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  • Audio Rating: N/A
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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: History of Trunks

    March 01, 2002

What They Say
When Goku dies of a deadly virus, it seems like the end of the world. But the powerful Master’s passing proves to be merely the presage of the horrible tragedies that are on the way!

When two Androids appear and start destroying the great cities of Earth, the planet is plunged into darkness and its inhabitants are living in fear. But there is one last hope! Goku’s son, Gohan is now a man, and though outnumbered by the demonic Androids, he does have a special young teenager, named Trunks by his side!

As Gohan trains Trunks, it seems like the world is collapsing around them! Can they put a stop to the horrible progression of evil? This is the story of the future that never was!

The Review!
The History of Trunks marks a couple of milestones for DBZ on DVD releases in Australia. It’s the very first dual language DBZ disc over here (finally!) and the first release of something not seen on TV.

The disc covers the background of the Future Trunks who travels back to DBZ present, showing us the hellish Android ruined future world he calls home. In this timeline Trunks has yet to travel back in time and Goku dies of the heart virus, with the remaining Z-warriors falling in battle against the evil Androids 17 and 18. 13 years after the death of the other Z-warriors we learn that only Gohan remains, who sees the potential for victory over the Androids in Trunks, the son of Vegita and Bulma. Gohan trains the young Trunks and tries to bring out his rage and turn him into a Super Saiyan. Unfortunately they are forced into battle early with Gohan being killed by the Androids while saving Trunks, finally giving the teenager the rage and anger needed to become a Super Saiyan.

I like the nice touch of having choosing either the English opening and closing or the Japanese versions.
Pity that branching causes a tiny delay when jumping between branch sections which isn’t smooth, otherwise it’d be perfect. The video is quite good with minimal flaws.

Audio is a very mixed bag. The English dub is okay if guilty of adding a lot of extra speech, but I personally cringe when ever people make claims of how a show can be improved through the use of ‘real’ bands. Tekken, Street Fighter and History of Trunks are examples of why it shouldn’t be done, the music just doesn’t mix well with the on-screen action, especially songs with vocals. The Japanese track is much better, but on the whole sounds dated and not in the best condition. No complaints on the technical side for either though.

The main menu is a nice animated number based on Madman’s usual circular DBZ style. Once again, Madman go very close to having an actual Easter Egg with the local DVD authoring credit accessible by moving onto the Red Ribbon army symbol on the main menu.

On the Extras side, it’s bye to the Region 1 commercials and World of Dragonball Z clip and hello to character guide with pages on Trunks, Gohan and the Androids, and a 8 image picture gallery split between art of far future Trunks and teenage Trunks from the normal timeline. There is also a Trunks ‘Moments’ section which consists of four short snippets from Trunks effortless first battle against Frieza and King Cold, and a trailer for the History of Trunks.

The packaging is nice, with the good main image of adult Gohan and Trunks. The only difference when compared to the US version is the addition of an M 15+ rating sticker at the bottom. Personally I don’t consider the History of Trunks that more bloody than the TV series and an M 15+ rating means that a large section of the Australian Dragonball Z fans won’t be able to see this. On the inside of the cover is an ad for Madman’s next dual language DBZ release, Bardrock the father of Goku and DBZ themed Crazy Bones.

While the story line might be a little rushed at time and the English dub track is as horrible as expected, the option of the Japanese track alone should sell this disc to many Australian anime fans.

Video Rating: A-

Audio Rating: B-

Content Rating: B

Package Rating: B

Menu Rating: B

Japanese Language,English Language,English subtitles,Character profiles,Trunks ‘moments’,Image gallery
Trailer,Local DVD authoring credit

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


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