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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z Movie #3: Tree of Might

By Chris Beveridge     December 24, 2003
Release Date: March 17, 1998


Dragonball Z Movie #3: Tree of Might
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
A seed of the Tree of Might has been planted on Earth by a group of space pirates. Once rooted, the Tree of Might will devour all life energy, leaving the planet a deserted land where no living thing can survive.

Goku and his friends are the last hope...can they defeat the evil space pirates and Turles, the evil leader of the group and a Saiyan!?

And if that wasn't trouble enough, Turles powers up by eating a fruit of the tree, and challenges Goku. Can Goku save Gohan and the planet Earth from Turles?

The Review!
The third movie (oddly enough, released just as the announcement for the second one was made) is similar to the first movie. If you know DBZ, you'll enjoy it. If you've only seen the movies, and nothing from the tv series, you may be lost, but you can still enjoy the visuals and the action packed show on this disc.

Pioneer has once again put out a top quality disc. The menus on these discs alone make them worth looking at, if not a purchase. The scene selections are fully animated, as well as the opening menu which has several characters looped into a fight sceen. The character information page is also well done. When you bring up a character, it shows you their special attacks, some information, and a mini-movie showing them in action, presumably all the scenes are from this movie.

The sound, while nothing spectacular as Tenchi or Armitage, is done well, mixed in Dolby Digital 2.0/Surround sound. Pioneer is still using a packaging similar to early CD releases, with the DVD in a jewel case inside a cardboard box. I wish they'd go with the popular flow and move to a keepcase, but it's just a minor quibble. One thing we don't need is a huge variety of packages!

Otherwise, an excellent show if you're a DBZ fan. Somewhat difficult for newer fans. Hopefully Pioneer will get the idea and start releasing their VHS versions on DVD soon so I can truly enjoy these shows!

Features
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Character Information,A 20 question Dragonball Z quiz

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

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