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  • Audio Rating: C
  • 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: Imperfect Cell: 17's End

    March 01, 2002

Dragonball Z: Imperfect Cell: 17's End
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
He’s Here:
Piccolo spearheads the battle against the androids! It looks like the Super Namek has things well under control until an unexpected guest arrives at the battlefield! It’s Cell!
(Episode 134)

Up to Piccolo:
Just as Cell is about to absorb Android 17, Piccolo bravely steps in and foils Cells’ plan. But does Piccolo really have a chance of stopping Cell on his own, or is just prolonging the inevitable?!
(Episode 135)

Silent Warrior:
Sixteen! When the silent giant tells 17 that he is “just as strong as Cell” it seems like a wild claim! But it soon becomes clear that the big android has the power to back up his words!
(Episode 136)

Say Goodbye 17:
Android fights android as the titan 16 clashes against Cell. Android 16 proves to be the stronger fighter, but Cell is far too driven to be stopped now!
(Episode 137)

The Review!
Finally the Cell saga explodes into battle as Cell finally comes into contact with the Androids, and we being to get some high level battles. While the Piccolo Android 17 battle begins to degerate rate into silliness, just watch the stomach punching scene, the battle of Android 16 is excellent, thanks mostly to the Mr. Robotto Rocket Punch ^_^

Audio once again is limited to the horrid English dub, and there seems to be little in the way people can do to get Madman to change this for TV episodes at least. Either you accept it and cringe at the dub, or import and cringe at the bad Aus to US dollar conversion rate.

The video is of the same serviceable quality as always, neither terribly bad, nor extremely good, your basic straight as an arrow NTSC to PAL conversion.

The menu follows recent Madman DBZ trends, an animated main menu in the style of History of Trunks/Bardock discs with options to play the opening, each episode, the end credits, view the extras and “hidden” local authoring credit. On the right we have the images of Cell’s various stages of development taken off the top of the rear cover fading in and out, with the blue toned animated section displaying scenes of Cell learning of the battle, flying to the island and his arrival. This is the first four-episode volume released since they adopted this menu style, and compared to the earlier volumes it appears slightly more cluttered and busy, with more in the same space. While nicely animated, it unfortunately seems to be at the cost of a screen selection page. Also instead of directly going into the US “DBZ is next” clip and the opening like the previously used style, it heads straight for the menu, allowing you to avoid the opening entirely if you wish.

There are a reasonable volume of so-so extras, with a promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z web site, character profiles for Krillin, Cell, Trunks, Android 16, Androids 17 and 18 and Piccolo, with trailers for the Cell Saga, History of Trunks and Bardock specials. New extras please Madman.

On the front cover we have a shot of post-Android 17 Cell after he blows up an island in “Saiyans Emerge”, fairly eye catching for what is just a zoomed and cleaned up screen capture. The light blue sky behind him bleed right over to the rear cover, which lends it a lighter feel than other volumes. Along the top we have images of Cell’s various stages from embryo, husk, insect, beefy bloke, and finally Perfect Cell. The Region 1 cover should look much the same, apart from lacking the Australian M15+ rating, PAL format tags and changed region globes denoting this as another dual 2 and 4 so it can be function perfectly on PAL systems in both in Australia and Europe.

Inside cover we have an arena, with Halo Goku with staff in hand on the right advertising the coming soon Dragon Ball Z movies Dead Zone, Tree of Might, Worlds Strongest, Lord Slug and Coolers Revenge. On the left under the disc hub, we have the Great Saiyaman advertising the upcoming early release of the Great Saiyaman Saga. The disc itself is setup to look like a dragon ball like all releases, though now it’s got gloss and shading to make it slightly more good looking.

All four of these episodes are high level fighting, as Cell finally arrives and the Androids and Z Fighters take increasing desperate action to keep him from absorbing Android 17, though the title seems to give away the outcome.

Goku and Gohan patiently wait their turn in the Hyperbolic Tim Chamber as Piccolo continues to fight Android 17, as their island battlefield disintegrates about them. As Bulma completes the new remote control to shut down the Androids, Cell flies ever closer to his target. As their battle degenerates into a game of seeing who can punch the furthest into the other’s stomach, Cell interrupts the fight to absorb Androids 17 and 18.

While Piccolo fears for what will occur, the Androids just sit dumbfounded, having no knowledge of Cell.
All are amazed however, when Cell goes Super Saiyan, fueled by the thousands of innocents he absorbed.
Unable to wait any longer, Krillin flies to receive the remote from Bulma half way, and Tien goes to assist Piccolo, who now steps in to keep Cell away from Androids 17 and 18. Android 16 breaks his silence and cautions them to escape, while Goku has punch Gohan to keep him there when Cell seems to have killed Piccolo.

Once again, as Cell is about to absorb Android 17, someone steps in to keep them apart. Growing beyond the simple programming Dr. Gero gave him, Android 16 fights Cell to save the planet he admires. Everybody doubts he can do it, until Android 16 actually does hold his own, but even the personality lacking members of the Dragonball Z cast seem to make the mistake of assuming their foes are beaten rather early. But Cell makes the same mistake too, leaving himself wide open for the deadly rocket punch!

Unleashing an amazing energy blast, Android 16 amazes everybody when he seems be defeating Cell, until Cell uses the momentary distraction to sneak up on and successful absorb Android 17. Transforming into a slightly more bulky form, everbody is gob smacked by Cell’s new power level. Android 16 finds that this time his blows do nothing, and is quickly damaged by a single attack. Just as Cell is about to absorb Android 18, Tien begins to attack and give the Androids time to escape.

17’s end is the last Imperfect Cell disc and is a prime example of DBZ’s high level fighting, as it slowly builds towards the Perfect Cell Saga.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Profiles

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


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