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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037XPPAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Robare on May 7, 2010
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I'm a huge cartoon nerd who in particular loves the Saturday morning and syndicated stuff from the 80s and it's unfortunate that I think I'm both the exact target audience for a release like this as well as one of of the fans completely let down by this style of release.

Real quick, the WB presents SMC 1980s 2-disc set is a compilation of single episodes from eleven different 80s cartoons including:

Thundarr the Barbarian
Mr. T
Dragon's Lair
The Flintstone Kids
Galtar and the Golden Lance
The Biskitts
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
The Monchichis
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos
Tex Avery's the Kwicky Koloa Show
Goldie Gold & Action Jack

There's also a short 18 minute special feature called Lords of Light that reminisces on the production of Thundarr the Barbarian with a handful of talking head intervews (including some great insights from writers, as well as the creator/producers of the series Joe Ruby and Ken Spears.)

First off, for the casual fan there's a lot to like about a compilation set like this. If you're only curious about getting a taste of the various shows that aired during Saturday Morning throughout the 80s, then a set like this is great. There's a nice range of mystery solving, action, and comedy with enough recognizable highlights (the Flintstone Kids, Mr. T, and Thundarr) to offset the more obscure series (Goldie Gold & Action Jack, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos, and the Monchichis.) Unfortunately, even for the casual fan the set has little to no re-play value, and so it would fall into the realm of the impulse buy or one-time Netflix rental.

For the more hardcore fans the set is a disaster.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RetroMan on April 16, 2010
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It's great to see the 1980s decade of cartoons getting it's own volume to shine, being that we've already seen two 1960s and two 1970s sets of the Saturday Morning collection already out. One can not stress enough that high sales of this 80s volume 1 would encourage WB to release more 80s sets in the future. It's been said the 60s volumes have not sold as well as the 70s sets and that's a shame because some of these cartoons released in volume form are about the only way they'll get to be on DVD being they're not as popular to be sold on their own. So the more 80s volumes made, the better chance we'll get the more niche' cartoons.

Well on to some of the content, "Thundarr" is your classic good verus evil set in a post apocalyptic earth, the intro to the show alone is worth the price of admission. "Galtar" also shares that action vibe set and is similar to Conan in some regards. Both shows clearly deserve a complete series set and they might just get that treatment if this volume sells highly well. Also I am sure fans of "Pirates of Dark Water" would feel encouraged they might also be considered in a 1990's Volume set or a complete series being that has never been released on DVD yet.

Being Warner Bros has a chat each year where fans can ask questions on shows they'll like to see released I think they do consider shows people ask for like Plastic man which finally got a release last year and I formally asked about " The Biskitts " and they actually included an episode in this volume which I am really glad they heard me on that one. Think the " Smurfs " a bit of action, comedy and adventure and down right cute puppies and a bumbling king and side kick providing laughs galore.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By robby17_e on February 25, 2010
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I was quite surprised to see the average ratings (so far) given in the reviews. As a quintessential child of the 80s, the cartoons featured in the 1st volume are some of my most wanted on dvd... The Biskitts, Monchicchis, Chuck Norris and Mr T! These were all great shows that I remember fondly. All that plus some great looking artwork makes this one of my most anticipated releases this year. It's just a shame we'll probably only get one episode of each. My requests for the 2nd volume... PawPaws, Pac Man and Rubik The Amazing Cube!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Mitchell on May 6, 2010
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In my opinion, this DVD set (60's, 70's 80's) is for the more hardcore fans of HB and Ruby Spears toons-I personally am thankful for these DVD's. Like the previous DVD's, many of the episodes featured contain the lesser known titles/characters from the aforementioned companies. It seems people who like the more mainstream titles are always disappointed with these DVD's. As a collector of HB and Ruby Spears animation, I am thrilled to see these titles on DVD, as they most likely will never be released as a stand alone product. As mentioned in my earlier review of another DVD in this set, the only other options to obtain these titles would be to purchase VHS copies (which will eventually wear and titles are very limited and expensive), record them from TV, or take a chance and buy TV recorded episodes from someone else (I am finding this can also be expensive depending on the rarity of the title-Hint Warner Brothers, yes there is a market for these lesser known titles). I would love to see more. Especially Fangface, the various arcade titles, Plasticman, Robonic Stooges, Super Globetrotters, Motor Mouse, Space Ace, Schmoo, Micro Adventures, etc. I never thought I would see an official release for many of the titles contained on these DVD's, and only wish they would add more volumes to the sets.
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