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  • Audio Rating: C-
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.95 AU
  • Running time: 62
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z: Z Warriors Prepare

    March 01, 2002


Dragonball Z: Z Warriors Prepare
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
The World of Dragon Ball Z:
In an age of magical wishes and treacherous tyrants, Dragon Ball Z weaves an epic tale of action and adventure. Now discover the world of Dragon Ball Z from its very beginnings as we take you through the touching moments, awesome battles, and wild humor that has made Dragon Ball Z a classic worldwide.

Z Warriors Prepare:
Gohan is learning some new tricks, Vegeta is pushing himself to the breaking point, and Yamcha’s struggling just to keep up as everyone prepares to face the looming Android menace! But will all of these preparations be enough?
(Episode 109)

Goku’s Ordeal:
Chi-Chi wants a car! And Goku and Piccolo must take a day off from training to enrol in driving school. These two mighty warriors may be Earth’s only chance of survival, but what are the chances they’ll learn how to parallel park?
(Episode 110)

The Review!
I remember why I bought a DVD player, the promise superior video quality, increased audio options and more content for reduced cost over VHS all being very important considerations. Of course the disc itself has to have all those too, which brings us to this disc…

Audio:
Forever sealing this release of the series as low grade in my opinion, the audio is limited to the English dub. Yep, no option for the Japanese track. Not to say there isn’t any good lines in the Funimation dub, my personal fav on this disc being Cibi-Vegeta’s “Good bye pests!” but it bares little relation to the Japanese version. There are no technical problems with the dub track though, a fairly centered and clear sounding stereo mix.

Video:
The video is serviceable, but is rarely superior to TV or VHS quality, thanks to the age of the source materials. It’s abit soft, but scratches and film damage are minimal.

Menu:
After inserting the disc and sitting through the Interpole warning, Madman Entertainment and Funimation title screens, it leads directly onto the US DBZ is next program clip and then the opening titles before you even see the menu. The main menu is the default Madman DBZ standard, circular in nature with the cover image as the main background on this disc. The menu is easy to navigate with options to play the three episodes in large with scene selection underneath and to head for the Extras page. Clicking on any of the three scene selection options takes you to a single scene selection page with the choice of replaying the US DBZ is next/opening titles, four chapter points per episode and the end credits.

Extras:
Apart from adding a profile for Trunks, this disc shares the same extras as the previous volumes. The previous saga guide provides two pages of brief description for all the sagas before the present Androids Saga on this disc (i.e. Saiyan, Namek, Captain Ginyu, Frieza, Garlic Jr Sagas). The character guide has 10 profiles on some of the major players in DBZ: Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Trunks, Frieza, Garlic Jr, Captain Ginyu and Raditz.

There is also a short 13 second promo for the official Australian Dragonball Z site, dragonballz.com.au.
At least some things remain the same as the US discs, with a trailer for the upcoming Androids saga on VHS. The final option on the Extras menu is the DVD credits, listing the three guys at Madman Interactive to thank for this DVD, after you point out the flawed nature of this disc lacking the Japanese language track.

Packaging:
The packaging has a nice group shot of Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Trunks, Tsen, Gohan, Yamcha and Chazu in the foreground and a fist-raised close-up of Goku behind them. It’s a near clone of the US release covers, apart from minor changes like the changed region globes (2 and 4), PAL format tags, Madman Entertainment emblem and the M 15+ rating sticker. I don’t find these ‘Uncut’ versions, at least on this disc, any more bloody or violent than the G TV version or the PG VHS version. The M 15+ rating means that only older fans can buy these, and that might scare off parents from buying the DVD versions for little Jimmy, heading for the ‘safer’ VHS version.

Like the majority of all Australian R4 discs, the use of a clear case means we have a double-sided cover instead of an insert. On the front side we have an ad for Androids – Invasion, below which are ads for the first three Madman released DBZ DVDs, Mysterious Youth, Prelude to Terror and…Z Warrior Prepare. The disc side features small shots of Vegeta carrying a dragon ball and Super Saiyan Goku, the seventh dragon ball under the disc’s hub and the URL for the Australian Dragonball Z site. The disc itself is the usual, dull yellow and four stars to mimic a dragon ball.

Content:
The content on this disc hits a low point, with the ultimate re-cap episode and one of the most idiotic DBZ comedy/filler episodes in existence.

The World of Dragonball Z is documentary/recap episode that covers both early Saiyan history and Goku’s past in both Dragonball and Dragonball Z. For those not versed in DBZ, now you can see some of the story before the Trunks DVDs. For those who are versed in DBZ, you get to see it anyway. Fairly annoying when you consider that some Region 1 releases feature this as an extra. That said, it does provide the only way to see pre-Trunks saga footage on DVD in Australia…

Z Warriors Prepare shows the various fighters putting themselves through their paces, but centers primarily on the efforts of Vegeta. While everybody is really pushing themselves, Vegeta hungers to become a Super Saiyan as well, and keeps setting increasingly higher training paces under 300 times gravity. Yamcha mistaken believes he can match Vegeta’s pace and Bulma worries about Vegeta killing himself through his pride, something that hints at her feelings for the prince of all Saiyans.

Goku’s Ordeal, is less an ordeal for Goku than the watcher. While Goku, Gohan and Piccolo train, Chi-Chi laments her reliance on her legs as her only transportation. Pushed too far, Chi-Chi demands a car, something that the drivers license deficient Goku doesn’t see the need for, what with his ability to fly and all. Under pain of death, Chi-Chi demands that Goku gets his license, even dragging Piccolo in. What chance do the mismatched pair of a soft head Saiyan and the psychical manifestation of the Guardian of Earth’s dark side have at passing a simple driving test, when their first impulse is to duel with each other at the drop of a hat?

Z Warriors Prepare’s only highlight is the episode this disc shares its name with. The World of Dragonball Z “episode” and Goku’s Ordeal are low grade filler, and the use of the same extras and lack of Japanese track provide no reason to buy this version over the VHS tape.

Features
English Language,Character guide,Previous Saga guide,Next Saga trailer

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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