Dragon Ball - Path to Power (Uncut)
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When an adventure hungry girl named Bulma runs across and nearly runs over a bizarre young boy with strange powers named Goku, she finds herself thrust into an adventure that will last a lifetime! Together they set out to recover the mystical Dragon Balls, artifacts of incredible power! Legend says that whomever collects all seven Dragon Balls can call forth the awesome Eternal Dragon, a powerful creature that will grant whatever wish their heart desires!
But there is another interested party eager to control the power of the Dragon Balls. They are known as the Red Ribbon Army, and they will stop at nothing to use the Dragon Balls to achieve their wish of total world domination!
Along the way Goku will find out that the greatest power of all lies within himself. This is the start of friendship and of fury. This is where legend begins!
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It isn't uncommon for anime to release feature films that are often compressed and altered versions of the original series. This is what we get here. They combined the original Goku Saga with the Red Ribbon Army Saga. The whole thing is done beautifully with GT style animation, giving the old series a much needed facelift. Many of the characters, villains in particular, get redesigns to suit the new animation style better as well.
Due to the fact that they had to cram so much into so little space, many things had to get 'cut'. Veterans of the series will be disappointed to find no trace of Mercenary Tao, and Goku never transforms into his giant Ape form. What's more, many of the fights are very short compared to the original anime. Goku's fight with Yamcha is comprised solely of Yamcha hitting Goku with the Wolf-Fang-Fist. While it's nice to see this move updated, the fight is far too short. On the other hand, Android 8 actually fights in this feature, not once but twice! The old Android never saw any action in the original series, so that's a nice twist. Here's the story for those new to the series.
A young girl named Bulma runs into (literally) a young boy with incredible strength. After a brief confrontation, they exchange introductions and Bulma learns the boys name as Goku (Dragon Ball Z - Bardock: The Father of Goku, the very same boy from this story). She tells him about the legend of the Dragon Balls, and how whoever collects them all gets one wish. Goku agrees to join Bulma in her journey.
The two children encounter many people along the way. They make new friends with Oulong, Yamcha, Puar, Turtle, and Master Roshi. They also encounter the evil Red Ribbon Army, who are also after the dragon balls. Ultimately, it's up to Goku and his incredible strength to overcome the villainous Red Ribbon Army.
I highly recommend this DVD over the dated (and hard to find) original series (or at least the beginning of). It's a good watch for children as well. Obviously, fans might want to use caution. While the updated animation looks nice, they do change a lot of things. Whether or not that matters depends on your opinion of the original.
The Story itself has been changed. Goku meets people in a different order in a different place and such. For example, you may remember Goku meets Olong in a village, while in this dvd he finds him in the desert. As the movie goes on more and more stuff changes, soon your no longer looking at Dragonball, but at a whole new story altogether. this was both sad (being this is a DRAGONBALL remake, but also great that a new story was made)
The art was updated, looks more Dragonball GT'ish, then the older looking Dragonball art. This of course was great, and very nice looking.
The audio is great, the voices in both english and japanese were nice, and the sound quality was good.
the visuals were somewhat bad. At some times there were scratches in the film (minor, but you'll see them). I was hopeing they could fix this, but they didn't.
The dvd itself is ok. The menu is plain but nice, the extra's unfortunatly are just Trailers and Character Bios.
All together I rate the dvd 8/10. I suggest picking this up if you like Dragonball. I do NOT suggest getting this if your new or have never seen dragonball, because this really chages the story ALOT. Enjoy!
This film is a great, abridged re-telling of the Red Ribbon story arc. The updated animation is wonderful to see and fans will be pleased with its treatment if you view it in the proper context of it being a theatrical tribute to the beloved series
As you may have already surmised from my previous statements, do yourself a favor and watch the entirety of the original TV series before watching this. Once you have that out of the way, this is an easy recommendation. It's gorgeous, fun, and you get to hear "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku" without needing to sit through the absolute drek that is Dragon Ball GT. THAT is a series that can be safely skipped entirely.
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