Les Mysterieuses Cites D'Or - 6 Pack (French Version)
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The year is 1532. Esteban, a young boy, is told that he was saved by Mendoza, a navigator on a Spanish ship from a ship wreck in a storm at sea. The only clue to his identity is a medal that Esteban wears about his neck. Esteban joins Mendoza on a trip from Spain to the new world - the Americas - where on route he meets two other children - Zia - an Inca girl and Tao, the last member of a highly advanced race. All three are looking for different things - Esteban to find his father and his identity, Zia for her father and Tao for remains of his race. The clues for all three quests however all point to the seven Cities of Gold and so the children, Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro - two other sailors and friends of Mendoza start searching in a massive treasure hunt for the Cities Of Gold...
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This release spreads 39 episodes out between 6 discs. Each episode is presented along with its original, corresponding documentary. Additionally, there are DVD exclusives on each disc. The features are engaging, although it would've been nice to segregate the extras to disc 6, making it easier to find them!
Also, it is true that there are no other language options or subtitles on this disc. This is a little disappointing, as the documentary on the voice-over acting discusses the differences between the french and english translations frequently, making me wish I could hear some of the original french!
Yet, despite my criticisms, this box truly is very very good. An alternate Region 1 release of this series is a French Canadian box set by CMR Home Video, Les Mysterieuses Cites D'Or - Complete Collection Boxset (Original French ONLY Version - No English Options). CMR's release is inferior, as it has no liner notes and no extra features. Nor does it have subtitles or other language features.
So, while I have rated the MCoG Deluxe Edition as 4/5 stars, a more precise rating is 9/10. The one point reduction is due solely to the lack of language and subtitle options. Otherwise, this set is an excellent purchase. It is well worth the price, and fans of the show will love it!
This DVD set is great, I would say there is no need to buy the more expensive deluxe set. This comes with a booklet containing a synopsis of each episode along with descriptions of all the characters. (Even minor ones like Father Rodriguez and Apu.) Also, each episode on the DVD comes complete with episode review, episode preview and the documentaries!! The documentaries were a surprise since Nickelodeon didn't even air those when they were originally broadcast.
All in all, a great buy. My son is only six months old but I hope he will enjoy this as much as his father and I do.
I have no real recollection of Mysterious Cities of Gold (MCoG) from when I was younger, but I did remember the theme song. And I am very glad I did, because it led me to discover this gem of a series. I am through the first disc and halfway through the second and I am very pleased with this series. Especially for the roughly $26 I paid for it!
6 discs with roughly 7 episodes each is a lot of cartoons. I have so far watched the first disc and half of the second. The animation is perhaps a little dated, but I don't have any complaints about the quality of the visuals or the sound. However, I went in expecting to be transported back to my childhood watching Nickelodeon, so take that for what you will.
Each episode is followed by a brief (few minutes) narration and live action sequence covering some historical aspect of the previous episode. An example is after the episode where the character of the Governor is introduced, a narrator describes the actual historical figure while showing footage of his statue, drawings of Incan warriors he and his army engaged, and the ruins of Incan villages - except it's more interesting than how I described it. The footage and narration remind me of The Gods Must Be Crazy in terms of image and sound quality. It's a very nice change from the "And knowing is half the battle" type of cheesy moralizing done at the end of some other shows from the era.
The story itself is engaging, but I didn't expect it to be such a hit in my household. My 3 1/2 year old son and my wife both love the show and will watch it on their own when I'm not around. My wife tolerates my anime habit well. Sometimes she'll even sit with me through an episode of a particularly good series (Last Exile: The Complete Series, for example), but I don't think she's ever watched one on her own accord - but she will with MCoG. To me, that speaks volumes about the quality of the MCoG.
The reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars is because I couldn't deduct a half star for the worthless extras. At least for the first disc, it was a few silent clips that were cut from the final release and a few production sketches. Perhaps some people will like the sketches, but they did not add anything for me. However, the set does come with a book that summarizes each episode and has a brief bio of the major characters (and there are quite a few). This is well done, but I don't want to read it until I'm through the series for fear of spoilers!
Overall, I am VERY pleased with being able to snag MCoG on the cheap and I am excited to share the series with my family.
I'll update the review after finishing the set...but don't hold your breath.
12/2012 update: My family and I finished the series. It was very good. My son loves it and asks for it all the time now. I've bumped up my rating to 5 stars. There is one extra that interviews the voice actors for Mendoza, Tao, Zia, and Esteban. We haven't bothered to check the rest of the extras out since we wanted to finish the series.