Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series
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Viewed now from a more cynical perspective, the show itself is the epitome of 70s cheese, and it doesn't hold up well in the new millenium. Still, it's good viewing for nostalgia's sake. Teenager Billy Batson and Mentor perpetually travel the "highways and by-ways" of America in a Winnebago, like Jack Kerouac with wanderlust, yet never seem to leave California. "The Elders" (six animated Greek gods whose initials provide Shazam with his name) deliver fortune cookie riddles to Billy, which then become clear later in the episode - after Billy has encountered a troubled youth of some kind. "In times of dire need," Billy turns into comic book hero Captain Marvel by uttering the word "Shazam" and being struck by a bolt of lightning... but the Captain Marvel of the show isn't your typical superhero: he never fist fights, he stops wrong-doers by lifting the rear wheels of their car off the ground or jamming their car between two trees, he brings in the cops when things get too intense, and he provides a brief moral lecture directly to us at each episode's closing. This Cap doesn't throw punches, he "develops understanding.Read more ›
Good fun and a must have for collectors of live action superheroes.
Acting isn't great and special effects are sometimes very cheesy but the show does have some fun and is entertaining.
starting in 1974, and continued in its 1st run for about 3 years.
It was Filmation's 1st Live Action t.v. series. In the 2nd year,
"SHAZAM!" was paired up with another Live Action show "ISIS",
creating the SHAZAM!/ISIS Hour (each show running its own 30 minute
time slot). "ISIS" (later re-named "THE SECRETS OF ISIS") was about
an original Female Superhero(ine) who was not originally a comic
book hero, like Captain Marvel was. "ISIS" was the 1st t.v. series
to have a female superhero who was the featured "STAR" of the show.
Captain Marvel was an immensely popular comic book superhero back
in the 1940's. In those years, Captain Marvel (at times) outsold
Superman Comic Books. In the original Captain Marvel Comic Books,
Billy Batson was a 12 year old boy, who, by yelling out the word
"SHAZAM", would be "struck" by a lightning bolt, and transformed
into the world's mightiest mortal, "Captain Marvel".
The t.v. series "SHAZAM!" differs somewhat from the original
"Captain Marvel" comic book. On the t.v. series, Billy Batson
is slightly older, I'd guess about 16 or 17 years old. He is
accompanied by a mature gentleman, whom Billy calls "MENTOR".
MENTOR is a sort of Philosophical Teacher who travels with
Billy from town to town (in a recreational vehicle), teaching
and guiding him with sage advise, helping Billy to understand
and to help others (typically, helping a person out of a
difficult situation of his or her own making). Billy helps
out, both as himself, and as a transformed Captain Marvel.
The series ("SHAZAM!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off this is not like a regular store bought DVD but is rather recorded on DVD–R media that is “Made on Demand” (MOD). Read morePublished 1 month ago by RT Brown
watched this as a kid originally and with isis. great memories of saturday mornings.Published 2 months ago by Richard C. Jones
What a great show to watch forgot about it but was recommended to me by amazon. So I got it and remembered all the weekend shows used to watch growing up.Published 3 months ago by Thom Foote
Still a cool show to watch 40 years later. Loved that my kids hot a kick out of it also.Published 4 months ago by Michael Cougill
Great blast from the past every Saturday morning was the power hour ,wow I miss those daysPublished 5 months ago by Dan
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