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Defenders Of The Earth - The Complete Series, Vol. 1

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Tyrant Ming the Merciless and his vast army of evil accomplices are working overtime to eliminate the human race. But the Defenders of Earth led by legendary crime-fighters The Phantom Flash Gordon Mandrake and his trusted confidant and bodyguard Lothar join forces with their uniquely talented teenage children to challenge Ming and his evil followers in a series of great adventures. Both sides employ powerful computers and space age technology in their arsenals of weapons.They are our last best hope. For a frightened but determined planet they are the Defenders of the Earth.Features:Interviews with the Creator of Defenders of the EarthFull Episode Commentary Track for Episode #101 Escape From MongoFull Length Animated Storyboard for Episode #126 Terror in TimeOriginal Presentation Pilot for Defenders of the Earth featuring alternate characters and animationsImage GalleriesDVD ROM Features: Scripts storyboards and the complete series Bibles (PC/Mac readable)Comic Strip Champions Art Cards: 2 collectible 4"x6" exclusive Defenders of the Earth art cards by acclaimed artists Mike Allred and Rafael KayananDetailed Characters ProfilesTrivia and Fun FactsBonus Episode: Flash Gordon Ep #1 A Planet in Peril Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: NR UPC: 787364698790

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Marvel Productions gave an invigorating update to a trio of venerable comic strip heroes in the '80s animated series Defenders of the Earth; though the teaming of Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, and The Phantom did not prove as popular with young viewers as they did some fifty years before (the show lasted just one season, and the Marvel tie-in comic only ran for four issues), the concept clearly had a following, as evidenced by this impressive five-disc set. The series' premise, which takes place in the year 2015, pits space adventurer Flash Gordon against his longtime foe Ming the Merciless, who is again bent on dominating the Earth; to thwart Ming's plans, Flash teams with jungle king The Phantom and spellcaster Mandrake the Magician (whose henchman, Lothar, has been here promoted to fulltime hero status), as well as their respective offspring, to protect the planet. Though to most kid viewers-–both in 1986 and today–-these classic King Features Syndicate characters don't carry the same level of freight as in their parents' (or grandparents') day, the partnership does makes for some exciting adventures, and the superheroes-and-super-offspring angle plays a lot better than it sounds. The Defenders set contains the first 33 episodes of the series and provides a wealth of supplemental material and background information that should please longtime fans of the show; featurettes include interviews with the voice talent and series producers, an image gallery of sketches and model sheets, and character profiles, and the producers and several voice actors are reunited to provide commentary for the pilot episode, "Escape from Mongo." But perhaps the most intriguing extra is the original presentation pilot, which offers very different characters and animation than in "Escape from Mongo." DVD-ROM owners can also view complete episodic scripts and storyboards in PDF format. -- Paul Gaita


Special features

  • Original presentation pilot for Defenders of the Earth featuring alternate characters and animation
  • Image galleries
  • DVD ROM features: Scripts, storyboards and the complete series Bible
  • Comic Strip Champions art cards: Two collectible 4x6 exclusive Defenders of the Earth art cards
  • Detailed character profiles
  • Trivia and fun facts
  • Bonus episode: Flash Gordon Episode #1: A Planet in Peril

Product details

  • Actors: Loren Lester, Peter Renaday, Peter Mark Richman, Sarah Partridge, Lou Richards
  • Format: Animated, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000I0QLTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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