Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dragon Ball Z Live Action: Saiyan Saga

A lot of Dragonball fans believe that Hollywood's Dragonball: Evolution got so crappy because they changed so many aspects from the original that it's actually no longer Dragon Ball. I, on the other hand, believe that Dragonball: Evolution got so crappy because the people behind the project created a crappy film, Dragon Ball or no Dragon Ball (imagine if you changed the costumes and names from the film - it's no longer going to be a DB film, but it's still going to be sucky).

A bunch of fans from the UK recently set out to show what Evolution could have been if Hollywood actually made an attempt to adapt the source material instead of trying to change it haphazardly:

Now, don't get me wrong - I think the fan film is better than Evolution even when it comes to special effects, which is impressive since they don't have Hollywood's budget to work with. Unfortunately, the fan film underscores one key thing about Dragon Ball Z: it looks silly when done in live action. The fight scenes are good and all, but all of the screaming, the unrealistic/impractical hairstyles and costumes, the overly-dramatic deaths - they just don't look right in live action. Unless you're going for comedy.

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