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Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Collection (2007)

Keith David , Richard Dysart , Brad Rader , Chuck Patton  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings, James Keane, Michael McShane
  • Directors: Brad Rader, Chuck Patton, Eric Radomski, Frank Paur, Jennifer Yuh
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Extra tracks, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66PX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 18 episodes on four discs
  • The McFarlane Process: Step by Step
  • Episode One Storyboard: Frame by Frame
  • Interview and a behind-the-scenes featurette with Todd McFarlane
  • Character profiles
  • Four audio commentaries

Editorial Reviews

Evil begets evil. Hell begets hellspawn. Exploding from the comic book page onto the screen, Spawn is a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped merciless power. He was once a he's a hellspawn, battling the forces of evil on earth...and in himself. Gradually discovering the terrifying power he possesses, Spawn fights to uncover the truth about his identity and fulfill his destiny.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Interactive Menus
Production Sketches

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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I was just a kid when the theatrical "Spawn" movie came out, but even then I could tell that the film just didn't live up to the idea; it was all popcorn explosions and CGI demons, devoid of substance. A few years later, towards the end of high school, I came across the prior boxset release of this show. Knowing it was well-reviewed, I decided to give it a try.

"Todd McFarlane's Spawn" is the opposite of the theatrical film, delving deeply into the psychology of this Hellspawn and his struggle between damnation and redemption. The writing is subversive, alternately witty and utterly creepy; the animation is fluid and richly detailed; the voice-acting superb, with Keith David's Spawn and John Rafter Lee's Jason Wynn as the clear highlights of the cast. Whether you're into comics, fantasy, film noir, or even simply well-written stories, I would recommend giving this show a watch.

And now it's even better on this anniversary box set. In the original release, each season of the show was edited together to form one two-and-a-half hour long movie; this would be daunting under normal circumstances, but for a show this bleak it's quite an achievement to get through. Even worse, the films were presented on both sides of a "flipper" disc, increasing the danger of scratches. Fortunately, this anniversary set presents all 3 seasons broken up into their individual episodes on a one-sided dual-layered disc, making for a much more palatable viewing experience (die-hards need not fear, however -- there's still a "play all" option on the menu). The visuals are improved with truer blacks and more vibrant colors, and the audio has been upgraded to 5.1 surround from Dolby stereo.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome animated series! December 19, 2007
This is HBO's groundbreaking animated series for adults that became an instant cult fave among fans of adult animation and fans of the landmark comic book series which was created by Todd Mcfarlane. The series dealed with a former soldier named Al Simmons (Voiced by Keith David) who was killed in the line of military duty was sent to hell, he made a deal with a devil named Malebolgia to get back on Earth so he can see his love Wanda again but only if he joins with Maelbolgia's army if he sends souls to hell so that the battle between Heaven and Hell may start. He is sent five years later only to find himself as a burned man with strange magical clothes and a shroud made from necroplasm, he is called Spawn and wonders through the streets of New York to find out that the love of his love is married to his former best friend Terry Fitzgerald as they have a child together and that Al Simmons has been dead for 5 years as right now the battle between good and evil will start.

A unique adult animated fantasy-horror-action series with excellent animation especially around the second and third seasons with some excellent voice acting by John Dystrat ("The Thing"), Ming Na Wen, John Rafter Lee ("Aeon Flux The Series" and "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust"), Ronny Cox, James Hong, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Forster, Eric Roberts, and Kurtwood Smith ("Robocop"). This is truly one animated show not for kids due to extreme bloody violence, torture, nudity, sex, foul language and extreme darkness abound all wrapped up in this extremely faithful to the excellent comics series thanks to the magic of Spawn creator Todd Mcfarlane and HBO animation with MadHouse animation.

This 4-Disc special edition collection set contains all three seasons on 3-discs with cool extras like audio commentaries, character profiles, interviews and 3 featurettes.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series May 31, 2007
By msjr68
I loved when this Series when it was on HBO for 3 series but then it was cancelled, and that was a shame right in the middle of the storyline, I was hoping that Todd Mcfarlane would've finished this series with a straight to DVD release but it never happened. It was a Great show the Animation was topic notch. Again hopefully one day they'll continue this series from where it left off.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favs! March 28, 2012
By Amanda
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I have always been a fan of comic books and cartoons and this made me giddy. I never got to watch its original airing on HBO and i bought a previous box set in the past which was destroyed. I have nothing but good things to say about the show. However I am disappointed that it ended so suddenly. As for the product itself the box is kinda nice, but getting the dvds out of the case is really really difficult PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Whoever designed the clipping device that keeps the dvds in place should be fired. Other than that I highly reccomend this series to anyone and everyone who loves a dark story, spawn, Todd Mcfarlane heck who ever loves great animation!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless!!! January 6, 2008
By Bob
Anyone who's a spawn fan, a comic book fan, or just a viewer looking for a mature animated series, rest assured because you can't go wrong with Todd McFarlane's Spawn. Why is this set flawless, well let's see you've got the steel case, 4 discs, all 18 episodes, the extras, and of course the great series itself for less than 30 bucks. Just the series itself is worth it for it's awesome story, flawless animation, good voice acting, dialogue, etc. Ok, so you think I'm making this sound to good to be true, well ok yes McFarlane didn't finish the series, but hey it's worth it while it lasts and Spawn like most comic book characters, is ongoing. To close this up I ask you to trust this reviewer, get Spawn, and enjoy it because trust me, this ain't your saturday morning garbage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy!
This ,too, was a birthday gift for a special friend. My friend liked the series,already had the film,so now he has both! Loved it! Read more
Published 19 days ago by batsybeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Spawn collection
I used to watch this show all the time when it was on but never had the chance to watch the last half of the last season. It is still a great show to watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome animated series that ended too soon
This was great wish they would do a reboot on the animated series product itself was perfect and priced good too
Published 2 months ago by John C Schwarz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
this series was great wish they made the second one. Awesome seeing spawn again. Getting back into it again and this was a great way to start
Published 3 months ago by Cesar
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing beat the real Spawn
They tried over and over again to create new Spawn movies but, nothing works better than HBO series by Todd McFarlane. He also gives these intense interviews. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carole A. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating on Spawn Animated Collection
Received this product fast, brand new pristine condition would definitely recommend this seller as well as this product. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than the movie.
I love it when they put a set it in a metal casing. It just shows that they want their sets to show off that something special. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob M
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
The DVD set came just as the ad said. Great packaging. Great picture quality on the discs. I would definitely order again.
Published 4 months ago by Bat185
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR SPAWN FANS
Published 4 months ago by hulk
5.0 out of 5 stars two thumbs up
Watching this series was just what the doctor ordered. Todd McFarlane brought this original and entertaining story to the table making sure to leave an impact in doing so. Read more
Published 5 months ago by drxlspivey
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Is this set the 3 seasons from HBO?
yes, it's all 3 seasons.
Dec 14, 2013 by myconius |  See all 2 posts
Spanish subtitles??
The collection in this set includes both the Spanish subtitles and the Spoken Dialogue in Spanish, though they don't always say exactly the same.
Jun 27, 2011 by John P. |  See all 2 posts
Is this the same as the 1999 animated set.
Jul 31, 2007 by Mark Thunder |  See all 3 posts
are the episodes separate on the special edition dvd or are they edited...
They are separate. I'm only on the 3rd episode so far & each one has started with Todd McFarlane's intro. I could post again about this after watching more of the eps but, so far, they are separated.
Sep 18, 2007 by sidemachine |  See all 2 posts
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