- This article is about the movie. For the technique used in the video games, see Dead Zone (technique). For the void itself, see Dead Zone (void).
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (ドラゴンボールZ オラの悟飯を返せッ!!, Doragon Bōru Zetto: Ora no Gohan o Kaese!!; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Return my Gohan!!"), also known as Dragon Ball Z: The Movie, is the fourth Dragon Ball movie and the first under the Dragon Ball Z banner.
It premiered on July 15 at the 1989 Toei Cartoon Festival (along with movies from the Akuma-kun, Himitsu no Akko-chan, and Mobile Cop Jiban series). It was originally titled simply Dragon Ball Z: The Movie during its theatrical release. It was then dubbed into English by the Canadian company Ocean Group in 1997 for the American company FUNimation Entertainment, the title being changed to "Dead Zone". It was then re-dubbed by FUNimation itself in 2005.
The movie features the villain Garlic Jr., who seeks revenge for his father who wanted to become Guardian of Earth and who himself wants to become ruler of the Earth. In order to have his wish fulfilled, his servants kidnap Goku's son Gohan to get the Dragon Ball he is carrying. Garlic Jr. then summons Shenron using the Dragon Ball's and wishes for eternal life. Goku must combine forces with his archrival Piccolo Jr. in order to save the world. With Piccolo's, and later Krillin's, help, Goku is able to defeat Garlic Jr.'s evil servants and rescue Gohan.
Kami arrives and confronts him. However, he is unable to defeat him, and in a last ditch effort Kami decides to sacrifice himself to kill Garlic Jr. However, Piccolo and Goku arrive in time to take on Garlic Jr. When they seemingly defeat Garlic Jr., Piccolo wants a rematch with Goku. However, the immortal Garlic Jr. emerges again & opens a Dead Zone portal in order to trap everyone within.
With time running out, and with moments away from being sucked into oblivion, Gohan's hidden power appears, and he sends Garlic Jr. into the portal, trapping him inside and saving everyone.
Dead Zone was originally released on VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. In 2006, Toei Animation released Dead Zone as part of the final Dragon Box DVD set, which included all four Dragon Ball films and thirteen Dragon Ball Z films. These were presented in a new widescreen transfer from the original negatives with a 16:9 aspect ratio that was matted from the original 4:3 aspect ratio.
Dead Zone was released on December 17, 1997 to VHS, Laserdisc and DVD by Pioneer in conjunction with FUNimation. The DVD included the original Japanese audio and the uncut version of the Ocean Group dub and was presented in an unmatted 4:3 aspect ratio. The movie also aired several times on Toonami in a slightly edited format. Pioneer re-released Dead Zone in a box set alongside The World's Strongest and The Tree of Might on October 9, 2001. FUNimation acquired the DVD rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004 and released Dead Zone again on May 31, 2005, containing a brand-new in-house dub with an original score done by Mark Menza and the original Japanese audio. It was later re-released in November 14, 2006, along with The World's Strongest and The Tree of Might, in a DVD boxset titled "First Strike." FUNimation re-released Dead Zone and The World's Strongest on DVD and Blu-ray on May 27, 2008 as part of their "Double Feature" line. This new set featured a brand-new widescreen transfer from Video Post & Transfer and a new audio mix for the English dub featuring the original Japanese score done by Shunsuke Kikuchi in addition to the replacement score done by Menza.
FUNimation repackaged the Double Feature DVDs into three new thinpak sets, the first of which was released on November 1, 2011 and included Dead Zone, The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, Lord Slug, and Cooler's Revenge. These three sets were also released together in the Canada-only Dragon Ball Z: Complete Movie Collection featuring reversioned artwork of Goten and Trunks from Bio-Broly on the cover.
FUNimation released Dead Zone, along with The World's Strongest and The Tree of Might, in its edited format as it aired on Toonami, on August 13th, 2013 as a part of the Dragon Ball Z: Rock the Dragon Edition box set.
- A fourth English dub released in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown cast.
- Furukawa's voice from the original Japanese version is retained in the AB Groupe dub at the beginning of this film, when Piccolo screams and destroys a large rock formation.
- In the Funimation English dub's credits, Sabat is miscredited as playing Ox-King, a mistake that was carried over into the Funimation dub of The World's Strongest.
- Some characters in the AB Groupe dub had more than one voice actor as noted above.
- Opening Theme (OP)
- Insertion Song (IN)
- "Tenka-ichi Gohan"; 天下一ゴハン (The World's Greatest Gohan)
- Lyrics: Sakiko Iwamuro, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Masako Nozawa (Son Gohan)
- "Tenka-ichi Gohan"; 天下一ゴハン (The World's Greatest Gohan)
- Ending Theme (ED)
- Additional orchestral music composed by Shunsuke Kikuchi
The original Ocean-voiced 1997 dub kept the original Japanese music, making it the first dub from FUNimation not to feature a replacement score. FUNimation's 2005 in-house redub featured a new musical score by Mark Menza, although most releases also include the Kikuchi score with the English voice track as an alternate audio option.
- Piccolo vs. Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho
- Chi-Chi vs. Ginger
- Goku vs. Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho
- Kami vs. Garlic Jr.
- Piccolo vs. Sansho
- Goku vs. Ginger and Nicky
- Goku and Piccolo vs. Garlic Jr.
- Goku vs. Piccolo
- Gohan vs. Garlic Jr.
Anime News Network grades the movie an overall C+ saying the movies action is choreographed very well but the plot is thrown together and is basically just an excuse for fighting.
- Flashbacks in the Dragon Ball Z episodes "The Heavens Tremble", "Black Fog of Terror" and "Fight with Piccolo" feature animated footage from Dead Zone.
- This is the only movie to feature the ending theme song from the TV series ("Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Power!"). All other movies feature original songs as the ending themes. However, the animated sequence at the end is slightly different from the one in the series: this is just Gohan running around on the planet and features none of the "cutaway" scenes from the series (Yajirobe with Kami, the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, etc.). Gohan dressed as the Monkey King at the end is still there, though.
- This is one of the only post Dragon Ball entries in the series where Goku uses the Power Pole in combat, along with The World's Strongest.
- Despite being released under the Ultimate Uncut Special Edition line, the FUNimation version is actually more censored than the original Pioneer Entertainment release.
- While the movie itself was fully uncut, the Ultimate Uncut version used the wrong opening animation. This was corrected in the double feature release.
- In the Remastered edition of this movie, the insert song was replaced in the English audio while in earlier FUNimation releases of this movie had kept it in. This also goes for The World's Strongest which also had its insert song replaced in the remastered uncut English dub. Though if using the audio for English with Japanese score, then the songs are there.
- Garlic Jr. and cronies try to kill Piccolo and know that doing so will kill Kami as well, but they do not seem to know that killing them will cause the Dragon Balls (which Garlic Jr. needs to be immortal) to vanish.
- There are a few discrepancies. For example, Krillin was introduced to Gohan in the movie, yet he did not know who he was at the beginning of Dragon Ball Z. Additionally, in "Unlikely Alliance" ("The World's Strongest Team" in the original dub), Goku comments on his discovery that Piccolo trains with weighted clothes; however, he makes the same comments in Dead Zone.
- The 10th Shunsuke Kikuchi music package for the franchise starts here. The cues were designated "M8XX" codes, and this package would make its series debut in "Counting Down".
- ↑ http://www.toei-animation-usa.com/dragon-ball.html
- ↑ Dragon Ball Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV Specials (p. 44) http://www.kanzenshuu.com/movie/dbz-01/
- ↑ "Dragon Ball Z - The Movie - Dead Zone (1996)", amazon.com
- ↑ "Dragon Ball Z - Movie Boxed Set (Dead Zone/The Tree of Might/The World's Strongest)", amazon.com
- ↑ "Dragon Ball Z - The Movie - Dead Zone (Uncut)", amazon.com
- ↑ "Dragon Ball Z: First Strike (2006)", amazon.com
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Big Green Dub Cast - Behind The Voice Actors.
- ↑ Behind The Voice Actors - Voice Compare: Dragon Ball Z - Sansho.
- ↑ Behind The Voice Actors - Voice Compare: Dragon Ball Z - Ginger.
- ↑ Big Green Identity Crisis
- ↑ Ginger's Voice Changes In The Middle Of A Scene