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discs are like new; box is in great condition; watched one time / one owner

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  • Actors: Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Chris Latta, B.J. Ward, Morgan Lofting
  • Directors: Dan Thompson, Dave Brain, Jeff Hale, John Walker, Kent Butterworth
  • Writers: Larry Hama
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000897BT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on April 12, 2003
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The 1980's were dominated by two children's cartoons, the Transformers and G.I. Joe. G.I. Joe "The Real American Hero" followed the adventures of an elite military force dedicated to protecting the world (and America) from the forces of evil (in the form of terrorist organization Cobra). In the midst of all this a TV series ran for several seasons in first run as well as re-runs and millions of toys were sold. Finally, after 20 years, the two original mini-series that began the Mania are finally released on DVD.
This two-disc set collects the first two G.I. Joe mini-series (5-parts each) that aired in the 1983 and 1984.
Disc 1: Mini-Series One - A Real American Hero (AKA "The Mass Device") (1983)
This is the story arc that introduced the world to the Joes and intros most of the main characters.
THE STORY: Cobra has stolen a device ("The Mass Device") that can automatically transport anything, anywhere. Can the Joes stop Cobra and the Mass Device from destroying the world?
Disc 2: Mini-Series Two - The Revenge of Cobra (AKA "The Weather Dominator") (1984)
This story arc sees Cobra returning to wreak more havoc than ever and introduces even more Joes and Cobra (Zartan and the Dreadnoks)
THE STORY: Cobra and Destro have built "The Weather Dominator," a device that gives them control over the weather and uses the forces of nature to destroy the world. But what happens when Cobra loses control over their own device? Can the Joes save the world before the world destroys itself?
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Easily the best feature of the DVD is the series itself. Not a bad deal where you get nearly 4 hours of action for the relative cheap price of the DVD.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Merriman on February 16, 2003
This set is the perfect release for G.I. Joe fans and TV purists. As these were the first 10 episodes before the series started with actual seasons, it is the perfect way to release them. Now they can release season box sets, which, of course, would not include these episodes as they were not part of any season. I am not sure why people would have a problem with this. Don't wait for a season box set to get these episodes, because you can probably bet your jamies that this is the only way that these 10 episodes will be released, as they predate season one. Sorry to run that point into the ground, but some people seem to forget this fact while unjustly complaining about it.
I was also very excited that these were not cut into whole movies, but that the discs actually preserve the complete 10 episodes (including the end credits on each episode and even the "will return after these messages" bits!). While I rode home from buying this I worried breifly that they had cut them all together, but not for long, knowing well that Rhino (unlike many home-video companies that own cartoons) actually has respect for the people who made the cartoons and respect for the people who love them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Garrett on January 22, 2003
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This DVD starts out with two great episodes.
In "A Real American Hero," the G.I. Joe team faces their greatest challenge ever. The ruthless, evil, terrorist organization named Cobra has developed a powerful device that allows them to turn objects into beams of energy and transport them anywhere in the world.
In the second feature "Revenge of the Cobra" Cobra commander steals a powerful device capable of changing the world's weather patterns, and uses it to launch an attack on Washington, D.C. Only the G.I. Joe team can stop him.
These two G.I. Joe movies are great and I cannot wait until more episodes from the series are released.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "hardcorekingpin" on March 1, 2003
I was pleased to learn of this set coming out several months ago. I'd been picking up Rhino's Transformers box sets and couldn't have been more pleased to see that they were adding GI Joe to the mix.
This set contains the original two mini-series' of the show. The first one was aired in 1983 and the second one in 1984. GI Joe hadn't become a regular series until 1985, so these actually pre-date the daily afternoon series. Personally, I hadn't seen them since they had originally aired, as they were not part of the daily TV series rotation back then.
The restoration is great. Bright colors, no dirt that I can see on the film, and fantastic sound over our stereo system. I'm a little puzzled as to why the recaps of each episode, though, were not restored. You can see the difference. Perhaps the episode recaps were added at the last minute.
Some reviews complain about the series recaps, opening and closing credits, commercial bumpers, and so on, but I feel that they help add to the nostalgia of it all. That is the whole reason we are watching this stuff, right? I think it's the right way to go, as it just wouldn't feel right without them. Though it wouldn't hurt Rhino if they put an option in there to cut them out, for those who complain about them. For me, though, they are every bit as much of a part of it as the rest of the show.
Overall, I certainly recommend that any fan of this classic cartoon and toy line pick this one up. You'll enjoy it. Plus, if this sells well, the regular series boxed sets can't be far behind.
Thanks, Rhino, for bringing GI Joe and Transformers cartoons back to my television screen!
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