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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C-
  • Menus Rating: D
  • Extras Rating: F
  • 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 #26: Frieza: Super Saiyan Goku

    December 24, 2003
Release Date: October 16, 2001

Dragonball Z TV #26: Frieza: Super Saiyan Goku
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
Episodes 79-81. "Power of the Spirit" - Chaos erupts on King Kai's peaceful planet as the Z soldiers battle the Ginyu Force. "Transformed at Last" - A tender victory celebration comes to a crashing halt when Frieza reappears on the battlefield! "Explosion of Anger" - Engulfed in a shimmering aura of golden light, a completely rejuvenated Goku announces that he is now a Super Saiyan!

The Review!

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.


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.


Ah the legendary Super Saiyan appears from the smoke on the cover but then again, this is a recycled VHS screenshot… with dubbed episodes descriptions on back, so I can’t give it high marks. 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. The spider-case packaging is gone, replaced by a normal, working case, so I’m happy.


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!

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.


Finally, the episodes which have become legendary in themselves appear. These episodes are golden (excuse the pun, I did not mean it). Goku finally drops the Genki Dama on Frieza, and it seems that Frieza is finished. The heroes celebrate victory, but then Frieza reappearing, killing Kuririn and seriously wounding Piccolo. Enraged, filled without nothing but angry, the legendary warrior, the Super Saiyan, awakens in Goku. And by his immense power, it looks like Frieza is finally doomed.

These episodes are simply amazing. While Goku’s transformation has been seen and reproduced in countless fan music videos, the sheer intensity of the scene is just breathtaking. Watching Frieza trying futilely to stop the huge Genki Dama is amazingly good too. These are definitely pay-off episodes that fans will be overjoyed to watch.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

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


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