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Dragonball: Evolution [Blu-ray] (2009)

Justin Chatwin , Chow Yun-Fat  |  PG |  Blu-ray
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justin Chatwin, Chow Yun-Fat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HN69AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Co-produced by Hong Kong legend Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Dragonball Evolution is an agreeable if low-wattage live action adaptation of the iconic manga and anime series Dragon Ball. Director James Wong fuses the series’ fantasy-based characters and devices with a somewhat lackluster storyline involving average teen Goku (Justin Chatwin), who breaks from his wholesale pining for classmate Chi-Chi (Jamie Chung) to that he’s at the center of an intergalactic search for the all-powerful Dragonballs by evil warlord Piccolo (Buffy’s James Marsters). With the help of master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat, who backburners his stoic screen image in favor of some God of Gamblers/Once a Thief-level hamminess), Goku develops his fighting skills to take on Piccolo and save the Earth. The film’s abundance of martial arts should please younger and less discerning viewers, but its hackneyed dialogue and sluggish pace (especially in the fight scenes, which stutter where they should flow) may disappoint longtime fans of the book and television adaptations. The CGI effects, which labor mightily to reproduce the source material’s eye-popping look, also fall short, though the cast is game, especially Marsters and Chow. -- Paul Gaita

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Based on one of the most popular Japanese manga series of all time, Dragonball: Evolution follows a young warrior on an epic adventure to discover his destiny...and save the world from the forces of darkness. For his eighteenth birthday, mild-mannered Goku is given a mystical Dragonball, one of only seven in existence, which combine to grant a perfect wish to whoever possesses them. But an ancient warlord named Piccolo has escaped eternal imprisonment and is on his own quest to gather the Dragonballs. Goku must enlist the help of his friends - and the power of his evolving martial arts skills - to defeat Piccolo before it's too late! Packed with spectacular visual effects, high-flying action, and over an hour of hard-hitting extras, Dragonball: Evolution Z-Edition brings the legend to life like never before!

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94 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragonball Evolution Worst Movie EVER! May 27, 2009
Format:DVD
I have been a fan of Dragonball for years. I have the anime from Dragonball to Dragonball GT. But after seeing this so called movie I felt apart of my childhood destoryed within a hour and 30 minutes. So where do I begin? Well first, the Story was a mess there was little to nothing about Dragonball in it, and the pace felt rushed. There was no time for any plot development, or character development. Basically You meet Goku, then Bulma, Roshi, Yamacha and then final battle. So you can't get to know the characters, and understand why they are on this quest to collect all 7 Dragonballs before Piccolo. Also, it felt Fox was using other material from other famous movies and cartoon shows. Films like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, ans some materical from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Plus the movie never explain som important factors, for example, how does Piccolo escape his imprisonment, how does he hook up with Mai, How can Mai shape shift, Why does Piccolo need the Dragonball and so on. Second problem with this movie is the actors. Poorly casted, and they poorly portray their characters. For example; Justin Chatwin makes Goku sound and act like Robbie (played by Chatwin) in War of the Worlds. He does want to take on this mission to save the world, complains all the time and tries to hit on girls. Please if you have see the manga or anime you know Goku isn't like that at all. He stand for good and justice and all the heroic stuff; many Main characters stand for. Thrid, the speical effects look like some thing for the late 80s or early 90s. I can tell you used guide wires and the Kai or engery waves looked fake. I mean come on Look at Iron Man when Tony shots the glass in his lab they looked more realist then what you see in this movie. Read more ›
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71 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Dragonball at all!!! May 22, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Everything in this movie is RUSHED RUSHED RUSHED!!!

All the characters are REDUCED to stereotyical americanized cliches!
Goku is a emo whiner and trade the Ki blast of light energy for airbending puffs of smoke.
Bulma is a gung-ho type that screams Lara Croft.
Roshi turned less of his usual perverted self into more bashful.
Yamcha is a surfer dude like moron.
And Piccolo is a Star wars Sith!
Oozaru is 8ft instead of 80ft!! (I walked out of the theater angry because of that)
And all the actors reek!

The fighting is sloppy. The writing is garbage. The Directing is beyond terrible.
There are many rip-offs (Spiderman,Star Wars,Avatar TLA,Matrix)
This has the name Dragonball on it but don't expect anything of the sort! It's a DISCRACE!!! Who ever gives 5 stars likes cheesy crappy movies.

AVOID THIS FILM at all costs it's a big waste of money!!!!!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, Chow Yun-Fat is in it, anyway... September 22, 2009
Format:DVD
Being unfamiliar with the graphic novels, anime, or video games that have made the Dragonball saga a world-wide sensation, I viewed "Dragonball: Evolution" with an open mind, hoping to see the kind of frenetic martial arts, magic, and humor I had enjoyed in "Mortal Kombat", a few years back. Well..."Mortal Kombat" this ain't, and despite the presence of legendary "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star, Chow Yun-Fat (who must have needed the paycheck), I can't recommend this turkey to anyone over the age of 4!

The plot is confusing; thousands (or 2,000) years ago, an insane demon lord, Piccolo (if somebody named me that, I'd be pretty mad, too), and his evil right-hand demon, Ozaru, nearly destroyed the world, until he was bound within the earth by seven sorcerors who gave their lives creating the mystical Dragonball orbs that focused their energies. Now, with a 'blood moon' total solar eclipse approaching, Piccolo (an unrecognizable James Marsters) is somehow free (how he accomplished that isn't explained), and gathering up the Dragonballs (which, together, according to legend, will allow the possessor the fulfillment of one 'perfect' wish). He plans to use it to release Ozaru, and finish what he started, before (uh, if any wish would be granted, why not simply WISH the job to be finished?)

Meanwhile, in true "Karate Kid" fashion, young Goku (Justin Chatwin) is being trained by his Asian grandfather (Randall Duk Kim) martial arts, and harnassing The Force (oops, I mean, his Ki). Goku's past is unknown to him (to be revealed on his 18th birthday), and to celebrate the birthday, Grandpa gives him a Dragonball (which flashes images of Ozaru to him).
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Since 2002, me and many other Dragonball fans around the world have feverishly anticipated the release of a live action adaptation of one of the most beloved anime franchises the world over.

The idea of a live action Dragonball movie brings so much potential to the table, and really changes the perspective of film making in bringing an anime to life, and bringing fantasy to life in a whole new way. This should have been something we have never seen before, it should have been aw-inspiring, captivating, and capturing the very essence of the Dragonball series that so many people have grown up with and come to expect.

Sadly, Dragonball Evolution is perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever laid my eyes on. Not only is this movie a wretched failure from a "fan" point of view since I am a fan of the material, but also as someone who loves and watches movies, and pays attention to Hollywood.

Within the last two years, we have seen some truely great films including. The Dark Knight, Iron Man, No Country for Old Men, Transformers, There Will Be Blood, Slumdog Millionaire, and many many more that would take up too much of this review.

With Dragonball Evolution, it takes all of the high calbur oscar-worthy/winning acting, and high grade special effects and production values, and pretty much takes it out with one destructive "air-bending" Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha(a little inside joke on the movie).

The movie is so out of touch with its source material, this movie can hardly be called "Dragonball". Outside of name-sake(or Marque value) such as Dragonballs, Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Shenlong, Ma-fu-ba(sealing technique for Piccolo), Piccolo, Grampa Gohan, Mai, Chi Chi, Master Roshi, Oozaru, and the Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Dragonball and DBZ
I love Dragonball and DBZ, this movie was extremely disappointing however. What’s worse is that it had potential to be awesome. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Ronny
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever!!
Horrible movie don't watch it if your a true DBZ fan don't watch it. It completely ruins the original anime. It's a disgrace anyone could even try to live to to the anime. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars no words can describe how I feel after watching this awful mess you...
no words can describe how I feel after watching this awful mess you call a movie. why did they have to change the story completely. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Joshua C.
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE MKVIE
I watched this movie hoping for something good but instead I got something that was so far from the original material I love dragon ball it has been one of my favorite animes but... Read more
Published 25 days ago by R. Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Matein-Movie
If you are into the martial arts and sci-fi you will like this movie. It has everything including the kitchen sink.
Published 27 days ago by Matein Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This I thought was a good movie, very entertaining , has some good fight scenes in it . I enjoyed it a lot.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best.
If it would have Followed the anime story line a bit more it would have been much better. I believe iffy would have been better as two movies instead of one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dillon Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Fun to watch, I wish the cartoon of DBZ was on here to purchase but this is good also. Enjoy
Published 2 months ago by Melvin Ramey Jr
1.0 out of 5 stars No download No refund
I did not get to watch the movie. It would not download and I did not receive a refund after the movie would not download
Published 3 months ago by Terri Nelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Ball Evolution sucked!!!
When Mike watched this movie he said it sucks!!!!!!! So the next day he brung Cain and Cole with their bb guns and Mike threw the dbe (Dragon Ball Evolution) disc on the ground... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Talitha Snyder
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