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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: D+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z Movie #06: Return of Cooler

By Tom Farley     November 30, 2002
Release Date: August 13, 2002

The Review!
We get here 3 tracks: one Dolby Digital 5.1 surround english track, one Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo english track and one Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono japanese track. The english tracks are technically flawless (A+), but the dub is awful: modified script, modified horrible BGM, as always ¬.¬
The 2.0 stereo track is a waste of bitrate, any Dolby decoder can downmix the 5.1 track to 2.0, so this is simply a marketing trick of FUNimation to get "3" versions instead of "2" on the cover ¬.¬
The transfer of the japanese track is not so good (that's why the B-). I don't know what FUNiamtion has done, but the sound is definitely worse than the sound in the 4th & 5th movie (somehow too high pitched or something). And unfortunately, it's (as always) not digitally remastered: no stereo effects (so why using 2.0 Dolby Sound if 1.0 is plenty for a mono track?!) + little noise in the background. I wish FUNimation could have done a stereo remix out of it. But well, since we get the japanese dub (with excellent subtitles! Thanks Simmons!) I won't complain too much :-D

Well, it's good enough, but not very good. There is minor to medium artifacting, depending on the scene. FUNimation left about 2000 MB (!!) free on the DVD. If they filled the DVD to the max using a much higher bitrate, we would get a perfect picture! Add to that interlaced encoding instead of progressive encoding, which makes the picture even worse (especially on computer monitors!). Alone progressive encoding can boost the picture quality up to 30% !! I hope FUNimation change their encoding method for their next DVDs!

It's very simple and ordinary. You get the very minimum: the cover (one of the worst covers FUNimation ever made IMHO, the original japanese cover is a lot better!) + the amaray case. No booklet, no postcards, simply nothing else.

The menu is not bad, quite the "science fiction menu". It is very simple to use. You can easily change the language, switch the subtitles on/off or go to the so called "extras". No navigation problems at all.

Well, we find some written interviews done with the american voices of Goku, Vegeta/Piccolo, Cooler, Kuririn and Gohan. And some trailers (Yu Yu Hakusho, Yu Gi Oh, Blue Gender, Legacy of Goku). Nothing really special ¬.¬

Well, it's DBZ! and what is DBZ all about? fighting of course! and you'll get plenty of it in this movie! well, the movie is quite short (less than 46 minutes), but hey, don't you wanna see Goku & Vegeta teaming up as Super Saiyans and fighting against Metal Cooler? ;-)
This is one of my favourite DBZ movies, no doubt about it!

Review Equipment
Compaq 17" Monitor, LG 12X DVD Drive, PowerDVD XP software DVD player, Yamaha YMF-740 stereo sound card, Sony ZS-D5 Stereo System


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