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Dragon Ball Z Kai Part 1 Blu-ray Review

“Dragon Ball Z Kai” part 1 is a fun ride.

Grades:

Content: B

Picture: A-

Audio: A+

Extras: D-

If you’ve seen the first season of “Dragon Ball Z,” you know what to expect in the first 13 episodes of “Dragon Ball Z Kai.” Goku and Piccolo team up to battle Raditz, Goku trains in the afterlife under King Kai, Gohan trains and hones his powers, Nappa and Vegeta come to Earth to find the seven Dragon Balls, and massive fights ensue. So what’s the difference between Z and Kai? Editing. ‘Kai’ basically edits out filler scenes and condenses the drawn out battles to make the story flow better. Additionally, new HD opening and closing title cards/songs (in English and Japanese) are also included as well as remastered/re-recorded audio tracks. Essentially, ‘Kai’ is another way to keep the franchise alive so that new audiences can discover the popular anime series. So, what’s the verdict you ask? ‘Kai’ is a great new way to watch DBZ. I know some fans will take issue with the edits, but it really helps the pacing of the show. One of the major complaints I’ve always had with DBZ is that story arcs go on for too long most of the time. That is no longer an issue with ‘Kai.’

As for the content itself, this is just good old fashioned DBZ fun. Strong characterization, epic fight sequences, villainous alien enemies, amusing jokes- what more can one want out of an anime series?

The fullscreen 1080p digitally remastered episodes are top notch. The transfers are even sharper looking than the superb Dragon Box sets.

The English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD Japanese 2.0. audio tracks are truly stunning. As I mentioned before, this set contains remastered/re-recorded audio tracks. The sound f/x, animal sounds, flying, voice acting, action, and so on sound ten times more epic than they did (especially on the English track). The Japanese track is also a huge improvement over previous editions as the audio no longer contains scratchy voice work.

Extras include textless opening and closing songs (in English) trailers for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Evangelion 1.11,” “The Slayers,” “Tsubasa,” “Soul Eater,” “Initial D,” “X,” “One Piece,” “Kenichi,” and “Dragon Ball Z Kai.”

May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

1 Comment »

  1. I like Dragonball ,thank you for the great post 🙂

    Comment by Bess | May 28, 2010 | Reply


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