Mania Grade: B+
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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: 62
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z: Trunks – Mysterious Youth 3.1
March 01, 2002
What They Say
Gohan is cracking the books, and his tutor is cracking the whip! But study time is almost over, for a powerful evil is racing towards the Earth! Gohan’s worst fears have come to life – Frieza has survived! (Episode 103)
The Mysterious Youth:
The Earth faces it’s darkest hour as Frieza and his Father King Cold rapidly approach! And without Goku to assist them, the Z fighters prepare to launch a desperate battle against the most powerful evil the Universe has ever known! (Episode 104)
Another Super Saiyan?
Frieza and King Cold have descended upon the Earth but a mysterious lone warrior has come to thwart their diabolical plans of revenge. Does this brash young hero have what it takes to stand up to these twin titans of evil? (Episode 105)The Review!
Trunks – Mysterious Youth, the very first Madman produced DBZ disc, quickly setting the scene for what to expect in the future, even if it seems to contradict it’s title by trying to play up the mysterious not yet named kid side, yet giving away his name at the same line.
Forever sealing this release of the series as low grade in my opinion, the audio is limited to the English dub. Yep, no option for the Japanese track. There are no technical problems with the dub track though, a fairly centered and clear sounding stereo mix.
The video is serviceable, but is rarely superior to TV or VHS quality, thanks to the age of the source materials. It’s a bit soft, but scratches and film damage are minimal.
After inserting the disc and sitting through the Interpole warning, Madman Entertainment and Funimation title screens, it leads directly onto the US DBZ is next program clip and then the opening titles before you even see the menu. The main menu is the default Madman DBZ standard, circular in nature with art of Trunk as the main background on this disc. The menu is easy to navigate with options to play the three episodes in large with scene selection underneath and to head for the Extras page. Clicking on any of the three scene selection options takes you to a single scene selection page with the choice of replaying the US DBZ is next/opening titles, four chapter points per episode and the end credits.
The extras are slightly more than what the Region 1 sees. The previous saga guide provides two pages of brief description for all the sagas before the present Androids Saga on this disc (i.e. Saiyan, Namek, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Garlic Jr Sagas). The character guide has 10 profiles on some of the major players in DBZ: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Frieza, Garlic Jr, Captain Ginyu and Raditz.
There is also a short 13 second promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z site, dragonballz.com.au.
At least some things remain the same as the US discs, with a trailer for the upcoming Androids saga on VHS. The final option on the Extras menu is the DVD credits, listing the three guys at Madman Interactive to thank for this DVD, after you point out the flawed nature of this disc lacking the Japanese language track.
The packaging has a close-up of Trunks waving from his time-machine. The cover is pretty much identical to the Region 1 version, apart from minor changes like the changed region globes (2 and 4), PAL format tags, Madman Entertainment emblem and the M 15+ rating sticker. I don’t find these ‘Uncut’ versions, at least on this disc, any more bloody or violent than the G TV version or the PG VHS version. The M 15+ rating means that only older fans can buy these, and that might scare off parents from buying the DVD versions for little Jimmy, heading for the ‘safer’ VHS version.
The three episodes on this disc kick start Dragonball Z again after the IMO low quality filler that was the Garlic Jr Saga, though the first episode bounces between interesting plot and dire filler too.
With Garlic Jr defeated, the various Z-Fighters once again wile away their days. Now girlfriendless, Krillin is back training at Kame House. An overprotective Chi-Chi attempts to improve Gohan’s grades through use of the fairly loopy and whip obsessed tutor Mr. Shoe. Vegeta crashes back to Earth and growls like a vicious dog at Yamcha, only to act like a trained puppy around Bulma. Of course it’s all rather too quiet, and they soon begin to sense a large evil power on it’s way to Earth. Seems Goku didn’t chop off enough bits of Frieza on Planet Namek.
With Frieza on his way to Earth, the Z-Fighters form up and attempt to figure out a plan of attack. They know there is little chance of success, but what else can they do. Rebuilt as a cyborg, Frieza seems intent on laying waste to the planet and gaining revenge against the mere monkey that defeated him. Before the good guys can intervene though, a mysterious youth confronts Frieza and his father King Cold.
Based on a rather cursory look, they assume that one kid can do little to stop them, until the decidedly calm and self-assured teenager easily defeats their minions and then powers up to Super Saiyan. Frieza’s façade as the strongest being in the universe cracks under the threat of another Super Saiyan beating, and he goes too increasingly powerful lengths to destroy his young foe, ultimately for naught.
Trunks – Mysterious Youth provides a suitable beginning for Madman’s DBZ releases, with some high action, mass-destruction episodes on offer. Pity about the lack of Japanese language track, just adaquate video and lack of extra episodes mean this is probably not worth the extra $4 dollars you’d save by buying the VHS version.
English Language,Character guide,Previous Saga guide,Next Saga trailer
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