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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 Aus
  • 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 Special #5 - Cooler’s Revenge

    May 11, 2002
Release Date: February 06, 2002

Dragonball Z Movie Special #5 - Cooler’s Revenge
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
After defeating Frieza on Namek, Goku returns to a peaceful life on Earth with his family and friends. But the heroic Saiyan’s world is turned upside down when a routine camping trip turns into a desperate struggle for life! Who is this assailant that has appeared out of the shadows to ambush Goku and his friends? None other than Cooler, Frieza’s brother, who has come to settle the score!

The Review!
Four word review: More of the same. Well, there are a few minor differences on the technical side, but the plot closely follows the outline of the previous Dragonball Z movies.

A few more audio options than usual for a Madman produced DBZ movie disc. The English dub is available in both 5.1 and stock stereo, but like Lord Slug, the use of real world bands seems at odds with the onscreen proceedings. Apart from the scene where the Goku and Cooler go at it underwater and the music also adopts the muted underwater sound, the soundtrack just felt so wrong that I was pining for the dub TV series music. The Japanese track is much better, even if it is an older mono number. This also has honor of being the first Madman authored title to retain the Spanish soundtrack from the R1 release, which certainly lends a different feel to head-cha-la ^_^

Thanks to Funimation’s insistence on protecting people from those evil Japanese words as much as possible, they elected to use branching to provide separate Opening titles and End credits for the English, Japanese and Spanish tracks, with a shared main section. Like the previous bilingual DBZ releases here, it also features separate subtitles for each language, but this disc appears to be a rush job with the appearance of incomplete (#name?) or just plain missing subtitles. The video looks a degree better than the previous Pioneer DBZ movie discs, with colors on the brighter side and so forth.

The menu is a purple variant of the style used on the Lord Slug disc, with a main circle section with the options in the center, Cooler’s hands along the lower edge and a small animated window showing scenes from the movie where his head is meant to be. Apart from the main menu, the other sections use static pages. The audio selection page has a single subtitles on button, the disc setup to select the matching subtitles for audio track clicked.

Like most of the disc, the extras take their cue from Lord Slug too, with trailers for the previous three movies (World’s Strongest, Tree of Might and Lord Slug) and the promo for the Australian website (thankfully updated). Once again, there is a single profile for the movie’s main bad guy Cooler, which spoils his abilities somewhat, but I still don’t know if it’s intended as an easter egg, or is just in a silly place.

The usual practice of the R1 cover, modified for local conditions (local M+15 rating tag, Madman insigina and a now double sided cover) with a nice large action shot of Cooler racing towards the viewer. The rear has a smaller than usual blurb, so there is a bit of free space to help reduce a sense of clutter. The inside cover plays host to Babidi in the center, shots of the first five DBZ movies on the left side and the right has Madman’s forward/backward release schedule of the series, with the final Perfect Cell and first Cell Games discs along with the first two Babidi Saga discs. The disc itself features the front cover image shunted slightly to the right, the hub placed in about Cooler’s right armpit.

Apart from some minor twists, Cooler’s Revenge (or The Best of the Mightiest vs. Mightiest) closely follows the classic DBZ movie plot. The Big Boss arrives to find the dragon balls/destroy the planet/gain revenge against Goku. Minions fight before falling by the wayside. Big Boss fights and defeats Goku. Goku recovers and pulps Big Boss. Cue happy ending.

Flashing back to the death of Planet Vegeta/Bardock, we are introduced to Frieza’s big brother Cooler, who opts to let a Saiyan space capsule carrying the baby Goku continue unmolested to Earth because it proves his brother is arrogant and soft. Skip forward to after the Frieza Saga, Goku has returned and is kicking back on a friendly camping trip, until Cooler and his three henchmen arrive to seek revenge against the stain on Cooler’s family honor. In a twist, Cooler enters the battle early and Goku is quickly sidelined. Sneaking away, Gohan tries to recover some senzu beans. On his way back the trio of henchmen catch-up with him, but luckily Piccolo arrives and is one short of pulping the lot when Cooler quickly takes him out. Goku eventually recovers enough to fight and is at full Frieza pulping level, but Cooler has one more level he can transform to. As he starts to tear apart the planet, Goku finally gets angry enough to go to Super Saiyan and turns the tables on the bad!
guy. Cooler laments the fact if he didn’t kill Goku when he was a baby due to the fact he was as arrogant and soft as his brother, while his planet destroying energy blast pushes him into the sun.

Apart from some minor twists, Cooler’s Revenge is built upon the same chassis as the rest of the DBZ movies, with a different paint scheme being the main difference. In many ways the movies feel like compressed versions of the sagas in the TV series with better animation, but that compression also reduces the length of fighting as they race to shoe horn some plot in there too. DBZ fans will probably be happy with more of the same however.

English 5.1 track,Japanese stereo track,English stereo track,Spanish stereo track,DBZ Movie trailers,DBZ Web promo,Cooler profile

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


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