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"I've noticed that a number of fans were disapointed by this entry in the movies and I ask why? Is it because there is a slight possability that this happened within the DBZ Universe timeline (Considering that from a time standpoint between Cell and Majin Buu there was 5+ years). Or is it because the villian (or villians) Are at least somewhat origional?
The story with Bojack is that it has been at least a year since Cell was vanquished and this rich old guy decides to hold an intergalactic Tournament with special guest fighter Mr. Satan (or Hercule). During this tournament all the Z fighters with the exception of Goku and Vegeta participate. However in the final rounds a new villian emerges to destroy the earth. With Goku out of the picture and Vegeta lacking the will to fight it is up to Gohan to stand and fight.
The reason I like this more than say Super Android 13 or the second Cooler film is that it could potentially take place within the Universe, the villian is actually cool (instead of a redneck Android or robotic hasbeen) and for once it leaves the fate of the world outside of Goku's hands. Granted he interfers ever so briefly but it is up to the rest of the Z fighters (which include Krillian, Trunks, Piccolo, Yamcha, and Tien) to fight for the sake of the world. In this matter I am very pleased with the movie and highly recomend it. This kind of reminds me of the Garlic Jr. Saga in that it didn't need Goku to defend it, and in the end the earth did fine without him (no I am not a Goku hater)."
Best DBZ Movie
Lil' Punk Boy | 03/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I'm not under 13, I just don't have an amazon account. Anyway, here's the review of the movie.
Story: 4/5 This story is just a true DBZ story. The Z warriors participate in something, and the party's crashed by some bad guys. Cue half-hour fight, and you've got a classic DBZ movie.
Picture: 5/5 As always, these english uncut versions are brought up to great clarity, and also, we get to see the original versions of the movies. In japan, the movies were created in fullscreen, but to make them fit into a theater screen, the top and bottom was cut off. In Japan, people watch these "cropped" versions, but here in america, Funimation got the original full-screen versions. normally widescreen is the uncropped format, but for DBZ its fullscreen!
Audio: 3/5 Not really bad, mostly I'm complaining becuase i can't play the 5.1 dolby it supports. The english audio is pretty good, but once again, the Japenese needs to be remastered, because the soundtrack sounds really old, which it is. (Bojack Unbound is from 1993, so these ARE old movies.)
Action: 5/5 It may take about 20 minutes to get the action started, but once it did, we saw classic DBZ butt-kicking.
I loved this movie. It was just as good as lord slug, my other favorite DBZ movie. i can't compare it to the first three DBZ movies though, because i haven't seen them, but I've heard they're the best ones. I do wish that these movies were a bit longer, because the only movie out in America so far that's over an hour is Broly. The sequel to Broly is only gunna be 45 MINUTES! Why can't these movies be longer! They are way to expensive to not even be an hour long!
Anyway, I would reccomend this movie or Lord Slug if you're going to buy one. If you can't find either of them, Cooler's Revenge and Broly are pretty good too."
A review for the true fan
Sonbu | 10/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Movie 9 finally comes on DVD. I was happy to see this because movie 9 has always been a personal favourite of mine. I just really like all the different scenarios that they fight in.
Audio 2.5/5 - There was nothing particularely wrong with the audio, but once again, Funimation fails to put it in stereo. We only get regular mono for this one yet again, which is really poor for a DVD release.
Video - 5/5 - Once again, the video quality was perfect, just like in the previous movies. Funimation this time, has not messed with the picture like they do in some of the episodes. Next, I have to addresss the widescreen issue. All 13 Dragonball Z movies were in fact, created in FULLSCREEN. However, they were first released in Japanese theatres. So Toei Animation cut out some of the picture to make them widescreen. Then, once released on VHS, they took the chopped up widescreen version instead of the original fullscreen. Funimation, however, recieved the originals from Toei, and now, for the first time ever, we can see the original un-chopped movies, which is great. I admit the widescreen versions seem alot better because it makes it feel more like a movie, but the movies were originally fullscreen. If you search around the web you can find screens comapring the DVD with the original vhs widescreen version to see the chopped off difference. So, that's that.
Subtitles - 2/5 - The subtitles were really bad in this one. First, I have to address the error at the beginning when Kaio-sama and Goku are watching Mr. Satan on TV. The subtitles read "So Cell is the one who defeated Cell? That's okay I guess" when they should read "So Mr. Satan defeated Cell? What a joke!". That was a real let down to see that error, because I loved that line. Next, once again, Goku uses the word "ain't" again, it's horrible (really ruins his character). But it wasn't as over used in this movie as in Movie 8, so it's not that bad. Still though, the rule should be, if you can't speak proper english in the first place, do not do the subtitles. They also continue to spell "Saiya-jin" as "saiyan", which is also in-correct. Funimation uses the rest of the japanese nomenclature, so this is another half done job again. The reason I'm giving such a low rating as well, is because I know Funimation can do better. The last episodes of Dragonball where Son Goku fights Ma Junior in the Tenkaichi Budokai, the subtitles are absolutely flawless. Overall though, they subtitles are easy to read (they're white instead of the standard yellow though).
Story/Action - 4/5 - I really enjoy this story. The original fans know this is a classic, and it's a great interlude in between the 3 Brolly movies, but alot of new American fans are getting sick of the whole repetitive fighting against big bad guy type thing. That's fine for them, but I loved this movie. The tournament setting is really, really awesome. Takes me back to old days in Dragon Ball when the Tenkaichi Budokai used to be really important. The tournament set up is also really cool, as is the conversing between characters during it. Mr.Satan also gives us some good humor. Bojack is a really cool character, and the fight scenes look beautiful in the battle zone settings. Very classic ending with a classic song as well. Great movie, and a better story than say.. Movie 7 (thought the story was already laid for that with the androids).
Overall, 3.5/5 stars this one gets. Though the DVD may seem over priced, it's still cheaper than the Japanese VHS because those are not only quite rare, but the shipping is a fortune. But I leave it to the true fan to decide wheather to buy this or not based on my review."
Bojack is unbound
Lil' Punk Boy | Waterville, Maine | 10/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is how I rated this movie:
Story(3.5 out of 5): Classic Dragonball Z, I liked the tournament setup it makes the world tournament mor important.
Visuals(5 out of 5): Slick fights make this as enjoyable as eating fudge.
Characters(4.5 out of 5): We have a new classic villan Bojack! And his gangsters Zangya, Gokua, Bido and Bujin.
Sound(1.5 out of 5): Nothing a little boring but amps up during the fight scenes.
Action(4 out of 5): You have to love classic fights like this one. Its all out brawling style makes this a classic to remember.
Villian Deaths(4 out of 5): You gotta' love em'. Super Saiyan 2 Gohan + Bido and Bujin and Bojack = BOOM! Awesome villain death!
Overall(4 out of five): Not the greatest DBZ movie but a musy buy."
A Good DBZ Movie!!
Lil' Punk Boy | 05/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie in subtitle, and I would highley suggest to anyone who hasn't seen and is a fan of DBZ, Watch it. It takes place right at the end of the Cell Games Saga, and is about Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien and Yamcha fighting in a tournament created by Mr. Satan, but some unexpected challengers
disrupt the tournament and challenge the Z fighters and are lead by a powerful warrior named Bojack.Future Trunks also enters the tournament with the Z-fighters and help them fight. This movie has great fighting scenes and also Gohan transforms to Super Saiyan 2 in this movie."