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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 (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XE5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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

Customer Reviews

This to me is one of the best seasons.
The video and audio quality is also very good in this collection.
I zipped through the Season 4 DVD box set so fast!

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By MelzyC on March 7, 2008
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Rousseau on July 8, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chip on July 3, 2011
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First of all, there are some very good episodes on this disk. In this season, we are introduced to Cell, and the season consists of him absorbing people to get stronger. Cell is a very creepy villain and he gives DBZ a "horror movie" feel. This is the season where Goku gets better, and as the threat of Cell grows stronger, he decides to train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Gohan, and Vegeta trains with Trunks. This season really feels like a buildup to season 6, the Cell Games Saga, and that's a good thing, because (without giving the ending away) you get the feeling that the Cell Saga is really heading for an epic conclusion.

As for the actual set, the packaging is nice visually. The remastering process is a bit flawed, unfortunately. Not only has the image been cropped to 16:9 when it is meant to be 4:3 (resulting in some of the top and bottom being cut off), but some of the details on characters is lost from the remastering. The film was put through a machine that not only ate up the grain and dirt, but it took off some of the lines as well. Also, the image can be a bit blurry at times. However, I'd still say that overall it looks good, and this is the best DBZ has ever looked, with the exception of the Dragon Boxes of course. Other flaws with this set is that the Japanese dub is in mono, not stereo, sound. So for fans of the Japanese dub, I would recommend shelling out a bit more cash for the Dragon Boxes instead. Also, if you want to see remastered DBZ looking it's best, buy the Dragon Boxes.

If you're a fan of Bruce Faulconer's music, however, pick these up. The good thing is that these sets give you the option of watching the English dub with the Japanese music (the Dragon Boxes also have that option).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on 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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One of my favorite episodes in the "DRAGON BALL Z" anime series was the Cell saga. The toughest enemy that the team has fought yet and the series focuses on everyone trying to prevent Cell from absorbing the androids while the Saiyan's Goku and son Gohan and Vegita and his son Trunks (future) train to get stronger, so they can prepare to fight Cell.

With each DVD season box set release of "DRAGON BALL Z", as a hardcore fan of the series, it's just incredible to get over 30 episodes for almost the same price or less than most American television box sets.

Season 5 surprisingly in duration wise, shorter than the previous volumes. Where each DVD had around 5 or more episodes, on disc 4-6, there are only three episodes on each disc.

I was surprised and I have to admit that I would be upset if Funimation did this from here on in but I understand that it's business and with everyone buying these box sets because it's awesome price for a large number of episodes, you can't beat it. But I'm just hoping that this is not a permanent decision.


The video looks great on DVD and for those of us who have multi-generation fansubs or fading VHS tapes, just having these episodes on DVD and everything looking great. I know some people have a problem with the show receiving some cropping but for me it's quite miniscule.


Special features include trailers and open and ending themes. If there was one thing lacking, it's the fact that there are really nothing in terms of special features.

Season 5 ends with a cliffhanger to the upcoming Cell games chapter and at the time of writing this review, Season 6 is now available in retail.

There is a lot of action in this series and no filler episodes.
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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
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