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Format: DVD
Sku: 211163299
UPC: 024543599807
UPC 14: 00024543599807
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Master Your Destiny!
Based on one of the most popular japanese manga series of all time, dragonball: evolution follows a young warrior on an epic adventure to discover his destiny...And save the world from the forces of darkness.

"This film is crammed with treats for old-school "Dragonball" fans...  Tasha Robinson, The Onion (A.V. Club)
"This film is crammed with treats for old-school "Dragonball" fans...  Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club

Editor's Note
Based on the renowned Japanese manga/anime franchise, the live-action DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION follows the adventures of young Goku (Justin Chatwin of WAR OF THE WORLDS), who is drawn into the legacy of the mystical spheres of the title, and trains to become a powerful warrior with the aid of the wise but lewd Master Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat) and the weapons-loving Bulma (Emmy Rossum), among others. This small band of fighters must face off against the evil warlord Piccolo (James Marsters) and his minions to avert the end of the world.

The first Hollywood feature-film adaptation of the venerable DRAGONBALL series, EVOLUTION is helmed by director James Wong (FINAL DESTINATION, THE ONE) with a nod to the playful work of coproducer Stephen Chow (KUNG FU HUSTLE). A movie where visual effects and plot easily eclipse the acting and script, EVOLUTION will appeal to those seeking a combat-heavy spectacle, though the presence of Yun Fat, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER alum Marsters, and former reality-TV star Jamie Chung help to elevate the proceedings. Although diehard fans may not be pleased with the film, which misses peak DRAGONBALL popularity by about 15 years, EVOLUTION, like its fellow 2009 movie STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI, serves as fine entertainment for ardent martial-arts/video-game enthusiasts and tween boys.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/6/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2259980
Video UPC UPC: 00024543599807
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Dragonball Evolution - DVD Review
By: Bill Gibron DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/17/2009 4:48 PM
As a director, James Wong has made some interesting films. He was part of the original X-Files team and cut his teeth on the Chris Carter serial killer series Millennium before heading up such genre favorites as Final Destination and The One. Now, he's been burdened with bringing one of manga's most popular titles and characters to life. Already an incredibly popular anime series, Dragonball is a dense, complex universe consisting of 519 individual chapters and more than 42 volumes. Naturally, any movie made of this material would have to concentrate on a single storyline -- in this case, the "Z" mythos. Alas, anyone hoping that Wong could keep this very Asian entry from being "westernized" by Hollywood was sadly the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Justin Chatwin
Video Cast Info James Marsters
Video Cast Info Yun-Fat Chow
Video Cast Info Emmy Rossum
Video Cast Info Jamie Chung
Video Cast Info Joon Park
Video Cast Info Eriko
Video Cast Info Randall Duk Kim
Video Cast Info Ernie Hudson
Video Cast Info James Wong - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Robert McLachlan - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Brian Tyler - Composer
Video Cast Info Akira Toriyama - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Stephen Chow - Producer
Video Cast Info James Wong - Director

Professional Reviews

A Nutshell Review 5 of 10
Hollywood plundering Japanese pop culture isn't something new. From "Americanizing" television series for the kids from Power Rangers to Ultraman, and adapting famed characters from Japanese film, games and manga to frequent disastrous effect, it still wouldn't stop the studios from going after one property after another. This time round it's the well-loved Dragonball series, because the assumption is that the built-in fan base would translate to instant dollars at the box office. Not...This is basically a movie that only children below the age of 5 will enjoy tremendously, despite having to see 6 half-balls, contributed courtesy of the 3 lead female characters, being continuously flashed on screen, thanks to some neck plunging wardrobe (where's that malfunction when you need one?) Totally bland and really uninteresting, I would suggest sticking to the manga instead...You have to give the filmmakers a little bit of credit though, being either foolhardy, or just plain ballsy. It's a given that they cannot condense and distill the rich content into a surprisingly less than 90 minute movie, and live in the hopes of producing a sequel, or to generate a franchise (i.e. don't leave the cinema hall when the end credits start to roll). But what they successfully do, is to super-summarize the entire mythos by throwing out everything except the main gist of the entire manga, making it extremely simplistic in poor lazy-man standards in adaptation.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Chatwin,Justin
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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