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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z Special: History of Trunks

By Chris Beveridge     December 20, 2000
Release Date: December 20, 2000

Dragonball Z Special: History of Trunks
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
When Goku dies of a deadly virus, it seems like the end of the world. But the powerful Master’s passing proves to be merely a presage of the horrible tragedies that are on the way! When the two Androids appear and start destroying the great cities of the Earth, the planet is plunged into darkness and it’s inhabitants are living in fear.

But there is only last hope! Goku’s son, Gohan, is now a man, and though outnumbered by the demonic Androids, he does have a special young teenager, named Trunks on his side! As Gohan trains Trunks, it seems like the world is collapsing around them! Can they put a stop to the horrible progression of evil? This is the story of the future that never was!

This action-packed movie will explain it all!

The Review!
Now this is the way to watch Dragonball Z. Nearly everyone dies in the first 3 minutes. How cool is that?

This disc is another of the wonderfully dual language releases of this series and shows again that I do prefer the original voice cast as well as the original dialogue. We watched the Japanese portion for our review and had no issues with in terms of dropouts or distortion. We only managed a brief check of the English dubbed version, but didn't hear anything wrong there.

For the most part, this is probably one of the better looking discs put out by Funimation. While there is some grain which causes some artifacting and the rainbows can get annoying at times, the general look of the show is much better than what we've seen in the past. Of course most of it takes place on Earth as opposed to Namek, so there's a wider array of colors which does help.

The packaging is pretty decent as well, with a shot the older Gohan and Trunks in defensive position with a city in the background. The back has a couple shots of animation as well as a decent summary of the special. The technical information is also laid out pretty nicely, much similar in fashion to Pioneer.

No real surprises here. The menus have a bit of animation and music playing and the layout is fairly minimal with the audio selection on the main page. Access times between each of the few menus is pretty good and things work as they should.

The only real extra here, if you don't include the commercials, is the World of Dragonball Z piece which is about 20 minutes in length. It essentially brings you up to speed on the entire going-ons of the Dragonball universe and is definitely a great way to catch up if you missed a lot of it or this is your first disc. It was definitely a good refresher for me.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As mentioned in the beginning, this disc starts off great with just about everyone dying from the attacking Androids. Within the first five minutes, we're left with only Gohan and Trunks, sometime about 10-15 years after the most recent saga. The Androids are taking the world by storm and destroying everyone and everything in their path and it's only a matter of time before they win.

For those who watch the series itself, this was presented as a background for the Trunks character when he traveled back in time during the final phase of the Frieza arc. Trunks told of his past to Goku and how it needed to be avoided, and then returned to his time.

The History of Trunks is basically a much larger retelling of the future that won't happen as he traveled back in time to stop it. That doesn't mean it's not worth watching though. In fact, it makes it much more worthy of watching as it gives the creative team the ability to do things they otherwise wouldn't be able to do. Such as kill them all off, expand the relationships slightly or do some serious damage.

Gohan is pretty interesting to see in this future time and to see how he's held up after the death of his father years and years ago and in how he's taken up the mantle of Goku. Trunks comes across a bit odd, but that's partially because we don't know much of him as we do with dozens of episodes worth of Gohan. Trunks throughout manages to hold up well and realize his path, but even with this entire special devoted to him, it feels somewhat rushed.

While this special probably won't win over any new fans, it's definitely an interesting take on the entire "What If?" possibility that is brought into play during the TV run. It's probably one of the more enjoyable episodes I've seen in a long time from this franchise.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,World of Dragonball Z

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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