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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 #04: Saiyans - Pendulum Room

By Chris Beveridge     February 02, 2002
Release Date: June 01, 1999

Dragonball Z TV #04: Saiyans - Pendulum Room
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Episode #11: Showdown In The Past
Earths’ warriors, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha, are training at Kami’s lookout, but get frustrated at the speed of their training. Kami’s assistant, Mr. Popo, instructs them to know themselves to become stronger and to learn about their enemy to defeat it. Mr. Popo sends their spirits to the virtual reality of the Pendulum Room, where the warriors experience the overwhelming power of the average Saiyan. Then they learn the terrible reality that the two Saiyans who are approaching Earth are twice as strong!
Episode #12: The End Of The Snake Way
Gohan is continuing his training under Piccolo. One night, Gohan suddenly transforms to a giant ape again and attacks Piccolo! Piccolo discovers that a moon image is projected from Goku’s old Saiyan space pod and Piccolo must destroy the pod before Gohan destroys him! Meanwhile, Goku finally reaches King Kai’s small planet at the end of Snake Way. There, Goku finds that he must train in the gravity of the planet that is 10 times stronger than Earth’s!

Episode #13: A Fight Against Gravity… Catch Bubbles! After Goku passes King Kai’s test to make King Kai laugh, the training begins! Goku’s first task is to catch King Kai’s pet Monkey, Bubbles, in a gravity 10 times stronger than Earth’s. King Kai tells Goku that the Planet Vegeta, the Saiyans home world, had the same gravity as his place and that the two Saiyans that are on the way to Earth are even stronger than King Kai himself! This fact reinforces Goku’s determination to train even harder to defeat them.

The Review!
Just like the pendulum in the title, this release was a bit shaky in my mind, both in how it looked and the show itself.

The audio on the disc is just what we've seen in previous releases. A decent English stereo mix. Nothing too exciting, but nothing poorly done either.

The video, or at least the source materials, aren't among the best here. Things looked grainy in several sequences and the animation just wasn't the best looking, and the DVD compression just shows it a lot better. It's not horrible by any stretch, but it's not crystal clear.

The packaging is still pretty slick looking. Even though they're just the VHS covers, they're really well done and show some marketing savvy behind them. Very eye-catching artwork and descriptive but non spoiler episode information on the back.

The menus are your barebones chapter selection, but what would you put in the menus for these? There's nothing really on the disc besides the show itself.

As for the show itself, one reason I felt this was a weaker release was due to the fact it had less of Gohan and his training, which are the parts I've enjoyed the most. The other players that are honing themselves with Kame are pretty uninteresting. Only Krillin is of any interest, but having not seen them in the previous Dragonball series, that colors my impression some.

The bits with showing the past of the Saiyan world was pretty interesting and all, though more could have been gone into with it. King Kai was pretty much a poorly done concept in my mind, and the training was just way too silly. But, that's just my opinion of it.

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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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