Views » Reviews » DVD Archives – page 3

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.

The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones

It’s the team-up that had to happen! It practically writes itself, but predictability isn’t always a bad thing in a project like this. More classic cartoon fun from Warner Archive.

Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos

Chuck Norris and his Karate Kommandos fight The Klaw and his henchman Super Ninja, but 1980s action cartoon enthusiasts and Norris uber-fans aside, there’s really not much to recommend about this generic show.

Happiness Is… Peanuts – Snoopy’s Adventures

Snoopy stars in this budget release. There has been no remastering, but the price is right for a good episode from the TV series, and an even better TV special.

Challenge Of The Gobots: The Original Miniseries

This mid-80s toyfest is fondly remembered by some; and is seen as a weak competitor to Transformers by others. It’s not the strongest show, but no denying there’s some charm in the concept of giant shape-changing robots.

Frankenstein Jr. And The Impossibles: The Complete Series

1966 was a big year for Hanna-Barbera, partially due to this intriguing pair of features that formed a half-hour of superhero thrills and humor. As usual, design and voice acting make this classy and fun.

The Space Kidettes/Young Samson: The Complete Series

Warner Archive dug deep in the vaults for this combined show of kiddie space adventure, and a teen hero battling mad scientists and monsters. Stories are slight, but it’s old-school Saturday morning fun.

Valley Of The Dinosaurs: The Complete Series

This Hanna-Barbera series lost out to a similarly themed show in its time slot in 1974, but stands the test of time as one of the better Saturday morning shows of the era.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated – Season One, Volume One

Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery, Inc. gang are back on television solving new paranormal mysteries and unmasking monsters in the aptly-titled new series Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated.

Peanuts Double Feature: A Boy Named Charlie Brown & Snoopy, Come Home

The first two Peanuts features come to DVD again, the exact same as before… which isn’t really a good thing. The Schulz charm is there, but keep the remote handy.

Batman – The Brave And The Bold: Season One, Part Two

Another 13 episodes from one of the greatest comic book cartoons ever.

Tales From Earthsea

Hayao Miyazaki’s son took the reins for this critically drubbed film. Is it as bad as you heard, or a gem in the rough?

Jabberjaw: The Complete Series

Warner Archive presents more classic 1970s Hanna-Barbera . The premise of a shark in a teen band touring underwater in the future is enough of a hook to seperate the show from other Scooby knock-offs of the era.

Tom And Jerry: Fur Flying Adventures Vol.1

Advertised as over an hour of fun, this collection lacks the epic game of cat and mouse, giving screen time to side characters and a random assortment of toons from the Hanna-Barbera and Chuck Jones days.

Stop-Motion Marvels!

Thunderbean gives us one of their oddest, most fascinating collections yet. Marvel at the wonder of Kinex films, plus more delights you never knew you wanted to see. This one is full of surprises!

A Charlie Brown Valentine

This 2002 special makes for a nice viewing if you’re a Peanuts fan, though the bonus special is better. There is less here than on the old Paramount disc, and the presentation is decidedly no-frills.

SWAT Kats – The Radical Squadron: The Complete Series

Even if it may be a little too reminiscent of the toy-inspired franchise fad, as the series goes it only gets better. Characterization takes a backseat to action, but the zany plots are what cartoons are all about.

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

This series of Christmas vignettes is really the more minor of the two specials on the disc. Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? is certainly more remarkable, offering a more serious storyline that shakes things up and gives new insight into the characters.

Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper

Two specials show the beginning and end of the classic Hanna-Barbera period. The headliner is a little-known gem, while a 1960s birthday special shows just how good Yogi and the gang could be back in the day.

Yogi’s Great Escape

Yogi Bear takes Boo Boo and three orphan cubs with him on a cross-country dash to avoid facing being transferred to a zoo. The 1987 telefilm is a modest charmer that relies heavily on nostalgia for Yogi and some special guest stars.

Scooby-Doo: Where Are You! The Complete Series (Mystery Machine Edition)

Fans with previous Scooby-Doo sets will probably not need to buy again for the new bonus disc, but – zoinks! – the quality packaging might be enough to tempt them!

Walt & El Grupo / The Boys / Waking Sleeping Beauty

Take a wonderful trip back in time to witness three periods in Disney Studios’ history, via a trio of excellent documentary features accompanied by a fantastic supplemental selection of Disney treasures.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: Remastered Deluxe Edition

A young mouse must rectify a mistake which ended up seeing Santa boycott his town. The classic Rankin-Bass special gets a superb video upgrade, but falls short on bonus material for a so-called “deluxe” edition.

Legends Of The Superheroes

Adam West and Burt Ward return to the roles that made them famous in a disco-era romp that brings live action superpersons into conflict. Polyester meets camp as collectors are treated to both a Challenge and a Roast that you have to see to believe.

Secret Origin: The Story Of DC Comics

Though casual comic book fans may find much interest in this general-audience pleasing exploration, collectors and geeks could struggle to discover many new revelations, and the disc is as super-barren as they come.