Superman: The Animated Series, Volume 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
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Superman: The Animated Series Vol. 2 (DVD)
The creative team behind the Emmy® Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series chronicles the adventures of Superman, the World’s Greatest Super Hero. Fly with Superman in this all-new collection of adventures. As the Planet Krypton is destroyed, its leader, Jor-El, secures his infant son, Kal-El, in a rocket that will transport him to Earth. There, as Clark Kent (voiced by series star TIM DALY), he discovers the truth about his interplanetary heritage and, upon reaching adulthood, assumes the identity of Superman, the Man of Steel. In the city of Metropolis, he battles the forces of villainy and continues his quest for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way." In season two, Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur (recurring guest voice RON PERLMAN), escapes; Brainiac (recurring guest voice COREY BURTON) returns for revenge; and Bizarro (also voiced by series star TIM DALY), a genetic double of the Man of Steel, tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero, among many other adventures.]]>
Superman: The Animated Series, Volume Two, the second of the series' three season run, continues the modern telling of the American myth Superman. Where the first season focuses on introducing Superman, Metropolis, and a few key bad guys, season two is all about the villains. A few key villains return, including Lobo, series favorite Metallo (voiced by Malcolm McDowell), and of course the evil genius Lex Luthor. But what defines season two is the introduction of new villains such as Superman's evil twin Bizarro (in "Identity Crisis" and "Bizarro's World"), Livewire (voiced by Tank Girl herself Lori Petty), and Luminus (voiced by Airplane!'s Robert Hays). Also new to the series is Mr. Mxyzptlk in one of the best episodes of the series, "Mxyzpixilated," starring the great Gilbert Gottfried as the quirky, interdimensional leprechaun. One of the series' highlights is the three-part episode "World's Finest." This trilogy is a great cross-over story with guest appearances from the other popular DC animated series Batman. Here the man of steel joins forces with the caped crusader to fight Gotham's arch villains the Joker (played by Mark Hamill) and Harley Quinn, who have recently teamed up with Metropolis's Lex Luthor in a plot to kill Superman. Superman: The Animated Series, Season Two is a sharp telling of the Superman story and not to be missed. --Rob Bracco
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Here are the following episodes found in this 2-disc box-set and the grades I give them:
- Identity Crisis (A+)
- Target (A+++)
- Action Figures (A+++)
- Mxyzpixilated (A+++)
- Double Dose (A+)
- Solar Power (A)
DISC 2, SIDE A:
- Monkey Fun (A)
- Brave New Metropolis (A+)
- Ghost in the Machine (A or A-)
- World's Finest: Part I (A+++)
- World's Finest: Part II (A+++)
- World's Finest: Part III (A+++)
DISC 2, SIDE B:
- Father's Day (A-)
- The Hand of Fate (A-)
- Bizarro's World (A+)
- Prototype (A-)
- The Late Mr. Kent (A+++)
- Heavy Metal (A)
- Verbal Villain Bios by the show's creators.
- Video Commentary on "Mxyzpixilated" by producers, writer, and director of the episode.
- Audio Commentary on "Brave New Metropolis" by producers, art director, and series director.
- Audio Commentary on "World's Finest: Part I" by producers, art director, and series director.
- Spoken Languages: English & French (episodes only).
- Subtitles: English & French & Spanish (episodes only).
This volume is very exciting and action-packed. With very, very, very good plots and story lines - this is even better than the comics! While, this is a children's show, I can asure you that it will NOT be ONLY accepted and loved by children. This is true entertainment and adults enjoy it, too. You don't find good shows like these anymore, so I recommend you to start the Timm/Dini animated DC universe collection on DVD box-sets! Even if you're not a Superman fan, if you liked 1992's "Batman: The Animated Series," (and even if you didn't) you'll definetely love this. "Superman: The Animated Series" rocks!!! Buy this for a new generation of children, because it's worth it!
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Update: Warner Brothers Video sent me a pre-paid postage label, so I sent it back, and they quickly turned around and sent me a new set that worked just fine. I'm very impressed with their customer service.
--- Ratings based on my opinion of episode; 4 **** Rating System ---
1. IDENTITY CRISIS ***1/2
2. TARGET ****
3. ACTION FIGURES ****
4. MXYZPIXILATED ****
5. DOUBLE DOSE ***
6. SOLAR POWER ***1/2
7. MONKEY FUN **1/2
8. BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS ****
9. GHOST IN THE MACHINE ****
10. WORLD'S FINEST (Part I) ****
11. WORLD'S FINEST (Part II) ****
12. WORLD'S FINEST (Part III) ****
13. FATHER'S DAY ***
14. THE HAND OF FATE ***
15. BIZARRO'S WORLD ***
16. PROTOTYPE ***1/2
17. THE LATE MR. KENT ****
18. HEAVY METAL ***1/2
Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the villains of Superman - the origin and evolution of Superman's adversaries
"MXYZPIXILATED" video commentary by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Dan Riba, and Jason Hillhouse
"BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS" audio commentary by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami, and Dan Riba
"WORLD'S FINEST" (Part I) audio commentary by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, Glen Murakami, and Dan Riba
THIS REVIEW IS DEDICATED TO ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, INVOLVED IN THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE "SUPERMAN" UNIVERSE.