After defeating Frieza, Goku returns to Earth and goes on a camping trip with Gohan and Krillin. Everything is normal until Cooler—Frieza's brother—sends three henchmen after Goku. A long fight ensues between our heroes and Cooler, in which he transforms into the fourth stage of his evolution and has the edge in the fight ...until Goku transforms into Super Saiyan.
(This review is based on the English-dubbed retail version)
I wanted to avoid writing reviews of anything I considered a personal favorite, anything I would of rated a 10, or anything I especially hated to avoid being biased. I'm going to go against that rule for this movie though, because it's an absolute must see for any DBZ fan.
Cooler's Revenge is an example of a series-based movie adaptation that does everything right. It flows into the series timeline without any notable contradictions to the canon timeline, while still retaining relevance and ties to the main story. Being under an hour in run time it is a
fast paced movie never lacking a dull moment. Backed by one of my all time favorite soundtracks to a movie or anime, Cooler's Revenge is sure to hold your attention from start to finish. (Soundtrack may be less appealing to those with less of an affinity to rock/metal)
While I think anyone who likes action/martial arts anime could walk into this movie and enjoy it, it requires familiarity with the Dragon Ball Z series to fully understand and appreciate. Cooler's Revenge takes place inbetween the Frieza and Android sagas.
''Let him clean up his own mess, You have a lot to learn brother''.
This Movie like a lot of the other dbz films is a very simple yet a fun typical
45 minute film to watch. As the name suggest Cooler's Revenge is about Goku facing off against 1 of the major antagonist Frieza - To be precise his older brother Cooler who wants to take his vengeance out on goku for what happen to frieza.
The prologue starts of during the demise of goku's former Saiyan home world planet Vegeta's being destroyed by frieza, Overlooking the destruction in his spaceship along with his crew
finding out that 1 of the spaceship getting away from the planet is heading to earth cooler delays the order and decides to let it go.
A few decades later Cooler Hears of frieza being defeated by goku that transform into a super saiyan. Cooler while annoyed by frieza's defeat,
He and his crew head to earth to kill goku and to avenge his younger brother's death and to restore his own family name to be feared in the universe once again. As you can see with most Dbz films the premise of its story is basic and of course easy to watch.
Cooler is Honestly without a doubt my favourite movie villain in the Db franchise I mean his name says it all, he is arrogant, remorseless and condescending not to mention he pretty much hates his brother frieza and the saiyans. He also exercises a greater control of power compare to that of frieza which makes him a dangerous foe for goku to fight against on this occasion. Cooler's Armoured squad are a blatant rip off of the Ginyu force and other nothing special.
The other characters are pretty much the same in the movie like the other movies as well as Piccolo who makes his role in the film in such a Badass way! The fight between goku and cooler was just unforgettable from cooler's Epic! Transformation which we find out is a transformation beyond that of frieza final transformation and of course it proves how deadly he can be in that form when he fights against goku which overwhelms goku like with frieza upper hand against him on namek in the series.
The music is fine but I like the songs more for the dub's US music score as it included some great heavy metal bands for the more intense action scenes. both sub and dub is good especially cooler's english voice actor
Andrew Chandler suited his role nicely as the villain.
Of course animation was the standard pretty much for its time and actually is okay.
overall quite an enjoyable simplistic film to say the least which I could only wish that cooler wasn't just a movie character but a character that was actually relevant within the series as well.
So, Dragonball Z has always been something that everyone has loved whether you're an anime fan or not. But, do the movies hold up as well as the TV Show did? I recently watched Dragonball Z-Cooler's Revenge, and thought why not write a review on it. Basically the movie is short and simplistic (which kind of disappointed me a lot).
Story- (7/10) As I said before, the story is simplistic. To tell the truth, there are not even 10 characters in this movie. And the main character, which we all know is Goku, is hurt half the movie. So, yeah, that was kind of disappointing.
Dragonball Z art is nothing really special (but today the art is really good). This movie was made back in the early 90s, so the art doesn't hold up as well. But, if you are a true Dragonball Z fan, you'll enjoy this movie.
Sound- (8/10) The sound for this movie was very good. I'm still wondering why they use heavy rock for the U.S. version of this movie. To me, it sounds better than the Japanese 2.0 mono. But if you don't like the 2.0 mono, there is also a Japanese 5.1 stereo and also English 5.1 stereo. (I know these are the tracks on the DVD's, not sure about the Blu-Ray's though)
Character- (8/10) It's Dragonball Z. C'mon. They're all the same characters we know and love. But there is one character that did an amazing job. And that is Cooler. Andrew Chandler (who is Cooler), does an amazing job playing this role. I'm surprised he isn't in more anime, or voice over casts for that matter. Dude did an amazing job.
Enjoyment- (8/10) Truth be told, being a Dragonball Z fan, I love anything from the franchise. But, if I have to look at this from a serious perspective, it's not all that great.
Overall- (7/10) Bottomline, this movie is good. Not great, but just good. If you like Dragonball Z, go watch this movie. Even buy it on DVD. It's like 4 bucks for the original release. Even if you don't like DBZ, this is a good movie to watch.
Dragonball Z is truly an amazing anime series. It survived for an unreal amount of time recycling the same stories over and over. It can never be accused of innovation, which brings us to the fifth movie in the copy and paste line up, Cooler's Revenge. This is not a movie that I could recommend to someone new to the franchise at all. This is definitely either for fans or those who are familiar with the main story. Before coming into this series, it would be a great idea to see the series up until the Frieza Saga for some type of clue; but the
crazy thing is, this story doesn't exactly fall into continuity. I've noticed fans mention that this story could have taken place between the Trunks Saga and the Androids Saga, however, I don't exactly buy into that.
The plot follows Goku's son Gohan, as he attempts to save Goku's life by recovering the Senszu beans. Goku was viciously injured by one of Cooler's attacks, and is now kept hidden by Krillin from Cooler's forces whom are demolishing the forest in their search for all of them.
The production values deserves some credit. Visually, it's pretty good with some very nice backgrounds; the waterfalls look nice, and the night time setting has some gorgeous moments. There's also some decent moments here and there with the action, which consist of a decent amount of hand to hand and high energy attacks. However, it's Funimation's soundtrack that really stands out in the style department. The BGM consists of high tempo rock songs by Drowning Pool, Deftones, Breaking Point, and a few others. The music simply rocks covering up the bigger weaknesses.
Dragonball Z is something that is mainly action-driven, but I kind of found the action to be sort of lacking a little. The best scenes took place during the middle portion when Piccolo was battling Cooler's men. After that, the final battle scene just took a dive. The plot really isn't well paced, and it spins its wheels at times. In addition, you're not going to get much character development, and the villains are all cookie cutter to the extreme with no depth whatsoever. I would probably have enjoyed this more if the ending had not felt like one big jip. It felt way too gimmicky and terribly tacked on, which is something that becomes a trend in the later movies.
Cooler's Revenge actually goes by quicker than its run time states. This is mainly due to the sound track which seriously rules, and makes this movie extremely easy to get through. I do not recommend this to anyone besides diehard DBZ fans though. To my experience, they're the only ones who truly love it.