Swamp Thing - The Series
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Sleep tight naughty evildoers! Don't let the Swamp Thing bite! Enter into a mind-bending world where a humanoid mass of plant life matter fights to protect his swamp home, the environment and humanity from various supernatural and evil threats as the comic book superhero Swamp Thing comes to life! On January 22, 2008, Shout! Factory will unleash Swamp Thing: The Series DVD box set, packed with all original 22 original suspenseful episodes culled from Seasons 1 & 2 of the cult TV series in the order they were meant to be seen. Special revealing bonus features include exclusive interviews with Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein, actor Dick Durock and more! When an attempt on Dr. Alec Holland's life leaves him consumed by deadly chemicals and fire, the swamps of Louisiana transform him into a superhuman creature hell-bent on ridding the swamp--and the world--of the evil that men do, beginning with his arch nemesis, Dr. Anton Arcane, the mad scientist responsible for Holland's monstrous new incarnation as Swamp Thing. Inspired by and based on the DC Comics character, Swamp Thing has become a major, recognized brand through comic books, film and television. Starring Dick Durock (reprising his title role from the popular Swamp Thing feature films), Mark Lindsay Chapman, Carrell Myers and featuring Kari Wuhrer (Sliders), Swamp Thing, the original television series that ran on USA Network from 1990-93, follows the tortured creature that was once a man and his quest to regain the humanity that was taken from him, purging the swamp of evildoers along the way.
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The stories are often cheesy, the performance by the actor who plays Dr. Arcane is the definition of "over the top," and the supporting characters are at times so treacle, you'll need to brush your teeth after viewing, but let's be honest with each other: we watch for Swamp Thing. The series is a fine testimony to the work and talents of the late Dick Durock, who brought a dignity and gravitas to the character. He walks the marshy landscape of the series, fighting evil doers, polluters, orchid thieves, and Arcane's twisted genetic experiments with a grace that makes us admire and love him. Always returning to the depths of the swamp with a final observation on the episode's events like some herbal Rod Serling.
It's easy to get caught up in action and forgive (if not forget) the shortcomings of the story and the supporting cast. For a b-grade syndicated TV series, the effects aren't horrible. Bear in mind this predates the technology that made such wonders as say the pod race in Star Wars Episode One possible, so given that they had to do this the old way, their not bad. And they get it right where it's important: Swamp Thing is flawlessly acquitted in green and vegetation, and does not look like a man in a Swamp Thing suit.
Dr. Anton Arcane is looking for a secret elixir; some would call it the fountain of youth. Through his research Dr. Alec Holland believes he has created a new chemical composition and its value could be immeasurable to the world. After being immersed with chemicals and set ablaze Dr. Alec Holland's badly burned body is thrown into the Louisiana swamp by the ruthless Dr. Arcane. After some time in the swamp Alec's body has begun to regenerate itself and it has now mutated into some form of plant & swamp creature. No longer human the "Swamp Thing" sets out to destroy the person responsible for causing his mutation. Welcome to the "Swamp Thing" seasons one & two on DVD.
This half hour show wasn't always the best. Some stories were better than others and the show was definitely campy entertainment, but the swamp thing creature was well done and Dick Durock was good in reprising his role. This four disc set from Shout Factory is a must for any fan of the show. All 22 episodes are spread out over four single sided discs with great artwork and packaging. The video transfer in my opinion is excellent and the sound is crisp and clean. I have really enjoyed watching the first 22 episodes in order and gained a new appreciation for this show.
Dick Durock......Swamp Thing
Mark Lindsay Chapman....Dr. Anton Arcane
Carrell Myers....Tressa Kipp
Scott Garrison...Will Kipp
Seasons 1 & 2 Episodes:
1. The Emerald Heart
4. From Beyond the Grave
5. Blood Wind
7. New Acquaintance
8. Natural Enemy
9. Spirit of the Swamp
10. Legend of the Swamp Maiden
11. The Death of Dr. Arcane
12. The Living Image
13. The Shipment
15. The Dark Side of the Mirror
16. Silent Screams
17. Walk a Mile in My Shoots
18. The Watcher
19. The Hunt
20. Touch of Death
21. Tremors of the Heart
22. The Prometheus Parabola
Bonus Materials Include:
-The Men behind the Muck: Len Wein, Swamp Thing Co-Creator
-The Men behind the Muck: Dick Durock, Actor
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