Birds of Prey: The Complete Series
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From the creators of Smallville, the Batman myth takes an unexpected turn in this action-adventure series about a trio of beautiful and relentless heroines determined to carry on Batman's fight for justice against the ruthless criminals of New Gotham City. Years have passed since Batman commanded the streets of New Gotham, leaving the high-tech crimefighting to the stunning Birds of Prey: Barbara Gordon (Dina Meyer - Saw films, Starship Troopers), formerly known as Batgirl and the daughter of Commissioner Gordon; Helena (Ashley Scott - Jericho, Dark Angel), or the Huntress, the secret offspring of Batman and Catwoman; and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten - Virginia's Run), an innocent teen with developing metahuman powers.]]>
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Loosely based on DC Comics and a variety of other sources with a touch of Marvel's the X-Men thrown in, the series continues the legend of The Batman.
We enter the future, dark and fantastic world of New Gotham City. Long after The Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey - Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.
From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of the Prey was produced in 2002 for the now defunct WB, but had only 13 episodes before cancellation. Since then, its devoted fan base worked tirelessly to have the series released on DVD. It was a really exciting action show, breaking new ground because ALL of the lead characters were women.
This boxed set collects all 13 episodes and a never-collected-on-DVD before Flash-animated series "Gotham Girls."
Awesomely, it also includes the unaired pilot, which featured Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) in the role of Dr. Quinzel. Mia Sara was later cast as Quinzel in the series. She also appeared in the AIRED pilot. Interestingly, all of the scenes featuring the character in the AIRED pilot were reshot with Sara, word-for-word.
Also of note, the aspect ratio of the episodes in the set will be full frame, but will have dark bars on top and on bottom to mimic widescreen.
While normal citizens slept, the Birds of Prey flocked together to fight crime on the streets of New Gotham City. Several years after the city was abandoned by Batman, the awesome threesome of Huntress (Ashley Scott), Oracle (Dina Meyer), and Black Canary (Rachel Skarsten) was formed.Read more ›
I waited a while to see a decent program with Dina Meyer as a lead. This was that show for me. Ashley and Rachel both seemed to dive into their parts with some flair. With Alfred and the detective rounding out the regulars.
My one criticism was that (especially on my recorded tapes) the sound volume seemed to be very low at times. Not so, with other shows I had recorded. I had to rewind and turn the volume up to catch a joke spoken "under the breath" more than once. Worth the effort, but not something I would expect the casual viewer to go through.
The start was a bit slow, but the series did grow on me. I hope to view the performances again, maybe in a better format. Give those ladies (and gentlemen) their wings once again.
It looks and sounds fine, but here are a couple of things that you will probably want to prepare yourself for before buying it, so you won't be dissappointed.
1) Though it is in the original 'widescreen' aspect ratio, IT IS NOT enhanced for widescreen televisions (anamorphic widescreen). What does this mean? Well, if you have a standard TV, you will have a black border at the top and bottom of your screen. If you have a 16:9 TV, you will have to blow the picture up to fit the screen (which means a lower picture quality) or else you will have a black border surrounding the entire picture.
note : Oddly enough, the 'Unaired Pilot' IS enhanced for 16:9 televisions. Hmmm....
2) A great deal of the music that was on the show at the time that it originally aired (including the original theme song by Aimee Allen) has been replaced for the DVD (most likely to keep down the cost of the licensing to include it in on the DVD). (In the finale, the TATU song that played during the big action scene is most notably gone.)
note : Though the Michelle Branch song has been replaced at the end of the 'Unaired Pilot', it is still there at the end of the 'Aired Pilot'.
I am glad that they released the set. It looks better than my VHS-taped off of TV copied with all of the station logos blocking portions of the picture. I do wish that the entire DVD was 16:9 enhanced. And I do wish they would have been able to leave the great theme music during the titles.
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Fun show. I had this as a book cover/poster on one of my textbooks in high school. Years later I stumbled upon it, and of course I had to pick it up for myself.Published 1 month ago by Marshall Dann
Terrible from the get-go. The writing, the acting, the casting... All just awful. I'd describe the show as a (somehow boring) cross between Charmed and Lois & Clark. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Cruz
I love watching Birds of Prey, and is glad that its now on Amazon Video. Thank you guys ever so much.Published 2 months ago by Nick
ok, can see why it was one season--story line developed for 10 year old girlsPublished 3 months ago by Cleon
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I thought this show was a cool concept, when I first heard about it. A new generation of heroes, where they had a blank canvas to create, within the DC world. Unlike 'Smallville', 'Birds of Prey' had no inevitable ending and THAT is what drew me to watch it.
After seeing it, it wasn't bad. Sure,... Read More
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