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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #34: Trunks - Prelude to Terror

By Chris Beveridge     December 24, 2003
Release Date: September 19, 2000

Dragonball Z TV #34: Trunks - Prelude to Terror
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
Welcome Back Goku
After handily beating Frieza and his evil father, King Cold, the mysterious stranger announces the exact time and place of Goku's arrival on Earth. But can this young Super-Saiyan predict the future?! Gohan and the others are determined to find out!

Mystery Revealed
After testing Goku in battle, the mysterious stranger reveals his true identity! But what does his timely arrival portend?! In a startling conversation with Goku, this powerful emissary from the future tells all!

Goku's Special Technique
The future has been written -- or has it? That's what Goku and the rest of the Z fighters must decide as they learn of Trunk's ominous warning. The Androids are coming! And they might be bringing the end of the world with them!

The Review!
Is this the shortest arc in Dragonball Z history? Two discs and we're done with it? Color me impressed...

The disc contains both the Japanese and uncut English dialogue tracks. Both are a fairly decent job, with the majority of it coming through the center channel. What one may think is poor encoding however, when the end of the disc is reached and you're watching in Japanese, the next episode preview switches to English. This, come to find out, is due to there being no Japanese language version, so this is to make everyone happy. I'd prefer no previews myself. We didn't detect any serious distortion or noticeable dropouts.

While it won't win any awards, the video is pretty serviceable. There's some print damage that you can see throughout at times in the forms of scratches and nicks, but nothing that will really detract much, especially considering the age of the materials. There's a fair amount of jaggies throughout and edge pixellation. We didn't detect any rainbows, but there's a softness combined with the pixellation that makes you more conscious of the age of the materials.

The packaging is pretty decent, with a still shot of Trunks on the cover. The reverse side gives a decent rundown of each episode, including episode name and number as well as a picture for each one of them. There's no insert included in the package, but they did a nice job on the screened image on the disc itself.

The menu's are fairly decent, but they unfortunately don't seem to work too well, which is more the fault of the video stream than the menus themselves. Selecting Japanese with English subtitles will cause the opening segment to play that way. Once it gets past that and into the show itself, the subtitles (listed as Japanese) go off. This also happens when you go from one episode block to the next, the subtitles get switched off. Very poorly tested. This occurred on three separate players. Access times were fairly decent.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There's probably more dialogue and information in these episodes than probably any other 30-40 episodes combined. Yeah, yeah, unnecessary slam. But when you watch the show for any length of time and you get episodes like these, it just feels weird to have so much actual information thrown at you. You're almost supposed to... think! What were they thinking to have this happen?

The show goes pretty much in the unexpected fashion with the battle between Frieza and Trunks and then King Cold and Trunks. It's essentially the Indiana Jones scene when he kills the blademaster in the bazaar with the gun instead of some long drawn out sequence. Boom. Done.

The actual fights, though brief, are pretty well done and actually get some of the people involved scared of what's going to happen, though they do bluster on the outside. Trunks manages to show off nicely and there's just something about a character with a sword.

And surprise surprise, Goku arrives! After dealing with Frieza and friends, Trunks and the group end up spending a few hours waiting for Goku to arrive from his trip back from Yardrat. Everyone's happy to see him, except of course for Vegeta. Piccolo's rather impressed by the amount of power within Goku, but what really gets the attention is the mysterious young Trunks, who requests a private conversation with Goku.

The two go off to the side for a bit and chat, with Trunks revealing the entire plot to the next major arc, though making changes in it as well. It all sounds pretty interesting and should be fun to watch. Trunks and Goku both go into Super Saiyan mode as well, for a bit of friendly sparring, which was great to see.

Technically speaking, this disc has the exact same problems as the first Trunks one and seems just as bad. There's even a few stray subtitling issues that really stand out as very bad QC. Here's hoping Funimation gets their act together at some point and starts releasing some quality stuff.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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