Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|DragonBall Ultimate Edition|
Actor: Eddie Chan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment Release Date: 10/30/2007 Run time: 100 minutes
Wow. Just wow.
James Thomas Jeans | Glenwood Acres, TX USA | 05/05/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"With Fox getting ready to release a new-live action adaptation of Dragonball, I decided to go out and purchase the first live-action Dragonball film, which was made in China (without the consent of Akira Toriyama) and released near the end of the 1980s.
I wasn't surprised to find that this film is bad. Really bad.
Well, okay, I will admit that it's one of those films thats so bad it's good, but it absolutely butchers the original concept damn near beyond recognition. The Dragon Balls are called Dragon Pearls, Goku and his friends face off against a Power Rangers reject and foot soldiers with bad 80s hair, and none of the characters are named correctly (and in most cases are only vague shadows of their source material counterparts).
The film is so low budget that it steals its musical score directly from other things (the music used when Goku rides the flying nimbus for the first time is lifted wholesale from the animated series Ranma 1/2).
This is the kind of film that fully deserved to appear on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Even sans a riff track, the film is intensely (and most probably unintentionally) funny.
If you're the sort of person who likes bad films that are unintentionally funny, you'll laugh until you cry whilst watching this (my best friend actually got a nosebleed because he was laughing so hard)."
Hard to find for a reason...
Myth Guided | 09/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I (being a DB/DBZ/DBGT fan in any language or format) tried to find a copy of this "movie" for years, and, when I finally found it on Amazon, I rejoiced...until I watched it.
This movie is AWFUL. The Dragon Ball Evolution movie is a million times better than this "movie", and I thought 'Evolution' was bad.
I will list the negative aspects of this "film". I would list the positive, but I can't come up with any.
1) BULMA IS ONLY MODERATELY GOOD-LOOKING
Bulma should ALWAYS be the most attractive woman in existence.
A) IS PLAYED BY A WOMAN
Now, I know that the person who does Goku's voice in the original Japanese version of the anime show is a woman. That doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I prefer her voice-acting to that of S.S. in the American voice-overs, BUT this is live-action. Goku should look tough, not like a sixteen year old girl.
B) CAN FLY WITH Nyoibô?
I mean, I know it can extend over two-hundred and fify-thousand miles, but a jet-pack it is not.
C) HAS THE SAME POWER-LEVEL AS YAMCHA?
This is shown to us in a really bad computer-animated sequence.
3) KRILLIN (KULILIN) IS NOT IN THE FILM
I've heard people complain about the lack of Vegeta, but he's
not even in the original DB series. Krillin is! Where's Krillin?!?!?!
Actually, the actor portraying Yamcha does the best job in
the "film" in my opinion. (Wow! One positive remark!)
5) OVERALL PRODUCTION VALUE IS WORSE THAN POWER RANGERS
In fact, I have the feeling that people who didn't make the cut
to be on the crew for POWER RANGERS moved to China and made
6) BREATHTAKINGLY BAD CHINESE CINEMA
I enjoy good Chinese cinema, as well as some that's bad, but
this makes the Shaw Bros.' flick BLACK MAGIC look
like a masterpiece.
7) KIDS WON'T EVEN WATCH IT
I did everything but strap six different kids (aged 8 - 13) down
and made them watch, but only two made it all the way through.
Those two kids are still mad at me.
This "film" is an abomination.
I can't share any more of my thoughts without using profanity.
P.S. If you want a good live-action movie about Goku, watch THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM. Goku is loosely based on the monkey king (who is a major character in that movie) anyway. I think Jet Li as the character whom Goku is based on is as good as we'll ever get in a live-action film that has any resemblance to Dragon Ball."
Jokiemcjokester | Eastern Washington | 11/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After watching the 2009 Dragonball movie and thought wow that was the worst thing I've ever saw. I watch the 1989 movie. It may be bad cheesy and horribley done....but it was 20 years previously. 1989 had ET quality movies or Gremilins. I watched this movie and laughed out loud (LOL) and almost rolled on the floor while laughing (ROFL). The one thing this movie did Kao Ken x10 better then the 2009 Dragonball movie was actually follow the story line of the First Season of Dragonball.
Given it didn't follow it exact it was still along the lines I could tell who the charecters were supposed to be. Hollywood did it and did not touch it close other than the names."