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Dragon Ball Z: Season 5 (Perfect and Imperfect Cell Sagas) (2008)

Christopher Sabat , Sean Schemmel , Chris Cason  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Dameon Clarke
  • Directors: Chris Cason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 615 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XE5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The artificial humans 17 and 18 who terrorized Earth in Season #4 of Dragon Ball Z were only a preliminary threat: Dr. Gero's ultimate creation, Cell, strikes in Season #5. A bio-entity created from genetic material taken from Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, and Frieza, Cell arrives via the time capsule Bulma built for Trunks. (There are now two of them, somehow.) Although he defeats the merged Piccolo and Kami, Cell remains imprisoned in his "imperfect form," a sort of larval stage. Until he absorbs androids 17 and 18, he can't attain his ultimate power. Vegeta and Trunks train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber at Kami's palace, which enables them to undergo the equivalent of a year's heavy workouts at high gravity in one day. Transcending his powers as a Super Saiyan, Vegeta clobbers Cell. When Cell challenges Vegeta to fight his perfect form. Vegeta takes the bait and allows Cell to evolve. The perfect Cell proves so powerful, Trunks has to draw on untapped reserves of power to save Vegeta. Goku plays only a small role in Season #5: he spends the first episodes recovering from the heart virus, then waiting with Gohan for the Hyperbolic Chamber or training in it. One of best-loved stories in the Dragon Ball Z continuity the "Cell Saga" offers plenty of action, with characters punching each other through rock walls and destroying entire islands as they fight. But it ends on a weak note when, instead of killing Trunks, Cell challenges the Z Fighters to a martial arts tournament--the focus of Season #6. The paradoxes of the time travel story, including adult Trunks encountering himself as a baby, don't seem to bother the fans--or the writers. These 26 episodes could have easily fit on five discs or even four, and spreading them over six feels chintzy.(Rated TV PG. suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, tobacco use, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

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"Dragon Ball Z has been called the Greatest Action Cartoon of all Time, and it's True!" --- Anime Insider

Season Five contains the Perfect and Imperfect Cell sagas on 6 discs.

The Z-Fighters gather their forces in an effort to combat the Android menace that has been set loose upon the planet. But they are about to discover that the Androids are the least of their worries. An even greater threat has risen from the shadows—Dr. Gero’s most lethal creation—Cell!

Born from the genetic material of the greatest warriors ever to walk the Earth, Cell is Dr. Gero’s ultimate weapon, a perfect fighting machine capable of duplicating all of the Z-Fighters’ most powerful attacks. Now, after years of waiting, Cell has begun to unleash his terrifying powers, wiping out entire cities as he gathers the energy he needs to fulfill his creator’s grand design. Time is short! The Z-Fighters must find a way to stop this monstrous foe before he completes his quest to absorb the other Androids and achieves his invincible Perfect Form!

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collectors Set March 7, 2008
By MelzyC
The Difinitive collection continues with the Spine still saying Dragonball Z on it. This is the Complete Imperfect and Perfect Cell Sagas on 6 DVDs still Uncut and Digitally Remastered and widescreen in HD. Original Japanese Music and English Dialogue, English Music and English Dialogue and Original Japanese Music and Original Japanese Dialogue. A Great collection.

Episodes Include:
Seized with Fear
The Reunion
Borrowed Powers
His Name is Cell
Piccolo's Folly
Laboratory Basement
Our Hero Awakens
Time Chamber
The Monster is Coming
He's Here
Up to Piccolo
Silent Warrior
Say Goodbye, 17
Saiyans Emerge
Super Vegeta
Bow To The Prince
Hour of Temptation
Krillin's Decision
Last Defense
Cell is Complete
Vegeta Must Pay
Trunks Ascends
Saving Throw
Ghosts From Tomorrow
The Cell Games

Season Six will include the Complete Cell Games. Enjoy this set I Know I will. :) I was really hoping SS2 Gohan on the front of Season Six but it turns out to be SS1 Goku :/
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z Season 5 July 8, 2008
There is a reason Dragonball Z is one the world's most favorite animes. The series is awesome. The only problem with this DVD is that it stops way too short. For those looking to see the end of cell, sorry that is Season 6. Regardless, this series is the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Imperfect Cell and Perfect Cell Sagas May 11, 2010
The Dragon Ball Z Season Five DVD box set includes six DVDs that contain twenty-six episodes. The first two discs contain six episodes, the third disc contains five episodes, the fourth and fifth discs contain three episodes, and the sixth disc contains three episodes and the DVD extras.

The special features really aren't all that special. All you get are the textless versions of the opening and ending credits (which is a feature that was already included on the previous four DVD box sets), and trailers. The trailers included on this set are for xxxHolic, Glass Fleet, Black Cat, Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Baki the Grappler, and Samurai 7.

Another issue I have with this set is with the audio mastering levels. FUNimation's opening splash screen, the trailers at the beginning of the DVDs, and the menu were mastered at a high audio level. However, the actual episodes on the discs were mastered with a very soft audio level. It's rather frustrating to have to sharply turn the volume down when you put the DVD into the player, and then having to sharply turn the audio back up in order to hear the audio for the episodes.

While I was disappointed with the audio levels and the lack of special features, this set is still a "must get" for any Dragon Ball Z fan that wants all the episodes on DVD. This 26-episode set sells for anywhere between $30 and $50. The price is a little disappointing for this set, since you paid the same price for the previous four sets but you get more episodes on the previous volumes.

In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD box set through the King County Library System.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z Season 5 June 28, 2008
By Hyrina
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This season of DBZ brings us to the Perfect and Imperfect Cell Sagas. Overall, the product is as good as the four seasons before it. I was a little disappointed paying the same price as the other seasons though for what amounted to be six less episodes than the season before it was. Actually, each season seems to be getting shorter and shorter. I know it's because they're trying to stick them into seasons correctly and have it all fit with the season it's being released with... Still, it would have been nice to knock at least a couple bucks off the price. Anyway, I still enjoyed it, and it's well worth getting anyway.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! February 13, 2010
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If you're a DBZ fan, you'll want this in your collection. It was so painful to wait for these episode to come on TV & restart countless times. I'm so glad I can watch these back-to-back when I get a DBZ itch now =).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for DBZ fans May 4, 2014
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Despite the series being cropped, this is the best option for DBZ fans and I've been enjoying the series so far!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes Cell! September 1, 2008
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Another addition to my growing DBZ collection. Great as always. I do find that 3 discs with 3 episodes is pretty lame, they could've just saved some resources and made 1-2 less discs. This is just in comparison to the road they tread with these DBZ sets. In a wider prespective, think about other anime dvds, most of their dvds are about 3 eps/disc! And their season sets are typically 26 eps! Not THAT big a deal alright guys :)
(Also Final flash remastered = super awesome!)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Z - Season Five July 8, 2008
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All i can say is Excellent makes me hungry for more can't wait till season 6!
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Great quality
Published 2 hours ago by Connor Hetherington-Lipari
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!!!!\m/
fantastic fights supe saiyans all the way!!!!!!!!
Published 1 day ago by Roby
5.0 out of 5 stars ... formats over time and this is by far my favorite! Funamation is...
I have bought the DBZ seasons in all their formats over time and this is by far my favorite! Funamation is keeping me hooked! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Matthew Skinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Voice
Now is this in English ?
Published 2 days ago by Kevin Lee Ohler Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Come on dbz blu ray. Uncut. Deal with cropping and just be a true fan!
Published 2 days ago by Andrey Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great season cant wait for season 6, it is probably my favorite in the series
Published 4 days ago by Tony

30% of the image is CUT OFF. The animators INTENDED to have the show 4:3 NOT 16:9. You're a sheep. Read more
Published 11 days ago by SmokeStack
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Great Quality Period!
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Published 16 days ago by Travis Finkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigest Fans!
Dragon Ball Z is totally awesome and I really like Season 4-6 my favorite one is the android saga and I do like the rest of the series but season 4 the one really like a lot. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tuan Nguye
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The wait starts!
There was an insert in one of my DVD sets that has a release list of Funimation products.

Season 6 comes out 9/16/08
Jun 3, 2008 by Michael Rex |  See all 7 posts
Season 1 discontinued ALREADY?
I'm showing this available as of April 14th. It must have just been a temporary supply issue
Apr 14, 2008 by Steven Wilson |  See all 3 posts
The new voice and music tracks.

This set comes with the following 3 options:
English Dubbed with American Music
English Dubbed with Japanese Music
Japanese Dubbed with Japanese Music

For the 1st two options the footage and sound have been restored very well. They are in excellent condition. But for the Japanese audio... Read More
Apr 9, 2008 by Always Samsung |  See all 4 posts
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