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- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 4 - Australia / South America
- Released By: Madman Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95 AU
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z: Dr. Gero
March 01, 2002
Dragonball Z: Dr. Gero
What They SayThe Review!
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Madman Entertainment’s fifth locally produced Dragonball Z disc closely follows the path trod by it’s predecessors, with video quality equal to the US Region 1 release from Funimation, the same extras as always and NO Japanese language track.
Visually this is as probably as good as you can get with the source materials provided. The grain ranges from reasonable to moderately annoying, but not to the point of being unwatchable. The audio side of the disc has the lone option of the stereo English dub. Once again if you want/need the Japanese language track you have to go to the added expense of importing the R1 version of this disc. Technically there are no problems with the audio, and it comes in nice and clear.
After inserting the disc and sitting through the Interpole warning, Madman Entertainment and Funimation title screens, it leads directly onto the US DBZ is next program clip and then the opening titles before you even seen the menu. The main menu is the default Madman DBZ standard, circular in nature with the cover art of Android 20 as the main background on this disc. The menu is easy to navigate with options to play the three episodes in large with scene selection underneath and to head for the Extras page. Clicking on any of the three scene selection options takes you to a single scene selection page with the choice of replaying the US DBZ is next/opening titles, four chapter points per episode and the end credits.
The extras are slightly more than what the Region 1 sees. The previous saga guide provides two pages of brief description for all the sagas before the present Androids Saga on this disc (i.e. Sayian, Namek, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Garlic Jr and Trunks Sagas). The character guide has 10 profiles on some of the major players in DBZ: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Trunks, Frieza, Garlic Jr, Captain Ginyu and Raditz. Apart from the addition of a profile for Trunks, these are unchanged since they first appeared and are written from Namek/Frieza Saga viewpoint. I wonder if having profiles on other characters that play a larger role in the Android Saga and this disc would be better than people who are now dead and gone like Frieza, Garlic Jr, Captain Ginyu and Raditz?
There is also a short 13 second promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z site, dragonballz.com.au. While the audio remains unchanged from when this first appeared, with the original English dub DBZ title music playing in the background, the visuals have been updated with the original grainy footage being replaced with nice clean, straight from a computer video of the Mk. II version of site.
At least some things remain the same as the US disc, with this disc featuring advertisements for the Garlic Jr. and Trunks Sagas. While Trunks Saga is available on DVD, and is where Madman started their DBZ DVD releases, the Garlic Jr. Saga is for the VHS version. Boo hiss! The final option on the extras menu is the DVD credits, listing the three guys at Madman Interactive to thank for this excellent DVD, after you have a stern talk about the vital need for the inclusion of the Japanese language track.
The packaging has a close-up of Android 20 charging up his eye blasts. The cover is pretty much identical to the Region 1 version, apart from minor changes like the changed region globes (2 and 4), PAL format tags, Madman Entertainment and distributor AV Channel’s emblems and the M 15+ rating sticker. I don’t find these ‘Uncut’ versions, at least on this disc, any more bloody or violent than the G TV version or the PG VHS version. The M 15+ rating means that only older fans can buy these, older fans who would probably show more interest, if not stop avoiding this series altogether, if the Japanese Language was included.
Content wise, this disc has two episodes of mostly action and one of exposition. The Secret of Dr Gero shows us the return of classic arrogant and self-assured Vegeta. Now finally a Super-Sayian, Vegeta displays his new power while brutally toying with Android 19. Unwilling to share the same fate, Android 19 chooses to run and hide in the mountains, with the other Z-Fighters in hot pursuit. Bordering on idiotic, Piccolo informs the others about Vegeta’s ability to predict and plan for all events in a fight making him all but unbeatable, but then less than 5 minutes later Android 20 easily tricks Vegeta into firing off a energy wave for him to absorb.
More Androids?! Has the Z-Fighters searching through the mountains for Android 20, while he plots to steal to enough energy to fight back. Selecting Piccolo, the android silently drains the helpless Namek, until Gohan is able free him. Revived by a Senzu bean, Piccolo gets his chance to beat an Android about easily.
Follow Dr Gero takes a slower pace, and serves mostly as exposition. Future Trunks is back and is surprised to discover that the Androids the Z-Fighters are pulping aren’t the ones who terrorize his future, but nobody is prepared for Bulma’s revelation that Android 20 is in fact Dr Gero himself. As Dr Gero speeds to back to his laboratory, the Z-Fighters attempt to beat him there and prevent the activation of the Androids Trunks came to warn them about.
Dragonball Z Dr Gero is a nice solid release with good action to please the eye. Pity that the lack of a Japanese Language track makes this at times quite painful to the ear.
Video Rating: B
Audio Rating: C
Content Rating: A
Package Rating: B
Menu Rating: A
English Dolby 2.0 track,Character profiles,Previous saga guide,Other DBZ saga trailers,DragonballZ.com.au video promo
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