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October 03 2008

James Marsters in the Dragonball trailer. Here is the teaser trailer to James Marsters' newest film "Dragonball" based on the anime series.

Hell yeah, this movie's gonna suck so bad, watching it will be LEGENDARY!
Why make a live-action Dragonball Z movie? Is there even a market for this? Oh James Marsters... Not even my love for you will make me go see this movie.
Why can't he just join the regular cast of Torchwood? That would be so much better.
Huh. I must have missed the episodes of Dragonball when Bulma became a double-gun-toting Lara Croft stand-in. This whole movie looks to be on par with Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Why can't he just join the regular cast of Torchwood? That would be so much better.
Linnea1928 | October 03, 15:57 CET

In my dreams. And apparently, a lot of other fan's dreams, as well. ;-)
But an actor's gotta work, and I am looking forward to seeing him play Buzz Aldrin in the "Apollo 11" film he's doing for The History Channel (can't remember if that's the actual name of the production).
On one hand, I'm glad James is in this. It's a high profile film, and will get him a lot of exposure.

On the other hand, why, oh why did someone deem it necessary to make a film out of a truly unfilmable (unless we're talking CGI) cartoon? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

ETA: And add me to the chorus of people that would love to see James as a regular on Torchwood. Especially since

[ edited by deepgirl187 on 2008-10-03 16:26 ]
The Apollo movie is "Moonshot".
It could be good, if the acting is good. Since there is no actual ACTING in the trailer, except the voiceover and punchy-kicky things, I can't really make a basic decision whether it'll be good or not.

Yay, action movie trailers.
While the trailer isn't spectacular, I sort of miss the time honored tradition of actually seeing a movie before deciding it sucks. Snap judgments like this should be reserved for films made by Eli Roth or films starring Eddie Murphy.
patxshand, is right-on (not that I have much DB expectations myself, but I cannot deem it sucky until I endure it. Like when I said "The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" would be bad beforehand and I was proven wrong when it was even worse than I’d expected – Gough and Millar delivered as promised!). Also, Eddie Murphy *shudder* I forget the time when I used to like watching his movies. What happened there?

But, I will be watching this... not that I'm instantly a fan when they smacked darling James' character all the way to the back. Tsk Tsk.
I know it's not a good idea to make snap judgments. I just kind of feel that as a former fan of DBZ, it's not a cartoon that would lend itself well to the big screen. It seems like there are some aspects of the show that wouldn't work anywhere but a cartoon. But you guys are right in that it might surprise us.
After suffering through DB reruns with my DH the first few years of our marriage; I wouldn't call myself a DB "fan" but have from time to time enjoyed it (don't tell him though). Dragonball was/is the cheese. And I think the only thing that would dissappoint me about this movie is if it wasn't campy and cheesy. I've heard the budget for this movie is pretty insane (well over $100M) and you know that wasn't spent on talent (no offense intended by this...just a fact that the cast isn't A-list salary-wise). All that money had to go somewhere and effects is a safe bet. It's a new interpretation. Just go watch the series if you want the same ole. And though it probably won't make the transition to big screen well....it beats watching The Hannah Montana Movie also opening that weekend.

And as for Torchwood...this next "series" is only five episodes. That gives a fellow a whole lot of time with nothing to do and no paycheck even if he is a regular.

[ edited by dalimuse1979 on 2008-10-03 19:53 ]
While the trailer isn't spectacular, I sort of miss the time honored tradition of actually seeing a movie before deciding it sucks. Snap judgments like this should be reserved for films made by Eli Roth or films starring Eddie Murphy.

While I unsterstand that sentiment, let me state my case. I used to watch DBZ and I even read parts of the original manga and the quality of this stuff is iffy at best. It is really awesome when you're 12, but that's it. Now from what I've seen of this movie and from what I know of the original material, I can say this can in no possible way work. However if by some strange twist of fate this turns out to be awesome, I will admit my wrongitude.
I'm reserving judgement, I like to see a film before I decide whether I like it or not.

Also James is a Dragonball fan and I'm sure he'll do a great job as Piccolo .

Meanwhile I'm finding the Dragonball fans exceedingly entertaining
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While the trailer isn't spectacular, I sort of miss the time honored tradition of actually seeing a movie before deciding it sucks. Snap judgments like this should be reserved for films made by Eli Roth or films starring Eddie Murphy.

patxshand | October 03, 17:49 CET
I think that as someone who has been a big Dragonball fan since they were 11 (25 now), I have earned the right to immediately recognize when it hasn't been done justice and make just the kind of 'snap judgment' I have made. This trailer alone shows me that they didn't get ANY of the characters right; Let alone all of the other things I have seen/read.

Keep in mind though, that I am NOT a fan of the American version of Dragonball, which made a lot of stupid/unnecessary changes as well. When you change the core of a character, that character ceases to exist.

Also, what makes it okay to make snap judgments about an Eli Roth or Eddie Murphy movie and NOT Dragonball?

Meanwhile I'm finding the Dragonball fans exceedingly entertaining

debw | October 03, 21:14 CET
I find that somewhat insulting, so I guess you got the response you were looking for.
Sorry Dan, I wasn't looking to insult you, nor do I consider the word " entertaining" to be in any way offensive.

I should have made it clear that I was referring to the comments on the youtube site and IMDB, rather than here and honestly many of those comments are indeed very entertaining (I can't think of a better word) I enjoyed reading them. I can't quote some of them here because some of the language would not pass muster but the passion, both positive and negative, about this film is laudable

When someone makes a film of something you're a fan of it's always concerning. I'm ambivilent about the new version of Brideshead Revisited for example.
But I'm not going to do more than express mild concern until I've actually seen it.

As to Dragonball, it's not something I was aware of till James was cast, and it wouldn't usually be something I'd go to see. But, because of this film I've read about the anime , read a lot of stuff on the fanboards and will buy a ticket to see the film.
For those of us that missed it, the Youtube version.
Thank you, MP.
I'm going to give this movie a look, but I'm really looking forward to Moonshot.
I'm looking forward to it. My son was into Dragonball, but I care not. I just want to see James.

I should add that I have an extensive collection of terrible horror and other movies with Buffy alumni, and this can't be worse than Rip It Off with Alyson and Alexis or Intermedio with Amber.

Plus, Chow Yun Fat in a Hawaiian shirt. Gotta see that.
James told me when I met him at Milton Keynes that this movie was going to "rock so hard" and be the best thing he ever made. He lied to me!
This sort of affair doesn't really appeal to me personally, but hell It's going to have Jimmy boy in it, so I'm there! *g*

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