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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • 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: Great Saiyaman: Declaration

    March 01, 2002


Dragonball Z: Great Saiyaman: Declaration
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
Blackmail:
When a greedy circus promoter kidnaps a baby dinosaur named Chobi, all he can see is dollar signs! Little does he know that the dinosaur is a personal friend of the Great Saiyaman! But is taking the dinosaur back from the circus against the law? Videl thinks so! And she’s determined to unmask the Saiyaman once and for all! (Episode 189)

I’ll Fight Too!
Lights! Camera! Action! The Great Saiyaman (a.k.a. Gohan) is making his big break into movies! But the hero’s brush with stardom can’t last long, because he has to hurry up and tell all of his old friends the big news… Goku’s coming back to fight in the World’s Martial Arts Tournament! (Episode 190)

The Newest Super Saiyan:
When Gohan and Goten begin their training for the upcoming tournament, Gohan discovers that Goten has already reached the level of Super Saiyan! It’s a heated match-up when the brothers do some one-on-one sparring practice, but the real sparks don’t fly until Videl pays a surprise visit to Gohan’s house and meets Chi-Chi for the first time! Look out! (Episode 191)

The Review!
Thank god for Videl and her blackmail, as this disc changes the mood of the series from weak super hero cliché back to fighting.

Audio:
Just the option for the English sadly. Not to say it isn’t good, I quite liked Gohan’s mocking of the likelihood of his mum’s refusal to let him fight and the Super Pedestrian line, but I’m still disappointed that Australia is denied the ability to watch the TV series with original soundtrack. A technically solid stereo mix, but I’m curicous if Gohan’s “rap” at the start of “I’ll fight too” was as painful in Japanese.

Video:
The video keeps to the same standard as the pervious DBZ discs, mild grain in places but good, and I assume that when these episodes are shown on TV here in Australia they’ll be identical in quality.

Menu:
The menu is yellow animated number based on the model adopted for the Imperfect and Perfect Cell discs, right down to the “hidden” authoring credit. Now the animation has be shifted to inside the dragonball, and that’s been moved to the extreme left and is just half on the screen, with a close up shot of the Great Saiyaman in stock super hero pose, with his improvised scarf and glasses disguise. Only the main menu has animation, so things are speedy, but like the Cell discs, no form of chapter selection is offered via the menu.

Extras:
As on the previous Great Saiyaman disc, trailers for the Great Saiyaman Saga, Dead Zone and World Strongest movies, Australian DBZ site promo clip and two character profiles, this time for Goten and Bulma.
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Packaging:
Stock double-sided cover in clear wing keep-case. The front cover features a Videl. The rear cover is the same format as always, just changing the images used such as the Opening titles group shot replacing the one of Cell or the Androids. Opposite side of the cover has Cooler from the fifth DBZ movie in the center, with cover images for first four movies on the left side, and plugs upcoming release of the first four World Tournament discs on the right. Following the trend introduced with the Cell releases, the actual disc itself has a combination of gloss and shading to make it appear much more like a real dragonball.

Content:
This volume brings about a change in the Great Saiyaman Saga, with 1 and half episodes of cliché Super Hero action, before switching to training and plot building up for the World Martial Arts Tournament.

A circus is making money of it’s newest attraction, a baby dinosaur, and Gohan wrestles with doing what’s right and rescuing his friend, even if the law says it’s perfectly legal. Videl is happy that the Great Saiyaman has revealed as thief, until the dinosaur’s parents come to attack the city and his claims prove true. She’s even more happy when she learns his secret and blackmails him into fighting in the World’s Martial Arts Tournament against her.

Gohan converses with Bulma about changes to his costume and Videl, before learning that both Vegeta and his father Goku will fight in the tournament too. After committing the classic super hero fo par, leaping into action only to find out it was all a movie stunt, he learns how silly his poses were, before get to see how all the other characters they’ve been going since the end of the Cell Saga. Everybody is training, and Gohan realizes how rusty he is when 8 year old Goten gives him a hard time, and that’s before he goes Super Saiyan! Meanwhile Videl and Chi-Chi spar and realize how similar they are.

As the painful super hero filler finishes up, this disc reintroduces the other Z-Fighters and begins the setup for the upcoming World’s Tournament Saga.

Features
English language track,Character profiles,Web promo,3 trailers

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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