Superman: The Complete Animated Series
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Superman: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
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, he discovers the truth about his interplanetary heritage and assumes the identity of Superman in the city of Metropolis.]]>
Audio and video creator commentaries, making-of featurettes, pop-up trivia track, and more
Exclusive bonus seventh disc with all-new retrospective: The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman
English and French audio on all episodes, plus Spanish on discs 1 and 2
French and Spanish subtitles on all episodes, plus English on discs 1-4
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Top Customer Reviews
What lets this product down is the fact that the two-sided discs (boo!) are faulty. Certain episodes freeze and come to a complete standstill. To my horror, this was not just one disc. I tried them on other dvd players, same problem. I really wished i had taken heed of the other one star reviews on Amazon.
What I cant believe is that Amazon are still offering this product in the face of a known fault.
As I live in England I decided that returning this problem-laden product was not worth the cost or energy... After paying import duty, shipping etc. My solution was to just buy the original single season releases in used condition, at least I get to see the shows that way.
I have only kept this box set for the bonus disc of features... Assuming it actually works.
So... Five stars for the show. One star for this box set.
This is Superman... Why on earth was he given the humiliation of two sided discs?
The series is especially notable for assembling some of the best "voices" for any animated series. Dana Delaney is great as Lois Lane while David Kaufman perfectly assays the role of Jimmy Olsen. Just like Kevin Conroy is the definite Batman/Bruce Wayne, appearing in five episodes of the show, Clancy Brown is perfection as Superman's nemesis, Lex Luthor.
The last, but certainly not least of the main characters, is Superman/Clark Kent, voiced by Tim Daly. The former "Wings" star does a good job of bringing "Ole Blue" to life. However, it is the actor's turn as Bizarro in three installments that is a treat for the ears. It's hard to imagine that Daly voices both Superman and his not-too-bright Doppelganger. That is a testament to Daly's skills as an actor.
In addition to the main characters, recurring and guest villains are also brilliantly portrayed by the likes of Mike Farrell and real-life wife Shelley Fabares (Pa and Ma Kent), Malcolm McDowell (Metallo in 4 instalments), Brad Garrett (Bibbo and Lobo),Corey Burton (Braniac), Gilbert Gottfried (Mr. Mxyzptlk), Michael Dorn (Kalibak and John Steel), Ed Asner as the deliciously wicked Granny Goodness, and Michael Ironside as the despot Darkseid, just to cite a few.
Speaking of the latter two, Asner and Ironside appear as their respective characters in the best episodes of the series, which include "Little Girl Lost,Parts I and II," "Apokolips, Parts I and II," and "Legacy, Parts I and II." These installments not only are inspired by legendary Jack Kirby's Fourth World series but demonstrate a more intense look at the Man of Steel as he faces what is arguably his greatest foe in the form of Darkseid.
"Apokolips, Part II" also features one of the most surprising deaths of ANY television series, bar none.
In addition to the series 54 episodes, this compilation has some really good audio commentary on several episodes, interesting looks at the myth of Superman, and a short piece on Darkseid.
While some may decry the fact that there are some double-sided discs in the set, the bargain price makes up for the packaging issue.