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Defenders Of The Earth - The Complete Series, Vol. 1

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Tyrant Ming the Merciless and his vast army of evil accomplices are working overtime to eliminate the human race. But the Defenders of Earth led by legendary crime-fighters The Phantom Flash Gordon Mandrake and his trusted confidant and bodyguard Lothar join forces with their uniquely talented teenage children to challenge Ming and his evil followers in a series of great adventures. Both sides employ powerful computers and space age technology in their arsenals of weapons.They are our last best hope. For a frightened but determined planet they are the Defenders of the Earth.Features:Interviews with the Creator of Defenders of the EarthFull Episode Commentary Track for Episode #101 Escape From MongoFull Length Animated Storyboard for Episode #126 Terror in TimeOriginal Presentation Pilot for Defenders of the Earth featuring alternate characters and animationsImage GalleriesDVD ROM Features: Scripts storyboards and the complete series Bibles (PC/Mac readable)Comic Strip Champions Art Cards: 2 collectible 4"x6" exclusive Defenders of the Earth art cards by acclaimed artists Mike Allred and Rafael KayananDetailed Characters ProfilesTrivia and Fun FactsBonus Episode: Flash Gordon Ep #1 A Planet in Peril Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: NR UPC: 787364698790

Marvel Productions gave an invigorating update to a trio of venerable comic strip heroes in the '80s animated series Defenders of the Earth; though the teaming of Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, and The Phantom did not prove as popular with young viewers as they did some fifty years before (the show lasted just one season, and the Marvel tie-in comic only ran for four issues), the concept clearly had a following, as evidenced by this impressive five-disc set. The series' premise, which takes place in the year 2015, pits space adventurer Flash Gordon against his longtime foe Ming the Merciless, who is again bent on dominating the Earth; to thwart Ming's plans, Flash teams with jungle king The Phantom and spellcaster Mandrake the Magician (whose henchman, Lothar, has been here promoted to fulltime hero status), as well as their respective offspring, to protect the planet. Though to most kid viewers-–both in 1986 and today–-these classic King Features Syndicate characters don't carry the same level of freight as in their parents' (or grandparents') day, the partnership does makes for some exciting adventures, and the superheroes-and-super-offspring angle plays a lot better than it sounds. The Defenders set contains the first 33 episodes of the series and provides a wealth of supplemental material and background information that should please longtime fans of the show; featurettes include interviews with the voice talent and series producers, an image gallery of sketches and model sheets, and character profiles, and the producers and several voice actors are reunited to provide commentary for the pilot episode, "Escape from Mongo." But perhaps the most intriguing extra is the original presentation pilot, which offers very different characters and animation than in "Escape from Mongo." DVD-ROM owners can also view complete episodic scripts and storyboards in PDF format. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Original presentation pilot for Defenders of the Earth featuring alternate characters and animation
  • Image galleries
  • DVD ROM features: Scripts, storyboards and the complete series Bible
  • Comic Strip Champions art cards: Two collectible 4x6 exclusive Defenders of the Earth art cards
  • Detailed character profiles
  • Trivia and fun facts
  • Bonus episode: Flash Gordon Episode #1: A Planet in Peril

Product Details

  • Actors: Loren Lester, Peter Renaday, Peter Mark Richman, Sarah Partridge, Lou Richards
  • Format: Animated, NTSC
  • Language: English (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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QLTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Defenders Of The Earth - The Complete Series, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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Well, it's finally here: the 5-dvd set release of Defenders of the Earth, Volume One! This was one of the cartoons I used to look forward to watching every Saturday when I was a kid in the mid '80s. The short-lived Defenders of the Earth took three classic pulp adventure heroes from the comic strips published by King Features Syndicate - Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician (and Mandrake's former manservant, now upgraded to hero in his own right, Lothar) - and banded them together against the great villain Ming the Merciless, who again is bent on invading Earth. Defenders of the Earth only lasted one season, in 1986, but still managed to churn out a mind-boggling 65 episodes!

The show also introduced a younger generation of heroes: Rick Gordon - Flash Gordon's brainy but brash son; Jedda Walker - the Phantom's daughter, who has telepathic powers; Kshin - Mandrake's adopted son, who is the magician's apprentice and who has an alien pet named Zuffy; Lothar Jr. (or LJ) - Rick's best friend, who's into martial arts and is also the son of Mandrake's friend Lothar. These kids did their own share of world saving, but, every now and then, also got in the way of the big three.

And let's not forget Dynak, the computer that the Defenders of the Earth heavily relied on. Here's the twist: in the first episode "Escape from Mongo," Ming the Merciless had captured Flash Gordon's wife, Dale Arden Gordon, and was using brainwashing techniques to get her to tell him the whereabouts of Flash. Dale resisted, fatally. But, before she perished, her "soul" was saved into a crystal, which was then used as a power source for the computer Dynak.
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By M. Gibb on September 15, 2010
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This show was pretty great and it still holds up for the most part. The problem here is the terrible product provided. The image and sound is awful. They've crammed too many episodes onto each disc. The artwork and packaging in general is very substandard. No extras whatsoever. It is priced very low but not even worth that.
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By Medraut on September 16, 2009
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It seems tradinonal for most comic companys to have their heros forme a group. DC has JLA, as well as JSA, Teen Titans, etc. Marvel has the Avengers and so on. Thus it only seems natural for King Features to have their comic book heros team up. Fan boys like to see their heros in the same world team up and fight evil, they also like to see heros fight eachother to see whos better. Its a natural thing in the comic book world. thus its no surpise for these heros to join up to forme a team. I dont understand why so many complain about that aspect of this cartoon.

First off this was a great cartoon. Allthough admitdly of the main chartures, Flash Gordon is more well known. (Intrestingly this series was my first introduction to The Phantom). Secondly this series last for at least 65 episodes, long enough to maintain interest in the charture. In regards of Flash Gordon this series is my third favorit incarnation of the chartur. The first is the 80s movie, and the second the filmation series.

Now for a bit of background. Flash Gordon was a top althlet who was rocketed to Mongo to fight the evil tyrant Ming the Merciless. The Phantom is a hero who lives in the jungels and fights crime. (Hes like a cross between Tarzan and Zorro, but has his own special storyline). Mandrake the Magican is an illusionist who poses as a stage magigian and fights crime. His companion is Lothar (a rather uninteresting charture in the comics). what I liked with this series is that Lothar is upgraded to hero states. sure ok hes the token black guy, but he is such a great charture. its good to have him in this series. these three main chartures have previously had their own seprat comic strip adventures. for this cartoon all three join up to fight evil.
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I must say i have really high praises for cartoons from the 80's era... although, some parts look like its just paper dolls moving, the level of effort and detail greatly surpasses a lot of todays animations...
however, like a lot of cartoons from the 80's, there are so many episodes that just doesn't have certain excitement factors in them... after 1 cd, i had to take a break from it and move on to the next series that i bought. I will still watch it though, but alternating is the best way to go. I dont think i could stand watching all 65 episodes in one go.
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I was suggested this box set of DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH from one of my previous pruchases. After taking a good look at the box's artwork, the memories of this cartoon came back to me.

I used to watch this cartoon on Sunday mornings back in the 80's on a UHF channel. To me, these were the best stories and incarnations of the characters Flash Gordon and The Phantom.

After getting this DVD set and watching the credits, I was surprised to see that Marvel's STAN LEE actually was involved with the show--Even writing the lyrics to the them song! I also spotted Frank Paur's name--Who is known for his great work with the Batman: The Animated Series and, recently, with Marvel's Animated Feature--Planet Hulk!

This cartoon has great scripts and was done in the style of the GI Joe & Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animation. Many of the sound effects and some of the scores from those two shows can be heard in DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH. The cartoon series was also a Marvel Production associated with King Features.

If you enjoy action packed 80's cartoons, this is one to be added to your collection. I was glad Amazon suggested this item to me!
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Spanish audio available?
Sorry, I bought this set and there is no spanish audio track. A mi ahijado le hubiera gustado oirlo en espanol.
May 29, 2007 by J. Seda |  See all 2 posts
Where are the scripts and bible?
I've got the exact same problem. Says it's Mac compatible, but have tried it under OSX 10.5 and 10.4, with the same result: simply doesn't show DVD ROM content. I bought this basically *just* for the series bible and storyboards, and am somewhat disappointed. Will try it on a PC system soon and... Read More
Sep 1, 2009 by Ted Hobgood |  See all 2 posts
have subtitles spanish Be the first to reply
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