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Blackstar - The Complete Series

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When his space shuttle is pulled through a black hole astronaut John Blackstar finds himself crash landing on the distant planet Sagar! There he is rescued by the gentle Trobbits a race small in stature buy big in courage. Sagar's inhabitants are threatened by the brutal tyranny of the Overlord a dark magician who possesses the Power Sword one half of the powerful Powerstar. Blackstar soon gains the other half of the weapon the Star Sword and allies himself with others-the shape-shifter Klone the sorceress Mara and a dragon named Warlock-to bring freedom and peace to Sagar.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 787364721290

Special Features

  • Interviews with the creators
  • The Magic of Filmation: Documentary tracing the history of Filmation, and its quarter-century legacy of popular animated and live-action series
  • Image galleries: original model sheets & sketches; presentation artwork and backgrounds used in the series
  • DVD-ROM features: Scripts for all 13 episodes
  • 5 complete episode storyboards
  • Blackstar trivia

Product Details

  • Actors: George DiCenzo, Linda Gary, Patrick Pinney, Alan Oppenheimer, Frank Welker
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blackstar - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Blackstar was an influential 1981 cartoon that was Filmation's answer to Thundarr the Barbarian and is considered to be the direct predecessor to He-Man. It imbued sword and sorcery fantasy with science-fiction and it lasted a mere 13 episodes but it's format became the nucleus of the successful Masters of the Universe cartoons and toys that followed after it.

The story follows the adventures of astronaut John Blackstar whose space shuttle disappears into a black hole and crashes on the planet Sagar in an alternate universe where he is rescued and befriended by the dwarven Trobbits. Blackstar soon discovers that Sagar is ruled by the oppressive Overlord who lives in his Ice Castle and possess one half of the magical Powerstar which was split into two halves - The Powersword possessed by the Overlord - and the Starsword acquired by Blackstar. When both halves of the sword unite they form the mighty Powerstar which enables its wielder to exert tremendous magical powers. Blackstar allies himself with the Trobbits and is joined by the sorceress Mara and Klone, a shapeshifting alien, in his quest to free Sagar from the Overlord's tyrannical rule.

The similarities to He-Man are obvious. Blackstar is a heroic champion of good (one part Conan the Barbarian, one part John Carter of Mars) fighting against an evil Overlord voiced by none other than Skeletor himself... Alan Oppenheimer... who lives in an Ice Castle not unlike Skeletor's Castle Grayskull. He rides into battle atop his faithful winged green dragon beast Warlock which is the equivalent of his Battle Cat. He wields a mighty Star Sword similar to the Sword of Grayskull, that, when combined with the Power Sword form the Powerstar - by the Power of Grayskull!
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Blackstar was a great 80s cartoon from Filmation and was a direct precursor to He-man.

The basic story is relayed in the intro to the cartoon:

"John Blackstar, Astronaut, is swept through a blackhole, into an ancient alien universe. Trapped on the planet Sagar, Blackstar is rescued by the tiny trobbit people. In turn he joins their fight for freedom against the cruel Overlord who rules by the might of the Powerstar. The Powerstar is split into the Powersword and the Starsword. And so with Starsword in hand, Blackstar together with his allies, sets out to save the planet Sagar. His Destiny. I am John Blackstar."

Unfortunately, only 13 episodes were made:

Season 1

1. City of the Ancient Ones

2. Search for the Starsword

3. The Lord of Time

4. The Mermaid of Serpent Sea

5. The Quest

6. Space Wrecked

7. Lightning City of the Clouds

8. Kingdom of Neptul

9. Tree of Evil

10. The Air Whales of Anchar

11. Overlord's Big Spell

12. Crown of the Sorceress

13. The Zombie Monster

While the production values were slightly less than the later He-man series, it was still a very entertaining and well done cartoon.

Pick up this classic cartoon to add to your collection. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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I am THRILLED beyond words that Filmation's Blackstar and Flash Gordon are both FINALLY being released as complete series sets on DVD!

For their time, both shows were very well-done in terms of plot, animation, music, and visual effects.

Ironically, considering that most American produced anime has recently become low-tech CGI cubist [...] these two vintage entries will be a welcome naturalist relief.

Considering that they were both basically early American anime -- Pre-Robotech / Pre-Voltron -- I am completely flabbergasted that either show even actually made it to DVD but I guess we can thank He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats for starting the retro-wave.
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I remember catching glimpses of Blackstar on TV during my younger days but never being able to get to watch a full episode for some reason; hence I purchased the DVD without hesitation when it finally came out. Always had a special fascination for mixtures of science fiction with sword-and-sorcery -- especially when they feature handsome, near-naked muscle boys as their protagonists! :p (Another two examples would be the Warlord from DC Comics and John Carter.)

So what's my verdict on this series? The sound and color reproduction are good on the whole. Occasionally the image gets a bit spotty and you can see that the producers have laid transparencies one on another for working on the animation, but on the whole such things aren't too noticeable. The characters and creatures are mostly quite well-drawn, though the backgrounds could use a little more finesse and detail. The overall concept is interesting and there are lots of fun and clever ideas -- a shape-shifting elf, energy-shooting swords, stone lizard-golems, aquatic races, flying cities, a box in which spring is locked away and winter stays until it is opened, a scepter that wreaks havoc with time, a sphere that imprisons the souls of living beings, and so on. The trouble is that most of these ideas are not further developed upon; apart from the central figures in the saga, creatures, characters and special objects that appear in one episode almost never appear again in another. This gives the whole story an amateurish feel: one throws in new ideas as one pleases, uses them in one episode, and leaves them. It feels especially unsatisfying when many of the characters/creatures are supposed to eventually become our heroes' allies in their fight against the Overlord.
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