It’s no surprise based on the amount of Dragon Ball content found on this site that Dragon Ball Z is one of my all time favourite anime series. There really is something in there that will entertain just about everyone. But even though the series is one of the greatest and most watched shows of all time, you may find yourself wanting a Dragon Ball fix but don’t have the time to sit down and re-watch a whole season or complete saga. That’s where the movies come in.
Although the films are not considered cannon to the main series they occur at points directly from the DBZ timeline. For example in the Return of Cooler which is set after the battle with Frieza, Gohan sports the same look he did in the post-Frieza saga and Goku is the only character in the series able to achieve Super Saiyan.
The movies are each self contained experiences that can be enjoyed even if you haven’t seen every single episode of the series. If you have a general knowledge as to who the main cast are and the relationships each hold you’re good to go.
This newly remastered set from Madman entertainment includes the first 15 Dragon Ball Z films across 7 Blu-Ray discs. While not all of the 15 films are great, some are quite average and some even border on bad you can’t argue with the amount of value available in this release. The highlights of the set for me were History of Trunks, Bardock the Father of Goku and Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan while the ones I enjoyed the least go to Bio Broly and Dead Zone, even though the animation work on it is quite nice.
The full list of films included in this release are:
All of the films here are fully remastered in high definition and digitally restored from the original Japanese film. All 15 film’s in the collection are also completely uncut. So if you had watched them back in the 90’s and 2000’s when they aired on Cartoon Network there’s a good chance there’s plenty of new footage for you to see in this set.
All 15 of the films on the set can be watched in either Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed in English with the option of either the Japanese music track or the American Funimation music, for those that love to watch their Dragon Ball backed with music from Disturbed, Drowning Pool and many other prominent metal bands.
Just be aware this set does not include any of the newer films released after Wrath of the Dragon so you won’t find Battle of Gods or Resurrection ‘F’ included here but that hardly takes away from the incredible value you’re already getting. Especially for fans of DBZ. Madman Entertainment as well as other prominent retailers here in Australia often offer 20% of their releases so if you don’t think it’s a ‘must buy’ already you can find it for less than $80 during these sales.
Although some of the films aren’t that great and they aren’t considered cannon, you can’t deny that more content with our favourite Dragon Ball characters isn’t a good thing. These movies offer a more concise and streamlined story over it’s main series counterpart so putting on one of these films is a great way to get a quick Dragon Ball fix. If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball series I definitely recommend picking this collection up. It offers a tonne of value across it’s 7 discs and it’s now that it’s been fully remastered there’s no better way to experience these films.
A Blu-Ray review copy of the Dragon Ball Z Remastered Movie Collection was provided by Madman Entertainment for the purpose of this review.