Anime DVD Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Two

The Dragon Ball Z Collection Two movie box set was released by FUNimation on December 6, 2011. This four-disc set includes The Return of Cooler, Super Android 13!, Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, and Bojack Unbound. There were two slimline boxes packaged in the set; the first contained the discs for The Return of Cooler and Super Android 13!, while the second contained the discs for Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and Bojack Unbound. The two slimline cases are housed in a cardboard slipcover. It seems that the discs included in this set are the exact same discs that FUNimation released when they released the movies in the steelbook “double feature” sets, and the only special features on the four discs are trailers.

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Two
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 6, 2011

All of the films included on this set are original stories that can fit into the main storyline of the anime series rather easily; they are no longer alternate tellings of events that take place in the television series.

Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler was the sixth film released for Dragon Ball Z. The film is set on the new Planet Namek, which the Namekians had to relocate to after Frieza and Goku’s epic battle destroyed their original home planet. The Namekians lived on the planet in peace for three years, until a strange metal planet suddenly appeared and began to absorb the new Planet Namek. Dende, the Namekian who has become the new Kami and guardian of the Earth, enlists the help of Goku and his friends for his home planet.

Along for the ride are Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Oolong, Yajirobe and Master Roshi. I can understand why Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo are there, and it’s explained that Yajirobe has been sent along with some Senzu Beans in case anyone needs their healing power. But I just can’t understand why Oolong and Master Roshi are there. While they do provide some comic relief during the movie, I honestly believe that Yajirobe could have handled the “comic relief” duties himself. Oolong and Roshi just felt like unnecessary characters in the story.

When they arrive at the new Planet Namek, the group encounters an army of strange, large and silent robots. They discover that Cooler, who was thought to have been killed at the end of Cooler’s Revenge, is leading the attack on the planet. The film focuses on Goku and the Z-Fighters trying to defeat Cooler and his army in order to help the Namekians.

Overall, I didn’t think this film was quite as strong as Cooler’s Revenge. The main failing it has is the fact that Cooler really isn’t a well-defined villain. All that the audience knows about him is the fact that he’s Frieza’s brother. Outside of that, there was little to no character development for him, so it was hard for me to take him too seriously as a villain.

When it comes to the animation in this film, I was a little disappointed in it. Cooler’s new design looks sloppy and unfinished, and the backgrounds looked like they were drawn in a hurry. The lesser quality in animation only helped to underscore the fact that the writing wasn’t as strong as it could have been.

Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! was the seventh film released for Dragon Ball Z. The film opens with a scene of Androids 17 and 18 killing Dr. Gero that originally appeared in the Dragon Ball Z anime series; however, it continues on from where that scene ended, and it’s revealed that Gero had copied his consciousness into an underground supercomputer. It turns out that Gero had taken this action in order to work on an alternate ultimate android.

Meanwhile, Goku is out shopping with Chi-Chi and Gohan. At the same shopping center, Kuririn, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Future Trunks are waiting for a beauty pageant. As Goku and his family eat at a restaurant at the top of the shopping center, they are attacked by two humanoids. As Goku battles them, he learns that they are Androids 14 and 15. When it comes to Android 15, I kept thinking that he looked like he was designed to look like Flava Flav from the rap group Public Enemy; all he was missing was the big watch around his neck.

After Gohan, Kuririn, and Trunks join in the battle, Goku requests to move elsewhere in order to avoid hurting innocent people. The battle is moved to an area in the Arctic, and they are soon joined by Android 13, Vegeta, and Piccolo. The rest of the film focuses on the battles that take place between these characters.

My biggest disappointment with Super Android 13! is the fact that there isn’t much in the way of any actual plot. I got the impression that the director felt that if enough explosions and battles were thrown into the film, that the audience wouldn’t notice the fact that there really wasn’t a story being told. As the battles wore on during the film, I found myself getting bored with it, and it didn’t help that I was already feeling a little tired as I watched the movie. I believe I even nodded off briefly during one of the battles.

Another thing that I really noticed when I watched this film is the fact that it’s become predictable for Piccolo to join in the fight to save Gohan when Gohan’s in major trouble and it looks like he has no way out.

Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan was the eighth film released for Dragon Ball Z. At the opening of the film, King Kai is on his planet in the Otherworld, and he senses the destruction of an entire quadrant of the galaxy; he also realizes that the threat is coming to his Northern quadrant next.

Goku and Chi-Chi are standing in a long line for an interview at a potential school for Gohan to attend; all the while, Goku complains about being hungry while Chi-Chi is trying to train Goku on how he should answer questions. King Kai telepathically communicates with Goku during their interview, summoning him to come see him. Goku uses Instantaneous Movement during the interview, shocking the panel of interviewers. When Goku meets with King Kai, he gets something to eat and learns of the impending threat.

Meanwhile, Gohan, Vegeta, Kuririn, Master Roshi, Bulma and Future Trunks are having a picnic in the park. Their picnic is interrupted by the arrival of a spaceship; commanding the spaceship is a Saiyan named Paragus. He says he’s looking for Vegeta to be the king of the new planet Vegeta and to help defeat the Super Saiyan that’s rampaging the galaxy. After some hesitation, Vegeta agrees to go with Paragus to the new Vegeta. Gohan, Trunks, Master Roshi, and Oolong tag along for the ride.

At the new Vegeta, the group meets Paragus’ son, Broly. Goku arrives as well, and the rest of the movie progresses with various revelations and a big battle.

Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan is the longest of the Dragon Ball Z movies, clocking in at one hour and 11 minutes; however, the film doesn’t really feel like it drags. There’s an actual plot and story being told, in addition to the fights. The film probably wouldn’t have been quite as strong if it been the length of an average Dragon Ball Z movie.

The one part of the film that I had a hard time believing was how much Vegeta, the proud Saiyan prince, was reduced to a whimpering wimp for a good portion of the movie. Yes, I can believe that he is overcome by the Legendary Super Saiyan’s strength right at first, but I have a hard time believing the length of time it took him to overcome his fear. At this point in the Dragon Ball Z series, Vegeta has learned to become a Super Saiyan, and he’s still rather arrogant and bullheaded. His reaction just felt a little too out of character and not as believable as it could have been.

I also have one major question: Where are all these Saiyans coming from? At the beginning of the Dragon Ball Z series, it’s established that the only remaining Saiyans are Raditz, Nappa, Vegeta, and Goku. Back in The Tree of Might, a previously unseen Saiyan is the villain. Now in Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, two additional Saiyans are introduced.

Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound was the ninth film released for Dragon Ball Z. The main setting of the film is a special Tenkaichi Tournament, in which 200 fighters will compete; amongst the 200 fighters is Yamucha, Tien, Piccolo, Gohan, Future Trunks, and Kuririn. The winner gets to face the famous champion Mr. Satan (who is known as Hercule in the English dub).

At this point in the series, Goku has died and is with King Kai in Other World, where they are watching the tournament. As the tournament advances, Gohan, Kuririn, Piccolo, Tien, and Future Trunks are in the final eight. When the contestants are whittled down to the final four, they are transported to an area to fight against a fighter from elsewhere in the galaxy. However, when the alien fighters are revealed, the promoter realizes these are not the alien fighters they had recruited for the contest.

Instead, the fighters are the villain Bojack and his two henchmen and one henchwoman. Bojack had been sealed by the four Kais in a star, but when Goku had transported the ready to self-destruct Cell to Kai’s realm and killed Kai, the seal was broken. The remainder of film focuses on the Z-Fighters fighting with Bojack and his cronies.

When Bojack came on the screen, my husband commented that the character seemed to resemble singer Michael Bolton circa the late 1980s/the early 1990s. Once I noticed the resemblance, it kind of ruined the film for me, because my husband and I spent a lot of time joking around by making commentary using titles from some of Michael Bolton’s songs.

For me, the most enjoyable part of the film was roughly the first half, when the emphasis was on the Tenkaichi Tournament eliminations. There was a lot of humor included in both the action and the dialogue. Once I got to the part where the Z-Fighters fought against Bojack and his cronies, the pacing of the film seemed to slow down. While it’s not one of the worst Dragon Ball Z films I have watched, it’s not one of the best, either.

One of the most notable things about Bojack Unbound is the fact that this is the first of the Dragon Ball Z films to shift the focus away from Goku in order to make his son Gohan the main focus of the story. This film also shows some change in character for Vegeta; in this case, the change is believable, especially since this is the first film to take place after Goku’s death.

When it comes to the actual DVD box set, one of the things that FUNimation plays up on the cardboard slipcover is the fact that the films have been digitally remastered. When it comes to the video quality, I can definitely say that the films don’t look nearly as grainy as the Dragon Ball films did after they were remastered. When it comes to the audio, all I can comment on is the Japanese language tracks, since I watched the films with the Japanese audio and English subtitles. The Japanese audio was on the quieter side, but this may be due to the fact that the Japanese audio is in mono, while the English audio is in Surround Sound.

Personally, I can only truly recommend this box set for the die-hard Dragon Ball Z fans that must own everything on DVD, and want to purchase this set as an easy way to acquire these Dragon Ball Z films for their collection.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Two movie box set that my husband and I purchased.

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