Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly is the 11th film released for Dragon Ball Z. The film was directed by Yoshihiro Ueda, and it was released to Japanese theaters on July 9, 1994. FUNimation has released the film on home video in North America several times; as of this writing, the most recent DVD release of the film is part of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Three movie box set.
At the beginning of the film, humanoids with strange colors emerge from tanks inside a laboratory. These humanoids were created by scientists hired by Mr. Jaguar, who is trying to create the strongest fighters on Earth in order to get revenge against Mister Satan (known as Mister Hercule in the English dub).
Meanwhile, Android 18 is at Mr. Satan's place, demanding the money she was promised in order to let Mr. Satan beat her in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Kuririn, Marron, Goten and Trunks are outside, waiting for Android 18 to finish.
They are interrupted by the arrival of a man named Men-Men, who claims to be Jaguar's cousin. Men-Men presents Mr. Satan with a blackmail challenge from Jaguar. Mr. Satan ends up agreeing to the challenge, and Android 18 insists on going along to ensure that she is not cheated out of her money. Goten and Trunks manage to sneak into the trunk of Mr. Satan's vehicle unnoticed, and hitch a ride.
When they reach Jagaur's laboratory, they encounter the bio-fighters. When it's obvious that Mr. Satan is no match for these warriors, Android 18, Goten, and Trunks intervene. After these bio-fighters are defeated, Jaguar presents his greatest weapon, a Super Bio-Fighter. It turns out this is a clone of Broly, and the rest of the film focuses on battling with Bio-Broly.
Unlike Broly - Second Coming, I was able to buy the explanation of how the clone of Broly was created. I also appreciated that this film didn't rely on Goku as a "deus ex machina." However, I did feel that the battle with Broly went on a little longer than it really needed to. There were times I nearly nodded off during this battle, due to being a little tired and getting bored with the battle.
While the movie itself wasn't too terribly bad, it ties in very closely with the previous film, Broly - Second Coming. This fact made it a little difficult for me to try to enjoy this film as a stand alone story, especially since I really wasn't too impressed with Broly - Second Coming.
I saw this film on the DVD that is included as part of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Three movie box set. It's claimed on the box that the film was digitally remastered. The video quality was decent; however, the Japanese audio I listened to while I watched this disc didn't sound remastered. Since the Japanese audio is in mono, this would probably explain why the audio quality didn't sound as good as it could have been.
I would only recommend acquiring this film to add your DVD collection if you're a die-hard Dragon Ball Z fan.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Three movie box set that my husband and I purchased.