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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 78
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #21: Frieza - Transformation

    June 26, 2001
Release Date: June 26, 2001

Dragonball Z TV #21: Frieza - Transformation
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
Fighting Power: One Million??
Frieza's dark past is explained as his destruction of the Saiyan home planet is revealed. But Frieza also has other hideous secrets more revelant to the warriors from Earth, such as the power to transform! In this new transformed state is his power level really over 1,000,000? As Gohan and Krillin face off against this barbarous creature, Krillin makes the ultimate sacrifice and falls prey to Frieza's vicious onslaught. Is this the end of Krillin and all the Earth's hope?

Piccolo the Super-Namek
Gohan is seriously wounded in his grapple with Frieza. But a renewed Krillin jumps back in the fray and resumes his war on Frieza. Thanks to Krillin's efforts, Frieza is stalled long enough for Dende to restore Gohan's health. Finally, Piccolo, now united with Nail, arrives to the battlefield! Will the combined efforts of Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo be enough to stop Frieza's reign of terror?

Deja Vu
Piccolo, unioned with Nail, launches into an all out brawl with Frieza. As the battle wages it appears Piccolo has finally gained the upper hand. But Frieza isn't done yet! In fact, he transforms a second time! And in this new form Frieza appears truly unstoppable. With the situation appearing more and more hopeless Vegeta devises a plan. But will it work?

The Review!
Here’s my first experience with the mighty Freeza in Japanese, and it feels good… and even on DVD.

To many the DVDs for Dragonball Z are a waste of time. It really doesn’t matter in the end. As long as everyone is getting their Japanese language version and seeing the true music and voices… they are happy. This brings up what everyone has been waiting for… action!

That action is this DVD. All through it there is fighting and very little slow down. When putting this new disc to the test I was amazed at the new CG type menus, despite the slow loading times. (about 2-3 sec.) Currently, I don’t own the first Freeza disc so that is why I am so surprised at the amount of “quality” we are getting for $25 dollars.

However… that quality comes with a great cost. That cost is the loading times between episodes and as stated earlier; the times between menus. After the viewer watches one episode (ex. Gohan Attacks) the disc takes you back to a sub-menu to change languages and subtitles. While this is a good thing for the “avid anime watcher” it gets annoying to see the screen when you are just trying to watch the disc straight through. Most people have a DVD player that is capable of switching languages on the fly anyway, but hey, FUNi… you get my praise on this one.

The wonderful thing about this new “quality” that FUNimation has suddenly produced is an excellent picture.

Video/Picture Quality: It's beautiful. Simple as that. While watching the Android saga and Trunks discs, this disc holds a higher picture quality then any of the other episodes I have seen on DVD. The picture shakes a bit at a couple of points in the film but overall it is fantastic! Black is Black, and Freeza-sama’s Purple and Pink is… truly Purple and Pink. The colors jump out at you, even with the dull Namek green background in the distance.

In other words, the picture is simply perfect. No one may know what happened to the other discs, or why we had such low quality in the previous discs, but the point is that FUNimation is making a change for the better.

English/Japanese Version: As usual, there is stupid controversy over the voices and such but the Japanese version makes it up. Yes the English version could have been better. The actors could have done a “retake” or something. The music could have been a WHOLE lot better. And of course, the actual dialog could improve… but overall as long as the episodes are being made, it keeps the consumer happy.

Rightly put, the English version is average to smelly.
Now onto the “beloved” power of Japanese!

This is really amazing, the Freeza saga. As always, the Japanese version keeps its quality up with beautiful battle screams and diverse sayings. Daiamo professionally does the literal translations. This time though, there are bigger subtitles… like first seen in the History of Trunks discs and Mystical Adventure.

My only problem with the subtitles that most people may find is that they are so fast. While most otaku can read “subs” fast, this is absolutely like a novel at work! An example is this: After Freeza’s talk of his Transformation there are about 2-3 lines of writing… all gone in less then 4 secs! While this may not be the “exact” amount and more like a exaggeration… its pretty close. Be prepared to be a good anime reader when this disc finds a home.

Extras: Once again… pathetic. There are OVER 13 discs available on the shelves of stores. Maybe they believe that the DVDs won’t sell so they torture us with the same VHS products time and time again… sigh… Anyway, the one good extra is the Trunks preview. His theme is really good, techno music of course; but still good.

The animated episodes on this disc itself are amazing. Since seeing Freeza for the first time in Japanese (other then the Trunks, Bardock, and Internet clips) I laugh at Cell and even the upcoming Majun Buu. He is overall a killer that takes NO mercy. Its satisfying to see what he is truly saying to the Z-warriors. A nightmare indeed.

All right, that’s about it for the review. Hopefully everyone will pick up this disc and get the remaining ones… because Freeza-sama is here to stay!

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba DVD player (double disc player), Sony Television, Standard audiovisual cable links.


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