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And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. The son of two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost-hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam. All 20 Original Episodes From The First Season Of The Hit Series!
Unlike the previous manufactured on demand (MOD) using DVD-Rs releases that had been available on Amazon, this is an official release by Shout! Factory. The picture and sound on this 4 disc release is great and each disc has 5 episodes on it. Also unlike the MOD release, this release has nicer main menus on the discs (the theme song plays while it loops through character images) and each episode has chapters (meaning when you click the next button it doesn't skip the entire episode). Like the MOD release this release has no extras, but that won't stop me from buying the seasons 2 and 3 releases though (I love this show and I personally don't care that much if it has no extras/bonus features - extras/bonus features are just that to me, an extra/a bonus, especially when its only $20 - but again that's me, I know others look at extras/bonus features when making a decision to buy a DVD). The only "flaws" I found with this release is that on the inside of the case it lists what episodes are on each disc, but it does not list them in the order they actually play on each disc (except disc 2, that one is listed in the same order it actually plays on the disc), and the cover image is from season 2, not 1. Neither of these "flaws" affect the great quality of the show or the DVDs of course, I just wanted to mention them for those who may care and to give a detailed product review. This set does contain and play all 20 episodes of the first season in the correct order (except #2 and #3 are swapped, but it doesn't affect the story or anything). Below is the order the episodes play: 1. Mystery Meat 2. One of a Kind (supposed to be episode 3) 3. Parental Bonding (supposed to be episode 2) 4. Attack of the Killer Garage Sale 5. Splitting Images 6. What You Want 7.Read more ›
Danny Phantom did the impossible for this cynical viewer; it made me love cartoons all over again. A wonderful lighthearted gem that told the story of a boy growing up while handling his ghost powers in a children's network managed to create depth, character development, and story arcs that increasingly gets better each episode (unfortunately to drop by the poorly conceived Season Three).
Season One starts at the beginning, where we're introduced to the main cast and their eccentric personalities. Little by little, the majority of them grow into their defined roles: Danny slowly gains confidence as he balances hero life with his normal alter ego, his older sister Jazz realizes the truth behind her brother and supports his decision in secret while softly embracing her family's ghost life, Valerie turns from a spoiled, rich brat to a kick butt ghost hunter out for revenge (and later, justice), etc. But truly it is the character Vlad Masters who shines with his debonair, mysterious, and complicated persona--his opposites and similarities with Danny all clear--a myth arc that plays a key role on Danny's struggle with darkness. There's a lot of continuity despite half of the episodes remaining as filler, but since it's the first season, those are meant to establish the characters and elements we all learned to love over time.
THE GOOD: "Parental Bonding" takes in numerous subplots and mixes them flawlessly. "What You What" is a roller coaster look into Tucker's inferior complex towards his newly supercharged best friend, delivered without hamming the emotions or loosing any. "Bitter Reunions" breaks the status quo and marks the beginning of the manipulatively awesome Vlad.Read more ›
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Fans have been clamoring for Danny Phantom DVDs for ages, and while it's very exciting to finally get some, this is more than a little disappointing. The back cover claims "It's a scary good time with the COMPLETE first season of Danny Phantom." (emphasis mine.) However, it only contains the first 13 episodes, while season one was twenty episodes long. Similarly, the "Season Two" set contains episodes 14-26 and does NOT include the fan favorite "The Ultimate Enemy," which is probably why many fans wanted this one to begin with.
Save your money for a REAL box set that has all twenty episodes, plus extras and everything a season box set should have. This, sadly, isn't it.
This is a good DVD for any DP fans but I rather get the BOD releases. Here's the back boxart description:
It's a scary good time with the complete first season of Danny Phantom! Cheer Danny on as he battles the school Lunch Lady who transforms into a 50-foot pile of mystery meat, help him stop technological ghost master Technus from taking over the world's computers, and enter the Ghost Zone with Danny on his quest to...rescue a package? It's a season full of out-of-this-wor'ld adventure at your fingertips!
Disc 1: Mystery Meat (Aired April 3, 2004)- A 14-year old boy, Danny Fenton has recently gained ghostly powers and is still learning to use them. Danny's best friend, Sam Manson, has convinced the school to change its lunch menu to one that suits her ultra-recyclo-vegetarian tastes, thus angering the students and a ghostly lunch lady. One of a Kind (Aired April 10, 2004)- Danny figures out a way to raise his grade while fending off rogue ghost hunter Skulker. Parental Bonding (Aired April 10, 2004)- Danny tries his might to ask Paulina out on a date while trying to fend off a ghost dragon at the same time. Attack of the Killer Garage Sale (Aired April 17, 2004)- Danny's garage sale to raise money for an outfit goes bust when he has to confront Nicholai Technus, the ghost master of technology. *Splitting Images- (Aired April 24, 2004)- Danny must deal with a teenage ghost nerd who wants revenge on bullies for what he had to suffer through.
Disc 2: What You Want (Aired May 1, 2004)- When Danny's best friend Tucker expresses jealousy over his ghost power, he gets his wish to have one of his own by ghost genie Desiree, but he's slowly succumbing to its ghostly powers.Read more ›