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  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IC71
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Born long ago of a primeval force on a faraway planet, the Saiyans developed into a warrior race so devastating and relentless that their own planet did not survive their centuries of destruction. Now, one of them is coming to earth to find his younger brother Goku!

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They Saiyans have sent their mighty warrior, Raditz, to the Earth to search for his younger brother, Kakarot, and to finish the fob his brother neglected-to destroy all traces of human life on the planet! Raditz confronts Goku, one of the Earth's greatest defenders, and shocks everyone by revealing that Goku is really Kakarot with amnesia! Raditz commands Goku to accept his heritage and attack the earth. When Goku refuses, Raditz kidnaps Goku's son Gohan and commands Goku to destroy 100 earthlings by the next morning to save his son's life. Still reeling from the shock, Goku suddenly finds help from an unlikely source-his archenemy Piccolo! Despite their differences, they both realize that they must team up if they want to have a chance against Raditz. However, once their battle against the Saiyan has begun, it becomes obvious that, even together, they are not powerful enough to challenge Raditz! How will they make up the difference? What sacrifices will have to be made to protect the Earth?

Customer Reviews

Do they not realize that the subject matter in Dragonball and Dragonball Z is for adults?
M. Garza
Just want to clear something up, I don't care how old you are you are going to love this, I am 21 and never get tired of the action.
Joshua Shane Alexander
This DVD introduces you to all the main Characters with the first 4 Episodes of this great Series.
K. Faaborg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dave on September 20, 2010
I know there are a lot of people who prefer reviews to be short and to-the-point, while there is another set that prefer a larger, more elaborate explanation. So, in the interest of doing that, I'll provide both a short review and a long review. I'll also include a "What You Should Buy Instead" section at the end.

SHORT REVIEW: This DVD only contains the edited English dub as it first aired on TV back in 1996 with the original Ocean Studios voice cast. Unless you understand that last sentence, you probably don't want to get this.

LONG REVIEW: Dragon Ball Z has a very long, complex, and complicated history in the English-speaking world (which includes the U.S., Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia). The English dub was one of the first foreign language dubs of this anime(the first being the European French dub), and our dub has gone through a roller-coaster of changes. When DBZ first started out in 1996, it was being handled jointly by FUNimation Entertainment (then called FUNimation Productions) and Saban Entertainment (the people responsible for "Power Rangers"). Saban determined that if DBZ was ever going to be successful in the English-speaking world, they had to make a lot of changes and edits to the series in order for it to be a family-friendly show. For those of you who don't know, Dragon Ball Z originated as a show in Japan and, while kid-friendly by Japanese standards, it had a lot of scenes that most modern English-speaking people would find objectionable. There's a lot of violence, blood, some cursing, and a little bit of small-scale nudity (although the nudity was always used for comedic effect). Saban basically said that unless these were changed, the show would never see the light of day in the English-speaking world.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Well, I enjoyed this first of the many DVD's that Pioneer made of the Dragonball Z episodes. I was a little disappionted in this one though. I was expecting some extra stuff to be added on the DVD that wasn't on the VHS version. Like the DVD version of The Dead Zone had some deleted TV scenes that really kicked ***. Also, The World's Strongest had a Battle Arena option that showed the many fights of Goku. I thought that option was a great idea. Anyways, there are some things that are good about this title. The picture and sound quality are at its highest. And if you have the proper equipment, that makes the experience even more fulfilling. Well, that's my two-cents on this title. Just an average DVD that could have been a great DVD if some more effort were put into it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Faaborg on August 21, 2000
I recently got hooked on DragonBall Z (DBZ) from Cartoon Network's Toonami, and I saw this DVD for such a great price and I went for it....It is worth it! This DVD introduces you to all the main Characters with the first 4 Episodes of this great Series. Unfortunatly, this DVD doesn't have subtitles nor is Closed Captioned, but the english dub works well. A Nice plus about the DVD is that it also gives you the previews for all of the Episodes on the Next DVD. It also gives you a brief introduction to Goku and the story behind the original 'DragonBall' Series in case you didn't get to see them. This DVD is a great way to get started with anime! Buy the DVD instead of VHS if you can, it works out better! Great DVD!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kirkpatrick on March 2, 2000
I've recently become hooked on the craze known as Dragon Ball Z, and let me tell it is a ride. Although the first 14 or so volumes are edited, thanks to Saban, that's right, the same people you bring you Mighty Morphine Power Rangers. They are not the full versions, but the newer ones that take place on Namek have the edited and uncut, but anyway, for the first DVD in this series, it is awesome. It really sets up what is a great adventure and captures the imagination of the viewer. The only bad thing about this DVD is the edit, but, once the newer ones come out on DVD, no one will have to worry about seeing edited cartoons again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Shane Alexander on September 25, 2000
Hey What can i say about it? Its a must have for me. Dragonball Z takes me on a ride and leaves me in a dream world and i just keep wanting more. If you haven't seen it yet, and your a anime junky like myself, then you have to get it. If you have seen it then thats what your here for and you need no help from me, you know you want it already. Just want to clear something up, I don't care how old you are you are going to love this, I am 21 and never get tired of the action. Plan and simple, this collection will have all you couch potatos up on you feet. Since I have been a dragonball freak, I lost 15 pounds......NO JOKE! JUST BUY IT AND YOU WILL HAVE NO REGRETS, AND YOUR ALSO GETTING A BIG SAVING SO WHATS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT IT!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2003
I am a big fan of DBZ (and anime in general), but have always wanted to see the original, unedited, Japanese-language version of the shows. When I saw that the shows were available on DVD, I was thrilled that I might at last get the opportunity to see the original versions. However, upon receiving the first 4 volumes, I was extremely disappointed to find that only the edited American versions were on the DVDs. If you're looking for the original version as an option, make sure the DVD offers that feature.
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