new powers! Never before has the unholy trinity of power, corruption, and technology created such a devastating force. The day of reckoning is at hand!

The Review!
Once again Broly has returned to do battle with Earth’s resident Saiyans.

Audio:
Since I have always enjoyed the FUNimation dub cast I decided to take advantage of the English 5.1 for this viewing session. Solid rear speaker action as the entire facility gets destroyed continuously via Ki blast explosions. The dialogue from the center, with no dropouts or distortions. I also took a look at the Japanese 2.0 after watching the entire disc, for I wanted to make sure there was no apparent problems with this audio which was balanced and functioning properly.

Video:
The eleventh movie in the Dragonball Z movie franchise was released in July of 1994 and is presented in its original aspect ratio. The color of this movie matches up with the entire series, except the continous Kamehameha waves are much brighter and sharper than the series. Solid transfer from FUNimation leaves no bleeding of color. Also FUNimation continues to use the alternate angles here.

Packaging:
The Dragonball Z title is listed top dead center of the cover with Bio-Broly underneath and a neat toxic symbol used to replace the “O” of Bio. Beneath the title is a picture of Broly in his generation tube with Trunks to his left and Goten to his right both doing the famous Kamehameha wave. Finally, standing in front of them is the Biological meltdown mode of Broly. The back cover is taken up mostly with a cover of Kakerot (Goku) who isn’t even in this movie except for to have his stomach growl for ten seconds on King Kai’s planet, for Kakerot fans who haven’t seen this horrid film they will be greatly disappointed by this misleading picture. There is also four screen caps to Kakerot’s right. Like every other DBZ movie there was no insert but a Bio-Broly card for the game.

Menu:
To the left is the same picture of Broly from the cover with a Super-Saiyan Goten ready to fight in front of him. The rest of the menu is a dark blue, light blue pinstripe that goes to the right end of the tv. Below the dvd title is play movie, audio, chapters and trailers. The menu responds quickly using a vibrant yellow curser to take you were you need to go.

Extras:
Extras are completely nonexistent on this dvd except for trailers of Fullmetal Alchemist, Galaxy Railways, Samurai 7, & Blue Gender box set. Also among the trailers is curser for Dragonball Z which you would think is a trailer but instead is simply a still screen of Super-Saiyan 3 Kakerot and the words Fusion Reborn early 2006 next to him, which even worse than FUNimation simply putting a small teaser trailer on the dvd.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) The movie begins with Lord Jaguar meeting the first group of his Bio Warriors who he plans to use to exact his revenge on his old sparring partner Hercule Satan. While a perturbed 18 bickers with Hercule over the zeni (DBZ currency) he owed her from taking a dive in the last world tournament a man shows up to give Hercule a formal challenge from Lord Jaguar. He is forced to go and 18 goes with him to make sure he pays her, of course the precocious Trunks and Goten stow away.

They arrive at Lord Jaguar’s castle to fight in a tournament and 18 says if Hercule pays her more money she’ll fight for him. 18 tells him he doesn’t need a bracket that she’ll take them all at once, but Trunks and Goten emerge to help 18. After easily defeating the Bio Warriors they fly off, but run into an old nemesis, Broly is the most powerful of all the Bio Warriors.

Broly escapes and they try to melt him down, but Broly’s strength allows him to survive in a mutated state which makes him look like Swamp Thing with Saiyan hair and glowing red chest. Broly is order to kill Mr. Satan, but he antes up more zeni for 18, but she is easily beaten by Broly power. The young Super-Saiyans turn on the flame to fight Broly as he blasts everything in the laboratory to bits releasing all the biological devouring goo to search out all the humans.

Just as it looks like 18 is going to die she is saved by her husband Krillin. Goten is knocked out and Krillin’s destructo disc won’t work so Trunk uses his brains to stop the monster. Release the giant vat of purple goo behind Broly and let it finish the job for them. It seems to work till Broly emerges now looking like a cross between McDonald’s Grimace and Swamp Thing. Everyone flees the island and Krillin, Trunks and Goten try to blast the fluid to the side. Everything looks like it is about to be devoured when it chases Mr. Satan into the sea and starts to harden loosing power from the salt water. Krillin, Goten and Trunks do a three pronged Kamehameha to cause a tsunami to wash over the town and stop the biological goo from destroying the world. But, the giant purple Broly emerges, but he quickly hardens too leading to Trunks and Goten hitting him with a tiny Ki blast. The end of Broly is DBZ history is over. Then we flash over to King Kai’s planet to see Kakerot stuffing his face for no reason other than to get him into the movie.

In Summary:
This is the low mark in the DBZ movie franchise. Bio-Broly is only fifty minutes yet it feels like four hours. The first Broly movie was strong and entertaining but the last two (Broly Returns and Bio-Broly) seem like half-hearted efforts. Both consist primarily of Goten and young Trunks who tend to be the least entertaining of the DBZ characters. When a DBZ movies lack both Kakerot and Vegeta they seem to be missing the heart and backbone of the series, which diminishes the enjoyment greatly. Unfortunately, we also get a heavy dose of Mr. Satan’s humorless antics which don’t make up for the main stars of the series being MIA. Bottom line is Bio-Broly is only for the hardcore DBZ fan who has a severe completionist problem and has to own every disc (like myself), otherwise stay far away from this extremely forgettable waste of time.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony SAVA D9000 Dual Stack DTS w/ 5 Disc Changer in stack 1 and subwoofer in stack 2 Tv is Sony 57” widescreen rear-projection HDTV Model #KPD 57WS550

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