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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2005
When I was younger, in an unnamed country in Europe, this was one of three shows on television during the day. The rest was aggravating hiss. I never conceived the idea of owning this little part of my childhood history forever, but it's here, and this is what I think of it:

It's exactly what it says on the box...the complete series. If you're looking for special features, fancy special effects, and all the magic that made movies like The Incredibles huge hits, you will more than likely be disappointed. There is no fluff, no special features, nothing fancy. In fact, it will be painfully obvious during some episodes that Zax was put into the picture later, especially when he is flying.

But before you sigh and click the back button on your browser, let me suggest this:

Given the year of production, the DVD transfer turned out to be remarkably clear, free of any artifacts that would detract from a pleasurable viewing experience, and the sound is quite clear as well. So, as far as technical reproduction goes, it's great.

And, if you remember watching this show at some point in your life, and it had some impact on you, memories will come flooding back, and you will probably find yourself watching it for the nostalgia. And if happy memories are not a good enough of a reason to buy some things in this world, then what is?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
I was in 6th grade in Lincoln, Nebraska when Benji, Zax, and the Alien Prince first aired back in 1989 from September 17th to December 17th and turned 12 during the run of the series. Being a rather unusual girl and very bright, this story of an exiled prince from the planet Antars striving to survive and evade capture from Zanu's bounty hunters held special resonance with my own difficult life experience. I was living an especially harsh home life and struggling to deal with spiritual abilities no one around me understood and largely persecuted me for--empathy and sight. So it should be no surprise that I found (and find) Yubi's story and situation very familiar and easy to relate to and immediately, about five minutes into the first episode, had fallen for this handsome prince, my first real crush in my life. Yubi and I could understand each other. His journeys to evade capture, to evade dangers from humans who see his cipher as a sign of wealth, and simple struggles within himself are things I could and can especially understand--as I think everyone can. In my review, I express my adoration for this series and Yubi in particular, show you the four disk covers, tell you a little about Chris that I discovered, provide tips for watching, let you know which episodes to watch to learn about Yubi's character, and even review the special effects in their 1983 context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
Classic children's TV show from the 80's.Gave this to my niece's and nephew's for Christmas.They had never heard of Benji.They absolutely loved it. I would definitely recommend this for children.
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on October 11, 2014
This is a true classic from the '80s. I certainly never thought it would ever be found on DVD, and I remember seeing it in the mornings before setting off for school. Purchasing this box set of the complete series is certainly the way to go, as it works out considerably cheaper than buying individual volumes. I recommend this product to all who cherished this series as they grew up.
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on November 28, 2010
The only thing I object to in this release is that there are too few episodes per disk and too many disks. There were 13 episodes so there should have been only 2 disks with 7 episodes on disk 1 and 6 episodes on disk 2.
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on December 14, 2009
I won't lie and say I enjoy watching these serials, it's a bit dated and kind of silly but my grandson absolutely loves them. Definitely a worthy purchase and quite enjoyable for VERY young children.
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on March 10, 2015
Great series I remember as a child in the 1980's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
The box contains 4 DVDs; together, they contain all episodes of "Benji, Zax, & the Alien Prince" that ever aired. This show has now become obscure, but it is actually a very pleasant show. It revolves around the adventures of Benji, the dog, who befriends the alien prince Yubi and his hovering android chaperone Zax, who are trying to escape from assassins sent after the prince. The show can be interpreted in two ways. First, and I do not favor this interpretation, although it may be a valid one, the show can be seen as a cheap marketing trick to draw kids' attention by showing them a lovely doggy. People like looking at animals, so, by making the show about a dog, the creators guarantee themselves an audience, despite potential flaws with the show's entertainment value or meaning. Second, and I prefer this interpretation, one could say that the show actually does have inherent meaning and strengths. In particular, it emphasizes friendship and pro-social, positive, helpful relationships among people (and animals, and androids). In each episode, Yubi, Zax, and Benji encounter new episodic characters; sometimes disagreements ensue, but, ultimately, many of the characters choose to act in a positive and helpful way or "learn a lesson." In this sense, the show has some socialization value. Furthermore, the child actor who plays Yubi, does a marvelous job at portraying a socially competent, emotionally open, and intelligent boy; as such, he provides a positive role model to boys who may watch the show. The show is also quite humorous and appropriate for children of young ages. The shows has a few weaknesses; as is the case with many children's shows, the character's motivation and, therefore, the plot don't always make complete sense and may, at times, lack psychological validity from the perspective of a more mature adolescent or from the perspective of an adult. In addition, although acceptable for the 1980s, the special effects seem rather lame now, in 2012; while the hovering Zax, his lasers, and the lasers and other gadgets of the royal assassins (or headhunters) seemed intriguing back then, now the flaws in the way the special effects were created are obvious and require the viewer to suspend critical judgment in order to be able to enjoy the show. Finally, I was quite puzzled by the use of the word "fruitcake" by one of the "good" characters as a way of offending one of the "bad" characters; whether the creators of the movie intended this as an insult based on mental health status (the older meaning of the word) or as an insult in related to sexual orientation (the more current meaning of the epithet), it seems inappropriate, even for the 1980s. It's unclear to me how it slipped in there, and it shouldn't have.
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on April 6, 2015
Excellent - received as requested.
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