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Shazam! The Complete Live-Action Series


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By uttering a single magic word young Billy Batson transforms himself into the world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel. The acronym of the first letters of the names of the six elders who train Billy with their respective special gifts: Solomon, wisdom; Hercules, strength; Atlas, stamina; Zeus, power; Achilles, courage; and Mercury, speed, in a word...SHAZAM! Now, the entire series is available in this 3-disc set featuring every exciting episode of this classic television show!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Gray
  • Directors: Hollingsworth Morse
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 588 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009M4KT3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Daniels on November 26, 2012
I've been waiting now for Filmation/Warner Brothers to release the "Shazam!" DVD for a seeming eternity; it was my favorite Saturday morning program when I was young, and - as a result - Captain Marvel was my favorite superhero. I drew pictures of him at school and in my spare time, and owned the Mego action figure. (Remember those?) I preferred Jackson Bostwick (first season) as Marvel over the later John Davey, and recall being shocked at the sudden appearance, mid-season, of an entirely different-looking Marvel. Jackson Bostwick, in full costume, once came to my city for a Cerebral Palsy Telethon, and I was too shy to go see him or even call the station to speak with him.

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.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. O'Neill on October 14, 2012
...This show was part of my Saturday mornings, as a kid. Good, clean, positive fun. Nostalgic adults and kids can still enjoy this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bowers on February 24, 2013
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I haven't seen this show since I was 15 in 1976. So I'm glad to see it's out on dvd. The picture & sound quality are as good now as ever. But this version of Captain Marvel is only partially faithful to the original comic books. There's no origin story except the brief explanation by the narrator at the beginning of each episode. We see the six ''elders''- the Greek gods from which Shazam's name is derived in animated form. But where is Shazam himself? Also the role of Billy Batson is made to appear to be about 20 years old. In the original Whiz Comic books Billy was a young paperboy around 10-11 years old. That doesn't stop this from being an enjoyable show. Micheal Gray handles the role of Billy Batson very well as does Les Tremayne as Mentor.Not much has been heard of from Micheal Gray or Les Tremayne since. Does anyone know what are they doing today? Jackson Bostwick looks great as Captain Marvel.He's clearly the best Captain Marvel onscreen thus far.This is a fine show that teaches us morals and values without being overbearing. John Davey took over the role for reasons unknown after Bostwick made the first 17 episodes. Davey's ok in this role except his voice shakes a bit when he says Shazam. On some of the episodes the cartoon images of the elders looks a bit foggy. Was this the effect the filmmakers hoped to achieve? Or is this the result of aging after 39 years? Either way I can easily forgive this because the technology we have today didn't exist back in 1974. Nearly all of the episodes focus on teenagers & the troubles they get into. This is a show everyone can still enjoy today.I do wonder though why is this a 3 disc set? It could easily have been reduced to 2 discs because we get no bonus features at all.Read more ›
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Trewthe VINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
Just a heads up to let you know, i ordered directly from Warner Archive so that i could get the variant cover art and to my surprise I actually received real dvds!Don't know if it has to do with ordering directly from them or not, all the other titles in my order were purple dvd-r's. Still in hate with dvd-r's, because as a rule they are inferior, but what a nice surprise to not have to worry about it with one of my favorite shows from my childhood!:)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By richard on January 31, 2013
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So very 70's! In one episode there are bank robbers, hidden money, a shark, catholic school girls, a dune buggy, and a nun in a wheelchair! And Danny Bonaduce even shows up in one epidode!

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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Hoyt on November 6, 2012
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I am so happy to see SHAZAM! finnaly on DVD. I really enjoyed watching SHAZAM! and ISIS as a kid.
The overall quality of the DVD is good, however it wouldn't play on my portable DVD player very well. It would start to load and freeze, play a little and freeze. I don't really understand why, this portable DVD player has not had any problems with any DVD I have tried to play in it until SHAZAM!. It did also freeze a couple of time in a few episodes in my main DVD player, but only for a few seconds and then continued on.
The special features are not anything special. All three DVDs special features is to play all episodes with a moral (just changes the order in which they are all played as they all have a moral).
That all being said, it really took me back to be able to watch one of the shows I remember watching as a child.
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