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Four movies in one set, but the films were not remastered very well

  • Oct 19, 2011
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This four-disc set includes Curse of the Blood Rubies, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, Mystical Adventure, and The Path to Power. Each disc is packaged in an individual slimline box, and the four slimline boxes are in a cardboard slipcover.

Each film is included on a separate disc. At first, this may seem impressive, but when you realize that most of films aren't even an hour long (the first three run for about 50 minutes, while the fourth has a runtime of 80 minutes), it feels like a waste. This really could have been condensed down to a two-disc set. This is especially true when you realize that the disc for Curse of the Blood Rubies only has trailers on it, and the remaining three discs contain absolutely no special features at all. Also, it should be noted that the disc for Curse of the Blood Rubies that's included in this set is exactly the same as the version that was released individually.

One of the things that FUNimation plays up with this set is the fact that the films have been remastered. However, when I watched all of the discs on this set, I noticed that the video looked rather grainy, and that the audio sounded rather muffled. If this is how it looks in a remastered version, I would hate to see how it would look and sound if it wasn't remastered.

As for the films themselves, Curse of the Blood Rubies is a retelling of the first thirteen episodes of Dragon Ball, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle is a retelling of how Goku and Kuririn become Master Roshi's students, Mystical Adventure is a retelling of the second Tenkaichi Tournament, and The Path to Power is a retelling of the first two seasons of Dragon Ball. The first three films were produced and released concurrently with the original Dragon Ball series, while the fourth was produced in 1996 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Dragon Ball franchise. The first three films have to be seen as an "alternate timeline" story for the original Dragon Ball anime series, while the fourth film needs to be seen as an "alternate timeline" story for both the anime series and the first three Dragon Ball films.

Personally, I can only truly recommend this box set for the die-hard Dragon Ball fans that must own everything on DVD, and want to purchase this set as an easy way to acquire all four Dragon Ball films for their collection.

I wrote this review after giving a copy of the Dragon Ball 4-Movie DVD Box Set as a gift to my husband.

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Lesley Muir Aeschliman ()
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For the first time ever, all four action-packed Dragon Ball movies are available in one unbelievable collection. For years, Dragon Ball devotees searched high and low trying to track down these feature-length offerings of awesome, but all that is about to change. This mind-blowing Dragon Ball bonanza has everything true fans want: heroic origins, grueling training, heinous bad guys, and winner-take-all tournaments! The Dragon Ball Movie Four Pack takes fans back to the very beginning, so they can relive every legendary minute with Goku and the rest of the Dragon Ball gang!
The Path to Power, Sleeping Princess in Devils Castle, Mystical Adventure, Curse of the Blood Rubies
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Director: Michael Donovan
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
Runtime: 235 minutes
Studio: Funimation
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