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Dragon Ball Z - The Saiyan Conflict (Boxed Set I - Episodes 1-25) (1996)

Jji Yanami , Masako Nozawa  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Doc Harris
  • Writers: Andrew Rye, Eric Vale, Jack Phelan
  • Producers: Terry Klassen, Ian James Corlett
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NX1J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dragon Ball Z - The Saiyan Conflict (Boxed Set I - Episodes 1-25)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains the first 25 episodes on eight DVDs (see each disc for details)
  • Arrival
  • The Saiyans
  • Snake Way
  • Pendulum Room
  • Doom
  • Immortals
  • Destruction
  • Showdown

Editorial Reviews

Here's where it all started! Goku learns of his alien heritage when his brother arrives on Earth and kidnaps Gohan! After a battle that costs Goku's life, Piccolo takes Gohan into the wild country for special training and the rest of the Earth's defenders gather to train for the arrival of two more Saiyans: Nappa and Vegeta! Twenty-five episodes on eight DVD's - 535 minutes of viewing (English language only)!

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saiyan Conflict February 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Dragonball Z is the best anime ever. However I was a bit dissapointed to see that all the episodes are edited and even if you buy the uncut videos it still isnt as good as the original. Despite that this saga is one of the best. It starts off with Raditz, Gokus older brother, coming to earth to find him. But he ends up fighting Goku and Piccolo. Raditz tells them that Vegeta and Nappa will come for the Dragonballs. So all of the Z warriors train for them. When they arrive on earth the action starts. The fight with Nappa, Piccolo, and Krillen is great. The best part is where Goku comes and Vegeta goes mad because Goku has a really high power level and the fact that he takes Nappa out. The fight with Goku and Vegeta is also very good and it makes you want to see the next episode. This is worth buying!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs way, way up. June 19, 2000
By Gemmy
Format:VHS Tape
I have to say first that, like many things, my friend reccomended this to me and I was extremely skeptical. "I don't know...Isn't DBZ for little kids?" I questioned. Finally I watched it, got the hang of it, and was glued to the screen. I loved the Saiyan Saga. For a cartoon, it's quite well done. At first what may seem like cheesy dialogue leads into superb, gripping action followed by dramatic emotional scenes which aid in character development. While I noticed they refer to death as "moving to the next dimension". This does not detract from the experience, but simply gives you a different way of looking at death. The good guys are heroic yet human, making it easy to relate to their inner turmoil. But the bad guys blew me away. When you hate them, that's the sign of a good film When you actually can find yourself able to see from their perspective and realize why they commit their evil deeds, that's the sign of a godly film. A stependous mixture of action and drama and humor, this set is a perfect addition to anyone's collection--not just anime lovers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look Past Edited December 27, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
I have to somewhat agree with what most people are saying about the unedited blah, blah, blah....grumble grumble, blah, blah, blah. That said, most people seeing these now have to realize this show was edited and intended for kids when it was first released in the US, like the Transformers was in the 80's; it was toned down to reach a wider audience and television then hadn't begun to allow the incredible crassness most people are used to nowadays. What needs to be appreciated here is the quality of voice talent and sound. Though the all-around audio and special effects of the newer "Funimation only" (after the series lost it's Pioneer counterpart) eventually picked up, the voice acting remained terrible. I mean, Sean Schemmel, who does the voice of Goku in the newer episodes after Pioneer stopped producing them, sounds monotonous when he talks and as if he's trying to have a bowel movement that he's pent up for a week when he does Goku's powering up. None of the other new voice actors have much talent either. Although I know this is all opinion, I must at least implore people reading this review to at least compare the voices and original music/sound on youtube if nothing else before they completely dismiss these older US versions of the show.

What I can't stand the most is the fact that Funimation went back and redubbed all the Saiyan Conflict and Namek Saga with all the new voices, and though they included much that was left out when Pioneer and Funimation were working together, they also destroyed the only good piece of US Dragonball Z that was left. Meaning now...most people will never get to experience Brian Drummond's amazing Vegeta voice over along with any of the other original voice talents.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of money... November 8, 2002
INTRO: To put it simply, I do not know why this is still being sold. This DVD set was released by Pioneer when they originally had the rights to DBZ. They edited the series so bad that its down below an average kid's level of watching. This DVD set contains English-only episodes without the original Japanese audio tracks, so don't bother with it if you are a Dragon Ball Z otaku. Normally I would go into detail about the DVDs but why bother in this case?
SUGGESTION: Toei in Japan is planning on releasing the original Dragon Ball Z episodes on DVD in mid 2003 and will be in two complete DVD box sets. Each box set will contain 26 discs and split the series in half. Whether or not they will have english at all on the dvds is too far to tell right now. Each box set will cost a whopping 850$ though, so it might turn off some buyers. My suggestion if you're not willing to shell out 1000$+ for DBZ on DVD at once, just buy the US DVDs, they have unedited versions of the original Japanese episodes as well as the new English version. Also, FUNimation (the new holder of DBZ in america), has obtained the rights to do the first saga of DBZ over and uncut (fixing what Pioneer did). So hopefully this little suggestion essay wasn't too confusing. Well, good luck!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, but some really good stuff is missing... October 14, 2003
I love this whole series so I'm hard-pressed to say anything negative about it...but. The Saiyan Conflict is the opening of DragonBall Z. This series really should have been offered uncut and included the original Japanese language versions. In some ways, the editing and the occasionally sappy (not to mention inaccurate) English translations change the characters' personalities and some of the finer (and not-so-fine) points of the story itself. OK, the violence of the uncut versions can be intense even for us elders (I'm a mom) but let's not miss the point, either. Some of the most important and emotional interactions were cut out. I had to fill in the gaps with fansubs and Japanese websites. I would have given a solid 5 stars to some of these episodes if they were uncut and the original was included as I would some of the Frieza DVD's and many others, but in this case the editing took an edgy, interesting story filled with diverse and complex characters and turned it into a somewhat bland little kid's cartoon. Overall, I wouldn't have missed it, though I would've saved the money and watched it on Cartoon Network. If the uncut version comes out with the original included, I'd buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
YES!!! After years and tons of searching... I finally found these Ocean Dub boxed sets at reasonable to great prices!!! FULLY SATISFIED!!!
Published 13 months ago by Karrissian Mickel
5.0 out of 5 stars OCEAN DUB
If you want the original Toonami USA broadcast, this is the box set to get. If you still can 8)
Published 18 months ago by Wavedashdoc
5.0 out of 5 stars 90's Childhood Memories Brought Back
I only wanted this version of the series because its what I saw on TV as a kid. I like the voice actors better and the music better. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Nostalgia
As a kid back in 1996, this is the DBZ I grew up with. It may not look as awesome as the Dragon Box sets, the amount of editing is phenomenal, and the english voice acting is... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by O. Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!
ppl always spam how horrible this dub is but guess what. its the version that put dbz on the map in america. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by S. W. Coop
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
DragonBall Z was not meant to be watched edited even if unedited costs a little more its worth it. Its been my favorite show since I first saw the show. Read more
Published on December 30, 2006 by Juki
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragonball Z Beginnings
Ok, ok, ok. Now, honestly, I don't think this saga is half bad! It has some great stories that are totally original and awesome! I especially like Goku traveling on Snake Way! Read more
Published on April 16, 2006 by lilstripey
4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST SAGA OKAY
Published on March 10, 2006 by Zachary T. Blanton
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long...
I watched most of the series and the last episode back then... some of the fight scenes are too long, and plain boring. Read more
Published on December 27, 2005 by Yoso
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Anime's
The saiyan conflict is the beginning of the dragon ball Z saga which follows the original series Dragon Ball. Read more
Published on June 7, 2005 by Patrick A. Kellner
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