Dragon Ball Z-3.2: Trunks-Prelude to Terror (2000)

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Released 12-Dec-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Notes-Previous Saga Info
Biographies-Character
Featurette-DBZ Web Promo
Featurette-Preview Next Saga
Notes-DVD Credits
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 61:24
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Daisuke Nishio
Studio
Distributor
Toei Animation
Madman Entertainment
Starring Sean Schemmel
Christopher Sabat
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $24.95 Music Shuusuke Kikuchi
Chiho Kikuchi
Takeshi Ike


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, flashback from last episode at start

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Plot Synopsis

    My sentiments regarding Dragonball Z will not be repeated here. For those and other background information on this excellent series, I refer you to my review of Dragonball Z 3.1. The episodes on this DVD are even better than the episodes on the first DVD, although you may want to read up on some background information first (in the extras) to make sure you have some idea of what is going on. What's great about reviewing these DVDs is that they are new episodes which I have yet to see, and which won't be shown on TV until February 2001 or so.

    The episodes on this DVD are:

    Welcome Back Goku (Episode 106): This episode sees the demise of Frieza (finally) and also his father King Cold by the superpower that is Trunks in his Super Saiyan One form. The rest of the Z fighters are amazed at his power and hope he will not go after them next, but instead he tells them the exact place on Earth where Goku will be arriving (Goku had been in space trying to get back to Earth after his battle with Frieza). Goku arrives late in the episode and starts having something of a conference with Trunks.

    Mystery Revealed (Episode 107): Just to make sure that Goku is everything he is meant to be, Trunks tests Goku in combat, which Goku passes easily, using only one finger to defend himself (!). The rest of the episode is basically flashbacks and Trunks telling Goku about the past and also the future (since he is from there). He also explains that an attack on the Earth will come in three years time from Androids. There are also a couple of huge surprises in this episode.

    Goku's Special Technique (Episode 108): Trunks and Goku finish their conference (it is rather confidential, so they do it away from the rest of the Z fighters) and fly back over to the rest of the gang (yes, they can fly). Goku tries to explain to the Z team what Trunks has told him but forgets. Luckily, Piccolo has heightened senses and overheard the conference from afar. Piccolo then explains the story to the Z team. At the conclusion of this episode, everyone splits up and goes their separate ways to train for the Androids' arrival.

    Madman have done another good job with this set of episodes but still no Japanese language track. I don't know if I can make it any clearer to Madman other than saying, A JAPANESE LANGUAGE TRACK IS COMPULSORY ON EVERY JAPANESE ANIME. I think I have made my point.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Another good transfer from Madman, although this one is slightly worse than Dragonball Z 3.1.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Compared to the first DBZ DVD, this one is overly sharp, which means that a lot of the edges do get a bit jagged, although I only noticed this after close examination of the disc. Shadow detail was perfect as it is animation. No low-level noise was noted.

    Colour was again excellent, actually surpassing the level of the first DVD. DBZ uses a whole range of colours and is not exactly what you would call drab, so the colour rendition was nicely suited to the material. No chroma noise was exhibited which was great since a lot of blue, the colour most prone to chroma noise, was used.

    This transfer has a major problem with grain, seemingly due to the source material. Some instances of aliasing do arise but they aren't too major. Film artefacts were the other main problem, being constant but not overly annoying to this particular enthralled reviewer.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    There is only the one track on this DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 effort, encoded at 192 Kb/s. This is oddly slightly lower than the first Dragonball Z DVD, which was encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    The dialogue quality was perfectly clear at all times. The last DBZ DVD had a very slight problem with dialogue but this DVD has corrected that. Audio sync is perfect unless you count the wrong mouthing of the words due to the Japanese/English translation.

    The music was improved over the first DVD, as it was somewhat less annoying. Where is the Japanese musical score I ask?

    This soundtrack also has good bass, even without a specifically-encoded LFE channel. This made up for the very centred soundtrack.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras on this DVD are identical to the ones on Dragonball Z 3.1, so check that review to find out the details. This is quite a disappointment, as something new would have been nice.

Menu

    This is identical to the previous DVD in the series except that the names of the episodes have been changed. Still, it looks great and is functional.

Notes - Previous Saga Info

Biographies - Characters (9)

Trailer - Dragonball Z Web Promo (00:13)

Trailer - Dragonball Z - Android Saga (00:50)

Notes - DVD Credits

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 is the version of choice here due to the extra language option.

Summary

    Dragonball Z 3.2 is the best Dragonball Z DVD yet due to the episodes being a lot better and more action-packed. They are presented on a slightly problematic DVD.

    The video quality was good but has room to improve.

    The audio quality was excellent but needs more life in the mix.

    The extras are good for someone who only has one of the two DVDs released, but boring for someone like me who has both.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Wednesday, December 20, 2000
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