Gargoyles: Season 1
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Experience all 13 thrilling episodes of GARGOYLES' first season in this spectacular 10th anniversary 2-disc DVD set, complete with exclusive bonus features. It's action-packed animation at its very best! For 1,000 years, a race of heroic creatures has been frozen in stone -- the victims of human betrayal. Now, with the magic spell broken, these amazing Gargoyles awaken from their slumber to find themselves transported from the moors of Scotland to the bustling metropolis of New York City. Follow each suspenseful episode to find out if this proud clan of winged warriors will seek revenge on the race that betrayed them.
Since its 1994 debut, Disney's animated series Gargoyles has attracted a sophisticated viewership for its unusually thoughtful storyline, mature characters, literary allusions (Arthurian lore, Shakespeare), and parade of celebrity voiceovers. Part Gothic fantasy and part contemporary urban drama, Gargoyles begins with a brutal, 10th-century battle over a Scottish castle, which is guarded at night by winged gargoyles who become flesh in the dark (but who return to stone by day). Under the leadership of Goliath (Keith David), the gargoyles ward off an attack by Vikings, yet are met with disdain by those they protect, including a princess and her advisors. Such is the gargoyles' lot until they are betrayed by a friend and turned to stone for a thousand years. Rescued by a billionaire named Xanatos (Jonathan Frakes)--who breaks the spell by purchasing the castle and relocating it atop his Manhattan skyscraper--Goliath and his friends slowly adapt to the modern world and figure out whom they can trust. In a moving season finale, they adopt New York City as the home they vow to protect. With a certain urgency in every episode, tangled relationships between Goliath and his several allies and enemies (as well as characters who belong somewhere between), and a vocal cast full of Star Trek types (Michael Dorn, Nichelle Nichols, Marina Sirtis, among others), Gargoyles has great appeal to thinking viewers of any age. Special features include the original show pitch by series creator Greg Weisman. --Tom Keogh
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As far as super hero shows go, this is definably in the top five, at least. The writing is crisp, intelligent, dramatic, and quite dark in places, with multiple intersecting story-lines and complex backstories for each character. The characters themselves are a huge draw, with Goliath, the leader (stoic, fearless, etc), Hudson (the old warhorse), Brooklyn (the rookie aide-de-camp), Broadway (the fat, stupid one that everyone loves for some reason), Lexington (the brainiac inventor), and Bronx (the doglike one that can't talk). The voice-over acting is first-rate, with half the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" lending their talents, particularly Johnathan Frakes playing the main villain to Mephistolean perfection. There's much more to cover, but will have to wait until Season Two.
I am glad it is available because of the fact this show was amazing when it first came out. Very interesting characters, stories, myth and legends, and settings.
I wont go into the story of the series just cause if you're looking at buying this you probably have already seen or know about it.
So this DVD set isn't that great ill admit it. The main reason it is getting a good review from me is just for the fact we finally have it. Most companies from the 90's never seem to want to release their series on DVD or re-release it on DVD (before being only VHS).
The DVD's are bare bones. Barely anything to them other then some trailers for other shows, and a few extra bits of behind the scenes such as a pitch for gargoyles the creator did for Disney way back when.
You can see the big changes that occurred with some of the characters and designs, which I am actually glad happened otherwise we might have ended up with a cartoony dog that eats fire hydrants. :S
There is also the "gathering of Gargoyles" type of convention video.
Other then that, there is just a play all button, or episode selection. It could have been even more bare bones (like Season 2 volume 1, and volume 2 are) but I am just surprised they didn't include anymore behind the scenes stuff. But just be glad they released the DVD's themselves otherwise we might have never gotten them till say 50 years from now when most of the cast or creators would have passed away or something.
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