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Captain Power is really well made...there s some real drama. --Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert At the Movies
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Having said that, if your looking at this as some kind of prehistoric "Power Rangers" for the kids, look elsewhere. Though more than tame by todays family viewing standards, it's important to note their is blood, violence, character death, four-letter language, and even some implied sex. I'm not saying this is sci-fi Sopranos here, but it is very much a product of the syndication market of the time.
Now if your looking for an engrossing series with a backstory that brings to mind the works of Asimov and Ellison, with a writing staff including the legendary J. Michael Straczynski (listen for a clever reference to Straczynski's Babylon 5), and Larry DiTillio you're in the right place.
There are also stellar performances by a predominately Canadian cast of (then)relative unknowns including Tim Dunigan (who originated the role of Timpleton "Faceman" Peck in the pilot of the legendary "A-Team" television series) as Captain Jonathan Power, 19 year-old Jessica Steen (years before Armageddon and Earth-2) as the tragic Jennifer "Pilot" Chase, and Sven Thorsen (close friend, fellow body-builder and frequent collaborator with Arnold Schwarzenegger) as Michael "Tank" Ellis, a genetically engineered killing-machine who has abandoned his violent past for a life of peace.
Great cast, great writers, great story. In my opinion, some of the best science-fiction to come out of the late 80's.
The video quality is okay, although there are places where the occasional artifact pops up. It looks like the producers just fed the masters into encoding software and didn't check the results afterwards to manually clean up any effects left behind.
The audio is a disappointment, too. The music and sound effects drown out the dialogue on many occasions.
Some episodes are missing title, writer, and director credits.
I had difficulty removing and then reinserting the 3rd and 4th discs into the packaging. They could have come up with a better way to package the DVD's so you don't risk damaging them. In fact, after some attempts to reinsert the discs where they belong, the case would not fit back inside its slip cover.
In many ways, the unofficial fan made DVD sets that came out before VSC's official DVD release are better in this aspect. What this set has going for it though is a fine collection of bonus features that only an official studio release can obtain. There's a 90 minute documentary about the making of Captain Power. There's actor, writer, and creator commentary on 6 selected episodes. There's The Legend Begins, the compilation TV movie shown in markets mostly outside of the US around 1989. There's a bonus that offers glimpses into the future of Captain Power had it continued on to a 2nd season, with many previous only before hinted at revelations about what that 2nd season would have been like.
Bottom line is, the package isn't the best it could be, but, it could be a lot worse. The main strength of this DVD release is the fine quality of the writing from such authors as J. Michael Straczynski.
Firstly, I'd like to say when I got this boxed set, Parts 1 and 2 of "The Summoning of Thunder" absolutely refused to play. Amazon had already sent out my replacement copy before I had my mailing label printed out to return the poorly functioning set back. The replacement set works fine, big kudos for a trouble free exchange with amazon.
Now back to the series...
When this series first came out, like a lot of other sci-fi fans, I was chased away by the title. Then I heard reviews and decided I had to watch for myself,...and was I ever glad I did. The storytelling was amazing and created a Nazi era style world of machines bent on the destruction of all flesh and emotion.
In the distant future, wars were fought by robots called bio-mechs. Human casualties became virtually non-existent which made war commonplace and easy. Enter Captain Power's Father, Dr Stuart Gordon Power and Dr Power's friend and colleague Dr Lyman Taggart. Their plan was to create a supercomputer named Overmind that could override and take control of all the warring biomechs on the planet, thus ending all war once and for all. But where Dr Power felt more testing was necessary, Taggart impatiently went behind his back and hooked himself up to Overmind. The experience changed both Taggart and Overmind, and the next day bio-mechs were marching into cities worldwide.
The series was the first to have CGI characters. For those used to the Digital age with smoother looking integrations of computer animation with real life, this is the series that started it all. Younger impatient types might call it cheap or even primitive, but they weren't generating the CGI characters of this series with the small hand held devices we have today.Read more ›
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Just like I remembered it when it was on TV, quality is just better.Published 1 month ago by Iwe Kittypaws
It was one of my favorite shows as a kid growing up in 1987.It comes with 4 disk DVD complete series which I have to say its alright the quality which this persevered in a Archived... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.T Vega
Not a single problem with the discs so far. Anyone buying must remember that this show is from 1987 and that the image quality is a bit fuzzy on modern HDTVs.Published 4 months ago by Diego
I ordered this DVD set as I had very fond memories of being a kid and
watching this 'exciting show' from my youth. Read more
Great nostalgia. I enjoyed the show all over again, even saw a couple of episodes that I'd missed in the original run. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C.J.K.