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  • Audio Rating: C
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • 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: Perfect Cell: Hunt for 18

    March 01, 2001

What They Say
Tien takes matters into his own hand and head! With an onslaught of psychic blasts, Tien drives back Cell and gives Android 16 and 18 a chance to escape. But Tien’s powerful move is draining his strength, and the brave fighter is about to collapse. Tien may have saved the androids, but can he save himself?
(Episode 138)

Saiyans Emerge:
Trunks and Vegeta emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber after a year of intense training. What new powers do these Saiyans possess? Goku and Gohan are next in the room, but with Cell hunting down Android 18 and near his completion, can the fighters afford to wait another day?
(Episode 139)

Super Vegeta:
Anxious to find 18, the heartless Cell obliterates a chain of inhabited islands, with each explosion bring him closer to the androids’ hideout! But heading Cell’s way is Vegeta! He’s fresh from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and ready to test his new strength. Is Vegeta really stronger than a Super Saiyan?
(Episode 140)

The Review!
The first Perfect Cell release continues the pace, and introduces Vegeta and Trunks to the fight against Cell

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 Tien repeatedly blasting Cell down again and again. 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, Vegeta and Piccolo, with trailers for the Cell Saga, History of Trunks and Bardock specials. New extras please Madman.

The front cover has a grinning Cell holding Android 18’s head in a crushing grip, taken from Krillin imagined scene from the next disc. Along the top of the rear cover, we have images of Cell’s various stages from embryo, husk, insect, beefy bloke, and finally Perfect Cell, below which is the episode guide and screen captures for each episode. 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 better looking.

Tien, desperate to keep Cell from absorbing Android 18, continually fires off energy blasts at absolute maximum, ramming Cell down into the ground. Unfortunately, it seems like its about to be a repeat of his fate in the Saiyan Saga, as Tien appears to be about to sacrifice himself. When Cell is about to blast the helpless Z-Fighter, Goku appears to rescue Tien, also finding a barely alive Piccolo! Unwilling to let Goku get his extra day of training, Cell tries to attack the trio, only to punch air after Goku uses the Instant Transmission to escape. As Cell flies off to find Android 18, Krillin links up with Bulma to receive the rather shorted ranged remote to shut down the Androids.

Back at Kami’s lookout, Piccolo and Tien are revived by the Senzu beans just in time, as the door of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber opens to reveal an older Trunks and an arrogant as ever Vegeta, boasting of amazing new powers. Bulma arrives and offers Saiyan fighting armor for all, before Vegeta and Trunks fly down to fight Cell, whose planning on blowing up inhabited islands to draw out 18.

Before Cell can blow up the island they’re on, Vegeta arrives and challenges Cell. Inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Goku and Gohan begin to train, as Vegeta powers up to a level beyond that of a Super Saiyan and gut punches Cell.

Perfect Cell – Hunt for 18 continues the level of action from the previous volume, and cranks it up a notch as Vegeta and Trunks dive into the action. A good buy is it’s action your after.

English language track,Character profiles,Web promo,3 trailers

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


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