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Dragon Ball Z: Season 3 (Frieza Saga)
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
Format: DVD
Dragon Ball has become a manga bestseller and a champion with audiences around the world. The executives at Toei Animation, which financed the TV show, motivated by this, kind of forced the author, Akira Toriyama, to continue producing new sagas, new characters and new storylines. Thus, Dragon Ball franchise has a very uneven quality: there are some brilliant moments in the series, and there are moments that are real disasters.

But if there is a time in the series when it reached an really high artistic level it was in the Frieza saga. Frieza is by far the greatest villain of the entire universe of Dragon Ball, and is the culmination of the creative talent of Toriyama. Frieza is a psychologically complex villain, and the construction of his character is extremely rich. We are facing a character of great aesthetic value; Frieza may well be among the great characters of universal literature and cinema. I doubt there is any fan of Dragon ball that has not Frieza among his favorite characters.

Unlike many Japanese series, Dragon Ball usually spends chapters and more chapters dealing with only one villain; the fights are extremely lengthy and detailed, and the series progresses slowly. This feature allows a great detailing of the characters: villains, for example, do not arise in a chapter only to be soon defeated and killed. Their story will spread slowly: there will be a overture and growth of action, a climax, and finally an epilogue.

With plenty of time, Toryama is free to build the psyche of Frieza. Something tells me that Frieza was also his favorite villain, after all is struggling with this universal gangster that Goku transforms for the first time into a super saiyan. I believe that in Frieza Toryama spilled the details that he thought to be the more epic in evil minds: the most characteristic marks of a true villain. His success was immense: Frieza is far superior to all the other villains of Dragon Ball in the matter of realism, in its ability to attract the viewer. But what makes him so captivating?

It's hard to tell. But there are some details: 1) Frieza is not an animalistic and brute villain, some kind of coarse beast; in the contrary, he is extremely elegant and refined, a true gentleman; 2) Frieza is a kind of gangster, a Don Corleone from space , the head of a huge criminal organization, whom everyone fears and respect; 3) Frieza has interesting habits, characteristic of a true lord: he sits quietly in a floating chair, and, without making any effort, orders his men to fulfill his ordes; sometimes we can even contemplate him calmly drinking a chalice of wine; 4) Frieza is a feared dictator in the universe, and, as some kind of Hitler, has the mind infested with racist views: he is always making fun of other races, especially the saiyans, treating them as inferior (this mentality, similar to the historical villains of the twentieth century, makes Frieza become even more complex in the eyes of the spectators); 5) Frieza is a genocidal: he destroys an entire planet with great pleasure, laughing hysterically while millions of men, women and children are incinerated by a gigantic supernova explosion; 6) Frieza has a polite, respectful and gentlemanly way of speaking (this becomes somewhat ironic when we realize that behind this gentle mask there is an extremely evil and cold being, which seems to amuse himself by showing a false aura of kindness to its victims); 7) Frieza tortures his victims: he rips of arms (the namek warrior Neo), pierce flesh with his horns (Krillin), beats and punches torsos till the internal organs almost dissolve (Vegeta), and all with a gentle and ironic smile on his lips; 8) Frieza is arrogant and proud, and thinks himself to be the greatest wonder of the universe; if he was weak, this would be pathetic, but as he is actually the strongest creature in the cosmos (even King Kai is terrified by him), his arrogance seems to match him: he is like a biblical god who punishes those who do not know how to honor and fear him as he desires.

In addition to the features above, the appearance of Frieza (especially in his first and last forms) is something wonderfully confusing. He appears to be an androgynous creature: a mixture of masculine and feminine characteristics. His features are soft, with shades of purple and pink, his lips seem to be painted with black lipstick. He is like a silver lizard, with a body modeled of snow or metal. His appearance does not create fear: it seems to invoke the image of some of the angels at once beautiful and terrible of the Old Testament (creatures of light, but also ministers of god's wrath and of his terrors). This ambiguity between the frail and feminine appearance of Frieza and his monstrous and extremely wild and violent ego never fails to confuse one who sees the show for the first time.

Another wonder in Frieza are the scenes in which he, always so calm and serene, always so sure of himself, always in control of his emotions, explodes in rage and ferocity. One of such moments, where Frieza is about to kill Goku, but is hit (when distracted) by the blows of Krillin and Gohan (the existence of which he had even forgotten) is priceless. He looks at them from far away, with their hands still fuming after launching their attacks, and, with an indescribable facial expression (smiling in a manner at once full of irony and hate), pressing his hands with such force that makes them bleed, with dilated veins in his forehead and pulsing eyes, burns and flames himself from the cool and controlled calmness to the bestial rage, screaming threats and promising to blow up the entire planet (this is the moment when he is going to be hit by the Genki Dama).

Frieza is the culmination of Dragon Ball, and it is natural that it is in this battle that Goku transforms for the first time into a Super Saiyan (after witnessing the extremely cruel death of Krilin, who explodes from the inside out, screaming the name of Goku in pain and despair). After this battle, the series focuses mainly on the saiyans (in its various and endless transformations), and loses much of its quality. Never another character from Dragon Ball will be as fascinating as Frieza.

Some observations:

a) DO NOT SEE THE SERIES IN ENGLISH - THE VOICE OF FRIEZA IN ENGLISH IS A CRIME AGAINST THE CHARACTER; THE JAPANESE VERSION IS INFINITELY BETTER.

b) Please, forgive me for my bad english. I am brazilian, and my native language is portuguese.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
Format: DVD
This DVD set includes the entire Frieza saga. It goes up to the point where Namek explodes just after Frieza's defeat. My favorite feature of this box set is the marathon feature option. This allows you to watch all the episodes on each disc w/o any previews or opening/closing songs. It makes everything flow so much smoother. The video and audio quality is also very good in this collection. It is presented in 5.1 dolby digital. The dialogue has also been revised. It's a great addition to any DBZ fans collection.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2007
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Awesome, dragonball z is amazing the new dvd sets are a must have for all fans. alot of people seem to be disatisfied by the new releases but i can't understand why. thenew stuff is uncut and is of higher quality than i remember it being when i watched years ago, if you are a fan you will not be disapointed. if your one of those really annoying people who try to critisize everything even when its a good thing you will still buy this set and secretly love having all the episodes. Enjoy.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2007
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I don't know about anyone else, but Frieza is one of the most unforgettable villains in DBZ. The thing that places DBZ among the greatest animated shows is one word..."Sagas." Yes, it's the sagas that make this show great. Saga's cause great character development and draws you in to see what will happen next. The Frieza saga, is one of the best. Not only is it the introduction to the Super Saiyan generation, but is also a really long, intense, and captivating battle. The third season is the first one I bought, because it's where DBZ goes to a whole new level. Hardcore fans may say differently but if you want to know where the serious action begins, it's in the Frieza saga. I was skeptical at first but after plopping in the first disk, I was hooked. One of my favorite episodes is when Frieza beats Vegeta to death. I was hooked. Trust me you wont' be dissapointed.
There are some minor downpoints of this DVD Collection:
a) Many are crying over the Widescreen, but trust me, it's not THAT BAD at all. There are a few times where you wish you could see the full frame but come on. The visuals are much more crisp and clear and you can't beat the 5.1 surround sound Japanese music.
b) The dialogue can be downright cheesy to the point of shaking your head. For instance, while in a heated galactical PUNCH-FEST, Frieza (the diabolical, cold-hearted killer) says to Goku "You Dirty Dog!" to which Goku replies "It takes one to know one!" What is this 3rd Grade?
But these minor irritations are hardly enough to stop one from purchasing this bundle. C'mon, what are ya' waiting for? Get it!!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2007
Format: DVD
Season 3 of Dragonballz features the whole Frieza Saga. Although I love most of the DBZ Sagas, this is my favorite saga out of all the others.
I remember I alway wanted to get this saga but it was 10 tapes or DVD'S and the cost was around $80-$100, and I could not afford that. But thanks to the new DBZ season sets I could get this for 30 bucks instead.
I'm going to buy this the first day it comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Relive the best Dragon Ball Z moments on 1080p HD and Dolby True HD sound. The image quality is awesome. I recommend it to Dragon Ball Z fans. I hope they do the same to the original Dragon Ball.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I can not wait for the release of season 3.Season 2 comes out very very soon.And I already have it pre-ordered I'm excited for these 2 seasons to come out on blu ray and really hope they continue to release them on blu ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 8, 2009
Format: DVD
The Dragon Ball Z Season Three DVD box set includes six DVDs that contain thirty-three episodes. The first three discs contain six episodes, discs four and five contain five episodes, and the sixth disc contains five episodes and the DVD extras. However, there isn't much of anything in the way of special features included with this set. All you get are the textless versions of the opening and ending credits (this feature was already included on the first two DVD box sets), and trailers. Unfortunately, these features aren't very "special."

One of the best things about this DVD set is the marathon feature. This feature allows you to watch all of the episodes back-to-back, but you only see the opening credits once; the ending credits are not shown when watching with the marathon feature. This feature really helps when you're trying to watch all the episodes on a single disc in one sitting. However, this feature really helps the viewer to realize just how much stretching was going on. In this season, the battle with Freeza seemed to drag on endlessly over a ridiculous amount of episodes.

Another problem with this set is the audio mastering levels. FUNimation's opening splash screen and the trailer at the beginning of each DVD were mastered at a high audio level, but the menu and the actual episodes were mastered with a rather soft audio level. It's frustrating to have to sharply turn the volume down when you put the DVD into the player, and then having to turn the volume back up considerably 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 33-episode set sells for anywhere between $30 and $50. It's not too bad of a price, considering that you get 33 episodes in the set. However, it would be a little more worth the cost if FUNimation had put more effort into the special features.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Okay, so I would like to officially take the time to recant my statements about a previous season of this line of releases and say that this Blu-ray collection is actually pretty cool. Is it perfect? Nope, but it still deserves five stars for a few reasons, which I'll detail below.

Price:

At the time of this review, these releases are very reasonably priced for what we're getting. I remember when the dreaded DVD releases came out all cropped with their funky colors, and Funimation had the nerve to try and charge us $40. Some of us paid it and were disappointed.

Picture:

Okay so it's not 4:3. It's clear we're not getting that aspect ratio for one reason or another, so let's all be grown ups and get over it. I know I had to. I actually sat down with someone who is not a fan of the series and watched a large chunk of this release with them just to get their feedback. They were impressed with the colors and picture quality in HD, especially for a series that is as old as Dragonball. This kind of neutral feedback validated my own changed opinion that these releases are actually of very high quality.

Sound:

These releases have the three great audio tracks in an effort to please everyone, and fans of Falconer's score will of course enjoy the fact that it's on here. On BD, the sound is even more impressive, particularly on the default setting (Japanese music/English subtitles)

Overall:

Look, people who say they "don't notice" the cropping are fooling themselves into thinking this is a definitive release. It is not. You do notice it, especially if you pay attention. That said, it is absolutely MILES above and beyond the letterbox DVD releases we got previously,and it's almost certainly the best we're going to get outside of the out-of-print Dragonboxes for some time. No, these things are not perfect, but they are great, and it doesn't make me want to kill myself every time I watch it, which is exactly what those orange brick atrocities did.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I have yet to see the third instalment of the DBZ series. But that is not to say that Im not waiting like a lil hound for it to finally be released. The first two instalments were pretty darn good if I do say so myself. But the Frieza Saga is just where it starts getting interesting (with Goku going S.S. and what not).

If I've done my math right, and I'd like to think that I have, there should be something between seven and nine full seasons coming out all together. If you figure on average of 35 episodes-per-boxset, then that is what it figures out to...But I'm still unsure....point being, DBZ is an amazing anime (my second fav) and remastered or not, should be admired by ALL fans of "The Arts".
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