Review by: Clive Owen
Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
MSRP: $29.98 US
Running Time: 165 minutes
Rating: TV PG
Release Date: Available Now
It’s a Super Saiyan triple smackdown!
Grandpa Owen still mourns the loss of double features in the theaters but it’s Papa Owen who really mourns the passing of triple features much like they had in the 1970 grindhouses of old. Dad, the triple feature isn’t completely dead if you just so happen to be a Dragon Ball Z fan (he is!) thanks to FUNimation’s release of Dragon Ball Z movies 8, 9 and 10 featuring a powerful Super Saiyan foe named Broly. Dad and Grandpa are proud yet again.
BROLY: The Legendary Super Saiyan
The first movie in the triple feature begins with the sudden fall of the Southern Galaxy by the hands of a mysterious and yet unidentified Super Saiyan. King Kai worries that if nothing is done to stop this threat the Northern Galaxy and Earth will perish. Pulling Goku out of a school meeting, King Kai spells out it for him … as usual.
Meanwhile, an alien visitor interrupts a pleasant picnic that includes Vegeta and his family as well as Gohan, Kururin, Oolong and Master Roshi. The visitor is a man named Paragas who asks Vegeta to assume the role of King and help the planet of New Vegeta from the Super Saiyan threat. Vegeta accepts and Gohan and his friends sneak aboard to ship that carries them off.
On the planet, however, the evidence of destruction is visible and Paragas and his son Broly leads Vegeta on a wild goose chase that doesn’t lead anywhere. It isn’t until Goku arrives that he comes to realize something wrong about Paragas’ son. In fact, when Broly sees Goku, it awakens a rage in the young man to the point of triggering a violent reaction. Could it be that Broly is actually the famed Legendary Saiyan that attacked the Southern Galaxy? It’s safe to say that the answer is yes … well, seeing as the movies have Broly’s name in the titles.
Broly attacks Goku and proves to be one of the most powerful enemies he or Vegeta have ever have faced against. So powerful is this Super Saiyan that not even Goku’s most powerful attacks could even faze him. We also come to discover Broly’s reasons for hating Vegeta and wanting to kill Goku who he knows as his real name. It takes the combined powers of each Super Saiyan hero to bring Broly down.
BROLY: SECOND COMING
The Second Coming picks up a few years after the events of The Legendary Super Saiyan as Brody’s body has crash landed on a peaceful planet and remained there for years. Since time has passed and Goku out of the picture, we find Gohan, Videl and Trunks as the stars of the movie.
The young trio find themselves in Natade Village where a young girl is about to be offered as a sacrifice to a “Mountain Spirit.” Offering to help them put an end to this ritual, the three young heroes wait to unveil the identity of this spirit only to have Gohan’s cry awaken Broly from his slumber.
Broly, despite being badly injured and battered, fights the young fighters and is still able to give them quite a workout. The battle is quite spectacular and there are even appearances from some familiar faces that comes to their aid. When things look bad, another guest shows up to lend a hand in putting Broly in his place.
In the final movie, Mister Satan takes center stage as he is being blackmailed into participating in a battle tournament set up by an old rival named Jaguar. The man pits Mr. Satan against biologically engineered warriors. Thankfully, the big goof has Goten, Trunks, Andriod 18 and Kururin lending a hand.
During the battle, though, Jaguar releases his secret weapon … a bio-modified version of Broly. Oh, but much like the original, this Broly cannot be controlled and he turns on Jaguar and his staff to the point of killing a lot of people. Goten and Trunks find themselves battling Broly but how can you fight an enemy that is even harder to kill?
All three movies have no shortage of great action scenes and there are some impressive fights as well. The best of the movies is The Legendary Super Saiyan thanks to the fact that it is more dramatic and the fights really make quite an impact. Second Coming is the more comical of the three and it’s refreshing after the serious tone of the first film. Trunks peeing on Broly is damn funny. Meanwhile, Bio Broly is both serious and funny, although the big battle leaves much to be desired.
In the end, what we have is three of the most exciting of the Dragon Ball Z movies and a near perfect trio that Dragon Ball Z fans will truly appreciate. For my money, The Legendary Super Saiyan is well worth the price of admission but staying for the other two is definitely a Must, triple feature fans.
DVD REVIEW BREAKDOWN
A deadly and uncontrollable Super Saiyan named Broly takes his rage out on Goku and later his children as the powerful enemy fights the good Super Saiyans standing in his way. The Legendary Super Saiyan has plenty of action while Second Coming and Bio Broly aren’t as serious.
VIDEO QUALITY: A-
The movies look great and FUNimation did a great job of making the animation look sharp and colorful.
AUDIO QUALITY: A-
There are plenty of options for those viewers who are picky and like the original Japanese voice cast but loves the English tunes. The English dub works well too so it’s a win-win deal here.
The real treat here is the fact that you can watch the three movies in their original Japanese voices and music. No, wait, the real treat is that there are two DVDs here (the second containing Movie 9 and 10. Oh, and the tin case is awesome.
Dragon Ball Z Triple Feature brings us three top notch action movies that offer more bang for you buck than the last movie collection. Sure, the first film of the trio is the best but the two other movies are way too much fun to pass up.