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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: D-
  • 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 #56: Babidi - Descent

    February 02, 2002
Release Date: October 02, 2001


Dragonball Z TV #56: Babidi - Descent
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Episode 205: The Wizard's Curse
The Z Fighters race to stop Babidi's cronies from delivering the pure energy which will be used resurrect the dreaded Majin Buu. Will they find Babidi's hidden spaceship in time?

Episode 206: King of the Demons
In a true moment of horror, Piccolo and Krillin are turned to stone by Dabura. Determined to save their friends lives Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta enter Babidi's ship! With evil warriors in their midst, will they be able to save their friends and find their way out?

Episode 207: Vegeta Attacks
At each stage of Babidi's ship, Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta must face a fearsome warrior, each more powerful than the last. There's no room for error! Even the tiniest mistake will enable Babidi to steal their energy for Majin Buu!

The Review!
At length, with this disc we finally start to get into the meat of the final saga of DBZ and things really pick up. So without further delay, I'll start the review.

Menus:

Unlike the "World Tournament" DVD's which had animated menus this DVD goes back to static menus. While it's not as nice looking I do enjoy not having to wait for a clip to play before making my selections.

The menu audio on this disc is quite good, especially from the main menu. Funny how the menu audio is far better than the audio on the actual dub track.

Packaging:

As has been the standard with DBZ releases, the package art is nothing more than a touched up screen cap. In this case it's a picture of Dabura, who on this disc makes his first appearance. As far as screencaps go, this is a pretty good one, thus the high marks for it.

Video:

I've watched through this disc several times now and I haven't noticed any real problems with the video. It seems very clean and has little grain, so it's on par with the video quality in the "World Tournament" releases.

Audio:

The English version is in stereo, and the quality is amazing. It's just too bad the music is horrid in most cases. The original version is in mono but it's quite good and the music is several times better.

Extras:

Nothing but commercials as usual, but the action figure commercial is worth checking out, it's so bad it's funny.

Content (May contain spoilers):

At the end of our last disc the Dragon Warriors had abandoned the Tenkaichi Budoukai to, with Kaioshin stop the Madoshi (Warlock) Babidi from releasing Majin Boo from the seal he was put in, in the distant past.

This disc contains 3 episodes:

Episode #1
Japanese Title: The Man Behind the Curtains Appears!! The Evil Madoshi Babidi
English Title: The Wizard's Curse

The Dragon Warriors (along with Kaioshin and Kibit) follow Spopovitch and Yamu to the spaceship of Babidi and watch from a distance as to the horror of Kaioshin; Babidi emerges.... along with the king of the demon world, Dabura at his side. Babidi accepts the energy that Spopovitch and Yamu had drained from Gohan at the tournament and then proceeds to kill Spopovitch while letting another of his goons, Pui Pui kill Yamu. The episode ends while the Dragon Warriors look on in shock.

Episode #2
Japanese Title: The Awaiting Trap! A Challenge from the Demon Realm
English Title: King of the Demons

The Dragon Warriors hiding place wasn't as secure as they thought, as Babidi knew where they were all along. Babidi and his entourage aside from Dabura go into Babidi's spaceship. Dabura following orders from Babidi launches a surprise attack, killing Kibit almost instantly, and turning Kururin and Piccolo to stone with his saliva before retreating into the spaceship.

As Babidi and Dabura had hoped, this sent Gohan, Vegeta and Goku into a rage and despite the warnings of Kaioshin they entered Babidis spaceship, Kaioshin followed them in. One of Babidi's henchmen, Pui Pui, shows up to challenge the Dragon Warriors he will fight Vegeta.

During all of this, the crowd at the Tenkaichi Budoukai is getting restless.

Episode #3
Japanese Title: Dont Toy with Me!! Vegeta's Breakthrough First Strike of Fury
English Title: Vegeta Attacks

Any damage the Dragon Warriors take inside of the ship will cause the energy they lose to be absorbed into it, and then channeled to restore Majin Boo to his full power. However, Pui Pui quickly finds out that damaging the Dragon Warriors isn't going to be easy, as Vegeta simply takes him apart. Pui Pui fails to land a single blow before being vaporized by a giant ki blast from Vegeta.

At the tournament Trunks and Goten posing as Mighty Mask are nearly found out by the announcer, but through some clever trickery keep their identity secret. Meanwhile the crowd is even more restless.

Babidi and Dabura are somewhat surprised that Pui Pui lost so convincingly, the Dragon Warriors proceed deeper into the ship until they encounter the incredibly large beast that is Maju Yakon, the disc ends as Son Goku prepares to begin combat with him.

Overall a good disc with a lot of storyline developments and good action, definitely worth a purchase.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Dell Dimension 4300 PC, Harman/Kardon speakers, Liteon LTD 163 16x DVD-ROM drive, Gateway VX900 monitor, Intervideo WinDVD 3.0 OEM edition

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