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G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.1

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G.I. Joe is the code name for Americas highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world!

In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of military action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his, and her, own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years. Now you can relive the original animated adventures of Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Flint, Lady Jaye and rest of the Joe team with this 4-disc DVD set of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, including the first part of the series inaugural season, the three annual 5-part miniseries that started it all: The MASS Device, The Revenge Of Cobra: The Weather Dominator and The Pyramid Of Darkness.

Bonus Features:

* Knowing Is Half The Battle PSAs

* Looking Back With Writer Ron Friedman

* Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials

* The original G.I. Joe 1963 Toy Fair Presentation

* Printable Script for Jungle Trap

Special Features

Knowing Is Half The Battle PSAs

Looking back with writer Ron Friedman

Archival Hasbro toy commercials

The original G.I. Joe 1963 Toy Fair presentation

Printable script for Jungle Trap

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Latta, Michael Bell, Frank Welker, Arthur Burghardt
  • Directors: Buzz Dixon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U9BS38
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2009
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"G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero" is literally the classic animated series that became an iconic series for thousands of fans who loyally collected the many awesome merchandise from Hasbro and continues to be a popular toy line today.

Although, the series was released in 1984, the series has spawned several of animated series and CG films. In 2008, the 3 3/4 action figures and vehicle line celebrated its 25th Anniversary and in 2009, earlier in the year, fans were treated with a more darker and more violent animated series with "G.I. Joe Resolute" and by the Summer of 2009, would be treated with the live action film and a release of a G.I. Joe video game.

So, what better time than now but to enjoy the classic 1985 animated series through SHOUT FACTORY's "G.I. JOE - A REAL AMERICAN HERO - SEASON 1.1" on DVD.

The DVD release is the second release of the popular animated series (the first was released through RHINO, note: RHINO only released season 1 and the first half of season 2) and both releases has its key differences which I will discuss further in my review. It's important to also note that some of the episodes for the first season were featured on DVD's that were included with various Hasbro toy box sets released in early 2009.

For starters, the series is not based on the original GI Joe toys that were released in the 1960's but is based on the Hasbro toyline which started in 1982 and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The series was created by Ron Friedman and the first season on this DVD set comprised of three mini-series that aired in 2004-2005. The mini-series which consisted of "The M.A.S.S. Device", "The Revenge of Cobra", "The Pyramid of Darkness" and five separate episodes.
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When the "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" cartoon series premiered in 1985 it gave Hasbro and incredible one-two punch to go along with the Transformers cartoon...not only on TV but in the toy stores. The amending of FCC laws paved the way for these shows to make it on to airwaves where previously they were banned as being nothing more than ½ hour-long commercials...duhhh!

This set presents the first 22 episodes of the show on four DVDs, out just in time with the major theatrical film release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Like Transformers, this series hit you with an unheard of onslaught of different characters. You know that Hasbro had to be pushing the show's writers to get as many of these guys onscreen as possible in order to sell their figures.

Early on the series was grouped into story arcs of five episodes as they were originally intended to be mini-series. The first five episodes of the show deal with Destro's creation of the MASS device, a machine which can teleport soldiers or equipment. While battling Cobra forces, Duke is captured and forced to fight in a gladiatorial arena. Meanwhile the Joe's have managed to build their own MASS device. Rare elements are needed to fuel the device and the radioactive crystals nearly kill Snake Eyes.

Most of these early episodes are written by Ron Friedman who created the show for TV. Friedman dispenses with any sort of introductions or origins with the two rival factions, assuming that most fans had probably been fans of the toys or the Marvel Comic which preceded the TV show by a couple of years. Instead he jumps right into the fray with both bores and legion of characters at his disposal. It's pretty obvious that certain situations were setup to make use of various characters.
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A team of militant heroes codenamed "G.I. Joe" lead by the couragous Duke struggle to fight for the freedom of America and the world from the threat of the manicial terrorist organization known as COBRA lead by the evil Cobra Commander and steel-faced fiend Destro.

This show became one of the most iconic animated shows of the 80's besides Transformers, Real Ghostbusters and He-Man and is one of the best cartoons ever. The show is based on Hasbro's action figure series much like "Transformers" was in 1984 but in 1983 Sunbow/Marvel animation made three annual mini-series based on the figure series which came in 1983, 1984 and finally 1985 where it lead to a successful TV animated series that earned high ratings among people of all ages. I love how the show has smart writing including tons of action and excellent characters from sexy Baroness, beautiful Scarlett, lovable sailor Shipwreck, hard cooking and hardcore fighter Roadblock, and more which helped made this a favorite among all ages even in the 80's.

This DVD has the first three Miniseries which started with 1983's "An American Hero: The M.A.S.S. Device" has the debut of Destro who joins with Cobra Commander's COBRA team as they develope a powerful weapon called the M.A.S.S. Device which can beam and transport objects, buildings and even people to their place, when Cobra decides to use the thing to steal a military satellite, the JOE team is on the rescue to destroy the device. Next "The Revenge of Cobra" has the COBRAs attacking G.I.
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