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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: D-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 24.98
- 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 #54: World Tournament - Draw
By Sean Smith
February 07, 2002
Release Date: July 31, 2001
FUNimation recently announced that they would try to have episodes, which have not aired on the Cartoon Network, simultaneously released between the DVD and VHS. And although it was released two weeks later than the VHS version, World Tournament: The Draw arrives on DVD. The episodes on this DVD lead up to various events such as the Senior Division portion of the tournament, as well as various events, consisting of new characters, and surprising matches.
Video: Again, FUNimation succeeds with a superb video transfer of these episodes. The video quality on this disc exceeds the Junior Division DVDs' in terms of less artifacting and grain, but other than that, its pretty much the same. The picture is crisp and the subtitles are very easy to read.
The audio transfer, as with the video transfer, is superb. As usual, the English (Dubbed) version of the DVD is in Stereo, while the Japanese (Subbed) version of the DVD retains its original mono form. And although it's in mono, it sounds as crisp as ever, with no signs of distortion or any problems within the audio. The audio can't get any better, unless remastered into stereo, which is very ridiculous, considering DBZ's length. Also, the music composed by Faulconer for these episodes actually isn't as bad and ear wrecking as it usually is; the music fits perfectly in each situation.
While some may say the cover art on this disc is dull (It shows a split screen of Goku and Vegeta), I believe it's very catchy since it basically foreshadows the fight in which Goku and Vegeta have. Another thing different about this disc is that the "Includes two Versions English Uncut Version and Original Japanese Version subtitled in English" splash has gotten smaller, which is much better since more of the cover art is shown. I don't think there is any reason for me to bring up the insert issue again since it seems we have already beaten that to death.
FUNimation once again produces outstanding menus for its' Dragonball Z DVD releases. The Opening menu however, takes a little long to boot up. It starts off with a scene in which you see the numbered green balls and hear them moving around for "the draw" portion of the tournament. We then see Vegeta holding the number 12 ball, which basically indicates he will be fighting Goku in the tournament. Son Goku smiles, and we are brought back to Vegeta, grinning, which is where the music starts to play. The menu is put in a widescreen format, similar to the "Bardock: The Father of Goku" DVD and "The History of Trunks" DVD.
We are once again treated with VHS commercials as extras, oh joy. The new "extra", or rather commercial, is the Irwin toy commercial and a commercial for Dragonball (which unfortunately looks very very poor due to the huge amounts of grain on screen). Like I've said before, there isn't any problem with commercials as extras, but I fail to see why they advertise VHS tapes and not the DVD's, or not both. And once again, the reason for it not receiving an F is because of their "effort" to give us new commercials...
Although there isn't much fighting, the episodes on this disc are funny, and interesting. They lead to many plot holes and mysteries such as Piccolo's forfeit and Shin's identity. The format, however, for these episodes has changed. Now, the opening plays before each episode and the closing plays after each episode. In case you didn't know, the previous format for the discs was "Opening, Episodes, Closing." In other words, the openings and closings were only to be seen in the first and last episode of the disc. Now that has changed and I must commend FUNimation for yet, another improvement (their first improvement was including the eyecatches). The credits, however, are missing on both the opening and closing.
This disc contains no flaws (unless you consider bad extras as a flaw). I recommend in buying it, as it leads to many events. World Tournament: Blackout was also released on the same day as this DVD, so if you have the extra money, I recommend picking up Blackout as well.
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