Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 70
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z TV #18: Captain Ginyu - Assault
By Jeff Green
February 07, 2002
Release Date: June 20, 2000
The three episodes presented here are basically Goku's ending battle with the Ginyu force here he faces Captain Ginyu and Jeice together and they discover his power while Vegeta takes off on his own mission for the Dragon Balls. Meanwhile Frieza is busy going after Guru for the secret of the Dragon Balls, a very good starting point for the Dragon Ball Z dvds.
Ok first lets talk audio. In English you get a pretty good 2.0 stereo track filled with different music than the Japanese version (which I believe sucks big time) and loud sound effects, great if you like the English version of this show which I don't. The Japanese track is mono but I believe it is a little pumped up from the old TV episodes they show on international channel, if you're receiver has a mono enhancer option just use that it sounds pretty good but because its in mono it gets a B+.
The Video is actually a big surprise I thought after looking at the cheap case it was going to be full of Artifacts and grain, what you get here though is a very clean picture with just a little bit of compression artifacts if you're looking hard enough in the background. Picture quality truly worth the DVD label, the only odd thing I found was the subtitles. Very small and the color is white with black borders which isn't too bad but I would have liked yellow subtitles over white, they also disappear off the screen very quickly so look fast. Still the picture deserves a B+
Packaging is a standard keep case with the same cover and back as the VHS version however once you open the case all you get is a DVD inside no insert and its not Amarray. But all in all the packaging is C for being ok.
The menu is a picture with options to chose from not very original but they did put some music in there to spice it up a bit which is neat but there are better menus out there. I feel the menu only deserves a C rating for being average.
If you like DBZ you will love this disc, you will instantly love the action and the story progression. The one thing I love about Dragon Ball Z is its not only mindless action there is a story behind all the fighting and power blasts and in it all you get a guy who has enemies who become his allies, that's what makes Dragon Ball Z such a great show. However I feel that by starting the uncut Japanese episodes at this point kind of loses a little bit of story for those who have only seen the English cut versions before this so that's why I gave the content a B+ and not an A. But if you like action and some of the best Dragon Ball Z has to offer than go out and buy this disc because these three episodes are really great I only wish they would have put the opening and ending on each episode than I would have given the content an A+. I guess a B+ isn't to bad though so what are you waiting for go out and track down a copy!!!!!!
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