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Pirates Of Dark Water (4 Disc) (1992)

Jodi Benson , Hector Elizondo , Don Lusk , Paul Sommer  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042I6528
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,884 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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50 of 53 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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21 of 22 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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14 of 14 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.
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20 of 23 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's high adevntures with the Pirates of Dark Water March 22, 2011
The 80s and 90s were an exquisite decade for cartoons. We had alot of action cartoons which, in my opinion, are better then humor cartoons. Both decades were a new golden age for cartoons.

Pirates of Dark Water is a sci-fi/fantasy animated series debuting in 1991 on the Fox Kids network. Pirates of Dark Water takes place on a planet called Mer which is in danger of being consumed by dark water, an evil substance created by a satanic being called the Dark Dweller. Only Ren, a young prince can stop it by finding the lost thirteen Treasures of Rule. Ren and his friends Niddler, a monkey-bird, Ioz, a pirate, and Tula, an ecomancer set out to find the treasures and save Mer while sailing on their ship, the Wraith. However they are pursued by the evil pirate-lord Bloth who wants the treasures and use them to control dark water.

One of my all time favorite shows, Pirates of Dark Water is a great show. But the show came to an end too early. Due to expensive production costs and failing to meet the airdates, the series was never completed, ending abruptly after 21 episodes with only eight of the thirteen treasures collected.

Here are the episodes:

1.The Quest-A prince named Ren rescues an old man from the sea and learns that he is his father, King Primus. Before dying, the old man tells him to seek out the 13 Treasure of Rule to save Mer. Ren is then kidnapped by Bloth who was responsible for death of King Primus, but he is later rescued by Niddler, a monkey-bird. Ren learns of his father's mystical quest to save their homeland, "recruits" a somewhat unlikely crew, finds the first of the legendary Thirteen Treasures of Rule, and is on his way.

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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 24 days ago by Enix Malichite
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this show and still do
I used to watch this when I was in high school and I never got to find out with the treasures of Rule. Well, I will now because I've got the entire series.
Published 2 months ago by riley brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Move
I've always wanted this movie ever since I was little and saw it on TV so I give it full marks
Published 2 months ago by iwona
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad cartoon at All
I used to watch this as a kid on Cartoon Network and I really liked it. Now I was happy that I found out that the entire series was out and I picked it up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cward55
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates of Darkwater
This was for my oldest son. We used to watch this when he was a little boy. He's now 38 years old and wants to collect as many old cartoons and shows as he can. Thank you
Published 3 months ago by H. Tettamble
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I have been wating for this show to come out on dvd for a such a long time. However they did not finish this show but i love this show and will still watch what ever eposoides... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates Of Dark Water (4 Disc)
My son, after playing and reviewing the disc, gave it two thumbs up. Says it's a nice addition to his collection.
Published 4 months ago by W. shipman
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but could of been better
Well it was a good copy but I was expecting the whole series not one season. Brought back some good memories
Published 4 months ago by RICHARD A GALINDO
4.0 out of 5 stars Mother was happy with her birthday gift.
My brothers, mom, and myself watched this show when my siblings and I were just kids. So disappointed that the show never finished but it has a great story and wonderful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Natasha Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars DVDs work for me
There are several reviews complaining about a bad first disc. Took a chance anyway, and all the dvds work fine for me. I'm playing them in a Toshiba XDE600 dvd player. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ach
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Why does this take so long to ship?
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.
Mar 15, 2014 by Master Angelus |  See all 2 posts
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.

HB changed hands at least thrice I know of Taft Broadcasting, Turner (early 1990s) and current owners... Read more
Dec 2, 2012 by P. Stark |  See all 2 posts
Buy this directly from for $30!
I got it coming in the mail. When I receive mine I will post everything. Make sure you buy from 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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