- For the technique used in the video games, please see Dead Zone (technique). For the void itself, please see Dead Zone (void).
|Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone|
Japanese box art
|Directed by||Daisuke Nishio|
|Produced by|| Hideki Goto|
|Written by|| Story:|
|Starring|| Masako Nozawa |
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Editing by||Pioneer, FUNimation Entertainment, Ocean Group|
|Distributed by||Pioneer, FUNimation Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||July 15, 1989|
|Running time||41 min.|
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Ora no Gohan o Kaese!! (ドラゴンボールZ オラの悟飯を返せッ!!; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Return my Gohan!!") and originally titled simply Dragon Ball Z the Movie during its theatrical release, was the first Dragon Ball Z movie. It is also the first to be in the anime to be under the Dragon Ball Z series before the Vegeta Saga. It was released between episodes 11 and 12.
Dead Zone was released in 1989 by Toei Animation under the Japanese title "Return My Gohan!". It was then dubbed in English by the Canadian company Ocean Group 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 is on a vengeful quest to become Guardian of 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 Balls 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, feeling responsible for Garlic Jr., 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., but after a long hard battle, they find themselves defeated and exhausted. Garlic Jr. opens a Dead Zone portal in order to trap everyone within.
With time running out, and with the Earth moments away from being sucked into oblivion, Goku realizes that the massive dormant power that lies within his four year old son is Earth's last hope against Garlic Jr.'s Dead Zone. Gohan's hidden power appears, and he sends Garlic Jr. into the portal, trapping him inside, and saving the planet.
- Piccolo vs. Ginger, Nikki & Sansho
- Chichi vs. Ginger
- Goku vs. Ginger, Nikki & Sansho
- Kami vs. Garlic Jr.
- Piccolo vs. Sansho
- Goku vs. Ginger & Nikki
- Goku & Piccolo vs. Garlic Jr.
- Goku vs. Piccolo
- Gohan vs. Garlic Jr.
Dead Zone is the only film that takes place after the end of Dragon Ball and before the beginning of Dragon Ball Z. The events of this movie can be placed into the series timeline between episodes "The End, The Beginning" of the Piccolo Jr. Saga and "The New Threat" of the Vegeta Saga.
There are a few discrepancies, however. For example, Krillin was introduced to Gohan in the movie, yet he did not know who he was in 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 movie was originally released on both VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. They were in a 16:9 format, cropped from its original 4:3 format. It was then released later in Japan as part of the well-known Dragon Box sets, remastered from its original film masters and in a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format. There was much controversy from fans over the decision to crop the movies from it's original 4:3 format. The controversy died down when Toei Animation announced that the films were originally animated for widescreen viewing. The boxed set was released (containing all four Dragon Ball and all thirteen Dragon Ball Z movies) with great critical and audience reception.
In the United States, it was released in March 17, 1997, shortly before the release of the second movie, Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, and the third movie, Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, by FUNimation Entertainment and Pioneer, in VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD. The three movies were uncut, and contained both the Ocean Group dub and the original Japanese dub. They were also released for the first time in a 4:3 format. The three movies were re-released together by Pioneer on October 9, 2001, in a three-movie boxset, called "Dragon Ball Z - Movie Boxed Set".
After FUNimation acquired the exclusive DVD rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004, they released Dead Zone again in May 31, 2005, containing a brand-new in-house dub and the original Japanese dub. However, it was later re-released in November 14, 2006, along with the The World's Strongest and The Tree of Might movies, in a "First Strike" DVD boxset.
The movie has been re-released again by FUNimation on November 1, 2011, in a five movie pack, along with The World's Strongest, The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, and Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge. However, these are the same disks that are in the double features.
|Character Name||Voice Actor (Japanese / Toei Animation Dub)||Voice Actor (English / Ocean Dub)||Voice Actor (English / FUNimation Dub)|
|Goku||Masako Nozawa||Peter Kelamis||Sean Schemmel|
|Gohan||Masako Nozawa||Saffron Henderson||Stephanie Nadolny|
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Scott McNeil||Christopher Sabat|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Lalainia Lindbjerg||Tiffany Vollmer|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Terry Klassen||Sonny Strait|
|Ox-King||Daisuke Gōri||Dave Ward||Christopher Sabat|
|Chi-Chi||Mayumi Shō||Lisa Ann Beley||Cynthia Cranz|
|Master Roshi||Kōhei Miyauchi||Don Brown||Mike McFarland|
|Kami||Takeshi Aono||Dale Wilson||Christopher Sabat|
|Shenron||Kenji Utsumi||Don Brown||Christopher Sabat|
|Garlic Jr.||Akira Kamiya||Don Brown||Chuck Huber|
|Ginger||Kōji Totani||Terry Klassen||Troy Baker|
|Sansho||Yukitoshi Hori||Ward Perry||Eric Dillow|
|Nicky||Shigeru Chiba||Don Brown||Doug Burks|
|Evil Warrior||Chris Cason|
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||Doc Harris||Kyle Hebert|
- 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
- This is the only movie where Kami not only appears, but actually fights (not counting Piccolo in Movies 6, 7, 8, 9, and 14).
- 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 Pawā!"). All other movies feature original songs as the ending themes.
- 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 edited than the original Pioneer Entertainment release.
- While the movie itself was fully uncut, the Special Edition version used the wrong opening animation. This was corrected in the double feature release.
- This is the only version ever to be shown in 4:3, in both the United States and Japan. Every other release, including Japanese releases were cropped to 16:9
- In the Remastered Uncut 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.
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