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Captain Power-Complete Series (2011)

Tim Dunigan , Sven-Ole Thorsen  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Dunigan, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Jessica Steen, David Hemblen
  • Writers: Gary Goddard, J.Michael Straczynski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Music Video Dist
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OZJE8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The most ambitious series ever made for television. --Jim Bawden, The Toronto Star

Captain Power is really well made...there s some real drama. --Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert At the Movies

Product Description

In the year 2147 humanity has been nearly wiped out. Jonathan Power and his masters of combat, humanity's only hope of defeating Lord Dread (David Hemblen) and his Bio Dread Empire. This complete series collection features all 22 episodes of the cult classic as well as the never-before-aired in the U.S. TV Movie, THE LEGEND BEGINS, for an entire new audience of science fiction fans. BONUS Includes hours of newly-produced special features, including the documentary film Out of the Ashes: The Making of Captain Power; Season 2: Declassified, and The Legend Begins original TV movie which answers fans questions about the second season; cast and crew commentary and a photo gallery

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Power, Sci-Fi's Most Misunderstood Gem! October 11, 2011
First things first, lets get the most important point out of the way. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was NOT a childrens program. The producers never entended nor claimed otherwise. Unfortunately, like all sci-fi/genre TV programming of the '80's, it was treated as one no matter the content. In all fairness, having a title like "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future," being bankrolled mostly by money from Mattel, and being saddled with a Saturday AM timeslot in most markets didn't help the situation.

Having said that, if your looking at this as some kind of prehistoric "Power Rangers" for the kids, look elsewhere. Though more than tame by todays family viewing standards, it's important to note their is blood, violence, character death, four-letter language, and even some implied sex. I'm not saying this is sci-fi Sopranos here, but it is very much a product of the syndication market of the time.

Now if your looking for an engrossing series with a backstory that brings to mind the works of Asimov and Ellison, with a writing staff including the legendary J. Michael Straczynski (listen for a clever reference to Straczynski's Babylon 5), and Larry DiTillio you're in the right place.

There are also stellar performances by a predominately Canadian cast of (then)relative unknowns including Tim Dunigan (who originated the role of Timpleton "Faceman" Peck in the pilot of the legendary "A-Team" television series) as Captain Jonathan Power, 19 year-old Jessica Steen (years before Armageddon and Earth-2) as the tragic Jennifer "Pilot" Chase, and Sven Thorsen (close friend, fellow body-builder and frequent collaborator with Arnold Schwarzenegger) as Michael "Tank" Ellis, a genetically engineered killing-machine who has abandoned his violent past for a life of peace.

Great cast, great writers, great story. In my opinion, some of the best science-fiction to come out of the late 80's.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a review, but a question. December 9, 2011
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I was thrilled to get this set in the mail a couple of days ago, and couldn't wait to begin watching it. The video quality is about what I expected, but I have to admit that I'm more than a little surprised (and disappointed) about the audio mix. I've watched two episodes thus far, and the music/sound effects are SERIOUSLY drowning out the dialogue. And without any subtitles or closed captions available on the disc, it's sometimes impossible to tell what the actors are saying. There don't seem to be any audio options on the set, so I can't really modify the sound setup. I'm quite curious if anyone else is experiencing the same problems as I am. Anyone?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally...how about a series return, too! January 19, 2012
By LMI
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OMG, I thought this day would never come.

Firstly, I'd like to say when I got this boxed set, Parts 1 and 2 of "The Summoning of Thunder" absolutely refused to play. Amazon had already sent out my replacement copy before I had my mailing label printed out to return the poorly functioning set back. The replacement set works fine, big kudos for a trouble free exchange with amazon.

Now back to the series...

When this series first came out, like a lot of other sci-fi fans, I was chased away by the title. Then I heard reviews and decided I had to watch for myself,...and was I ever glad I did. The storytelling was amazing and created a Nazi era style world of machines bent on the destruction of all flesh and emotion.

In the distant future, wars were fought by robots called bio-mechs. Human casualties became virtually non-existent which made war commonplace and easy. Enter Captain Power's Father, Dr Stuart Gordon Power and Dr Power's friend and colleague Dr Lyman Taggart. Their plan was to create a supercomputer named Overmind that could override and take control of all the warring biomechs on the planet, thus ending all war once and for all. But where Dr Power felt more testing was necessary, Taggart impatiently went behind his back and hooked himself up to Overmind. The experience changed both Taggart and Overmind, and the next day bio-mechs were marching into cities worldwide.

The series was the first to have CGI characters. For those used to the Digital age with smoother looking integrations of computer animation with real life, this is the series that started it all. Younger impatient types might call it cheap or even primitive, but they weren't generating the CGI characters of this series with the small hand held devices we have today.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed December 11, 2011
This review is of the DVD set itself, not of the series.

I am extremely disappointed with the DVD set. I watched the series as a child and as I got older and watched again recorded episodes, the quality of the writing and acting only became more apparent. So when I learned of this DVD set, I was very excited.

I got it in the mail and put the first disk into my DVD player... No closed captions, no subtitles... Bad, very bad. Having lost my hearing in the intervening twenty-five years, not having captions or subtitles for one of my favorite childhood series was depressing, especially given my VHS tapes don't have captions either, so I've been holding out hope for years for a DVD release.

I can't recommend this DVD set at all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Quality Control Issues December 20, 2011
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This DVD set receives 4 stars because of the strength of the quality of the scripts, from such writers as contributors to Babylon 5, Beast Wars, Real Ghostbusters, and He-Man. I deducted 1 star for some quality control issues in the official release of the DVD set.

The video quality is okay, although there are places where the occasional artifact pops up. It looks like the producers just fed the masters into encoding software and didn't check the results afterwards to manually clean up any effects left behind.

The audio is a disappointment, too. The music and sound effects drown out the dialogue on many occasions.

Some episodes are missing title, writer, and director credits.

I had difficulty removing and then reinserting the 3rd and 4th discs into the packaging. They could have come up with a better way to package the DVD's so you don't risk damaging them. In fact, after some attempts to reinsert the discs where they belong, the case would not fit back inside its slip cover.

In many ways, the unofficial fan made DVD sets that came out before VSC's official DVD release are better in this aspect. What this set has going for it though is a fine collection of bonus features that only an official studio release can obtain. There's a 90 minute documentary about the making of Captain Power. There's actor, writer, and creator commentary on 6 selected episodes. There's The Legend Begins, the compilation TV movie shown in markets mostly outside of the US around 1989. There's a bonus that offers glimpses into the future of Captain Power had it continued on to a 2nd season, with many previous only before hinted at revelations about what that 2nd season would have been like.

Bottom line is, the package isn't the best it could be, but, it could be a lot worse. The main strength of this DVD release is the fine quality of the writing from such authors as J. Michael Straczynski.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show!
This is a hidden gem from the 80s. I watched this show religiously as a kid. I tried to catch it and record it on air whenever I could, but I ended up missing a lot of episodes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Craig H. Nisbet
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have enjoyed remembering my childhood. I am galad to see taht Captaion Power has finally made it to DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Mreaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
I search years to find this old Sci-Fi Show. Finally I found it here on DVD, just great. Everybody who saw the Show back then and liked it, knows what I felt when I saw it again... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Brenke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories
what can you say about this series its retro and wonderful and everything I remembered a must have for collectors
Published 4 months ago by Terry Bittner
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past if you are a 30 something
For those of you who grew up in the eighties you may remember this show coming on Saturday afternoon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dana M Lindner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
I watched this entire series when I received it and it brought back a lot of memories from when I was a child watching it on saturday mornings
Published 7 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Power On!
I remember seeing this series for the first time while I was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany during the final years of the Cold War. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Joseph Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As a dork at heart I was so happy to get this. The seller was great the price was great and it was delivered right to my door.Can't ask for anything else.
Published 8 months ago by Christopher Samuel Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not HD quality!
It wasn't digitally remastered so it looks terrible on the new lcd tv's (even more so on 47" or bigger). Read more
Published 8 months ago by D Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of its time!
If you've enjoyed the Star Trek TNG Borg story arc, you'll be interested to see how this show seeded some of its imagery and plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. White
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DVD Producer Brian Ward has said that closed captioning is insanely expensive. Subtitling is even more expensive. www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/176249
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