A good DB boxset.
H. Tague | Lake Ariel, PA United States | 05/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A box set featuring the second, third, and forth features of the hit Japanese animated series Dragon Ball, where it all started. Sounds like an odd number, right? Why not include the first movie? Simple, the first and forth features are basically the same thing, one is just a lot newer and looks a lot better.
Feature 2: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle - Basically takes what occurred in a single episode of the original series and improves on it in every way. Goku visits Master Roshi's Island to become his student and meets Krillin there, but Roshi says he can only take one student. So he sends the two of them on a mission to rescue a beautiful princess from a pack of demons. Goku is eventually joined by his other friends; Bulma, Yamcha, Oulong, and Puar. This movie also serves as an introduction to Krillin and Launch, as well as giving the origins to the friendship between Krillin and Goku in a way far more improved then the original series. The action is a step up, as is common with the movies. The animation looks about the same as the original series, meaning it looks very dated. Also Funimation dubbed this film (along with 1 and 2) long before they began dubbing Dragonball themselves. As a result, many characters sound off or completely wrong. Bulma is voiced by a lady named Leslie Alexander as opposed to Tiffany Vollmer, and Goku is voiced by Ceyli Delgadillo who used to do Dende. It takes a mediocre episode and turns it into a good movie.
3. Mystical Adventure - This film combines the Red Ribbon Army saga with the first World Tournament Saga and a few elements from the second world tournament. Goku and Krillin have finished their training under Master Roshi and are ready to compete in their first tournament, hosted by Emperor Chaiozu. The entire Crane School is shown together along side the cast of the Red Ribbon Army as part of Chiaozu's forces (even Tao is there, as a general). Along the way Goku Inc. meet Bora and Upa and that crazy little girl Arale makes a guest appearance. Basically the film takes a lot of the worse sagas in the original series and combines and condenses them into one surprisingly good film. The dubbing is still off, however, as Funimation again dubbed it a long time ago. It would've been nice if they redubbed these films for this release but, no such luck.
4. The Path to Power - I've actually reviewed this movie already but I can do a quick once over again here. As I said before this film, like the first Dragon Ball feature, is meant as an alternative version of the very beginning of the series. Only this movie was actually made in Japan during the run of Dragon Ball GT as a tenth anniversary celebration of the series. That's why the animation in this movie is leaps and bounds ahead of the others. It takes easily the two worst sagas in Dragon Ball history, the first Goku/Pilaf saga and the Red Ribbon Army saga, and combines them into one action packed movie. With the fat trimmed, the story is surprisingly good. Android 8 actually gets to see a lot of action this time around, which is nice. Too bad they didn't give Dr. Gero a cameo though, it would've been an excellent opportunity to tie him into the Red Ribbon Army. The set is easily worth it just for this movie, which Funimation dubbed much later then the originals so the cast is accurate to their characters and generally sound a lot better after a few years of experience.