Dragonball Evolution Doesn’t Need Reviews


In a move sure to please American and European fans of the Dragonball franchise, Twentieth Century Fox has decided to release the film Dragonball Evolution straight to the public, bypassing the routine screening normally given to reviewers.

The exact same tactic already seems to have helped the film’s Japanese release…

Whilst it is customary for films to provide a screening for critics and the media shortly before its release to the general public, Twentieth Century Fox, possibly buoyed by the film’s tremendous success in Asia, must have felt such a cumbersome step unnecessary.

Via Io9.

The film enjoys tremendous hype: legions of fans worldwide have praised the film’s quality and it’s uncannily accurate depictions of its famous characters. Confidence in the film’s box office potential has already inspired the making of a sequel.

Given such factors, one must ponder the distributor’s curious decision of delaying the release of the much anticipated film in the two key markets a month after it has been released elsewhere.

The film opens April 10th in the United States and April 8th in Europe.

The live action adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s storied animation series looks poised to strike further box office gold…

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    Comment by Vegio
    18:54 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a SEQUEL ?
    did i read a SEQUEL ?

    Comment by Selom
    06:08 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. Dear god, no.
    Lord have mercy, save our souls.
    I pray you are mistaken or someones going to get shot.

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    Comment by K
    17:40 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    omfg, the background/area looks like old china kung-fu tv series such as Legend of the Condor Heroes which's shot mainly inside a studio.

    never watched, I'm glad that I never donate S$ 10 for these gays.

    maybe I'll donate S$ 10 for TMA's Dragon's balls : erolution if by any chance they make it.

    Comment by cdoublejj
    19:45 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this movie is a shit fest i didn't even have to watch it to know.

    Comment by Watch Dragonball
    22:13 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesnt need reviews?

    Well its got about 10,000 of them, And I hate to say it, But about 99% of them are bad,

    People quoting it as "I knew it was gona be bad, But its asctually badder then bad"

    Comment by Void
    21:23 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Hollywood had even an ounce of decency they should't make a sequal until the movie has been released and hated by all it's viewers. Then, they can waste the US tax payers money on a sequal or learn to let it go.

    Comment by Goofy Goblin
    17:20 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just think of it...or not (please don't): what if they made a live version of Sailormoon Evolution here in the States...? I'm betting that it wouldn't get any good reviews at all. But I do love Dragonball and all but a live American version just FAILS HARD. It looks nothing like the Anime at all. Dragonball Evolution=EPIC FAIL. Too bad my friends like it...

    Comment by Kokonoe
    15:30 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    my sarcasm detector just exploded

    Comment by Lost
    18:10 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hows your bullshit meater? that even repairable?

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    Comment by SinSnakeZ
    15:28 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what was written in an Australian newspaper today about this piece of crap.

    "Dragonball: Evolution is a live, action-packed version of the Japanese manga story. The saga has spawned comic books, video games and television series worldwide. This PG fantasy is a must-see for the legions of Dragonball fans."

    Obviously the writer has not read reviews and expectations from the "legions" of fans. What do you guys think?

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    Comment by Dee
    15:59 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    His ass was owned

    Comment by TerrawindX2
    15:41 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go to Dbthemovie.com and rofl at the comments made by people who thought this shit was gonna be awesome.

    The Star newspaper in Malaysia already made a scathing review about it.

    Comment by kagero
    22:13 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, you should hear the moans and sighs of fanbois in Tanjong Golden Village, and their WTF look when they saw that Piccolo is still alive in the ending.

    Makes us in Malaysia wanna ChargeMyLaser

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    Comment by SinSnakeZ
    15:57 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least the reviewer was honest enough to put it down where it belongs. An applause to my fellow Malaysian.

    Comment by anon_is_anon
    23:57 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://star-ecentral.com/news/story.asp?file=/2009/3/29/movies/3550232&sec=movies [http://star-ecentral.com/news/story.asp?file=/2009/3/29/movies/3550232&sec=movies]

    indeed honest
    love holy cow lol

    Comment by miya
    09:46 07/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am by no means a Dragonball fan, nor have I watched any of the previous installations at all. What I HAVE done is to watch the movie, and I went in expecting rubbish, but honestly, it is nowhere near as bad as people have made it out to be.

    You have my utmost sincerity when I say I wish for certain people to kindly shut the fuck up about a) bashing a movie they haven't even seen b) jumping on the fucking bandwagon because 'hey, everyone's bashin' it, why not join in as well coz that's the cool thing to do!!!' c) demanding the movie to follow the look of its anime counterpart (I've taken a look at the original designs, and I... have no words. None.)

    I realize this may be slightly difficult to swallow, but there are people who DO enjoy the movie, so I'll leave it at that.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    16:22 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atleast there is one positive review.

    http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117939940.html?categoryid=31&cs=1 [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117939940.html?categoryid=31&cs=1]

    Man MUST have been high.

    Comment by Sinjitsu
    01:19 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still will NOT watch this insult to a whole culture...

    Comment by Suleman
    06:51 13/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dragonball ist the best...of the world.....

    ps:i´m from Germany

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 01/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goku is an Asian Icon, Asian Legend & Asian Superhero. Dragon Ball is one of the most FAMOUS Japanese Manga out there.

    Dragon Ball and the character named Goku is heavily influenced on Asian Culture. Goku is named after the Monkey King Sun Wukong(a Chinese Mythical Hero) and his character is also influenced by the Chinese Actor named Jackie Chan. Their GI(Uniform) is based off on the Shaolin Monks of China.

    Yeah I know that Goku is an alien a Saiya-Jin. But so is Superman a Kryptonian. So if they really respect Akira Toriyama and his Dragon Ball creation, then they should have casted an Asian actor for the role.

    Because casting a white boy like Chatwin is an INSULT and very INSENSITIVE to all the Asian Fans of Dragon Ball.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 30/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It ain't that bad if you fast-forward all the sitcom shit near the beginning. Stupid, completely impossible to take seriously, and yet I found it somewhat entertaining. Coupla good lines, too. Then again, I got it for free at a library; pity the fools who paid money for it...

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    Comment by rebolledo2kx
    02:12 22/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DBE = Epic Fail....

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 19/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Hennaikimono
    17:33 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If all the news of this being a big success everywhere else (not U.S.), the only good explanation is that it because it a foreign film to them.

    Here in the U.S. it will probly seem like a poorly filmed American movie.

    Comment by Anon
    04:29 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude the first Kai episode is out with newly animated Opening and Endings and new songs. They are Awesome!

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    Comment by Muzaffar
    01:48 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I rather watch Fast and Furious instead of this. >_<

    Comment by Hangmen
    03:24 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Future Dragonball sequels needs fast cars and Vin Diesel.

    Comment by Selom
    06:03 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The movie is gonna be bollocks anyway, I really don't see why anyone cares anymore.

    Comment by Foxeh
    14:40 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "In a move sure to please American and European fans of the Dragonball franchise"

    ..... rofl theyre bullshittin theirselves, this would have been good if they actually stuck with more traditional stuff

    Comment by halotoo
    12:26 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a dragonball fan myself I was never eager to watch this movie until now. Reading all your negative comments put a little hype on me, I wonder why? I hope its not one of those `it so bad that its good' thing.

    Comment by EroShin
    09:59 06/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually, this movie is a parody of the manga version.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    14:27 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHAT!? This was all real?! I though it was a joke, or my life became one of those generic anime plots were it all happens to be a dream in the end...

    Comment by Riiku
    08:54 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haven't seen it yet, and wont. ever.

    Comment by Furikake
    09:20 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We all know it's going to be terrible, but that's not going to stop us from watching it.

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    Comment by Keigami
    10:18 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Instead of actually paying for this crap I'm gonna wait for a torrent or something XD;

    Comment by kenjiharima
    10:09 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This doesn't even NEED a commercial or anything. Puts Gouko's legacy to shame....

    Comment by Human Shuriken
    09:43 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give piccolo some claws in that picture and he's Baraka's brother

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    Comment by CC
    08:37 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still say that the internet needs tags.. just like you got quote tags.

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    Comment by CC
    08:38 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still say that the internet needs tags

    *I still say that the internet needs [sarcasm] tags.

    Filter owned me there.. filtering out the tag, bbcode style should work though.

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    Comment by mechwarrior
    08:49 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Internet needs smellovision to let you know definitively if something is crap.

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    Comment by Jarmel
    16:20 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would be epic. However everything would smell like sex. After all the internet is for porn.

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    Comment by Artefact

    We get you every time...

    Comment by Lolman
    08:06 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know what to make of this.
    I remember every live-action movie to be terribly amusing because of ridiculousness...

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    Comment by motaku96
    08:04 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. It's so they don't get bad reviews. Try to reel in as many viewers as possible within the first week before word spreads that the movie sucks.

    Comment by HechEff
    08:37 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it is too late.
    The internet won.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Lol. It’s so they don’t get bad reviews."

    Is it really?!? I never thought of that! I'm so glad we have someone as wise and informative as you on the internet to hold our hands!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You heap scorn on this particular person however you fail to realise that there's always someone that needs things like this pointing out to them ¬_¬

    Comment by Ivory
    08:03 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still talking about this shit? (-.-)

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    Comment by イチロ イノ Ichiro Ino
    15:11 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's interesting because it's stupid...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it cant be worst....everybody forgot that the dragonball anime was kyoani made....in b4 shit storm...20th century fox + kyo ani best trolls in the industry

    Comment by Jyamato
    18:15 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't be stupid; kyoani was 3 years old back when dragonball first started and didn't even make a series on their own until 2001 or something. It was made by Toei Studios, and the anime was fuck awesome in comparison with this shit that Fox is putting up. Do your freaking research before you post something incredibly stupid next time.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    17:02 05/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kyoani..? I thought it was Toei...

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