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First let me say that compared to the other Dragonball Z movies, Dead Zone is the only one which can possibly fit in with the timeline set by the episodes. It takes place before the series, and thus runs no risk of contradicting anything. Although the translations of Japanese animation into English is usually poor, I found the character of Goku to be, as always, the perfect combination of super hero and down to earth dad. Gohan's hidden power, which even Goku is unaware of at this time, is amazing, and he is definitely his father's son in the way that it comes out when his friends and loved ones are suffering. A must see for DBZ fans.
Star Rating: 3/4
Exciting first chapter of the world class TV series about a powerful warlord planning on destroying the world after the demise of his father. Goku and company plan on stopping him. Takes place before the show, this entry balances comic tones, intense battle staging, and chilling atmosphere quite well. Followed by WORLD'S STRONGEST.
Loved it! Now I can finally rewatch Dragon Ball Z (where Garlic Jr. comes back to take revenge but not for so long hehe). Great movie no doubt and the animation keeps been one of my faves of all time! - Sept. 30, 2014 review.
Serving primarily as a segue between Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Dead Zone can hardly even be considered as a legitimate film. At an astonishing 45 minutes in length, everything is underdeveloped. The fight sequences were solid, but that's about it. Of course, any die hard DBZ fan needs to see this movie, but it's definitely one of the worst the series has to offer.
One of the weaker DBZ movies. Entertaining at times, but often cringeworthy.
A worthy start to the Dragon Ball Z films
Interesante adaptación de la serie que funciona como propuesta para una saga de películas, algo que en el futuro es tanto de agradecer como pesado.
To be the first movie, of course there's gonna be some details to be fixed, but the story itself is very interesting, and so is the following of it, but the villain (already a Dragon Ball familiar) is flat. A highly entertaining movie that acts more like a lost episode than an special story.
The First DBZ movie is well paced and action packed. The nostalgia always wins out when comparing it with the more recent DBZ movies.
Awesome film with great action, humor, and art.