Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
The Dragon Ball Z Collection Three movie box set was released by FUNimation on January 3, 2012. This three-disc set includes four movies: Broly Second Coming and Bio-Broly are on the first disc, Fusion Reborn is on the second disc, and Wrath of the Dragon is on the third disc. There were two slimline boxes packaged in the set; the first contained the disc with Broly Second Coming and Bio-Broly, while the second contained the discs for Fusion Reborn and Wrath of the Dragon. The two slimline cases are housed in a cardboard slipcover.
It seems that the discs included in this set are the exact same discs that FUNimation released when they released the movies in the steelbook "double feature" sets. The only special features on the four discs are trailers; between these four discs, there are trailers for Ragnarok, Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Origin ~Spirits of the Past~, Case Closed, Jing: King of Bandits, Kenichi, Black Cat, The Galaxy Railways, D.Gray-Man, and Moeyo Ken.
One of the things that FUNimation plays up on the cardboard slipcover is the fact that the films have been digitally remastered. When it comes to the video quality, I can definitely say that the films don't look nearly as grainy as the Dragon Ball films did after they were remastered. When it comes to the audio, all I can comment on is the Japanese language tracks, since I watched the films with the Japanese audio and English subtitles. The Japanese audio was on the quieter side, but this may be due to the fact that the Japanese audio is in mono, while the English audio is in Surround Sound.
Most of the films in this set are stories that could be set in the timeline for the Dragon Ball Z anime series. The main exception is Fusion Reborn, which has to be seen as an "alternate timeline" story. Not only is this an "alternate timeline" story, but Fusion Reborn also has some of the worst animation to appear in the Dragon Ball Z films.
In Broly Second Coming, the character of Broly ends up on Earth, and Goten, Trunks, Gohan, and Videl must battle him. In Bio-Broly, Broly is reincarnated as a bio-warrior, and Mister Satan, Android 18, Goten, and Trunks must fight him. In Fusion Reborn, an accident in Other World breaks down the barrier with Earth, which wreaks havoc in both Other World and Earth. Goku must take care of the problem in Other World, while Goten and Trunks are the primary ones to tackle some of the problems on Earth. Wrath of the Dragon sees a legendary warrior being freed from a seal, and a monster attacks Metro West.
Personally, I can only truly recommend this box set for the die-hard Dragon Ball Z fans that must own everything on DVD, and want to purchase this set as an easy way to acquire the final four Dragon Ball Z films for their collection. However, I would only recommend it if you can find it for $20 or less; anything more than $20 is too much for what you get in this set.
I wrote this review after my husband and I purchased a copy of the Dragon Ball Z Collection Three movie box set.