Mania Grade: A
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- Audio Rating: C+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: D
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 82
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Dragon Ball Z
Dragonball Z TV #19: Captain Gunyu - Double Cross
By Jeff Green
February 07, 2002
Release Date: July 25, 2000
Story: Goku continues his battle with the Captain Ginyu and Jeice. Ginyu switches bodies with Goku when he discovers that his body is more powerful, meanwhile Frieza is still trying to discover the secret of unlocking the Dragon Balls by battling Nail to the death. Gohan and Krillin have to fight Goku and hurt him enough for Ginyu to expel from Gokus body, with help from the now more powerful Vegeta.
Video: This disc they packed four episodes in English and Japanese so you would think the picture would be a lot worse, well yes and no. Yes in the sense that I noticed a little more artifacts in the background and no because it still is one hell of a picture that easily makes the international channel look like a bad videotape. Grade B
Audio: Now once again in English you get a good stereo mix with the bad new music they have made for the series, while in Japanese you get a mono soundtrack that just doesn't sound good in this day and age but it's still better than the low budget English soundtrack.
Packaging: Just like the first disc it comes in a cheaper version of the Alpha Case with a decent picture on the front cover and a good enough backside cover. The inside is the disc all alone with no insert to keep it company, all in all making it a shallow packaging. Grade C+
Menu: Once again you get the same still picture of Ginyu with the same old options of starting at a certain episode, or choosing a language. All in all very boring but they did give you some music in the background to help pump you up, if only it wasn't the very bad English music. Grade D
Extras: Once again as with the last disc you get no extras but that's ok because I feel that the Japanese version alone is an extra because it truly shows you how much better this show is in its original language.
Content: The last disc was basically a prelude to what was to come between Goku and the two remaining Ginyu force members, on this disc you get a lot more action and a little more progression in the story of the Frieza saga. You also get a taste of how powerful Frieza is and why everyone including Vegeta is so scared of him. We also learn a little bit about the armor Vegeta has been wearing since he came into the Dragon Ball Z storylines, this is by far the disc that will get you hooked into Dragon Ball Z its just great and you get four episodes so it's a deal for $24.99. My only complaint and it's going to get fixed is that the swear words in Japanese have been watered down so instead of Vegeta using the S word he will say Crud? Now that's just plain stupid but like I said it will be fixed. Grade A
RCA DVD RC522OP home player, Panasonic Flat Screen 27" TV. Pioneer Dolby pro logic Receiver with Sony speakers for the front, fisher for rear and center channel