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Pirates Of Dark Water (4 Disc) (1992)

Jodi Benson , Hector Elizondo , Don Lusk , Paul Sommer  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodi Benson, Hector Elizondo, George Newbern, Frank Welker, Tim Curry
  • Directors: Don Lusk, Paul Sommer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042I6528
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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High adventure awaits those courageous enough to join this misfit crew as they sail the mysterious 20 seas surrounding the alien world of Mer. Led by the young prince Ren, these unlikely heroes follow an enchanted compass through dangers beyond their wildest fears, seeking the 13 Treasures of Rule, which will release the troubled planet from the deadly dark waters devouring its surface.
As if the fate of the world wasn't enough, Ren must also defeat the evil pirate Lord Bloth, who follows Ren's sails intent to steal the treasures he uncovers. For washbuckling action, you'll find that a pirate's life is for you: grab the seagoing bounty of the 5-Disc, 21-Episode The Pirates of Dark Water Complete Series Collection!

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare-bones DVD Set September 26, 2010
"The Pirates of Dark Water" is a wonderful cartoon series from the 1990s. A fantasy world is endangered and dying; only one man can save it. Humanoids and monstrous creatures abound. The character designs have a distinct Arabian or Sinbad feel to them. The protagonists are not a typical do-gooders; for example, they stole their sailing ship in the first episode. And (minor) characters do perish. The animation is typical Hanna-Barbera fare, but the voice acting is distinctive and includes Tim Curry and the woman who voiced the Little Mermaid. The content is 4 or 5-star content and very enjoyable.

After so many years of VHS tapes, illegal downloads, and streaming video, this series was finally released on DVD by Warner Brothers in 2010. It is a burn-on-demand product, so it should remain in-print for a long time to come. However, the audio and video have not been remastered for this DVD. No extras have been added either. Compared to the alternatives, this DVD set is well worth its $29.95 price tag.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken DVDs Ruin great show January 23, 2012
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Pirates of Dark Water was one of my beloved childhood memories. I jumped at a chance to own the entire series on DVD to see if this show has stood the test of time.
Unfortunately the DVDs are unwatchable. The First Disc is stuck playing an infinite loop of the anti-piracy message and the few episodes that can be watched are jumpy and glitched.
I am very disappointed that this entire set is unwatchable. I do not know how a professional Media company can produce and ship a product this far gone. 10 seconds of quality control could have prevented this.
DO NOT BUY.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glitchy DVDs make watching this series IMPOSSIBLE January 19, 2012
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Disc 1 of this dvd set is defected. Once the dvd was in, the Piracy warning came up and never went away. I managed to bypass it with a bit of button finagling. It skipped into the middle of an episode. While it plays, the film hiccups every few seconds continuously. It is impossible to watch the episodes on this disc. The other discs play well aside from a sparse few glitches that crop up here and there. POS dvds, Warner Bros. POS.

The show itself is still entertaining from what I've been able to watch. It deserves a better dvd treatment.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always The Quest! April 25, 2011
This is truely an amazing show by Hannah Barbara from the good ol' days of 1991.

The premise is as follows: on the alien world of Mer, an evil and sentient tar-like substance known as Dark Water is threatening to envelop the entire planet, killing everyone and everything. 17 years prior to the show's start, King Primus of Octopon, the largest and most beautiful kingdom on Mer, sets out with his loyal captains to retrieve the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. These jewels are the only thing that can contain the Dark Water in Mer's center, where it originates.

After retrieving several of the Treasures, Primus is captured by the terrible Lord Bloth, a pirate intent on taking the Treasures for himself so HE can control the Dark Water. The rest of Primus' crew evade capture and scatter the Treasures around Mer so Bloth can't get them.

After 17 years of imprisonment aboard Bloth's massive ship, the Maelstrom, Primus escapes and manages to return to Octopon, left in ruins by Bloth and the ravages of the Dark Water. Our protagonist, Ren, a simple lighthouse keeper, spots Primus trying to swim ashore and dashes out to rescue him. Now an old and frail man after almost two decades imprisonment, Primus uses the last of his strength to tell Ren he is his father. He shows Ren a vision of a restored Octopon, and passes onto Prince Ren the Quest before dying and washing out to sea.

As young Prince Ren is to discover, not just Octopon, but all of Mer depends on him recovering the Thirteen Treasures of Rule.

And so begins one of the greatest epics ever put on TV. No doubt borrowing from countless sources, the story, characters,
exotic locals keep the story fresh and entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific show - Terrible DVD set June 2, 2012
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I want to start this review by stating that this show was one of my all time favorites as a kid. The bright colors and high sea adventures are as great as I remembered. "Drop of Darkness" is my absolute favorite episode...it appealed to all my girlish sensibilities.

Here is where the review turns negative... The barebones nature of the DVD set made me somewhat upset considering the set costs over $20. Also, one of the discs has an error that causes an entire episode to freeze. I was extremely disappointed with this disc defect considering I bought the set New.

The content/show is great for nostalgia purposes, and has potential to capture new fans, but the DVD quality is well below par.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor DVD treatment for a great show... March 31, 2011
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The show itself is great. For that alone, I'd give this set 5 stars hands down, even given the show's cancellation and thus "incompleteness." The packaging looks nice as well.

However, I have to dock the set a star for its DVD treatment. Firstly, the content is basically the episodes and that's it. Nothing else.

The menus... What menus? It's literally just a blue screen with something like Warner Classics Archive at the top and two options: Play All and Episodes, nothing else. No language or subtitle selections. No special features, no trailers for this or other shows.

Lastly, MOD. Manufacture-on-Demand... I'm beginning to dislike MOD, for its incompatibility with my main DVD player.

The first player I played it in, played the opening credits fine. After that, it gets about 1-2 minutes into an episode and then starts "pausing" (for lack of a better descriptor) ever 5-15 seconds throughout a given episode. There's no way I could ever watch an episode like that. It's like literally in mid-sentence the picture just stops for several seconds then picks up again, and a few seconds later in stops for a few seconds and starts again. I eventually just had to turn it off...

After I "played" it (and I use the term loosely) in the main player I shoved it into my little portable DVD player and it played fine, without issues. So, I have to assume it's the way the MOD process works. I assume it's burned media that's not widely compatible with some large swath of DVD players. So, be warned, if you only have a single DVD player, and it's an older player, these discs MIGHT NOT play properly on your player.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
Probably my most favorite cartoon ever. Soooo sad and aggravated that it was never finished. The animation was great, even though from what I heard it was part of what ultimately... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Bgammon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service from the seller. Sloppy production value of the series.
This is a super basic version of the series. In some places, it feels like it was taped off a Saturday morning TV. The menu is as generic as you can get. Read more
Published 20 days ago by David M. Chosid
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah the memories...
Great collection if you're a fan of the show. Great video quality.
Published 25 days ago by REG
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sad I missed it as a kid
My wife introduced this to me in my 30's. I was sad I missed it as a kid. The kids love it. This has so much of what most modern animated shows are lacking. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Atropos
4.0 out of 5 stars It's High Adventure with--the Pirates of Dark Water
This is a classic cartoon of swashbuckling derring-do. The show is solidly acted with a lot of voice talent: Tim Curry, Peter Cullen, John Rhys-Davies, Jim Cummings, and many more. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Wyatt
2.0 out of 5 stars Complete with no ending
Remember seeing one episode a long time ago. Figured I'd watch it but, even though all the episodes are here,
the series ends without completing the quest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Foul Pet
5.0 out of 5 stars How can I not love it.
How can I not love it. The only thing that could make this set better is if they got off there butt and finished the series. Hint... Hint.
Published 2 months ago by Simeon James Bartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates.
Love this cartoon, saw it when it originally aired. The sieres is about a young man who finds out he's a prince who need to find certain treasure to save the world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rath Dragonhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars oh yea!
yup reminds me of my child hood cartoons that I watched and why not! I was an 80s child! I do recommend this for those that enjoyed 80s hanna Barbara cartoons!
Published 4 months ago by Enix Malichite
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Warner Brothers may have had a batch made up already. Sometimes, discs have to be pressed, or in this case burned, before being shipped from a company to Amazon.
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Hanna-Barbera doesn't exist anymore. It is a recognisable brand/holding company (name only) for the HB/Ruby-Spears and certain MGM (Tom & Jerry) animated properties and back catalogue.

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Buy this directly from wbshop.com for $30!
I got it coming in the mail. When I receive mine I will post everything. Make sure you buy from wbshop.com cause its only 29.99 plus sales tax depending on state u live in I think it came out to 32.42 and I live in Texas. They just released Thundarr the barbarian as well if your interested.
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