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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 45
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z Movie #1: DeadZone

By Chris Beveridge     December 24, 2003
Release Date: December 16, 1997

Dragonball Z Movie #1: DeadZone
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Witness the first of MANY Dragonball movies (this is one you'll be able to tell your grandkids ... you remember when the FIRST one hit the states)!

Gohan is kidnapped! The evil Garlic Jr. is gathering the seven Dragon Balls to wish for immortality. Then Garlic Jr. plans to take over the world and make the entire human race suffer for the death of his father.

Goku rushes to save Gohan, but arrives at the fortress just as Garlic Jr. summons the Eternal Dragon. Krillin and Piccolo try to help Goku, but their combined strength is no match for Garlic Jr., who creates a "Dead Zone" (black hole) to suck our heroes into oblivion. Suddenly Gohan starts to show his hidden power, but will it be enough?!

The Review!
Well, no one has reviewed this disc, so I'll give the low down on my first Pioneer DVD. First, let's talk about the packaging. It looks nice, but it makes you feel like you're not getting your money's worth. The DVD comes in a jewel case, which has the same cover and backing art. The inside folder has a few pictures and a chapter listing.
The extras, in my opinion, are fairly decent. We get four, rather long, scenes cut from the American series. Two from Gohan's "adventures" in the forest from Episode 1, and two from Episode 9 when Gohan meets a Capsule robot.

The picture is very clean. As a matter of fact, remarkably clean for a movie of it's age. Pioneer did an excellent job of mastering the DVD. The sound is only in 2.0, but the fact that the DVD is bilingual (and the fact that I haven't upgraded my system to 5.1 yet) makes up for it. The Japanese score, as well as Cha-La Head! Cha-La! is intact. The real treat comes from hearing the Japanese voices for the first time with clarity. For those who have yet to hear what an episode of DBZ sounds like in it's original form, I highly recommend getting this DVD, or at least the subbed VHS. Also, as the package states, the movie is uncut. I used to wonder what kind of society would pay ticket price to see 50 minutes of animation, but the story is not sacrificed. I believe that if the movie was any longer, the whole flow would be knocked out of whack. Grade: A-

English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Character Notes,Deleted sequences from the TV series

Review Equipment
Sony DVP-400s with a Dolby 2.0 receiver


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