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Dragon Ball - Path to Power (Uncut)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008H2FZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When an adventure hungry girl named Bulma runs across…and nearly runs over… a bizarre young boy with strange powers named Goku, she finds herself thrust into an adventure that will last a lifetime! Together they set out to recover the mystical Dragon Balls, artifacts of incredible power! Legend says that whomever collects all seven Dragon Balls can call forth the awesome Eternal Dragon, a powerful creature that will grant whatever wish their heart desires!

But there is another interested party eager to control the power of the Dragon Balls. They are known as the Red Ribbon Army, and they will stop at nothing to use the Dragon Balls to achieve their wish of total world domination!

Along the way Goku will find out that the greatest power of all lies within himself. This is the start of friendship and of fury. This is where legend begins!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Re-Telling of one of the Best anime around September 15, 2003
By A Customer
I've always loved Dragonball, i was very excited when this came out, and when i bought it I was very confused and yet happy with what I saw, let me explain. I hope you have seen Dragonball the series before getting this dvd.
The Story itself has been changed. Goku meets people in a different order in a different place and such. For example, you may remember Goku meets Olong in a village, while in this dvd he finds him in the desert. As the movie goes on more and more stuff changes, soon your no longer looking at Dragonball, but at a whole new story altogether. this was both sad (being this is a DRAGONBALL remake, but also great that a new story was made)
The art was updated, looks more Dragonball GT'ish, then the older looking Dragonball art. This of course was great, and very nice looking.
The audio is great, the voices in both english and japanese were nice, and the sound quality was good.
the visuals were somewhat bad. At some times there were scratches in the film (minor, but you'll see them). I was hopeing they could fix this, but they didn't.
The dvd itself is ok. The menu is plain but nice, the extra's unfortunatly are just Trailers and Character Bios.
All together I rate the dvd 8/10. I suggest picking this up if you like Dragonball. I do NOT suggest getting this if your new or have never seen dragonball, because this really chages the story ALOT. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a revised version of goku's dragonball saga. May 4, 2003
There's nothing here of Goku's origin that a die hard fan hasn't seen before in one general form or another but the story is well done. Goku's origin has been revised and simplified. This revised saga is exciting and the script is very tight. The animation is GREAT!, far superior to typical dragonball animation. It is truly a movie that is animated. The camera angles used, pans and shots are just like a live movie. I really enjoyed this movie.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange...but neat. May 19, 2003
To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what to rate this film. There were some really good parts and some really bizarre parts. I suppose I'll just start from the beginning.
As far as I know, this film was made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the anime (it started in 1986, and this film was made in 1996). Basically (in a way) it sort of re-tells how Goku met Bulma and re-tells the adventures which occured in the anime.
Strangely enough, chronologically, the stuff that happens in the film is completely different than the anime/manga. That's what's really strange about it, really. I guess I really didn't like how they re-told the Dragon Ball story. Anybody new to the series who sees this will be utterly confused. Those with more experience with the show and those who have seen the entire Dragon Ball series may think differently, however.
I'll have to say that I like the "updated" Toriyama designs. Instead of looking like the original designs, they've been somewhat redrawn to look more like they did in Dragon Ball Z. I thought that was cool. I also really liked the animation sequences. The intense battle scenes were cool.
I didn't like how anti-climactic the ending was, either. I'm not going to say exactly what happened, but right when I thought the film was reaching a climax, it just ends, which peeves me a little. Why? I spent a lot of money on this item, and now I'm not so sure if I want to keep it.
Personally, if you have no idea whether you want this movie, you should rent it first. Perhaps I'll watch it a few more times before I make my final decision whether I want to keep it or not, but to me, this "re-telling" of Dragon Ball is just strange and confusing to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute to a legendary series. June 19, 2003
Dragonball is a true classic of anime. Even removing it from the immense popularity of the follow up series, the roots of countless manga and anime can be traced back to this incredibly influential series. On top of that, it still holds up perfectly and is a great show to watch from start to finish.

This film is a great, abridged re-telling of the Red Ribbon story arc. The updated animation is wonderful to see and fans will be pleased with its treatment if you view it in the proper context of it being a theatrical tribute to the beloved series

As you may have already surmised from my previous statements, do yourself a favor and watch the entirety of the original TV series before watching this. Once you have that out of the way, this is an easy recommendation. It's gorgeous, fun, and you get to hear "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku" without needing to sit through the absolute drek that is Dragon Ball GT. THAT is a series that can be safely skipped entirely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it July 4, 2013
By loki
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love the great animation of the film. It brought back the good memories of the Dragon Ball universe. Its a fast pace action packed hilarious movie. XD
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5.0 out of 5 stars God bless whoever decided to relase this on DVD too! April 15, 2013
I thought I would never watch Path To Power again after my first viewing of it uncut, but lo & behold I saw this in a store & grabbed it. I'm sorry, but this is better. They went a little too far with the editing during Black's betrayal, but that's the only complaint I have.
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