DragonBall: Evolution [Z Edition] [DVD] [2009]

  • SKU: 9381643
  • Release Date: 07/28/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
45% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (16 out of 36)

Special Features


  • Goku's Workout Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Brian Anthony "Worked Up!" Music Video
  • Gag Reel
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene
  • Fox Movie Channel presents Life After Film School with Justin Chatwin
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Dragonball: Evolution
James Wong adapts the rich mythos of the Dragonball series that grew from a manga into various popular animated series with this 20th Century Fox production starring Justin Chatwin. The plot revolves around Goku (Chatwin), Earth's greatest champion, who must defend the planet against an invading race of alien warriors hell-bent on dominating the universe. Wong directs from his own script, with Kung Fu Hustle's Stephen Chow producing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters co-stars as the film's villain, Piccolo, with Jamie Chung playing Chi Chi and Emmy Rossum portraying Bulma. Hong Kong legend Chow Yun-Fat rounds out the cast as Master Roshi, Goku's mentor in the film. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Justin Chatwin
    Justin Chatwin - Goku
  • James Marsters
    James Marsters - Lord Piccolo
  • Jamie Chung
    Jamie Chung - Chi Chi
  • Emmy Rossum
    Emmy Rossum - Bulma
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    Joon Park - Yamcha



Customer rating

2.7
45%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Cliche Garbage-heap of a Movie.

    Posted
    Marth18

    Since 2002, me and many other Dragonball fans around the world have feverishly anticipated the release of a live action adaptation of one of the most beloved anime franchises the world over. The idea of a live action Dragonball movie brings so much potential to the table, and really changes the perspective of film making in bringing an anime to life, and bringing fantasy to life in a whole new way. This should have been something we have never seen before, it should have been aw-inspiring, captivating, and capturing the very essence of the Dragonball series that so many people have grown up with and come to expect. Sadly, Dragonball Evolution is perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever laid my eyes on. Not only is this movie a wretched failure from a "fan" point of view since I am a fan of the material, but also as someone who loves and watches movies, and pays attention to Hollywood. Within the last two years, we have seen some truely great films including. The Dark Knight, Iron Man, No Country for Old Men, Transformers, There Will Be Blood, Slumdog Millionaire, and many many more that would take up too much of this review. With Dragonball Evolution, it takes all of the high calbur oscar-worthy/winning acting, and high grade special effects and production values, and pretty much takes it out with one destructive "air-bending" Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha(a little inside joke on the movie). The movie is so out of touch with its source material, this movie can hardly be called "Dragonball". Outside of name-sake(or Marque value) such as Dragonballs, Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Shenlong, Ma-fu-ba(sealing technique for Piccolo), Piccolo, Grampa Gohan, Mai, Chi Chi, Master Roshi, Oozaru, and the Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha. This movie has next to nothing to do with the original story and characters. Even if I was not a fan of the Dragoball series, and did'nt know what it was, I still would have found this movie attrociously bad. The movie has so many problems, it's hard to list them all, because some just don't make any sense, or they are so confusing, it's really hard to put any of the movie into a coherent perspective. I'll start with the performances of the actors. Simply put, Abysmal. They deliver pointless dialogue, have pointless scenes, no chemistry outside of boy-like-girl love interest, and lets you know you're watching a bad movie and nothing else. The actors are either un-interesting, extremely campy, or the dialogue is so horrendous you just cringe at it. You would think with an actor like Chow Yun Fat on board, this movie would have some deceny to it. But sadly no, his performance may be one of the worst of his career. Goku(Justin Chatwin) is beyond un-compelling. He's just anger inducing to see him portray Goku in such poor character. Lusting after girls affections, wanting popularity, picked on by bullies for no reasonable explanation. Gag me with a spoon. The story makes little sense. 2,000 years ago, Piccolo with his disciple the "Oozaru"(that's right, not even calling him a "Saiyan") tried to destroy/take over the world but was thwarted by monks and Piccolo was sealed away. Without any explanation, Piccolo is free from his prison, has Mai(his hench-woman) at his side(who by the way has no back story to explain how/why she's with him), he's in an air-ship. And we are given no explanation throughout the film on his full intentions, or anything else relating to his character. Also, he has the shortest amount of screentime of the movie, totaling 5 scenes. Meanwhile Goku is turing 18, gets a dragonball from Gohan, and Goku is somehow involved this cliched prophecy with an eclipse that relates to Piccolo wanting to destroy/take over the world for no reason what so ever. Later on with the final battle of the film is where the continuity of the film throws its hands in the air and walks away from the movie. Piccolo is somehow able to control the "Oozaru" side of Goku, and that Goku is the "Oozaru" from 2,000 years ago who served Piccolo. There's absolutely no explanation at all as to how Piccolo is manipulating Gokus transformation, or how he even knows that he's a Sayain. Or if Goku is the Oozaru, then what the heck is going on? And if Goku is 18, then how was he alive 2000 years ago serving Piccolo? It's a total mind meltdown. The movie is just full of continuity problems that plague the film from the main plot, to the character sub-plots that amount to absolutely nothing and have no sort of resolution. The special effects are horridly done, there's so much wire work you could swear they worked in a circus. And it's just a completely un-interesting film. The acting is laughable and completely unbelieveable in any sense, the fighting and special effects are poorly done and look unconvincing, and overall boring. The story and plots are poorly written, confusing, and even leave a fan of the series like myself, completely lost in the continuity issues that plague this film. This is easily one of the worst films FOX Studios has ever produced based on a major worldwide franchise. Do not buy this movie, it is a waste of time, and a complete disgrace to the series many fans know and love. But this is also an insult to people wanting to see a good movie, you're going to have to look elsewhere because this movie has no entertainment value to speak of. Overall, this movie is about as cliche as you can possibly get by ripping off of better movies like Spiderman and the Matrix, but also being totally un-original, and just making no sense what so ever with its story, characters, and relating to the Dragonball series.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dragonball Evolution is one big cliched movie.

    Posted
    Marth18

    Since 2002, me and many other Dragonball fans around the world have feverishly anticipated the release of a live action adaptation of one of the most beloved anime franchises the world over. Sadly, Dragonball Evolution is perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever laid my eyes on. Not only is this movie a wretched failure from a "fan" point of view since I am a fan of the material, but also as someone who loves and watches movies, and pays attention to Hollywood. Within the last two years, we have seen some truely great films including. The Dark Knight, Iron Man, No Country for Old Men, Transformers, There Will Be Blood, Slumdog Millionaire, and many many more that would take up too much of this review. With Dragonball Evolution, it takes all of the high calbur oscar-worthy/winning acting, and high grade special effects and production values, and pretty much takes it out with one destructive "air-bending" Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha(a little inside joke on the movie). The movie is so out of touch with its source material, this movie can hardly be called "Dragonball". Outside of name-sake(or Marque value) such as Dragonballs, Goku, Bulma, Yamcha, Shenlong, Ma-fu-ba(sealing technique for Piccolo), Piccolo, Grampa Gohan, Mai, Chi Chi, Master Roshi, Oozaru, and the Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Ha. This movie has next to nothing to do with the original story and characters. Even if I was not a fan of the Dragoball series, and did'nt know what it was, I still would have found this movie attrociously bad. The movie has so many problems, it's hard to list them all, because some just don't make any sense, or they are so confusing, it's really hard to put any of the movie into a coherent perspective. I'll start with the performances of the actors. Simply put, Abysmal. They deliver pointless dialogue, have pointless scenes, no chemistry outside of boy-like-girl love interest, and lets you know you're watching a bad movie and nothing else. The actors are either un-interesting, extremely campy, or the dialogue is so horrendous you just cringe at it. You would think with an actor like Chow Yun Fat on board, this movie would have some deceny to it. But sadly no, his performance may be one of the worst of his career. Goku(Justin Chatwin) is beyond un-compelling. He's just anger inducing to see him portray Goku in such poor character. Lusting after girls affections, wanting popularity, picked on by bullies for no reasonable explanation. Gag me with a spoon. The story makes little sense. 2,000 years ago, Piccolo with his disciple the "Oozaru"(that's right, not even calling him a "Saiyan") tried to destroy/take over the world but was thwarted by monks and Piccolo was sealed away. Without any explanation, Piccolo is free from his prison, has Mai(his hench-woman) at his side(who by the way has no back story to explain how/why she's with him), he's in an air-ship. And we are given no explanation throughout the film on his full intentions, or anything else relating to his character. Also, he has the shortest amount of screentime of the movie, totaling 5 scenes. Meanwhile Goku is turing 18, gets a dragonball from Gohan, and Goku is somehow involved this cliched prophecy with an eclipse that relates to Piccolo wanting to destroy/take over the world for no reason what so ever. Later on with the final battle of the film is where the continuity of the film throws its hands in the air and walks away from the movie. Piccolo is somehow able to control the "Oozaru" side of Goku, and that Goku is the "Oozaru" from 2,000 years ago who served Piccolo. There's absolutely no explanation at all as to how Piccolo is manipulating Gokus transformation, or how he even knows that he's a Sayain. Or if Goku is the Oozaru, then what the heck is going on? And if Goku is 18, then how was he alive 2000 years ago serving Piccolo? It's a total mind meltdown. The movie is just full of continuity problems that plague the film from the main plot, to the character sub-plots that amount to absolutely nothing and have no sort of resolution. The special effects are horridly done, there's so much wire work you could swear they worked in a circus. And it's just a completely un-interesting film. The acting is laughable and completely unbelieveable in any sense, the fighting and special effects are poorly done and look unconvincing, and overall boring. The story and plots are poorly written, confusing, and even leave a fan of the series like myself, completely lost in the continuity issues that plague this film. This is easily one of the worst films FOX Studios has ever produced based on a major worldwide franchise. Do not buy this movie, it is a waste of time, and a complete disgrace to the series many fans know and love. But this is also an insult to people wanting to see a good movie, you're going to have to look elsewhere because this movie has no entertainment value to speak of. Overall, this movie is about as cliche as you can possibly get by ripping off of better movies like Spiderman and the Matrix, but also being totally un-original, and just making no sense what so ever with its story, characters, and relating to the Dragonball series.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I Don't See The Problem!!!

    Posted
    ntangbl

    ****Somewhat SPOILER ALERT**** Many people are upset about this movie not following the true DB storyline. Granted, at first I agreed! However, I watched the movie a second time with an open mind, reminding myself that none of the comic/cartoon-to-live action have been on point. This includes when the original writer is there on set and involved in every part of production. This was the case here! Mr. Akira Toriyama was apart of the this movie. He approved its release! So............ This movie captures some of the corny scripts that made DB what it was! As another commentator pointed out, we have been conditioned into waiting for things to happen week after week after week (sometimes MONTHS). This movie compresses a week into less than 90min! They introduce the main major characters in the first movie! While somewhat altered, they still managed to do it, unlike our beloved X-Men! There was nothing NEW in the special effects used, but still did a GREAT job using them. While most of the actors are fairly new to the US, they all did a GREAT job capturing that DB spirit. Face it, DB (as translated into English) NEVER had a great script! But that is what made DB so great! Bottom line....Remove everything you know about DB! Expect a general audience script. Add some decent special effects. You will be left with a decent movie. They just could have spent another 30min+ developing the story a little more. We have been conditioned for 2-3 hours for "epic" movies! I will buy this movie on Blu-Ray just to see detail that was placed into some of the scenes! BTW - I am a father of 2 boys (with one on the way) that LOVES DB! I will save the AXE for the sequel!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst. Movie. Ever.

    Posted
    Gamephreak5

    This movie is as horrible as any movie can get. Being a fan of the Dragonball source material, this movie dissapointed me and many others, and even left those who were unfamiliar with the Dragonball story with a feeling of "Huh?". The major problem of the movie is how convoluted and incosistent the story is that leaves no explanation on what happened in critical parts. There is no explanation for how Piccolo returned after he was imprisoned 2,000 years earlier, what happened to Piccolo's servant "Oozaru", why Goku is inherently the "Oozaru" from 2,000 years ago yet is 18 at the movie's start, and why Goku is being bullied at school with the bullies calling him "Gecko". "Huh?" Exactly. The movie is heavily cliche'd at every single corner the story turns. FOX basically took the "High School Drama" element from Transformers and tried to mash it up with a very low budget Kung-Fu movie mixed in with a bit of uninspired storytelling. Overall, if you're familiar with the Dragonball anime or manga, this movie isn't for you. If you're unfamiliar with Dragonball period and are just looking for a good, fun, entertaining movie, this isn't for you either. The director and story writer absolutely did not know who to aim this movie for and fails on both counts.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    NOT A GOOD MOVIE AT ALL

    Posted
    TorchArson

    This movie truly is horrible. The story was poorly translated and, the action was absolutely nothing stellar. Truly a waste of time. This was a series created in the 1980s with exceptional stoy telling and action scenes, This is 2009 in the USA and the movie certainly did not match up to the show's charisma, that captivated millions, at all. Which is why it was pulled out of theaters and got the poor treatment by majority of fans and others, which it deserved. A VERY cliche and rushed storyline. Dragonball Evolution was child abuse, it felt like it was written by the director's five year old with crayola crayons. Seriously the dialogue, even for a PG rated movie was PRETTY CHEESY. This movie is like the demon child of Power Rangers and High School Musical (Without the music.) You really should save your money for something truly worthwhile and has a shred of effort put into it. The only good thing was one fight scene at the party, and that was thebest fight scene.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dragonball: Evolution - Worst Movie of 2009

    Posted
    BusybeeDBP

    Which is the worst movie you have ever seen? Think about it. Now multiply that times 10 and you have Dragonball: Evolution. This movie was so bad, that people around me at the theater were booing and some actually left! The only reason I stayed because my kids had been wanting to see it, but my youngest fell asleep midway and the other two told me afterwards that they thought the movie was dumb(yes, their words!) because it didn't make sense or even follow the cartoon. I have to say I hated this movie more than Catwoman or Battlefield Earth on my part. I don't doubt that this movie in the future will be in the catagory of worst movies ever made. For those who have not seen it, sorry, I'm not going to bother to even summarize the plot because it's just that ridiculous and full of the worst cliches possible. What makes it worse is that makers of this movie have changed the title on the DVD by adding "Z Edition" to make it seem like the DVD has more to offer than the movie. What a rip off! I wouldn't even pick this DVD up in the $1 bin at the local mart.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    One of the worst movies EVER !

    Posted
    JimmyPg

    This movie ruined the Dragonball franchise beyond repair. The people who made this movie should go to jail for this. It is really that bad, I am NOT exaggerating. I have been waiting for years for someone to make a film based off of this series. It could have been what the Lord of the Rings movies were to Tolkien fans or what the Harry Potter films were to those fans, but alas it was a piece of garbage. They didn't keep anything from the original story and created their own story based off of a bunch of clichés from past movies. They didn't even do the clichés very well. This film was so horribly done and looked so cheap that I suspect that they decided to make a low budget gutter film in an attempt to dupe the fans out of their money. I hope this film fails and that these people learn their lesson.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent getaway

    Posted
    wilddean

    So I've had this movie a month and it's not overly memorable outside of the fact that it does transition from a Karate Kid high school movie to a fighting movie pretty quick or at least fast enough. I've never really watched the cartoons though I am somewhat familiar with the characters so the transitions and key points I caught on to. Let's just say the back says enough about the movie. Price wise 10-15.00 is a good price for a blu ray otherwise rent it and judged for yourself. Even if you're a fan of the toon's I'd say give it a view first before buying. Is it as good as Mortal Kombat-no. Is it as bad as Street Fighter with Jean Claude-also no lol. It's in between. Lot of hopeful young actors with potential we'll see where they go. Will there be a sequel god I hope not or at least I won't be seeing it at the theater or buying the dvd. But once again that's my opinion anybody else feel free to make an observation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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