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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Extended Edition, Director's Cut
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Prepare to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!
Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus's from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
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1. Yes, this movie is dubbed in English with the original TV cast of Dragon Ball Z.
2. Yes, if you prefer the original subbed Japanese version it's also included in this release.
3. The extended "uncut" version adds a whole 20 minutes of footage to the film and runs 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Now for the actual review; I saw this film twice in theaters during it's theatrical run and bought the Blu-ray day one.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is the first new Dragon Ball Z film in over 17 years. The story and characters within the film were created by the creator of the series, Akira Toriyama. This is by far the best Dragon Ball Z film yet and is honestly a love letter to fans. I won't spoil the story, but I will say this film takes place a few months after the Buu saga of DBZ. The main antagonist of the film is named Lord Beerus and he's the God of Destruction. The film is canon with the series, so you can take everything as a whole when watching the movie.
It's obvious that Mr. Toriyama wrote this film, because it surprisingly has a lot of humor in it, which I absolutely loved. While there are subtle nods to the series' history, charming humor, and overall great pacing in the film there are only a few fights, which is a good thing. The fights that are in the film are spectacular, fast paced, accompanied with great music, and last as long as you'd want them to be. Especially the finale confrontation at the end of the film. Funimation did a great job translating the original Japanese script as well as the actual dubbing. Everyone's voice is top notch and represents each character perfectly.
I'm glad to see Toriyama adding more to the Dragon Ball mythology with this film and the up in coming new Dragon Ball 2015 movie for next year. If you love Dragon Ball don't hesitate to purchase this movie. It's pure fan service to the highest degree with amazing production value. The animation is amazing, the English dub is the best Funimation has done yet, a good chunk of the soundtrack gets your blood flowing for the action, the fight scenes are some of the most developmental in the series, and it's just an overall great movie for old and new Dragon Ball fans to enjoy.
The story is nothing different than what you would expect. New super powerful enemy, Goku gets his ass beat by said enemy, and then proceeds to push himself beyond the limits to save the world. The difference here is that Beerus the Destroyer is an excellent antagonist. He dominates the movie with his sheer personality.
The writing itself goes out of its way to make a near parody style storytelling. Conveying that the writers realize that when restarting a decade old series, people MIGHT not take it seriously. Best way to counter that? ROLL WITH IT. And my god do they roll with it. I absolutely love this direction they decided to take.
If you like Dragon Ball Z, I see no reason why you will not enjoy this movie.
BATTLE OF GODS
I have always been a huge fan of “Dragonball Z” ever since its very first airing on Toonami way back in the day in like 1997 along with “Mobile Suit: Gundam Wing”. I of course always loved the films as well, well at least the animated ones. So when this was released I was so excited along with my brother. We both went out and bought it immediately. We then invited all of the homies and went to my brother’s house for the viewing party. Of course we were all excited and ended up really enjoying it.
The story follows Beerus, the God of Destruction, who has been awakened to find out that Freeza was defeated by a Saiyan. He finds this very intriguing and decides to head to Earth to challenge this Saiyan himself. Once there he easily defeats Goku as well as the other Z fighters of Earth. It seems like there is nothing that can stop this being from destroying the Earth, well unless a legendary figure known as the Super Saiyan God can show up.
I really enjoyed this film as it was a super fun flick that really showed how great my favorite character is, Vegeta. It is in this film that his character is really shown, and I mean character of the man. He recognizes who this creature is and puts all of that pride aside to make sure that Beerus does not get put in a bad mood. He wants to keep his family safe [especially since this is during his wife’s birthday] and keep the planet he calls home safe. But even more than that when Goku powers up to a level 3 Super Saiyan he is defeated in a few blows by Beerus after hi cocky attempt to think he was on that level. But when Beerus slaps Bulma Vegta goes crazy and for a moment he takes it to the God of Destruction like nobody ever has. Is it short, sure, but for that short time I may have never been happier watching DBZ.
You get some great behind the scenes features on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo and like I said the film is a fun one. It also leads into the next film that would bring back one of the most popular villains the franchise has ever seen. I would highly recommend this film to any DBZ fan or even anime fan out there.
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