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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: D
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: D-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 61
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #25: Frieza - Desperation

    December 24, 2003
Release Date: September 18, 2001


Dragonball Z TV #25: Frieza - Desperation
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Episodes 76-78: "Embodiment Of Fire", "Trump Card" and "Keep the Chance Alive!!".

The Review!
Things continue to go from bad to worse in this volume. Luckily for the good guys there is hope... in the form of a massive ball of destructive energy.

Audio:

Audio is identical to the other DBZ TV discs, English stereo, Japanese mono. The Japanese track was solid as usual. Since I avoid torture, I did not listen to the English dub.

Video:

I detected a few scattered rainbows, but the video was up to par with the previous volumes, have no problems except some minor print damage.

Packaging:

This time it’s a pretty good picture of Goku charging up the Energy Ball (Genki Dama), but then again, this is a recycled VHS screenshot… with dubbed episodes descriptions on back. YOU CALL THIS ARTKWORK!? It’s too bad FUNi is too cheap to get some real artwork. No insert for you! That "INCLUDED 2 VERSIONS…" text is REALLY starting to annoy me now. FUNi, you have established that the DVDs are bilingual, congratulations. Now stop it! All the logos on the front cover take up fifty percent of the space on the cover, and they just look unsightly. I would appreciate a picture from a DBZ art book over this cover. What really upsets me here is that FUNimation used a spider-case DVD casing. I HATE these things. I order most of my DVDs online, and the mail services in this country aren’t exactly the gentlest. Most of the spider legs which hold the DVD in place snapped off in route and I had to buy replacement DVD cases for it. Boo…

Menus:

The menus haven’t changed much from the previous ones, and it’s actually an improvement that it now plays all episodes without returning to the main menu after each episode finishes. This volume has corrected the last volume's problem with the last ending theme. Now, if you watch the Japanese track, you get the 3 endings in the proper places and then the DVD credits, all without being subjected to the English dub preview, yahoo!

Extras:
I don't care how many times FUNimation lists previews for edited, dubbed VHS tapes as "extras;" it will not make them so, although noteworthy here is a preview for Blue Gender, (although it is full of crappy heavy metal music) a series I would be interested in if it had a bimonthly release instead of a one-every-four-months release. There is also a commerical for DBZ toys which is truly awful.

Content:

Things are not going well for Goku here. He’s pretty much realized he’s no match for Frieza, and Frieza takes the opportunity to turn the fight into a one-way beating session. However, Goku is graced by two delusional dream sequences: one of which occurs as Frieza attempts to drown him. He sees a future with Frieza killing all those he loves dear. Naturally, he becomes enrages and draws a second wind for fight. (Of interesting note here is one of the people he sees is Launch, a character last seen around episode 23, but if you’ve not seen the uncut Japanese version, you’ve never seen her at all. A strangely forgotten character, she is never seen in the rest of DBZ, nor in GT for that matter.) The other sequence has the spirit of Vegeta (a nude spirit of Vegeta in fact… service…) urging Goku to fight for the Saiyans. Unfortunately, even with his renewed vigor, Goku is just no match for Frieza, and he’s pretty much exhausted all his tricks, except for the Genki Dama (Energy Ball) which he used to defeat Vegeta back on Earth about 50-some episodes ago. Goku manages to form a ball about 50 meters in diameter, but Frieza eventually realizes what’s going on when he sees the light of the sphere reflecting in the water. Piccolo blindsides Frieza to buy Goku enough time to finish the ball, but will it work? Find out in the next volume?

More DBZ goodness all-round here. I can hardly wait to pop in the next disc into my player.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Daewoo DVG-5000N DVD player with 25" Panasonic Stereo TV

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