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Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series (DC Comics Classic Collection)
Super Friends The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series
DC Comics Classic Collection
Actors: Constance Cawlfield, Danny Dark, Mark L. Taylor, Adam West, Casey Kasem
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
UR     2007     2hr 59min

Hanna-Barbera's continues at showcasing DC�Comic book characters in animated shorts. These stories contained the now-familiar superheroes Superman, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman, along with the new Cyborg and Firestorm....  more »


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Actors: Constance Cawlfield, Danny Dark, Mark L. Taylor, Adam West, Casey Kasem
Creators: Al Milgrom, Gerry Conway, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, William M. Marston
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Superheroes, Animation, Kids & Family, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/07/2007
Original Release Date: 09/08/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 09/08/1984
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 59min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The Title Says It All!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 05/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show!" as announced in the opening main title by veteran voice artist Dick Tufeld (Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Thundarr the Barbarian) was the next-to-last incarnation of the long-running Super Friends series.

Based on the Super Powers toy line of the time featuring select DC Comics heroes including hero Firestorm (a long-time personal favorite of mine), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984) is most revered as the Super Friends series that first introduced Firestorm the Nuclear Man in animated form, along with evil Apokolips lord Darkseid. Not to mention Adam West reprising his caped crusader role as the voice of this show's animated Batman.

Though still "Super Friends fun," the art and animation for "Super Powers" was diminished to rather cartoony proportions, as most Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the time (Challenge of the Gobots, Scary Scooby Funnies) tended to be. Dedicated SF fans will overlook it, while those spoiled on today's animation may not be so inclined. Firestorm's transformation scene still looks cool though. Plus the tone of the show is *slightly* more intense (for Super Friends) than the previous versions thanks to the presence of Darkseid. So while the quality of the show is down a bit, it still remains highly watchable.

Comprised of 16 episodes totaling almost 8 half hours, this "Super Powers" collection also may seem limited, especially to SF fans who were hoping that the follow-up series The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians episodes would be included on the set. However, unlike the previous collections (each also containing 16 episodes, but were wrongly/confusingly titled "The First Season" and "Volume Two"), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series is properly titled and contains exactly what the title says. Look for "Galactic Guardians" in its own 2-disc complete set on October 23rd.

Superfriends: The Legendary Supers Powers Show - The Complete Series is a 2-disc set featuring all episodes from the 1984-1985 season; Full-Frame (1.33:1) video; plus the following Special Features: "Evolution: New Heroes, Viler Villains, and Ethnic Additions": Featurette on the impact of the Super Friends era of cultural diversity in animation; "The Super Powers Collection": Featurette covers the correlation between the Super Friends and the toy industry; Commentary: On 5 key episodes by experts.

1. The Bride of Darkseid (Part 1)
2. The Bride of Darkseid (Part 2)
3. The Wrath of Brainiac
4. Reflections in Crime
5. No Honor Among Super Thieves
6. Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp
7. Case of the Shrinking Super Friends
8. The Mask of Mystery
9. Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part 1)
10. Darkseid's Golden Trap (Part 2)
11. Island of the Dinosoids
12. Uncle Mxyzptlk (Super Brat)
13. The Case of the Dreadful Dolls
14. The Royal Ruse
15. The Village of Lost Souls
16. The Curator"
Probably one of the best SF series ever
James Fabiano | 05/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Yes if they are only doing the 1984 series, it will be a bit skimpy (still want to know what the bonuses are, and I wonder if any of the "lost" 1980s shorts will make it on this set, as they were seen as filler on some of the original broadcasts). But being "abused" by WB's marketing schemes in this case is worth it to me...well, in general, I am a big Superfriends fan anyway. And by this time, the show was turning towards the elements (including a slightly more serious nature) that would culminate with The Super Powers Team. It took one of Challenge of the SF's main strengths by using more villains from the comics; Lex Luthor and Mxyzptlk would return, joined by appearances from Mirror Master, the revamped Brainiac, and most of all, Darkseid and other New Gods characters! And on the side of justice is one of the most underrated DC heroes, Firestorm the Nuclear Man (by the time of the SPT, Cyborg would join next, and we'd see the Wonder Twins and most of the Multicultural Pals phased out). As a bonus, Batman's voice from then on would be Adam West, which made the character seem less nerdy than the Olan Soule version. Soule would take over the role of Martin Stein, one-half of Firestorm, in this season. Stein and Batman even team up for one episode!

Yes this might be a sparse DVD release, but still worth it for me to have pristine copies of this season. Bring on the Super Powers Team, and some more of the Superfriends series (All-New SF Hour, anyone? World's Greatest SF? The aforementioned "lost" episodes? Heck I'd even buy a set devoted to the Wendy and Marvin episodes)"
"Oh no...Darkseid's Stargate!"
Jerry McDaniel | 08/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I title this review after a phrase that was uttered by El Dorado, the super-hero whose main power is creating hologram's. This series of SUPERFRIENDS is the next-to-last installment of the classic era. It was followed by SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS in 1985. The super-hero that the writers were spotlighting the most was Firestorm, a hero with an unusual alter-ego. Firestorm was one half of Professor Stein. See, college student Ronald Raymond got tangled up in an experiment gone wrong by the Professor. As a result of the freak accident, both Ronald and the Professor if they concentrate could fuse into the super-hero, Firestorm. There are 8 episodes on this collection...each episode contained two segments that range 10-11 minutes each. Each segment is counted as an "episode" and therefore the DVD is promoted as having 16 episodes. 5 episodes {broken down into 10 short segments} appear on DVD #1 while the final 3 episodes {broken down into 6 short segments} appear on DVD #2. Lex Luthor makes several appearances...he is toned down somewhat because he plays opposite Darkseid in "NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES". The writers must have felt that the strong-willed, ruthless Luthor from CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS wasn't needed because of Darkseid, a demonic villain from the planet Apokolips, and so they played Luthor's character pretty much for laughs. Luthor appears in NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES, THE CASE OF THE SHRINKING SUPERFRIENDS, and THE MASK OF MYSTERY. Brainiac, as he appeared in the comic books in the mid 1980's, shows up in robotic skeletal form in these episodes THE WRATH OF BRAINIAC {where he goes one on one with Darkseid} and THE VILLAGE OF LOST SOULS {about an island of zombie slaves}. One of the highlights, among the appearance of Luthor and Brainiac, is Mirror Master and Doll the short REFLECTIONS IN CRIME, Mirror Master traps several of the Superfriends behind mirrors {the 6th Dimension as it's explained}. In a funny scene, Superman is flying around looking into mirrors trying to get help when he looks into one mirror and a lady screams...Superman says something like: "I'm sorry, Miss..." and then flies off talking to himself: "i gotta be more careful...". The 5th dimensional joker, Mr Mxyzptlk, appears in MR MXYZPTLK AND THE MAGIC LAMP about a petty crook who believes Myxzptlk to be a genie...the story is basically a series of practical jokes against the SUPERFRIENDS...ending with the villain tricked into saying his last name backwards...sending him back to the 5th Dimension. His other appearance is in UNCLE MXYZPTLK where the Wonder Twins find red kryptonite and innocently expose it to Superman...who turns into a small kid as a result. The other Superfriends refer to the boy as "Super Brat". The story is played for laughs...Mxyzptlk trying to win over Super-Brat's attention in a series of stunts to prove he's more popular than the Superfriends. Darkseid appears in much of the cartoon stand-out is DARKSEID's GOLDEN TRAP, which airs in 2 parts. That episode focuses on gold kryptonite...which according to the Superman history is an element that strips Superman of his powers forever. THE CURATOR closes out the collection...that episode features Samuri and Firestorm tracking down an intergalactic museum curator who's stealing landmarks from around the globe. In THE CASE OF THE DREADFUL DOLLS, the Superfriends are up against Doll Maker...sort of a voo-doo villain who makes clay dolls of the Superfriends for a strange plot. Throughout much of Darkseid's appearances, there is always this love he has for Wonder Woman. From the start of THE BRIDE OF DARKSEID and continuing on through the other episodes that feature Darkseid as the villain, it was always made clear that Darkseid has a soft-spot for Wonder Woman. The voices of the characters remained the same except for two notable changes. Batman was no longer voiced by Olan Soule...instead, Adam West was called in to voice Batman. West had portrayed Batman in the live-action TV show in the mid '60s. Olan Soule, on the otherhand, was called upon to voice Professor Stein, one half of Firestorm. In the episode ISLAND OF THE DINOSOIDS, there's a lengthy scene between Professor Stein and Batman. Lex Luthor's base of operations in this series is "L Island". Darkseid, his son, Kalibak, and henchman, Dessad, hail from Apocolips. Brainiac holds fort in his Starship. Mxyzptlk roams freely once he leaves the 5th Dimension until he's sent back to the 5th dimension "for 90 days" if tricked into saying his last name backward. BJ Ward took over the role of Wonder Woman in this series...previously the character had been voiced by Shannon Farnon for years. William Woodson was once again on hand to narrate the action. All in all this is a great installment of SUPERFRIENDS."
Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Justice...
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 09/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For the 1984-85 season, Hanna-Barbera produced its latest and next-to-last Superfriends incarnation: SUPER FRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW, the "Super Powers" tag being added so as to tie in with Kenner's action figure line. I know I nagged my parents for some of them neat action figures (I think I still have Flash and his kicking legs somewhere). Superfriends was a regular Saturday morning staple which I'd much looked forward to in my childhood. But I have to admit that the more sophisticated kids of today would find these very simplistic episodes beneath them. Nowadays, the Superfriends series is appreciated and savored mostly by nostalgia buffs and by "kids" of my generation.

Heroes are only as good as their villains. This time around, the show discards well-intentioned scientists who've strayed off the righteous path (well,excepting "Island of the Dinosoids"). This particular season introduces a decided upgrading in supervillainy. The regal Darkseid, whose malevolent presence is felt in seven episodes, shows up to inflict misery on the Superfriends even as he crushes on Wonder Woman (as a side note, does anyone else think that he sounds like an evil Cookie Monster? No? Okay.). Brainiac reappears, this time oozing more palpable menace in his revamped, now metallic skeleton guise. Luthor also swings by, and in a power suit, natch. On the side of the angels, the matter-converting teen superhero Firestorm, he of the surprising secret identity, debuts and gets a lot of face time. Other heroes don't fare as well. Word to the wise: Despite Aquaman and the Flash showing up in the opening credits, neither makes an appearance in this season.

Around this time, the show had apparently received a mandate from the high muck-a-mucks to present a more ethnically diverse cast. Thus, Black Vulcan (the cool-costumed electricity emitter), Apache Chief (size shifter), El Dorado (telepath), and Samurai (wind master) are showcased more prominently, with each actually taking turns in saving the day. The writers and animators meant well, but the results of this racial integration come off more as clumsy and even condescending. But, hey, it's the thought that counts, right? And I guess this did pave the way for superheroes like John Stewart's GL, Static Shock, and even Stan Lee's dubious The Condor.

The extra features (which are decent) go more into it, but, regarding animated shows, there were very strict codes being held up back in the day. As well as other issues. Did you know, for example, that Darkseid became a major bone of contention as it was felt that the spelling of his name might aggravate the German fans? As well, heavy restrictions were placed on cartoon combat which severely limited the action sequences. In fact, I don't recall seeing anyone hit anyone else with their fists or feet in these shows. Firestorm saved a lot of hair pulling on the writers' part as, a lot of times, he resolved a lot of the conflicts by merely pointing and doing his thing. Less violent? Certainly. Boring? Infinitely.

SUPER FRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW - THE COMPLETE SERIES is comprised of 16 episodes, each about 10 to 11 minutes long. This exercise in brevity means that each episode moved briskly, as opposed to the prior hour-long episodes which sometimes just draaaagged. Of course, the downside with having these short episodes is that no time at all is spent in character or plot development. But, then again, if you're a 6-year-old kid criticizing a TV character's motivation, then you need to be put in a corner and given Sandman comic books. Anyway, yes, the animation is crude and the stories are more campy than interesting. SUPER FRIENDS: THE LEGENDARY SUPER POWERS SHOW, as well as most of the other Superfriends versions, are more quaint than anything else. Old school charm. Yeah, that's what it's got going for it. Oh, and Adam West as Batman. Three and a half stars for this one, as nostalgia wins out.

Disc One:

Episodes 1 & 2 - "The Bride of Darkseid (Parts 1 & 2)" - The Superfriends are bemused as a mysterious new superhero gallivants around the country saving the day. Meanwhile, Darkseid, in search of a bride, has his eye on Wonder Woman.

Episode 3 - "The Wrath of Brainiac" - The re-tooled Brainiac creates robotic doppelgangers of Superman and Wonder Woman, with a final assist from Darkseid. Darkseid, by the way, again proposes to Wonder Woman.

Episode 4 - "Reflections in Crime" - One by one, Mirror Master traps the Superfriends in the 6th Dimension (the dimension behind mirrors), until, finally, only Samurai is left.

Episode 5 - "No Honor Among Thieves" - Darkseid and Luthor siphon off the Superfriends' powers and then begin backstabbing each other. Darkseid proposes to Wonder Woman for the 3rd time.

Episode 6 - "Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Magic Lamp" - The mischievous other-dimensional imp passes himself off as a genie and begins harassing the superheroes.

Episode 7 - "The Case of the Shrinking Super Friends" - Left in charge of the Hall of Justice, the junior members of the Superfriends go up against Lex Luthor, who shrinks them. Featuring the Wonder Twins. Cameo by Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).

Episode 8 - "The Mask of Mystery" - The bumbling Captain Mystery fits perfectly into Luthor's scheme to destroy the Superfriends.

Episode 9 & 10 - "Darkseid's Golden Trap (Parts 1 & 2)" - An intergalactic underworld auction puts up rare gold kryptonite for bidding. Later, El Dorado challenges Kalibak on the Moon of Games.

Disc One Special Features: somewhat revealing episode commentaries by DC Comics writer and historian Mark Waid and various writers of the series on "The Wrath of Brainiac," "No Honor Among Thieves," and "The Mask of Mystery."

Disc Two:

Episode 11 - "Island of the Dinosoids" - A mad scientist transforms various animals into their dinosaur counterparts and Batman and Wonder Woman into dinosoids.

Episode 12 - "Uncle Mxyzptlk" - Superman is exposed to red kryptonite and reverts to a little boy, and a bratty one, at that. Mxyzptlk pops in to make things even more miserable to Samurai, Firestorm, and the Wonder Twins.

Episode 13 - "The Case of the Dreadful Dolls" - The Dollmaker has magic mud and, with it, he'll take over the minds of the Superfriends. This one's right up El Dorado's alley.

Episode 14 - "The Royal Ruse" - An alien princess, whose planet has been invaded by Darkseid, begs for assistance from the Superfriends.

Episode 15 - "The Village of Lost Souls" - While on a hike, Apache Chief and the Wonder Twins stumble into a mining town crawling with zombified inhabitants.

Episode 16 - "The Curator" - A beam from outer space causes the world's most famous landmarks to vanish.

Special Features: Episode commentaries (again by Mark Waid and various series writers) on "The Case of the Dreadful Dolls" and "The Royal Ruse"; the two featurettes "Evolution: New Heroes, Viler Villains and Ethnic Additions - How Super Friends Prefigured the Era of Cultural Diversity in Animation" (18 minutes, and interesting) and "The Super Powers Collection: The Effect of the Toy Industry on the Super Friends" (7 minutes).