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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Running time: 65
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #02: Saiyans - Saiyans

By Chris Beveridge     May 11, 1999
Release Date: May 11, 1999

Dragonball Z TV #02: Saiyans - Saiyans
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
This disc contains three episodes.

Episode 5: Gohan's Metamorphosis
Piccolo takes Gohan to a deserted wasteland to train him to utilize his incredible power. Gohan is left alone to survive for six months, while Piccolo watches over him from afar. On the night of the first full moon, Piccolo witnesses an incredible scene as Gohan becomes a gigantic ape!

Episode 6: Gohan Makes A Friend
Gohan gradually gets used to living in the wasteland, even though he misses his parents. One day, he helps an injured dinosaur and the two become friends. Later Gohan's new friend is attacked by another evil dinosaur! See if Gohan can save his new friend!

Episode 7: Trouble On Arlia
The evil Saiyan warriors, Vegeta and Nappa, are getting closer to earth, eager to gather the seven Dragon Balls and realize their wish for immortality. On the way to earth, the two warriors decide to stop by Planet Arlia to have some fun. Watch out, because fun to a Saiyan warrior means destruction!

The Review!
So how does disc number two stack up against the first one? A bit better overall. The audio on the disc is the same stereo dub mix that we'll see on all of them. The video quality on this episode has gone up compared to the earlier ones, with less noticeable grain apparent. Menus are simplistic but functional, and everything works as it should.

One of the nice additions to the disc is the inclusion of the eye-catches used on U.S. TV and the episode title placards at the beginning of each new episode, giving it less of a feel of those old FHE Robotech tapes, where you often felt you were watching a disjointed hour and a half movie with the narrator recapping every 20 minutes for some reason.

I'm still pretty ambivalent about the show overall. I'm finding myself enjoying Gohan's training and survival sections of the series, but find the Saiyans to be completely boring, and Goku's run along Snake Way to be way too drawn out. The bits with Bulma and Krillin are fairly interesting and provide a decent break from everything else, but I'm not totally into the show yet. We'll see in a few more discs.

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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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