Blu-Ray Review: Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6

It has been a short six months but Manga Entertainment UK continues to satisfy long-standing Dragon Ball Z fans by bringing out the sixth, and potentially final, movie collection as a Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack within the UK; and today we will be sharing our thoughts on the Blu-Ray disc that is included as part of this Combo Pack collection for Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6.

Synopsis:

Fusion Reborn: An industrial disaster in Other World unleashes the monstrous Janemba, a beast who grows stronger with each passing minute. While Goku and Vegeta fight for Other World’s survival, Goten and Trunks confront a ghoulish army of the undead back on Earth. A dangerous plan of attack is devised, and only an unprecedented act of teamwork can save the universe!

Wrath of the Dragon: Dark magic has unleashed an ancient monster – Hirudegarn – that consumes both flesh and soul. As the beast rampages on Earth, its power threatens to increase to unthinkable levels. Such wickedness can only be defeated by Tapion, a man who has already given so much – and who will now offer his own life to save the universe.

Our View:

This sixth instalment into the Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection brings Fusion Reborn and Wrath of the Dragon to UK audiences; two films which deliver a similar objective of protecting the universe but from vastly different perspectives.

In Fusion Reborn an explosion at King Yama’s Checking Gate causes an employee to turn into the colourful monster known as Janemba which in turn causes the dead to walk amongst the living. As a result of this warp in the rules enemies from the past, such as Captain Ginyu, Frieza and Cell, return to the living to cause destruction. Elsewhere Goku and Paikon investigate the disturbances at the checking gate which lead them to encounter with Janemba and his playful fight style.

Unlike previous Dragon Ball Z movies Fusion Reborn opts to focus some jokes and comical moments, especially in the living world with Goten and Trunks going up against a certain dictator and from the way that Janemba fights with colourful outbursts. It’s not until Janemba transforms into his ‘real’ state that the film gets intense; with Goku turning Super Saiyan 3, Vegeta’s nature to sacrifice himself and eventually fusing with Goku to provide (at the time of this film) the ultimate Super Saiyan.

In hindsight Fusion Reborn is a single-minded-story that focuses simply on the fights taking place around the world rather than a developing story; but it does provide some character development into Goku and Vegeta’s friendships with both characters questioning each-others ideals of their friendship. It’s not much; but it further expands the ‘emotional’ side of Vegeta that was seen during the Buu saga.

Wrath of the Dragon meanwhile offers what I would call a true developing story as it sees the resurrection of an alien that was once sealed away in two halves and a friendship formed between characters. It all begins with an alien known as Hoi recruiting the Z-Fighters to help him open a music box that has been magically sealed. What’s exactly inside this box? A hero or so the legend says at least.

Upon locating the Dragon Balls, Shenron is used to restore this mysterious hero to former glory but upon his arrival he appears angry at the realisation of his freedom. Shortly after this resurrection strange things begin to happen around the city with a half-a-giant-alien running amuck. Elsewhere Trunks tries to befriend Tapion to learn more about him and eventually the truth behind his ordeal is revealed.

In this case this hero is known as Tapion and along with his brother Minotia they sealed away each part of Hirudegarn, a giant monster of destructive force, within their bodies. Hoi on the otherhand wishes to use this power for himself and as such has been using his abilities to call out the half of Hirudegarn residing within Tapion. With Tapion becoming weaker, and struggling to keep Hirudegarn sealed away, Hoi uses new abilities to restore Hirudegarn to his former destructive glory and upon arrival causes destruction amongst the world. With earth in threat the entire cast of Z-Fighters take flight to stop an enormous threat from destroying their planet.

Unlike Fusion Reborn, and in turn previous Dragon Ball Z films, Wrath of the Dragon offers a progressive storyline that develops Trunks and Tapion as characters as well as Trunks eagerness for using a sword. Sure enough the film is short but it has that natural progressive nature that most films have lacked.

In short two action-packed-films, with some rather bloody moments in them; but regardless both Dragon Ball Z films offer something different to the norm with new enemies and familiar faces taking up screen time to deliver two good films.

Extras:

Just like with previous ‘Dragon Ball Z Movie Collections’ this disc uses the same disc masters as those produced by FUNimation in America all those years ago, and as such the selection of bonus materials is not only limited but outdated.

In this case we receive a selection of trailers relating to products that were being released on DVD and Blu-ray at the time, with titles such as Dragon Ball GT, One Piece and Blue Gender being promoted.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 1:42:51
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 (English) & LPCM 1.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

This sixth movie collection is another collection of two relatively short Dragon Ball Z movie experiences, with each film lasting around fifty-minutes in length, that offer fast-paced stand-a-lone narratives that can be enjoyed by fans of Dragon Ball Z and newcomers alike. Both films offer a simplistic goal of ‘protection’ whether it be from the dead or destructive aliens; but how this goal is portrayed and achieved is vastly different.

For example within Fusion Reborn the dead are walking amongst the living with the entire cast of Z-Fighters out protecting the earth from villians once thought dead; elsewhere meanwhile Goku and Vegeta are team up in Fusion form to defeat the enemy that caused this disaster to happen. In Wrath of the Dragon meanwhile an ancient alien split in two forms is resurrected and causes destruction amongst the city limits so our heroes rise to the challenge in order to protect the ones they care about.

Regardless of how the story of these films are portrayed they are animated to the highest degree, even better than any previous film, and the High Definition upgrade received on these Blu-Rays make them even better to watch. The audio quality has also been improved with the English Audio tracks featuring a 5.1 Surround Sound option, be it with original Japanese background music or Americanised music, while Japanese audio is only available in its original Mono Sound. This Mono sound is not the ‘only’ disappointment as (once again) the menu design features small text which means viewing the menu from large distances can prove problematic. Fortunately the menus are easily navigated due to the limited content on the disc.

Overall Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 6 is another great instalment into the ‘Movie Collection’ timeline of Dragon Ball Z, with two great films in one collection and a constant quality throughout. If you enjoyed the Android and Cell Games Saga of Dragon Ball Z then the two films contained within this collection are definitely worth checking out.

Score: review-stars-4

Dragon Ball Z – Movie Collection 6, which contains Fusion Reborn and Wrath of the Dragon, will be released on the 12th March 2018 within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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