Originally released in 1991, the fifth Dragon Ball Z feature (a.k.a. Tobikkiri no Saikyou tai Saikyou--"Fantastic Ultimate Strength vs. Ultimate Strength") involves the characters from the TV episodes, but in an unrelated ... more »continuity. Goku and Gohan set off on a camping trip with Krillin and Oolong, but their outing turns into a battle royal when they're attacked by the minions of Cooler, Frieza's older brother. Piccolo appears as a Nameck ex machina to aid Gohan, but the centerpiece of the film is the battle between Goku in his Super-Saiyan form and Cooler, who looks like a purple iguana in a football uniform. The various Dragon Ball properties balance slapstick and fantastic action; Cooler's Revenge offers lots of action, and a rock soundtrack, but little comedy. Unrated: Suitable for ages 8 and up; contains cartoon violence. --Charles Solomon« less
One of the best DBZ movies ever made ! 'Nuff said !
Craig Juan | USA | 02/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't very pleased with the fourth DBZ movie, because of the flat out dry plot and Goku's so-called Super Saiyan transformation. When I heard that the fifth DBZ movie "Cooler's Revenge" is about to come to our shores, I already knew from the start that it would be even better than the four early DBZ movies, because I already seen movie clips of it and read countless reviews about it. Finally, I own one, and believe me, I wasn't disappointed at all. The DVD menus were great ! Better than the ones seen on "The History of Trunks" and "Lord Slug". When I selected the play option, I was introduced to a way better DBZ movie with better animation, deep plot, and amazing fighting scenes. The movie starts off when Bardcok and the rest of Planet Vegeta were destroyed by Frieza's death ball (as seen in Bardock: The Father of Goku). Frieza's older brother, Cooler and his armored squadron were watching Planet Vegeta explode into smitherines. While the ball was slowly falling on the planet, Cooler's squadron spotted a Saiyan pod with a baby Saiyan in it. It was Kakarot, soon to be named Goku ! The squadron was about to shoot it down, but Cooler stopped them and suggested that his brother should take care of it himself. Years after Frieza was killed by Goku's enormous powers, Cooler heard the news by Salza and the rest of his crew. Cooler didn't care about Frieza's death nor does he want to avenge his death, he just wants to get back at the man who stomped all over his family pride. And that man is none other than Goku. When Goku, Gohan, Oolong, Icarus, and Krillin go on a camping trip, they found themselves surrounded by Cooler's armored squadron. It's up to Goku to stop Frieza's brother, Cooler from causing destruction to Earth. Well, I can't spoil any surprises, but I can give you a few pointers on how this movie is like. First off, the plot is much, much, much deeper and much more interesting than that of "Lord Slug". The animation is even slicker and brighter than the other DBZ movies that I've ever seen. No other DBZ movie has ever looked this great. The voice acting still remains the same. Simply put...slightly weird, and pretty cool ! I really liked the English voice actor who played Cooler. It's a good thing they didn't use a woman's voice to play as him. The voice actor who played as Salza, sounds like a wannabe mexican gangster. That's what FUNimation always does. Every weird or cool looking character they see, they will give them a weird accent like a French, British, Scottish, or even a Mexican accent. That's just plain out stupid, but I have no problem with it. It's not really that much of a problem. If it continues to go out of control, I will get sick of it. But as of now, it's okay ! The most amazing aspect to this movie are the transformations. When Cooler goes to his final state of transformation, his body nearly resembles that of a samurai warrior without the swords and gadgets. And finally, Goku transforms into a real Super Saiyan. And no, the fourth movie wasn't the first to ever have the Super Saiyan feature. "Cooler's Revenge" is the first DBZ movie to ever have the Super Saiyan transformation scene, and Goku looks well animated when he transforms into a Super Saiyan. And as always, the action is definently eye catching, especially the part when Salza and Piccolo battle it out inside the tree area of the forest. It's like watching a samurai anime, only with flying techiniques and the use of special abilities. The ending was great. Although appearing to be a bit average, it's perfect. The only thing I hated about the movie was the Spanish version. I'm not saying that I'm racist towards Mexicans, but the opening and closing music they translated, sounded weird. That's pretty much it. So in conclusion of this review, this is the far by, the best DBZ movie ever created. If you're thinking about seeing DBZ in a whole new level, look no further than "Cooler's Revenge"."
Completely outdoes the last four movies!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 5th and best Dragon Ball Z movie I've seen! The animation, once again, is drawn out extremely well and Cooler, who is Frieza's older and stronger brother, looks really cool! The main plot of this is that Cooler thinks Frieza is dead, so he goes to planet Earth and fights Goku. After that, Goku spends nearly half the movie injured, but lots of action occures during that time. I also really enjoyed the music and the sequence involving Piccolo battling Cooler's three men (Sauza, Niez, and Doore). Goku actually goes Super Saiyan in this movie and I really thought that was a good thing because it's about time! Anyway, this DBZ film completely burns the last four, so you should really buy it now before they're gone!"
Great Movie For DBZ Fans
Sean Madson | Little Falls, MN United States | 07/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Frieza, in all his foolishness, let the young Goku escape in a Saiyan spacepod during his battle with Bardock. Looking from afar was his brother, Cooler, who let the Saiyan child live stating that he would be Frieza's eventual downfall. He couldn't have been more correct...
Now that the tyrant Frieza has finally fallen, Cooler has arrived on Earth looking for Goku in order to seek revenge. Goku is not able to stand up to Cooler's initial assault, so now it's up to Gohan and all his friends to protect him until he can recover and summon the Super Saiyan strength he needs to finally defeat Cooler.
I thought this was a great Dragonball Z movie, and one of the best ones overall. Goku is injured early on in the film, which takes much of the focus off of him and places it instead on his son, Gohan, and his comrades. This gives the story an opportunity to make use of the supporting cast to a much greater extent, allowing them to become much more than just weaklings that get tossed aside in the early stages of a fight. There is also much more depth to Cooler's character than there is to the villains that came before him in previous movies. An example of this is illustrated in a scene where he admits he doesn't care much for Frieza and that he deserved what he got, but still has an obligation to try and avenge his death. The FUNimation dub is done more decently this time around than it was in Lord Slug, though the soundtrack still needs work and the French accent portrayed by Sauzer's character is quite exaggerated and over the top.
If you're a Dragonball Z fan at all, then you should buy/watch this movie. Keep in mind when viewing it though, that it does conflict with what happens in the series. For example, Goku should not be on Earth until Trunks arrives and kills Frieza and King Cold, so it's not possible that he would be waiting there when Cooler shows up. Aside from continuity issues, it's a great standalone movie and shouldn't be missed!"
Better than Frieza
Duppy | San Diego, CA United States | 10/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an awesome movie! Cooler is much stronger than Frieza, if you ask me. In this movie, it starts out when Frieza destroys planet Vegeta, Cooler is of somewhere watching Frieza. And Cooler sees a small Saiyan pod. His Minions prepare to destroy it, but Cooler says to ignore it, for it was in Frieza?s territory. But what he didn?t know is that in that small pod, was a small baby saiyan named Goku.
Many years later, when Cooler learns his brother Frieza was killed, he goes to earth to kill Goku. Meanwhile, Goku and Krillan are out camping, when Coolers minions intrude. Cooler is about to kill Gohan when Goku jumps in the way. Goku and Gohan fall into a river and off a waterfall. Gohan goes to Corans look out for senzu beans. When he returns, the senzu beans are burned before Goku could eat one, but Gohan remembers that he put one in his shirt, and gives it to Goku. Then begins one of the coolest fights ever. Cooler transforms and beats up Goku. But Goku finally goes Super Saiyan. The end is cool; Goku blasts a kameamea at Cooler and blasts him to the sun.
But Cooler is not dead, he returns in the movie, ?The Return Of Cooler.? I really want to see it, but I don?t want to pay $20 for a 1-hour movie. So i'm going to wait to see it."
Good movie, with some of the better dubbing I've seen.
Duppy | 01/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Usually when Funimation dubs a dbz movie it just [stinks], but this one actually wasn't THAT bad. Sure there are a few really corny parts with Goku worrying about animals and innocent people, and the japanese version is WAY better, but still, its not as bad as what they've done with the rest of the series.One Pro that the English version actually has is the music, but then again, if you're not into deftones and disturbed like me then stick with the japanese. There are only a few insignificant problems I saw with this and they are: 1. Goku still, like in movie 4, says "I ain't" in the subbed version on the dvd. That just bothers me for some reason. I'm not sounds so much better. 2. They made Salza have a french accent in the dubbed. Why? Just Why? 3. The dvd menu is garbage. The graphics are okay, but they could at least put some more info on it.Other than those its a must buy. Oh, by the way, the Spanish version is hillarious!"