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The Maxx: The Complete Series (1995)

Michael Haley , Glynnis Talken  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Haley, Glynnis Talken, Amy Danles, Barry Stigler
  • Writers: Sam Kieth
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MTV Networks
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Includes audio commentary on all 13 episodes

Interviews with Creator Same Kieth & Director Gregg Vanzo

Bonus Recap Episode Narrated by Mr. Gone

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In the murky alleyways of New York City, homeless Maxx huddles in his box and dreams of crushing evil villains. But when he bursts into the colorful netherworld of the Outback, the Maxx is a hero, in full purple splendor. His friend Julie, a freelance social worker, thinks the Maxx's alternate universe is just an escape from the harsh reality of New York-not realizing that she, too, roams the Outback as the Jungle Queen.

Join the Maxx for deliciously demonic adventures in both worlds, as he scours streets and jungles in search of the link between his two realities. Will he be able to find the connection before it's too late?

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
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I just got my copy today and am absolutely thrilled. The comments by the previous reviewer as to the video quality are more a comment on the quality of the animation itself. I've had three different copies of the show prior to this DVD and if I'm understanding him correctly, the flaws he's talking about were always there.

I have a taped copy that I have made myself from when the show ran in a marathon after it finished airing the very first time. This one is taped on archival library quality VHS that holds up amazing well (the tape cost $20 at the time in 1995). I also have another copy taped from the first airings on two separate regular VHS tapes and I have the store-bought tape that edited out 13 minutes of the show. I watched the hell out of the regular VHS tapes, but only watched the archival one a couple times and recently made a DVD transfer of it. I just finished watching the new DVD and comparing it to my archival DVD and am thrilled with these DVDs with just a couple of exceptions that I will address later.

As far as the picture quality, it looks stunning compared to all previous copies I had. I'm not watching it on a HDTV or an upconverting DVD player. Just a 32" Samsung and my 5-disc Toshiba player from several years back. But, the colors and sharpness have never looked this brilliant on this show. Yes, there are some animation flaws (like when Maxx is climbing out of the kitchen sink and there's a black line on the bottom of the water), but they have been there from the original airing. They are problems with the original source material and not these DVDs. I think some of the problems the previous reviewer mentioned might just be more obvious because the picture is sharper and cleaner.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compared to all previous versions? A- December 24, 2009
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Well, the transfer quality (compared to either the old rips floating about online from the broadcast, that really good version someone authored as a DVD, and the bootleg DVDs from the VHS release) is fantastic. Not perfect, but definitely a massive upgrade from any previous version you own.

All episodes (including #8, the Hammerhead episode missing from the official VHS) are there, as is the recap episode. However, "I Wanna Marry a Lighthouse Keeper" is still missing, replaced with the in-house creation "I'm in Love with a School Bus Driver", which is a shame, but it's certainly not the first time a TV show has had music replaced (just look at Dawson's Creek...).

The discs, while being DVD-R, have high-quality gloss artwork on them, far better than any "at-home" options, and the slick is pretty professional and high quality as well.

Special features include audio commentaries on all episodes, and an interviews featurette.

Well worth it, even despite it's minor misgivings.

Oh, and the original MTV oddities head is on at least one episode, with full credits on all episodes (besides the re-cap, which was originally aired before episode 11).

Dig it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 for the show, 3 for this DVD December 22, 2009
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I won't go into depth on the details of the show - chances are that if you're thinking about this DVD you already know of the show and love it!

I've been waiting years for a "MAXX" release on DVD, but I have to say I'm disappointed in this one. I can't say whether it's an issue with the show itself or the DVD, but the DVD is hard to watch at times. Aliasing ("Jaggies"), Rainbows and flickering are only some of the problems, but they're very noticeable and obvious throughout. Other problems popping up have been pixelation and color banding. The show just doesn't look nearly as good as it should have - it actually seems like a low resolution video (320x240?) being blown up to fit the screen without any cleanup or remastering (almost as if they just decided to "throw it out there"). The CG parts being much worse (more obvious) than the animated parts. I would say it looks better than the VHS I had years ago, but not the jump in quality you would expect on DVD (and the VHS was released 13 1/2 years ago!). I would give the video quality about a 6.5/10 by todays standards.

The disc DOES have a few extra features (interviews, commentary and a recap episode) - while not much, having commentary on each episode is great (I havent had a chance to listen to this yet - the commentary is by Sam Kieth (Creator), Gregg Vanzo (Director), Claudia Katz (producer), Seth Kearsley (storyboards/character layouts)). The interviews, while also a great feature, disappointingly seemed to be in non-anamorphic widescreen (4:3 letterboxed).

Also disappointing is the "Burn on demand" part of this product.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL "The Maxx" DVDs now available! December 16, 2010
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Enough has been said here already about how fantastic a show "The Maxx" was (and is) when it first appeared on MTV back in 1995. I'm just here with a quick note about's "CreateSpace" program of "Burn-On-Demand" DVDs.

To be frank, I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of purchasing a DVD-R set, especially as I'd heard a bit too many reports of problems both online and from friends. But "The Maxx" was too hard too resist, so I decided to chance it and ordered my set in February 2010. When my set arrived, the two DVD-R discs were indeed the expected purple media - thankfully the transfers were more than satisfactory and the discs played without a hitch.

Until October, when I discovered that Disc 1 would no longer playback properly. The DVD-R media had obviously deteriorated in some manner, as my player was unable to properly track the show. At 21s into Episode #1, playback froze for a few seconds, then the disc skipped forward several minutes before playback resumed. After a few seconds, playback froze again, and the disc skipped forward a few minutes once more before playback resumed. This defect continued for most of Disc 1. It definitely wasn't a DVD Player problem, as all six of my players had the same problem with this disc.


MOD DVD-Rs purportedly "should" last as long as normal stamp-pressed retail DVDs (i.e., several decades at least). I didn't rent this set for short term usage only - I purchased it with the expectation that it would last for many years to come - so I felt that Amazon should replace my defective disc, especially since THEY were the manufacturer. Obtaining a replacement was no easy task; the customer service rep insisted I had to contact the manufacturer for replacement, that Amazon was not responsible...
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Published 2 days ago by Mark I. Twersky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
waited a long time for this to be on dvd!
Published 20 days ago by JoshTodt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product
Published 1 month ago by jason
5.0 out of 5 stars must see!
total mind F! Great and twisted!
Published 1 month ago by michele dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this product
Love this product, I use it all the time and it works beautifully. Prompt service and I will order again. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Anne Harnell
5.0 out of 5 stars That CG tho.
Great stuff. Takes me back to a time when MTV was a channel worth watching. This is a great series.
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Escobedo
5.0 out of 5 stars yay for me !!
It took awhile to get here but it was well worth the wait ,all packaged up nice and tight ,i love it !
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Christine Tack
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic!
Great show big fan of MTV's the oddities! Wish they would bring back the max for another season on MTV
Published 5 months ago by Julie garza
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have The Maxx on my TV again
Hooray for nostalgia. Despite this series needing to be longer and MTV's harsh grip on anything it owns, it's nice to finally own this series and rewatch it after missing it for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cartoon from Mtv.
Aeon Flux and The Maxx are my favorite Mtv derived cartoon series. Yes, there was Bevis and Butthead, but they weren't as substantial of characters and you didn't find yourself... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ryan of Indiana
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quality of episode 8? please comment if you purchased it!!
They aren't from VHS. They're from the standard definition broadcast tapes, likely Betacam or something similar. These are (apparently, judging by the various comments on this page) the complete broadcast versions, including the recap episode, and also include audio commentaries and... Read More
Dec 22, 2009 by millhouse |  See all 12 posts
What's on this?
Music has been altered (I only noticed the "Light Housekeeper" being replaced with a soundalike, but there may have been more). Also, I did not notice myself since it has been about 15 years from the original broadcast, but I read that 2 lines of Julie's dialogue (throwaway lines... Read More
Jan 18, 2010 by J. herrin |  See all 3 posts
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