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The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1 (1964)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000P6R9IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

THERE’S NO NEED TO FEAR…UNDERDOG IS HERE! Now you can enjoy the 1960’s classic cartoon superhero in a whole New way! These three volumes of THE ULTIMATE UNDERDOG include SIX COMPLETE shows each. All digitally re-mastered! Each features Underdog’s greatest adventures with added fun from Go Go Gophers, Tennessee Tuxedo and many more!

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for kids, but why the hatchet job? July 27, 2007
I have mixed feelings about these new Underdog DVDs (this one, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 2 and The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 3). On one hand, I think these cartoons are great for kids. Originally airing on 1960s television, the Underdog serials have just enough sarcasm ("Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a frog!) to engage even the most jaded child, and the show's additional cartoons include not just Tennessee Tuxedo, but the great Tooter Turtle and World of Commander McBragg. (Others include the King and Odie, Klondike Kat, Go Go Gophers and The Hunter.)

That said, whoever put together this set apparently has no appreciation for its contents. The shows on this disk are edited! Not for anything racy or racist (this was '60s television, after all) but just because someone is apparently too greedy, or too lazy, to deliver what they promise. Despite the fact that these were 30-minute television shows, on this disk each Underdog program -- which has two 'dog episodes and two additional cartoons -- runs only 19 minutes.

Worse, the cuts are done with the subtlety of a meat clever. For example, in the Tooter Turtle shorts, after Mr. Wizard says "Drizzle, drazzle, druzzle, drome, time for this one to come home"... the cartoon ends! As another reviewer points out, that's NOT the end!

I gave this particular DVD three stars because of my fondness for Underdog, Tooter and Commander McBragg. But if you buy it, be prepared to be at least a little frustrated.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They're cut and time compressed! July 26, 2007
Just like the Space Ghost set I bought last week, these "episodes" are cut. They've left out most of the bridging material between the segments (such as the theme songs that used to play before the extra cartoons like Go-Go Gophers would start). This along with some time compression (Underdog sounds like Sweet Polly since his voice is sped up so fast!) on some segments and editing of other segments reduces the shows to around 19 minutes! What's the deal folks? I love this stuff, but can't any company find or create the complete episodes for any cartoon series??? Heck, I'd take the horrible 16-mm syndicated prints that used to show when I was a kid if I could get all of the material!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Thanks to Classic Media for publishing these additional episodes, but I wish they'd someday put some actual effort into a collection worthy of Underdog, his friends, and fans.

Pros: the DVD menu is exceptionally-well organized, allowing the user to watch whole shows, Underdog-only episodes, or the accompanying shorts, with each cartoon having its own chapter index. (Though there isn't a way to watch ALL the content, including the "bonus" episode, without interacting with the DVD.) The return of the "cliffhanger" format for the shows is a plus.

Cons: The "bonus features" are rehashed, the same as included on the Nemesis/Chronicles/Collectors DVD set; some of the cartoons don't appear to have been retouched much (digitally remastered?), having faded colors; MANY of the cartoons have audio issues, from distortion, to digital whistles or twitters.

I'm grateful for the content, but am very disappointed at yet another sub-standard Underdog video release. He deserves better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Thanks but no thanks February 2, 2010
By Jbug
I wanted to buy more of these but I was turned off by the fact that they left the theme songs off. I like the theme song of these characters very much and am highly disappointed. Whoever made the decision to edit them out should be demoted. I've heard that there are bootleg copies that have everything in tact. Like someone else said, "I hate to go that route" but I want what's being cut out and will not pay for edited out merchandise. Sale lost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but the dvd could use some tweaking August 6, 2007
I'm no real expert on the show, like the other reviewers. So I'll giving a little review on the dvd

First off, I like the fact that they allow you to choose how you want to view the episodes. You can see the entire episode in the classic formula but, if you're just an underdog fan. You can choose to see all four parts in a row, or you can see the other cartoons in a row.

On the subject of episode, I feel there just aren't enough. You get four main episodes, plus a bonus episode. I cant help but think I am getting slightly ripped off, because I see dvds like Teenage mutant ninja turtles that have 13 episodes per disc. Not to mention they cost around the same price as the underdog dvds.

As for the extras, I'm pretty much pleased with them. Underdog is a pretty old show, so you really can't expect much for extras. The histroy of the show told by the creator was great, I also loved seeing a comic he drew for two girls(seen on disc three) brought to life.

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5, because overall I loved the dvds. However I feel they should add at most seven to ten episodes per disc in future releases. Ten dollars is a bit much to ask for five episodes when other dvds sets of classic cartoons contain twice as many for the same price.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New EDITIONS are complete! Cliffhangers restored! July 30, 2007
I never bought the first sets of Underdog DVDs which appeared a few years back. Not sure why, but I suppose I wanted to buy a whole set and save a few bucks. Well, I finally did. I bought a set of the new DVDs from (another brick & morter store) for 20 bucks for 3 DVDs.

Now, not seeing the previous DVDs I am not sure how they compare. I do know that I read a few reviews which kept me from buying the first set from here. Statements that they cut things short or sped things up made me think it wasn't worth buying. Well, Classic Media must read these reviews. They restored the episodes to cliffhanger episodes with the cartoons like go go gophers and tennessee tuxedo, klondike kat, tooter turtle and more with their title screen and tunes seemingly intact. OK, maybe a few seconds of the actual theme songs were cut. Sure, it would be nice to have them complete, but when going from cliffhanger to tennessee tuxedo, I didn't really miss it. Besides, they do have a DVD set of Tennessee Tuxedo for those of us who want the theme song before each episode.

The transfers look great! The sound is awesome and the stories are as charming and silly as ever. How they ever got away with a magical pill that enhances strength and makes it possible to hit more home runs than Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron I'll never know. OK, maybe not home runs. But he does get his strength from "artifical means" and not one kid ever thought it was cheating. Then again, Underdog never went up against Superman, Captain Marvel or even Mighty Mouse to prove who was stronger.

Truly, outside of a few purists who just have to have everything exactly the way they want it, and I am not blaming them for wanting it that way, most anyone will enjoy this set from quality and quantity stand points.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Underdog is here
This is a nice set but it is cut.
Episodes include:
The Big Dipper (Simon Barsinister voiced by Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Caleb McSwain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these old cartoons! Great for children!
Published 7 days ago by Julie L. Baggett
5.0 out of 5 stars They loved it! I will purchase more episodes
I explained to my grandchildren 8, 4 and 3, who Underdog was when their daddy was little. They loved it! I will purchase more episodes.
Published 1 month ago by GranFran
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by matthew blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
RECEIVED.
Published 2 months ago by KEITH R. TUCKER
4.0 out of 5 stars memories
neither bird nor plane nor even frog..... my kids love watching classics like this TV shows. Brings back memories for me as well.
Published 6 months ago by Merton J. Dewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Gift!
Gave as a gift. Happy my grandson likes it so much, it's fun to watch it with him and see his reactions.
Published 11 months ago by Nana Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment for grands
To fill in time when adults are cooking or worn out,I take a few videos on vacation.The kids enjoyed Underdog and it arrived quickly.
Published 12 months ago by Sandra H. Mosolgo
4.0 out of 5 stars great wholesome entertainment for my 6 year-old
I watched Underdog as a child and am thrilled that my 6-year old loves it also! His costume last year for Halloween was Underdog--easy one!
Published 16 months ago by Debbyvac
5.0 out of 5 stars Underdog
Got both my grandsons this video and made them cape so they can sing the Underdog song like their grandfather.
Published 20 months ago by Corinne Kruse
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