What They Say:
For almost two decades, Dragon Ball Z has been an explosive worldwide phenomenon. And now, the most iconic villain of the series is back, and he hasn’t grown softer with age.
Even the complete obliteration of his physical form can’t stop the galaxy’s most evil overlord. After years in spiritual purgatory, Frieza has been resurrected and plans to take his revenge on the Z Fighters of Earth. Facing off against Frieza’s powerful new form and his army of 1,000 soldiers, Goku and Vegeta must reach new levels of strength in order to protect Earth from their vengeful nemesis.
The dub crew is back in full from Dragonball Kai, and it sounds as good as ever.
The video looks sharp here, and I have no complaints.
The package is a simple BD holder with a slipcase. The discs (BD and DVD) are on either side of the case.
The menu is barebones, but functional. No complaints.
The extras that matter include a voice of Dragon Ball feature that is just the movie, but with the actors spliced in like picture-in-picture. It’s kind of neat, but overall not really necessary. If they want some cool stuff like that also with English voice interviews, that would probably have been better. The cooler thing is video from the LA premiere of the movie, which included a lot of the English voice actors as well as Masako Nozawa, the Japanese seiyu for Goku. She said she wants to do the voice of Goku forever, which I approve of.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After Battle of Gods, Toriyama is back in the driver’s seat for Resurrection F. This was released about a year and a half ago, and the Dragon Ball Super anime has already been released and gone through this arc in its own anime (as well as the aforementioned Battle of Gods). This seems to be a direct continuation of Battle of Gods, but little needs to be known about the former in order to enjoy the latter. And, of course, if you’ve already seen Dragon Ball Super in its entirety, there are no problems with continuity. From what I hear, this anime also completely negates Dragon Ball GT, which wasn’t that great anyway, so who cares (the Para Para Brothers were kind of dumb fun though).
This movie follows one of Frieza’s henchmen and his attempt to bring Frieza back to life. Spoilers, he succeeds with the help of Emperor Pilaf and his cronies, who just want a buck. It’s the kind of silly wish that is on the lines of Oolong wishing for the most comfortable pair of underwear. Dragon Ball is good again.
The movie’s title is of course a reference to the fact that Frieza is resurrected, but its meaning turns out to be two-fold. It also references the “resurrection” of Earth after its destroyed by Freiza. Long story. Took like 90 minutes to tell it.
Its purpose is to teach Goku a lesson, for once. In all the arcs, I don’t remember when such depth was induced into Z. But Goku has been for his entire life very lenient to his enemies, to a fault. Piccolo was the one who had to kill Raditz, and Goku would have let Frieza live on Namek were it not for the latter’s dastardly deeds in those final moments (it turns out Goku left him too alive anyway, but I digress). The movie gives Goku the chance to redeem those moments. It teaches that some villains are beyond saving because they will destroy the Earth and that’s bad and stuff. Frieza is one of those. And Goku finally kills those he knows he has to.
This movie, and my buddy Jared’s testimony on the series, makes me want to watch Dragon Ball Super in earnest. I haven’t watched more than that baseball episode (which was amazing), but it shows that there’s still some fun in the tank for Dragon Ball.
The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: They’re Back!, The Return of Dragon Ball Z, Textless Closing Song, U.S. Trailer, Trailers
Content Grade: B+
Audio Grade: A-
Video Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+
Released By: Funimation
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Review Equipment: Xbox One, LG 47LB5800 47” 1080p LED TV, LG NB3530A Sound Bar