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DragonBall Z: Vegeta Saga 1 - Saiyan Showdown ( Vol. 1 )
DragonBall Z Vegeta Saga 1 - Saiyan Showdown
Vol. 1
Actors: Jji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Doc Harris
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2005     1hr 15min

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Actors: Jji Yanami, 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, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Animation, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Funimation Prod
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/12/2005
Original Release Date: 09/13/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 09/13/1996
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Very Fine and Fancy Collection Piece
03/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is the first volume of the Uncut Dragon Ball Z Saian Saga episodes. These are unedited and uncensored and were never seen on US television. This DVD has the first three episodes on it. These episodes may or may not have ever been seen because of Pioneer Ent. deleting whole episodes and taking clips from several different episodes and making them one single episode. This DVD is worth buying to any Dragon Ball fan."
THIS IS THE BEST AND ORIGINAL UNCUT VERSION
Stuart B. Shankland | UK | 06/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best, original and uncut Vegeta saga all together.
Just to warn all DBZ Fans, pay no attention to the review by C King, he is obviously not a true DBZ fan or an old guy who does not belong to true DBZ fan generations because he is saying that Pioneers version is the original version and that funimation have added too much blood to try and make it look better, which can only mean he saw the pioneer version but did not know anything about pioneer cutting 15 or more episodes worth of footage out of the original and he thinks funimation are just trying to impress us when as we know all true DBZ fans are fully aware that when it first came to the USA too much was cut out, plus all true animated fans are also aware no one is aloud to add stuff to a movie except for the owners, plus if so it is normally brand new scenes and not just bits onto a scene. plus if this was not the original version we would not be able to also be watching the original uncut japanese verion which has the exact same scenes as the English Dubbed version.
C King does not know what he is on about, Funimation have bean so good, excelent, and Marvelous to us by presenting it in the original version so we can finally get to see all 291 original uncut episodes in English and the original Japanese Versions."
Vol. 1 - Saiyan Showdown
Stuart B. Shankland | 06/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, I'm not a kid. It's just easier to use the kid's review format. Next, I am reviewing about the Dragon Ball Z Saiyan Showdown DVD. duh...

After Saban had left FUNimation after the first two seasons, FUNimation had started to release the Ginyu episodes and after uncut and bilingual on DVD. FUNimation had planned to, once the sub-license to Pioneer for these episodes expired, re-release them uncut and bilingual. However, when FUNimation had re-released this they had made it trilingual. You get two English tracks, 5.1 Surround and Stereo, the Original Japanese which is included, as well as the English Stereo, on all other UNCUT DVDs, and Spanish. The Japanese and Spanish versions are recorded in mono as they were originally premiered on TV. The English tracks are brand new unlike the Japanese and Spanish. Most of the English script is the same taken from the original dub in 1996(?) and the Spanish is almost the same as the Original Japanese.

This disc has 3 episodes(why?) like most other FUNimation DVD's. This DVD has scenes that were removed from the original dub so some of the content is new to us. If you were wondering this begins at the beginning and ends with the beginning of the fight with Raditz. On the English track the original opening Cha-la Head Cha-la was removed and replaced with rock music which to me is worse than Rock the Dragon(sorry) with scenes from the series covered with red and black. The ending is the same way. However, the Japanese and Spanish versions use Cha-la as the opening(the Spanish song is dubbed in Spanish) and ZENKAI power (that's not the full title, it's soooo long) as the ending. The eye-catches are intact with different music for the English Version.

Extras include a Goku vs. Vegeta Featurette, a follow the nimbus cloud which shows you what was censored from the original '96 dub by placing a nimbus cloud in the top right hand corner. Also, is trivia from the Dragon Ball Z TV Series and trailers.

And now... the nitpicking. First of all, doesn't the 1st episode look bad compared to episodes 2 & 3. Next,(these are only for the Japanese and Spanish versions) the opening animation for Cha-la is the wrong animation. It is the second animation instead of the first. The difference is when Nappa and Vegeta walk through the fire it is supposed to be a nimbus cloud going across the bottom of the screen and when Gohan is running next to Shenron, it is supposed to be a pan of land. Next, the Opening and Ending themes are creditless. Why is that? All the credit from Nozawa and the others was taken away. They could have at least had 2 different angles(like GT 1 & 2) which could have the original credits in one angle and a textless version or translated version in the other. From other sites I read that Toei (the company that makes the Dragon Ball anime) didn't give FUNimation full credits for each episode. And last is (for all versions) NEXT EPISODE PREVIEWS. Why doesn't FUNimation get them from the I-channel or someone else because Toei didn't give them sound. Couldn't FUNi even put a no sound preview. It would be better than nothing. Out of all the Dragon Ball series' the only one to have the previews(and kanji)is GT. The movies have kanji not to worry.

Overall, it is pretty well done(except for the opening animation which is told FUNimation doesn't have, though they could have made a blank first movie opening instead of this, which lasts the first 21 episodes (the whole Vegeta 1) which is a bad example to Dragon Ball ~_~. I rate this 4.5 stars.

For the Parents:
For the rating the back says TV-PG which on the International Channel is defined as - Viewer discretion advised, - Parental Guidence Suggested, - Generally Mature Content (ages 13 and up). Yep, 13 and up. This DVD contains some violence (a few drops of blood are in here but are hard to notice: Raditz hitting Krillen with his tail) and brief nudity (full frontal). For male viewers I suggest that you are 12 or older (mostly for some of the violence and situations (a four year old's uncle telling him to shut up). For female viewers I suggest 14 or 15 for the violence, situations, and the nudity. Hope this review helped."
This is off to a good start.... but it can REALLY be better
Christopher P. Cecena | Pine Valley, CA USA | 04/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"About a month or two ago I was hyping up on the DBZ Saiyan Showdown, which I mentioned in the Starter Set review. So, the much-anticipated DVD has finally come out, and I guess it's good... oh, who am I kidding? It's great! Still, though, I have a feeling it could be so much better....

In the Japanese version, we have the usual seiyuu stars... Masako Nozawa(Astro Boy, Galaxy Express 999), Hiromi Tsuru(Ranma 1/2, Trigun), Mayumi Tanaka(One Piece, Sakura Wars), Shigeru Chiba(Yu Yu Hakusho, Ranma 1/2), Toshio Furukawa(Urusei Yatsura, Dead or Alive VG series), and the . The usual quality stuff. However, I'm also pleased to note that the FUNimation seems to have also gotten their act together(compared to, say, the Frieza battle). Sean Schmell and Chris Sabat are still Goku and Piccolo, respectively. Justin Cook does a pretty good Raditz. My one major complaint though? A lot of the lines for the new dub are the exact same as in the original English version. For example, Mike McFarland's(as Master Roshi) speech on how Goku lost his memory is nearly identical to the one Ian Corlett gave for Roshi back in 1996. The only difference is this time, Master Roshi mentions that Goku nearly dies from his head injury before saying how he went on to become "a happy, loving boy." On the bright side, I don't think there will be any mention of Tenshinhan saying he can grow his arms back or Vegeta saying how Bardock was "A brilliant scientist," this time around(although I still worry about the "3-eyed Cowboy" line.) Then again, Raditz DOES still say that Vegeta was destroyed only 3 years ago......

Also happily stated, the uncut FINALLY means no edits. For example, no inserted dialogue of people using parachutes to save their lives(this is DBZ, not G.I. Joe!) As I said before, did they really need to edit out Gohan's tears? It look like someone pasted a plastic Gohan face over Gohan! Luckily, pointless edits like those are finally removed, and as a result, the series looks much better in quality than the original FUNi/Saban/Pioneer episodes, although still not up to par with the quality of the later episodes, but since these were from 1989 that's slightly understandable.

The music, as usual, has been dubbed over for a brand new soundtrack. On the bright side, this seems to ditch the usual synthesized music that was really getting tedious by the Buu saga. The bad news is, although it won't make your ears bleed, it still doesn't have. Case in point: At the end of the 2nd episode, I was in chills listening to original score after Raditz nabs Gohan. The soundtrack for the dub just didn't get to me in the same way.

If I have any real complaint though, it's the new opening for the dub's theme. It's now a blood red-colored mesh of various scenes from season 1. I'm sorry, but no. I don't enjoy this mess at all. Not only do you barely know what is going on, but I swear my eyes started aching in a few seconds, forcing me to skip the intro. Also, there's a real lack of episodes, only 3 to be precise. I can slightly understand that reason with the original, 25(technically 26) episode version, but the original uncut version of the Vegeta saga totals 35 episodes long. I measured the starter set, and it'll fit about 7 DVDs, which means more than likely there will be another starter set for the next half of the saga.

One neat thing though, is the extras. They include a 25-minute documentary with interviews from Sean Schmell, Chris Sabat, Anime Insider editor Rob Bricken, and various DBZ fans. It also has a brief trivia game.

On another note, I have been experiencing some real withdrawal into DBZ since this volume came out, something I haven't experienced for three or four years. That's definitely a nice thing.

Overall, I feel the DVD itself should get a 4.5 out of 5. It's really fun a good way to start things off, but there can definitely be improvements."