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Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku
Dragon Ball Z - Bardock The Father of Goku
Actors: Dragon Ball Z, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Doc Harris
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2001     0hr 48min

Bardock was one of the Saiya-jin Frieza used as mercenaries to conquer other worlds. Although he was only a "low-level" warrior, Bardock grew so powerful that Frieza and his lieutenant Doodoria feared he might become a thr...  more »


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Actors: Dragon Ball Z, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Doc Harris
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Creators: Terry Klassen, Ian James Corlett, Akira Toriyama, Andrew Rye, Eric Vale, Jack Phelan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Animation, Animation, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Funimation Prod
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 01/30/2001
Original Release Date: 09/13/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 09/13/1996
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 0hr 48min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

My all-time FAVORITE Dragon Ball Z Story!
David C. Rutledge | Ada, Oklahoma | 02/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, so Funimation seems to just grab people off the street to dub the voices for their English Dragon Ball Z releases, and the way they mess up the original plots and music makes my skin crawl. At least they've started giving us the option to view the movies in the original Japanese with directly translated subtitles!The plot of this movie (originally a TV special in Japan) is darker than most DBZ tales, and portrays a very Japanese sense of honor and vindication. Goku's father, who we know to have been killed by Freeza, is "cursed" by a dying alien to see the future of his race. As the movie progresses, he periodically sees flashes of his infant son Goku growing up, and the destruction of planet Vegita. When none of his comrades will believe his premonitions, Bardock embarks on a last ditch effort to stop Freeza and change his future.If you are a DBZ fan GET THIS DVD. Just do yourself a favor and DON'T WATCH THE ENGLISH DUB!"
Despite my reservations...
Gillian Middleton | Brisbane, Queensland Australia | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...I really enjoyed this one. It MUST be watched in its original language to be really appreciated and that's the strength of this DVD. It has the original version with English sub titles! The reason I was unsure about the story line is that it was about Bardock, I mean, who cares about Goku's father, right? It's Goku and Vegeta and Piccolo we all care about, right? But despite my reservations this was a rousing good story giving us a rare glimpse into the past and the lives of the Saiyins. In the Japanese version Bardock comes across as the trained soldier that he is, ruthless and single minded until he is granted the chance to see things from another point of view and therefore begin questioning for the first time in his life. In the English version they try to whitewash him a bit and it just doesn't work. The beauty of the story is Bardock's realisation of what he and his people have allowed themselves to become in the service of Frieza, making the destruction of his race all the more poignant. I recommend any anime title that has the original Japanese version on it anyway, but this one really illustrates the differences between the original and Funimations condescending makeover. Watch the two versions one after another and see if you agree with me!"
Essential Prequel and Good Action in its own right.
Ryk E. Spoor | Troy, NY USA | 10/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Bardock TV special contradicts, or at least confuses the issue, with respect to some of the earlier material. However, it was generally accepted (even by Toriyama-sensei) as canon, and it's one of the best DBZ stories. Bardock, Goku's father, is a fairly typical Saiyajin, helping crush and conquer planets (and commit genocide) for the employer of most Saiyajin warriors, Freezer. But on one of these planets, the last surviving power warrior strikes Bardock to his soul, cursing him with the ability to see the future; it's a curse because the vision shows him the forthcoming destruction of his entire race. His newly-born son Kakaratto shares this vision (and thus cries a lot). Bardock eventually discovers that it is Freezer who intends to destroy them, having decided that the Saiyajin as a race might eventually pose a threat to him and his people. Bardock's desperate attempts to forestall fate transform him from a thoughtless mercenary to a rough hero, at least for this short time, and he shows a warrior potential far beyond anything Freezer expected. Though he is defeated, in death he is at least granted a last vision of the future which shows his son -- grown up and the living mirror image of his father -- will confront and defeat the psychotic alien.Not only is this a pretty fancy and complex story for a DBZ movie, but it's well told, well acted (in the original Japanese), and has the very cool combat theme song called "Solid State Scouter". A must-have for any DBZ fan."
5 star quality, BUT CUT UP.
Ryk E. Spoor | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own this on VHS and I plan to purchase the DVD for the original dialog version. By far this movie had the best story of the series. It takes a much darker path than the usually light-hearted theme of the series. It follows Goku's dad Bardock and what eventually becomes the fatefull day that triggers a series of events leading to Dragonball and DBZ. The rock music fit the scenes and the animation good but seemed a bit cut up as if it were editted for some reason.(SPOILER) If you have been following the story, a lot happens on that day in this movie that is not shown.
Goku aka Kakarot and Broly (not shown) are born. Prince Vegeta training, is sent away on a mission. Kakarot is sent to earth. King Vegeta's attempts to kill Broly and Freiza (not shown) fail. He in fact is killed by Freiza (not shown). Cooler allows Kakarot to escape to earth (mistake). Bardock growing stronger, is noticed by Freiza, and becomes a target for assination. His team is decimated. Gifted with visions Bardock sees the end of his Sayian home and chooses to meet it head on. Freiza destroys him and planet vegeta, Broly and his father escape the blast (not shown). Goku, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Turrlis, Broly and his father are the only sayians remaining. There are flashbacks in the show and in a few movies that if pieced together would fit into this movie making it complete. Easily the best movie I've seen so far of DBZ but it would be nice to see it in its entirety."