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The vampire who hunts vampires may have a lower profile than other Marvel heroes, but this is probably the strongest of the four Marvel Anime series. A solid story, gory action, original ideas, and a tour of Asia provide plenty of thrills for mature viewers.
Sealab 2020: The Complete Series
Is it as boring as it’s reputation suggests? Or is it an exciting and educational gem? Is it more SeaQuest or Jonny Quest? Read our review to find out!
Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero / Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
With Christopher Nolan defining Batman for a new generation, now is a good time to revisit two of Batman’s more revered animated adventures, where we find that one fares better than the other.
Iron Man Anime
The armored Avenger makes a slick transition into the anime world, taking on a variety of mecha (and public opinion) while trying to save the world.
Marvel Comics’ uncanny heroes get adapted into a Japanese cartoon series. Great visuals, intense action, and strong characterization make this a worthy effort that should make most fans happy.
Shazzan: The Complete Series
More 1960s Hanna-Barbera fun from Warner Archive, as two siblings find themselves in ancient Arabia among much magic and myth.
The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest : Season One, Volume Two
Warner comes to the rescue for the rest of the beleaguered show’s initial “season”: globetrotting adventure in a classic vein, with a modern twist. Shaky video and animation, but we do get bonus material!
VeggieTales: Robin Good And His Not-So-Merry Men
Goofy humor, silly songs, and a good heart fill this latest in the popular VeggieTales series: short and clever enough that it just might be worth a look.
Mad: Season One, Part Two
The usual gang of idiots return for a second helping of the original satirical magazine’s surprisingly consistent transition to the screen, and even if the strike rate isn’t quite as strong as the first episodes there are still (“cheap!”) laughs to be had.
Scooby-Doo – Mystery, Incorporated: Crystal Cove Curse (Season One, Part 2)
The final half of the reimagined Scooby show hits DVD in a two-disc set. Purists may balk at the changes in the show’s premise, but the season-long storyline pays off nicely.
The Essential Daffy Duck
An overpriced random selection of milestones, also-rans and specials don’t really add anything to the Daffy Duck legend, but a couple of nostalgic TV specials may help to round out some collections.
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World
Belle’s adventures with the Beast and the enchanted servants are filled with magic and moral life lessons, but they loose their heart-warming meaning if you’re over twelve.
Dr. Seuss’s Holidays On The Loose!
A rather odd grouping of previously released Grinch specials, collected together under the pretence of the holidays when only one of them is actually tied to one, with undistinguished audio and video on all but the classic Christmas show.
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
Frosty returns in the animated sequel to Frosty the Snowman with his wife Crystal, while Jack Frost grows jealous.
Happiness Is… Peanuts – Snow Days
This DVD may not do much to promote oodles of happiness, but it does manage to evoke a smile or two at least.
Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol. 3
Despite having some of the best Chuck Jones directed cartoons, Warner Brothers Home Video fails to impress with this random playlist of Tom and Jerry shorts.
Young Justice: Season 1, Volume 2
Young Justice is an exciting series for the pre-teen crowd, but its unoriginal plots do not live up to Warner Brothers Animation’s previous top quality shows.
Robotech: Complete Original Series
Robotech follows three generations of humans and their relationships as they defend Earth from hostile aliens bent on retrieving mysterious energy source protoculture. It not only has a significant role in anime history, but also for all US cartoons.
Aesop’s Fables: Volumes 1 & 2
This was one of the most prolific of all the old-time animation series, even if the studio and its cartoons are barely remembered today. Two neat volumes from Thunderbean shed light on some vintage gems from the 1930s.
Phineas And Ferb: The Movie – Across The 2nd Dimension
While not classic Disney, or even classic Disney television animation, I’m sure long-time fans will get a huge buzz from Disney Channel’s Phineas And Ferb’s first big movie and this packed disc presentation.
Captain America (1990)
Contrary to popular belief, this is not the worst live action movie ever made featuring Captain America. It is, however, not very good either. Still, it makes for a fun movie night for superhero fans in search of laughs.
Mad: Season One, Part One
The original satirical magazine makes a truly genuine translation from page to screen in a Warner Bros. Animation animated program that feels close in freewheeling spirit to the unit’s classic 1990s animated comedies.
Private Snafu Golden Classics
The classic World War II cartoons, done primarily by the Looney Tunes crew for the military, appear in restored form from Thunderbean. This is certainly the best way we’ve had yet to watch these funny and historically relevant shorts.
M.A.S.K.: Volume One
Another 1980s toy tie-in, this show strives to combine Transformers and G.I. Joe, but fails to live up to its premise.
Batman – The Brave And The Bold: Season Two, Part One
No less fun in its second season, new guest stars like the Justice Society, Detective Chimp, and The Metal Men join old favorties like Aquaman and Green Arrow to make this a great show for comic fans especially.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – Vol. 1 – Heroes Assemble & Vol. 2 – Captain America Reborn
A new superhero group is born when Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Wasp, and Ant-Man join forces to become The Avengers.
Rockin’ With Judy Jetson
From the cover, you might think that this is for little girls only, but it’s really a fun and zany chase caper… with songs.
Tom And Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol. 2
While the cartoons themselves are entertaining, Tom and Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol.2 can’t break away from the mass-produced DVD stigma.
The Herculoids: The Complete Series
It’s simplistic and repetitive, but those Alex Toth designs make watching this Saturday morning classic so worthwhile— a triumph of style over substance.
Have A Laugh! Volumes 3 and 4
The use of Hawaiian Holiday’s wrong master aside, the treasure here is the pristine restorations of some classic Disney animated shorts, even if the selection isn’t always great and the remixing and “Blamming” of footage is redundant.