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Pirates Of Dark Water (4 Disc)

4.3 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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High adventure awaits those courageous enough to join this misfit crew as they sail the mysterious 20 seas surrounding the alien world of Mer. Led by the young prince Ren, these unlikely heroes follow an enchanted compass through dangers beyond their wildest fears, seeking the 13 Treasures of Rule, which will release the troubled planet from the deadly dark waters devouring its surface.
As if the fate of the world wasn't enough, Ren must also defeat the evil pirate Lord Bloth, who follows Ren's sails intent to steal the treasures he uncovers. For washbuckling action, you'll find that a pirate's life is for you: grab the seagoing bounty of the 5-Disc, 21-Episode The Pirates of Dark Water Complete Series Collection!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jodi Benson, Hector Elizondo, George Newbern, Frank Welker, Tim Curry
  • Directors: Don Lusk, Paul Sommer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 462 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042I6528
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The Pirates of Dark Water" is a wonderful cartoon series from the 1990s. A fantasy world is endangered and dying; only one man can save it. Humanoids and monstrous creatures abound. The character designs have a distinct Arabian or Sinbad feel to them. The protagonists are not a typical do-gooders; for example, they stole their sailing ship in the first episode. And (minor) characters do perish. The animation is typical Hanna-Barbera fare, but the voice acting is distinctive and includes Tim Curry and the woman who voiced the Little Mermaid. The content is 4 or 5-star content and very enjoyable.

After so many years of VHS tapes, illegal downloads, and streaming video, this series was finally released on DVD by Warner Brothers in 2010. It is a burn-on-demand product, so it should remain in-print for a long time to come. However, the audio and video have not been remastered for this DVD. No extras have been added either. Compared to the alternatives, this DVD set is well worth its $29.95 price tag.
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Pirates of Dark Water was one of my beloved childhood memories. I jumped at a chance to own the entire series on DVD to see if this show has stood the test of time.
Unfortunately the DVDs are unwatchable. The First Disc is stuck playing an infinite loop of the anti-piracy message and the few episodes that can be watched are jumpy and glitched.
I am very disappointed that this entire set is unwatchable. I do not know how a professional Media company can produce and ship a product this far gone. 10 seconds of quality control could have prevented this.
DO NOT BUY.
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Disc 1 of this dvd set is defected. Once the dvd was in, the Piracy warning came up and never went away. I managed to bypass it with a bit of button finagling. It skipped into the middle of an episode. While it plays, the film hiccups every few seconds continuously. It is impossible to watch the episodes on this disc. The other discs play well aside from a sparse few glitches that crop up here and there. POS dvds, Warner Bros. POS.

The show itself is still entertaining from what I've been able to watch. It deserves a better dvd treatment.
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I want to start this review by stating that this show was one of my all time favorites as a kid. The bright colors and high sea adventures are as great as I remembered. "Drop of Darkness" is my absolute favorite episode...it appealed to all my girlish sensibilities.

Here is where the review turns negative... The barebones nature of the DVD set made me somewhat upset considering the set costs over $20. Also, one of the discs has an error that causes an entire episode to freeze. I was extremely disappointed with this disc defect considering I bought the set New.

The content/show is great for nostalgia purposes, and has potential to capture new fans, but the DVD quality is well below par.
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This review is for the DVD-R set, not the series itself, because we weren't able to watch the first five episodes due to a defective Disc 1 and didn't want to watch the rest without that context. We tried in three different players with the same result. The set is going back for a refund, and maybe we'll buy it again once new reviews show that the product isn't defective. Too bad -- my husband was really looking forward to introducing me to this show.
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This is truely an amazing show by Hannah Barbara from the good ol' days of 1991.

The premise is as follows: on the alien world of Mer, an evil and sentient tar-like substance known as Dark Water is threatening to envelop the entire planet, killing everyone and everything. 17 years prior to the show's start, King Primus of Octopon, the largest and most beautiful kingdom on Mer, sets out with his loyal captains to retrieve the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. These jewels are the only thing that can contain the Dark Water in Mer's center, where it originates.

After retrieving several of the Treasures, Primus is captured by the terrible Lord Bloth, a pirate intent on taking the Treasures for himself so HE can control the Dark Water. The rest of Primus' crew evade capture and scatter the Treasures around Mer so Bloth can't get them.

After 17 years of imprisonment aboard Bloth's massive ship, the Maelstrom, Primus escapes and manages to return to Octopon, left in ruins by Bloth and the ravages of the Dark Water. Our protagonist, Ren, a simple lighthouse keeper, spots Primus trying to swim ashore and dashes out to rescue him. Now an old and frail man after almost two decades imprisonment, Primus uses the last of his strength to tell Ren he is his father. He shows Ren a vision of a restored Octopon, and passes onto Prince Ren the Quest before dying and washing out to sea.

As young Prince Ren is to discover, not just Octopon, but all of Mer depends on him recovering the Thirteen Treasures of Rule.

And so begins one of the greatest epics ever put on TV. No doubt borrowing from countless sources, the story, characters,
exotic locals keep the story fresh and entertaining.
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I loved this show from the moment I first saw it over fifteen years ago. The characters were well designed and their looks and outfits were cool. And the storyline was neat, too. Now, when I see it again, I still think that. The acting was very good for an early 90s show. The story flowed and there was action where it needed to be, but I do think it was cut short, too soon. It's a shame that good shows like this and the Legend of Zelda couldn't be finished, yet you have pointless shows like Naruto that keep going and going and going... If Ren and Ioz and Tula and their quest was real, I'd join them for sure. As for the quality of the DVDs, I have read one person's comment on here that warned of a bootleg being sold by Standing Ovations on Amazon, but then I looked at the actual Warner Bros. site and read a review from a buyer on there who said their set was done in DVD-R (disc will have a blue back), which could easily make it look like a bootleg, as many bootleg sets are done in DVD-R, but it it was bought directly from Warner Bros., then that is just the kind of discs they decided to use. Though, I wish they had spared a little more expense and chose a better quality disc. As for the episode quality, you will basically get VHS quality. There are a few episodes where there may be a line running through the screen or the animation was a bit jumpy. Unfortunately, it seems Warner Bros. didn't want to spend a big budget trying to revamp the episodes a bit, so this is the best we get. But it is better to see the show this way then not at all!
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