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Dragon Ball Z Kai Season 1 Part 3 Blu-ray and DVD Reviews


“Dragon Ball Z Kai” continues to impress in the third release.

Continuing where season 1 part 2 left off, season 1 part 3 (which contains episodes 27-39) sees matters become more intense for Goku and company. Among the key plots in this episodes are:

  1. Vegeta continuing his search to collect all 7 dragon balls.
  2. Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan (and later Goku) facing off against members of Frieza’s henchmen (the Ginyu Force).
  3. Frieza searching for the dragon balls with the hopes of becoming immortal.
  4. Goku and Ginyu switching bodies.
  5. The resurrection of Piccolo
  6. A long awaited showdown with Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo, and Vegeta against Freiza.

Other subplots include the Namekians (Dende, Grand Elder, and Dende) and Goku healing.

The first thing you notice upon looking at the cover of the third DBZ Kai release is a sticker proudly claiming “All action, no filler!” and it couldn’t be any closer to the truth because that is exactly what you get what this series. It may seem like a minor thing to some viewers, but to someone who pays attention to writing (or is a writer like myself), pacing is everything to a show. While I have enjoyed the original versions of “Dragon Ball Z,” “Dragon Ball Z Kai” simply does have better pacing. Instead of waiting for countless episodes for a fight to happen (or end), events happen and end quicker. The series just feels more intense and fast paced now with the new edits and I think it helps the show tremendously. In fact, even after finishing episode 39, I was all ready for episode 40 best I got that caught up in the series again. Unfortunately, it looks like we have to wait until March for season 1 part 4.

On a random side note, I’m finding that the new theme song (“Dragon Soul”) is getting stuck in my head more times than I care to admit. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s undeniably catchy.

Summary: Along with DBZ Kai season 1 parts 1 and 2, DBZ Kai season 1 part 3 is the best anime Blu-ray release of 2010. A must own for DBZ fans.

Aside from some slight jerky frame issues, the fullscreen 1080p picture quality is flat out stunning. The sharpness of the colors continues to amaze me as someone who has seen this show in the poorest of quality.

As for the DVD picture quality, it’s still good especially if it’s upconverted. With that said, the colors are slightly less sharper. You don’t get the same sense of awe as you do with the Blu-ray release.

The Blu-ray disc contains English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 audio tracks. The English track is as explosive as a kamehameha blast. The Japanese track also sounds super sharp. My only gripe with the Japanese track is the white subtitles which can be hard to see at times.

Once again, the audio quality on the DVD doesn’t compare to the Blu-ray release. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track does not pack the same punch as the TrueHd track. The same goes for the Japanese Stereo track. Simply put, it’s worth upgrading to Blu-ray just for the better picture and audio quality.

The only extras on the Blu-ray and DVD sets are trailers for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Trigun,” “S.A.V.E” series, “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” “Tower Of Druaga,” “Sands Of Destruction,” “One Piece,” “Initial D,” and “Dragon Ball,” textless opening and closing songs, and a rare non trailer/song extra- U.S. cast interviews with Justin Cook, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Sonny Strait, Mike McFarland, Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard who all chat about DBZ Kai and various characters.

December 28, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review |

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