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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: 85
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #17: Namek - Super Saiyan?!

By Chris Beveridge     December 07, 1999
Release Date: December 07, 1999

Dragonball Z TV #17: Namek - Super Saiyan?!
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Episode #50: Time Tricks And Body Binds - Guldo is the first to challenge Gohan and Krillin. Guldo uses his powers to avoid attacks, but the two earthling fighters move much faster than Guldo expects. Next, Guldo uses his "body binds" technique to make them immobile - can Gohan and Krillin escape from Guldo's trick?

Episode #51: No Refuge From Recoome - Vegeta and Recoome square off next, but Recoome demonstrates power that Vegeta cannot match! Gohan and Krillin save Vegeta and enrage Recoome, who then crushes Krillin. Gohan must now challenge Recoome by himself!

Episode #52: Enter Goku - During the great battle, Frieza manages to obtain all seven of the Dragon Balls! But he doesn't know the magic words to make his wish! Meanwhile, Gohan continues his hopeless fight against the much more powerfull Recoome. Suddenly Goku arrives!

Episode #53: Goku...Super Saiyan? - Goku instantly defeats Recoome with his new power! The other two fighters, Burter and Jeice, start attacking Goku, but he doesn't even seem concerned. Vegeta senses something has changed in Goku. Did he become a legendary super Saiyan!?

The Review!
Audio and video on this installment of Dragonball Z is pretty decent. You'll not find many surprises in the audio department and the video is fairly clean.

The menus are pretty basic, since you can't select much more than what scene you want to start on.

Stepping up from the poor content of the last disc, volume 17 of Dragonball Z gets things up to speed and brings to conclusion Pioneer's involvement with bringing the series to DVD. More on that later.

Episodes 50 through 52 are pretty much the big fight episodes with Recoome going back and forth both with Vegeta and Gohan (Krillin gets his butt whipped fast). There were some really nicely animated sequences with Vegeta's fight sequences, but that was the only real outstanding part of the animation. The fight sequences themselves were pretty much on par with previous ones and offered little new, to me at least.

The third episode, entitled Enter Goku, is a bit misleading. He does enter, during the final minute of the episode. But with his return to the action, the fourth episode really cranks up. The remaining Ginyu members as well as Goku's friends are all concerned because of his calm, thinking he really doesn't understand what he's up against. A quick mind meld with Krillin brings him up to speed, but he's not concerned. He starts playing with the Ginyu members after restoring Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin with the Senzo beans. These sequences were fun to watch moreso than the bravado of characters like Vegeta or the plum determination of Krillin. The calm master taking things into his own hands and doing what needs to be done without hardly any complaining.

It worked well. During these sequences we were also given some exposition by Vegeta on what a Super Saiyan is in the history of his (and Goku's) people, and the realization that Goku may just be that.

Of course, just as things got really good, the last episode was over and there aren't anymore discs coming from Pioneer. This disc came out in December of 1999 and fans wanting more have only been able to see it on Cartoon Network. Fortunately, Funimation has decided to bring the new episodes to DVD in the summer of 2000 with one major change from the previous releases; they'll be dual language and uncut. So for the first time since Pioneer released the movies to DVD, fans will get a chance to see and hear the original work for episodes 54 and up on DVD. The VHS releases of these have apparently been selling well, so there should be little problem of them not keeping up on it. Look for the first two discs in July as well as our renewed interest in the series.

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Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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