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Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series

4.5 out of 5 stars 524 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Dungeons & Dragons was one of CBS' most popular animated series airing from 1983 - 1986 and later on FoxKids. Created by legendary Marvel Productions the series was base on the popular TSR role-playing game created in 1974 - which spawned an entire industry! Now in a set bursting with magical Special Features fans can roll the dice to see the entire Dungeons & Dragons series in a beautiful five-disc set. Come back to the realm of action adventure and enchantment with...Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series!Features:"Entering the Realm of Dungeons and Dragons" DocumentaryAlternate & rare footageEaster EggsINK & PAINT TrailersExtensive Gallery of Original Model Sheets and MemorabilliaFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 787364753093

Special Features

  • 27 episodes on five discs
  • "Entering the Realm of Dungeons and Dragons" featurette
  • Commentary on two episodes
  • Full-length animated storyboard for one episode
  • Interactive adventure
  • 50 profiles of characters, creatures, and artifacts
  • Short live-action fan film "Choices"
  • Radio show-style presentation of unaired final episode
  • Alternate and rare footage
  • Trivia
  • Art galleries
  • DVD-ROM supplements
  • 30 page booklet

Product Details

  • Actors: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh, Adam Rich, Tonia Gayle Smith
  • Writers: Dave Arneson, Dennis Marks, E. Gary Gygax, Kevin Paul Coates, Michael Reaves
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BCI - A Navarre Corporation Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 594 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JBXY44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dungeons & Dragons - The Complete Animated Series" on IMDb

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This was my #1 favorite cartoon series when I was eleven years old in 1983. I watched it religiously on TV back then, and when we got our first VCR, I recorded every re-run and watched those videotapes until I wore them out. Naturally, I was excited to hear this show was finally coming out on DVD. I bought the complete series box set released by BCI right away. All the episodes look great in terms of picture quality. Not to mention, the special features are surprisingly plentiful for an old, mostly-forgotten Saturday morning cartoon, and it really brought back some great memories.

Then I discovered a very disappointing problem. And I'm going to sound like a real nit-picker here - but I gotta state my case...

Any dedicated fan of this show is familiar with the episode "The Dragon's Graveyard" - generally considered to be the best episode of the entire series. That's the one where the kids decide to destroy Venger (the ultimate, evil bad guy) once and for all. They plan to do this by convincing Tiamat (the ultimate, evil 5-headed Dragon) to help them. It's a very cool story, because the good guys basically team up with one arch villain in order to settle their grudge match with another arch villain. As a kid in the 80's, I videotaped this series and "The Dragon's Graveyard" was one episode that I went back and watched repeatedly. So, I know that episode almost by heart. One of the things I always loved about that episode, and which I still remember clearly, was its powerful musical score.
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For the uninitiated, this series tells the tale of six kids who, after riding the Dungeons & Dragons rollercoaster, mysteriously get sucked into its fantasy world. There, each of them gains magical talents and abilities, all the better to survive their time in the Realm. The bow-shooting ranger, the acrobat, the thief, the cavalier, the wizard, and the boy-barbarian are soon joined by a baby unicorn, and tutored by the mysterious Dungeon Master. Opposing them is the evil sorcerer Venger, as well as various monsters and entities all intent on keeping the kids from getting back home. This was one of CBS' most popular animated series, airing for 27 episodes from 1983-1986, and again in the '90s on the Fox Kids network as reruns. Created by the legendary Marvel Productions, the series was based on the popular TSR role-playing game created in 1974, which spawned an entire industry. The complete animated series was released on DVD in 2006 by BCI Eclipse and again in 2009 by Mill Creek Entertainment. Since both releases are vastly different, I will try to outline the differences between both.

In 2006, Dungeons & Dragons- The Complete Animated Series was released in a re-mastered 5-disc boxed set loaded with extras by BCI Eclipse. The only negative was that certain episodes had some of its original music replaced. This set is now out-of-print and can only be bought from private sellers since BCI closed down in 2008.
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The people at BCI Eclipse (and Andy Mangels in particular) have established themselves as masters at releasing cartoons on DVD with great care, no small feat given Filmation's reputation and the time-compressed PAL masters that Hallmark left behind before destroying everything else (or so the story goes). With Dungeons & Dragons, though, things were much more hopeful, just so long as the artificial commercial breaks, mystifying edits, and the awful new theme that Saban created for recent re-airings were absent.

Naturally, Murphy's Law had to kick in, in the form of The Walt Disney Company.

Nine episodes (every episode from "City At The Edge Of Midnight" until the finale, with the exception of "The Traitor", "The Last Illusion", and "The Dungeon At The Heart Of Dawn"-one third of the show's 27 episodes, for those counting at home) have had three pieces of music-one "oasis" theme and two fast-paced, dramatic battle themes-replaced. All three were penned and conducted by Rob Walsh. To the experienced fan of the cartoons of Marvel and Sunbow, this replacement comes as a surprise, since Walsh's music was never removed from Rhino's Sunbow releases, where it is extremely prevalent, to the point of even totally supplanting that of Johnny Douglas.

What makes this especially aggravating is that the UK DVDs were untouched, "The Dungeon At The Heart Of Dawn" (a Walsh-heavy episode) is untouched, and Disney has created new music that is really bad, a maddening choice considering that the majority of the missing cues have been replaced by the familiar music of Johnny Douglas (and other than in "The Dragon's Graveyard", where Walsh's music is vital, the change is not immediately recognizable).
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