Mania Grade: A+
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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: N/A
- 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 Brett Brown
February 07, 2002
Release Date: July 31, 2001
It's been a long time coming (almost a year), but it looks like Funimation is finally getting down a winning formula for the DBZ DVD's starting with this one. Without further delay lets dive into this disc!
The menu for this DVD is, in my opinion better than the lifeless (but popular!) menus that are being used for the Freeza DVD's. Each menu is animated however and you must set through the video clip that plays. Every time you access a sub-menu you must set through it's full video clip, but you only have to watch the longest clip (which is for the main menu) once.
Also, now the menu music isn't dub music, it's actually menu only music composed by the "Man of 1000 voices" Chris Sabat. A noteworthy improvement.
Well it's just a slightly touched up screen cap of the "first round matchup" picture used for Son Goku .vs. Vegeta, it's a good screencap sure, but a screencap is a screencap is a screencap.
This disc, much like the other discs from this story arc (and the Freeza arc) has very good video quality. No really noticeable flaws, nothing that bugged me during my 4 viewings of this disc thus far. So I'd have to say it's pretty satisfactory in this department.
I'll just gloss over this since everyone knows the story by now, the dub is in stereo and the original is in mono. And as usual the dub music is so limited in it's scope it has a lot of situations it just doesn't convey the original emotion intended for the scene in.
Nothing but commercials as usual, at least something is there so I'll give it a D-.
Each episode has an opening and closing now which is what a lot of people have been asking for. I wasn't too big a fan of the idea at first but it has helped me learn the songs a lot faster, so for that I'm happy.
And now onto the meat of the review:
Content (may contain spoilers):
In the first of the 3 episodes on this disc, Junior Division Champion, Chibi-Trunks is about to face Mr. Satan in an exhibition match. Indeed it appears Mr. Satan is about to be exposed as being far from the strongest fighter in the world. After getting absolutely plastered by Trunks, Satan simply acts like he lost on purpose and the crowd buys it saving his reputation.
Meanwhile the bulk of the Dragon Warriors had been eating, they are eventually joined by Son Gohan and Videl and after leaving are confronted by two mysterious figures. Son Goku concludes the first episode by stating that the Dragon Warriors will not be the only ones getting easy victories at this tournament.
The second episode starts off with Piccolo stating that the two they just met were definitely not of earth. The warriors proceed to the area where the drawing which will determine first round matchups is to occur.
Meanwhile, determined to get into the adult competition Trunks and Goten knock out qualifier Mighty Mask and together fit into his outfit in a hilarious segment.
When the drawing finally occurs the most notable first round pairings are Ma Junior (Piccolo keeping his identity hidden as to not cause a panic.) .vs. Shin (One of the two the Dragon Warriors encountered at the end of the previous episode) and Son Goku .vs. Vegeta! Needless to say, Vegeta is thrilled at the matchup. And so the second episode ends right as the tournament is set to begin.
The final episode of the disc starts with Kururin facing Punter in the opening matchup and absolutely crushing him. Meanwhile Piccolo was extremely nervous heading into his fight with Shin. When the battle finally begins Piccolo discovers Shin can read minds, with his power failing him an extremely unnerved, Piccolo surrenders before the first punch is thrown.
Piccolo tells the shocked other Dragon Warriors that their dimensions were too different, meanwhile Videl prepares to fight Spopovitch as the disc comes to an end.
Overall this was a very well made disc with some good episodes on it, the DBZ discs have improved a lot since the old Ginyu discs, that's for sure.
Matsushita DVD-ROM SR-8583 (2x), Cyber Acoustics CA-3000 speakers, WinDVD 3.0, Gateway VX900 monitor