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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • 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: Gohan's Secret

    March 01, 2002

Dragonball Z: Great Saiyaman: Gohan's Secret
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
I am Saiyaman!
Afraid his classmates will recognize him as the “Gold Fighter”, Gohan goes to Bulma for help. Bulma uses her high-tech wizardry to design a retractable super-hero costume that Gohan can activate in an instant, allowing him to protect the city safely behind a mask! Say good-bye to Gohan! This hero’s name is Saiyaman! (Episode 186)

Gohan’s first date:
Gohan thinks being a super-hero is going to be easy until a pretty girl named Angela discovers his secret. When Angela threatens to tell all unless he goes on a date with her, Gohan’s life suddenly becomes more complicated. Join the fun as the reluctant Super Saiyan goes on his first date! (Episode 187)

Rescue Videl:
When the Red Shark Gang kidnaps the mayor and demands a showdown with the champ, it’s Videl who answers the challenge. Gohan knows that Videl is in over her head, but he can’t leave his classroom to help her without blowing his cover! Join Gohan and Videl as they try to resolve this sticky situation! (Episode 188)

The Review!
With one of the most ugly costumes in the annals of super herodom, the Great Saiyaman leaps into another disc of painful, dub only DBZ filler.

Just the option for the English sadly. A technically solid stereo mix, but I’m interested to learn if all the teachers at Gohan’s school speak like famous Hollywood stars on the Japanese track, along with news readers mentioning the Internet…

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 close up shot of Gohan, babes hanging off his arms. 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.

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 Videl and the Great Saiyaman. While Videl’s just regurgitates everything we learned about her in the final episode of the last disc, Gohan’s/The Great Saiyaman’s drops spoilers about this disc and the upcoming World Tournament episodes.

Stock double-sided cover in clear wing keep-case. The front cover features a close-up of Gohan in his modified for the World Tournament Great Saiyaman costume. 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 Super Saiyan form, with cover images for first four movies on the left side, and plugs the final two Great Saiyaman discs and the first two 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.

Like all good super heroes, Gohan needs a costume to hide his identity and turns to his old friends, introducing us to Bulma, Vegeta, Trunks, Chi-Chi seven years on, and for the very first time Goten. You’ve just got to laugh at the way the dub describes his origin ^_^. With weird costume in tow, Gohan is forced to come up with a name and selects the Great Saiyaman. You’ve got to ask about the effectiveness of the Satan City police force if they’re secret weapon is the 17 year old daughter of a wrestling hero, especially one who gets so caught up in having her picture taken she lets the bus careen off a cliff. Luckily the Great Saiyaman arrives to save the day, and after a dance that would make the Ginyu Force proud, Gohan takes flight leaving an even more curious Videl.

Unfortunately Gohan doesn’t help matters when red-headed Angela sees him on the roof top after he switches from the Great Saiyaman, and she uses the threat of revealing his greatest secret to goad him into going out with her. After an unrelentingly boring date, in true super hero fashion, Gohan has to skip out to prevent a disaster, loses the girl and has Angela spill the beans, but not the secret that Gohan or Videl were expecting. After coming out on the wrong end of a flying duel, Videl is hell bent on finding out who the Great Saiyaman. But when Videl faces off against some gangsters and begins to lose, once again the Great Saiyaman arrives to save the day.

By this point, the Great Saiyaman Saga is beginning to get decidedly boring as it moves through most of the super hero cliches at double speed, and classic high-level DBZ fighting is completely absent. More for the hardcore, most own everything DBZ fans than the occasional buyer.

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

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


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