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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 #03: Saiyans - Snake Way

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

Dragonball Z TV #03: Saiyans - Snake Way
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
This disc contains three episodes.

"Episode Eight - Home For Infinite Losers:" Goku has fallen off Snake Way into the land of no return. There, two ogres give Goku a test; they promise that they will show him the way back to Snake Way if he wins a competition against them.

"Episode Nine - Princess Snake's Hospitality:" A selected group of warriors have gathered at the top of Korin Tower. There they will undergo the special training that will prepare them for the Saiyans. Meanwhile, Goku reaches the end of Snake Way only to fall into the treacherous hands of the beautiful Snake Princess.

"Episode Ten - Escape from Piccolo:" Gohan misses home very much. One day, he escapes the wilderness, but his handmade boat is wrecked in a storm. Gohan is saved by orphan children on an island and makes some new friends. When he almost reaches home, Piccolo reminds him of his mission: to save earth!

The Review!
Let's jump right into it here. The audio is pretty much what we've come to expect from this series. Decent front soundstage, nothing too expansive though, and no noticeable distortion to it.

The video master for this show is still showing its age on every couple of episodes. The first one on this disc looks a bit grainy and almost makes you think it's poorly compressed, but it's just an old video, not the best source materials. Do the Japanese laserdiscs of this look like this?

Packaging is pretty spiff image of Gohan leaping out with Piccolo behind him. Nice and eye-catching to be sure.

Menu is basic English dub only, with chapters at each episode, and separate ones for the opening/ending and next episode preview. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing outstanding either.

The show itself? Snake Way left me less impressed than previous ones, mostly because the focus shifted away from Gohan and more on the god awful long trek of Goku on the Snake Way. And the awful thing that had to be done to the inhabitants he met when he fell off and ended up in HFIL.... it's a sad indication of what has to be done for a show to be put on the air in this country these days.

While not a terribly outstanding set of episodes, there are some good bits included throughout, and I'm up for watching some more. With the low price and getting two discs at once every other month, it's an easy guilty pleasure.

When I went to watch this, I accidentally put in the second disc, forgetting which ones I had watched. Muttering about the lack of volume numbers clearly listed, I noticed that on the side of the case there's a Ball just over the DVD logo, and it contained three stars. Lo and behold, previous volumes had the appropriate number of stars as well. I wonder how crowded this will be when it hits 17....

English Language

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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