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  • Audio Rating: C+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • 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: Final Round

    March 01, 2002

What They Say
Final Round:
After barely escaping the dinosaur Maraikoh’s meteor bombardment, Goku advances to the tournament’s final round where he must face the warrior Pikkon! Sparks of energy erupt as the mighty fighters battle for the championship title! But when Pikkon reveals a Piccolo-like secret, Goku must up the ante! It’s time to go Super Saiyan! (Episode 183)

Goku vs Pikkon:
The final round of the Other World Tournament climbs to conclusion, as Goku and Pikkon powers up to their most explosive levels! Goku may be a Super Saiyan, but can he withstand Pikkon’s unbelievable Thunder Flash Attack?!… And that’s not all! While Goku’s been fighting in the Other World, seven years have passed on Earth! Gohan is a teenager. (Episode 184)

Gohan goes to High School:
On the way to his first day of high school, Gohan stops a truckload of bank robbers by turning Super Saiyan. But now the city can’t stop talking about this mysterious “Gold Fighter”! Can Gohan through class without revealing his secret identity? (Episode 185)

The Review!
As the comedy filler that is the Other World Tournament draws to a close, we finally get to see the real beginning of the Great Saiyaman Saga, which looks to be comedy filler too. No wonder Funimation decided to jump ahead to the World Tournament for Region 1.

Just the option for the English sadly. A technically solid stereo mix, but what can be said for a dub that requires a voice actress put on a French sounding accent so they can portray….an English teacher…

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.

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 large shot of Pikkon at the ready to the right. Speedy access, and holds the promise that each disc will have enough changes to keep the interest.

After introducing new extras on the first season four disc, they now just change the profiles for each volume. This time it’s King Kai and Caterpy. Normally I’d wonder why they included a profile for a one-episode character like Caterpy on the next disc after his appearance, but it makes sense considering how spoiler filled it is. The remaining extras are the same: trailers for the Great Saiyaman Saga, Dead Zone and World Strongest movies, finished off by the Australian DBZ site promo clip.

Stock double-sided cover in clear wing keep-case. The front cover features East Kai and Goku on the starting line for their race in “Other World Tournament”. 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 Goku in the center going Kaio-Ken/Fake Super Saiyan taken from the cover for Movie 4, with plugs for Movies 2, 3 and 4 on the right side, and plugs the final two Great Saiyaman discs and the first World Tournament disc. 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 dragonball.

Continuing the Other World Tournament, these episodes alternate between comedy filler bouts before the main event between Pikkon and Goku. Both have previously been holding back, Pikkon now choosing to remove his Piccolo style weighted clothing and Goku now going Super Saiyan.

Back in the real world, Gohan has stopped training and his mother’s fondest wish has come true: he’s become bookworm. Of course he can’t really stop being a good hearted, super-powered alien half breed, and when he comes across some bank robbers he goes Super Saiyan and stops them. This backfires when everybody at his new school begins wondering who the mysterious “Gold Fighter” is. Singer you fool! It’s ALWAYS the nerdy bookworm who’s the super hero!

Two episodes of comedy serve as bookends for the nice, high-level battle between Goku and the Piccolo clone Pikkon, which alone makes this a nice buy.

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

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


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