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DVD Review: SUPER FRIENDS: THE LOST EPISODES



Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2009
Cast: Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Wonder Twins
Director: various
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Rating: Not Rated for
Run Time: 2h:52m:13s
Genre(s): animation, kids

SUPER FRIENDS: THE LOST EPISODES

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There is a simple refreshing quality to these tales of action and adventure. Engaging for youngsters and generally not offensive in their content, these discs will provide a reasonable amount of entertainment. Not too bad a deal.

Movie Grade: C+

DVD Grade: B-

Fans of Super Friends have highly-anticipated the release of the Deluxe Two-Disc Collector's edition of the "Lost Episodes" featuring the beloved comic book pantheon. Kids will love the colorful simple action stories that have a lot of focus on the younger characters. Older viewers might find it less than compelling viewing. These shows were produced after Super Friends ended its run and "lost" for more than a decade until they were shown as part of The Superman/Batman Adventure series.

Super heroes Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, along with Wonder Twins Zand and Hayna and their blue space monkey Gleek battle evil and protect the world from incredible dangers in these 24 episodes. Many of the favorite villains like Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptik, plus the Hanna-Barbera-originated El Dorado, are found to be menacing humanity.

The animation and storylines on these shorts are typical for this time period of the late 1970's to early 1980's, meaning that they suffered. Hanna-Barbera went through a difficult patch in the 1980s and many of their many shows, showed the strain. The programs had a hit or miss quality level and this inconsistency might have contributed to the cancellation of the series. Despite that, there are some nice parts for comic book aficionados, especially Superman fans: Mr. Mxyzptlk, Jor-El and Lara when Superman returns to Krypton, Legion of Doom, Gorilla Grodd and Giganta, the return of the Phantom Zone villains who travel back in time to Smallville and Superboy, Brainiac, and Bizarro and Bizarro World.

There still is a simple refreshing quality to these tales of action and adventure. Engaging for youngsters and generally not offensive in their content, these discs will provide a reasonable amount of entertainment. Not too bad a deal.

Super Friends: The Lost Episodes includes 24 episodes:

Disc I
1. Mxyzptlk's Revenge
2. Roller Coaster
3. Once Upon a Poltergeist
4. The Krypton Syndrome
5. Invasion of the Space Dolls
6. Terror on the Titanic
7. The Revenge of Doom
8. A Pint of Life
9. Day of the Dinosaurs
10. Playground of Doom
11. Space Racers
12. The Recruiter

Disc II
1. Warpland
2. Two Gleeks Are Deadlier Than One
3. Bulgor the Behemoth
4. Prisoners of Sleep
5. An Unexpected Treasure
6. The Malusian Blob
7. Return of the Phantoms
8. Bully for You
9. Superclones
10. Attack of the Cats
11. One Small Step For Superman
12. Video Victim

The Deluxe Two-Disc Collector's Set also features special downloadable bonus content including:
A vintage Super Friends! comic book cover
Two Super Friends! comic book adventures from the DC Vault "The Mindless Immortal" and "Wendy and Marvin Meet the JLA" rarely available since their original publication - 23 pages

Product Details
Format: Animated, Color, DVD, NTSC
Languages English and Portuguese - Subtitles: English, French and Portuguese.
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Dolby Digital

The only special features are the two Super Friends digital comic book reprints from the late 1970's that you can page through screen by screen, and the usual trailers for other DC animated DVD sets.†


Posted by: Jesse Shanks - August 26, 2009, 7:34 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: kids, comic books




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