Here's where it all started! Goku learns of his alien heritage when his brother arrives on Earth and kidnaps Gohan! After a battle that costs Goku's life, Piccolo takes Gohan into the wild country for special training an... more »d the rest of the Earth's defenders gather to train for the arrival of two more Saiyans: Nappa and Vegeta! Twenty-five episodes on eight DVD's - 535 minutes of viewing (English language only)!« less
"INTRO: To put it simply, I do not know why this is still being sold. This DVD set was released by Pioneer when they originally had the rights to DBZ. They edited the series so bad that its down below an average kid's level of watching. This DVD set contains English-only episodes without the original Japanese audio tracks, so don't bother with it if you are a Dragon Ball Z otaku. Normally I would go into detail about the DVDs but why bother in this case? SUGGESTION: Toei in Japan is planning on releasing the original Dragon Ball Z episodes on DVD in mid 2003 and will be in two complete DVD box sets. Each box set will contain 26 discs and split the series in half. Whether or not they will have english at all on the dvds is too far to tell right now. Each box set will cost a whopping 850$ though, so it might turn off some buyers. My suggestion if you're not willing to shell out 1000$+ for DBZ on DVD at once, just buy the US DVDs, they have unedited versions of the original Japanese episodes as well as the new English version. Also, FUNimation (the new holder of DBZ in america), has obtained the rights to do the first saga of DBZ over and uncut (fixing what Pioneer did). So hopefully this little suggestion essay wasn't too confusing. Well, good luck!"
The Saiyan Conflict
ssj2vegeta | England | 02/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dragonball Z is the best anime ever. However I was a bit dissapointed to see that all the episodes are edited and even if you buy the uncut videos it still isnt as good as the original. Despite that this saga is one of the best. It starts off with Raditz, Gokus older brother, coming to earth to find him. But he ends up fighting Goku and Piccolo. Raditz tells them that Vegeta and Nappa will come for the Dragonballs. So all of the Z warriors train for them. When they arrive on earth the action starts. The fight with Nappa, Piccolo, and Krillen is great. The best part is where Goku comes and Vegeta goes mad because Goku has a really high power level and the fact that he takes Nappa out. The fight with Goku and Vegeta is also very good and it makes you want to see the next episode. This is worth buying!"
It's not bad, but some really good stuff is missing...
Candace Agee | USA | 10/15/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love this whole series so I'm hard-pressed to say anything negative about it...but. The Saiyan Conflict is the opening of DragonBall Z. This series really should have been offered uncut and included the original Japanese language versions. In some ways, the editing and the occasionally sappy (not to mention inaccurate) English translations change the characters' personalities and some of the finer (and not-so-fine) points of the story itself. OK, the violence of the uncut versions can be intense even for us elders (I'm a mom) but let's not miss the point, either. Some of the most important and emotional interactions were cut out. I had to fill in the gaps with fansubs and Japanese websites. I would have given a solid 5 stars to some of these episodes if they were uncut and the original was included as I would some of the Frieza DVD's and many others, but in this case the editing took an edgy, interesting story filled with diverse and complex characters and turned it into a somewhat bland little kid's cartoon. Overall, I wouldn't have missed it, though I would've saved the money and watched it on Cartoon Network. If the uncut version comes out with the original included, I'd buy it."
Thumbs way, way up.
Gemmy | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say first that, like many things, my friend reccomended this to me and I was extremely skeptical. "I don't know...Isn't DBZ for little kids?" I questioned. Finally I watched it, got the hang of it, and was glued to the screen. I loved the Saiyan Saga. For a cartoon, it's quite well done. At first what may seem like cheesy dialogue leads into superb, gripping action followed by dramatic emotional scenes which aid in character development. While I noticed they refer to death as "moving to the next dimension". This does not detract from the experience, but simply gives you a different way of looking at death. The good guys are heroic yet human, making it easy to relate to their inner turmoil. But the bad guys blew me away. When you hate them, that's the sign of a good film When you actually can find yourself able to see from their perspective and realize why they commit their evil deeds, that's the sign of a godly film. A stependous mixture of action and drama and humor, this set is a perfect addition to anyone's collection--not just anime lovers."
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT DRAGONBALL Z.
Baruch | Atlanta, GA United States | 07/26/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Unless you're looking for exactly what you saw on Cartoon Network, then don't buy this. It's censored just as much, and contains absolutely no extras."