Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Super Mario Bros Super Show|
Actors: Lou Albano, Harvey Atkin, Jeannie Elias, John Stocker, Danny Wells
Directors: Dan Riba, John Grusd
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
Hey, Paisanos! It?s The Super Mario Bros.® Super Show!? In 1989 the two most famous plumbers from Brooklyn burst out of the Nintendo® game world and onto television screens across America. The Super Mario Bros.® Super Sho... more »
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I want it badly... but I'm wary
Christopher P. Cecena | Pine Valley, CA USA | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Back in 1989-1990, there were five afternoon shows I watched all the time when I was a kid: Chip N' Dale Rescue Rangers and Ducktales on Fox, while on KUSI-51 I watched the Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Super Mario Bros Super Show. Now, four of them have finally been added to my DVD collection, and I am partially awaiting the arrival of TSMBSS to include the fourth.
The show is one of my favorites. While half of it features various little live action skits featuring the Mario Bros. and various guests, from Sgt. Slaughter to Magic Johnson and even Inspector Gadget(played by Maurice LaMarche in live action... far better than the performance Matthew Broderick gave), with some funny plots such as Mario switching bodies with Frankenstein's monster or Luigi getting trapped in a magician's hat. The other half is animated, in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach... sorry, Toadstool, and Toad attempt to try and rid the world of King Koopa.
The toons themselves were a bit of a merger of the first two Mario games. Koopa, for example, had Bowser's design and ego, but also had Wart's crown and color, plus Mouser(from the 2nd game) was his main henchman. The plots sometimes dealt with facing Koopa in the Mushroom Kingdom, but usually they took the plumbers and placed them in various situations: For example, movie parodies such as Indiana Jones, James Bond, or Godzilla, or homages such the group visiting Camelot... I mean, Cram-a-lot, or even prehistoric times. All the while Koopa would continue to menace the group under various disguises and alter-egos, similar to say, Boris Badanov from Rocky and Bullwinkle. Interestingly enough, some of Mario and Luigi's traits from the games, such as Mario's huge appetite and Luigi being a complete and total coward, actually originated in this show.
However, I am worried on how the releases will turn out. Although it seems DIC, I'm worried if they will truly be the episodes I watched on TV all the time. One of the highlights of the series was that at some point in an episode they would play various songs, such as "Weird Science," "Thriller," or "Danger Zone". However, in reairings of the episodes(retitled, Super Mario All-Stars, which aired with the two sequels, Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World), as well as on their single-disc releases of TSMBSS, DIC completely edited these songs out. There's been no mention on whether the songs will be included for the 4-disc set, but I hope they are, because I want the episodes as they ORIGINALLY aired, not edited up. I contacted them and asked if they would be including the songs, but have yet to receive a reply. Here's hoping that the series will be restored on DVD the way it should be."
Hey, Paisanos! Its the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Rita Wiltsey | Walker, Iowa United States | 01/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This show features the Super Mario Brothers in Animated form with Lou Albano and Danny Wells providing the voices for the brothers and also playing the brothers in real live action form as well with special guest stars! Each show starts out with the live action Mario's and goes to cartoon, after the cartoon the live action portion wraps up! All 24 episodes include their live action counterparts! This 4 disc set features these 24 episodes plus a new interview with Lou Albano(Mario)!
The Bird! The Bird!
Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid
King Mario of Cramalot
Mario's Magic Carpet
Roll'in down the river
The Great Gladiator Gig
Mario and the Beanstalk
Love'em and Leave'em
The Great BMX Race
Two Plumbers and a Baby
Stars in their Eyes
Pirates of the Koopa
Mario OF The Deep
The Fire OF Herculfleas
Mario Meets Koop-Zilla
Mario And Joliet
Too Hot To Handle
The Adventures OF Sherlock Mario
So if your sink is in trouble unclog this dvd on the double and get hooked on the Brothers!!!"
Great Effort Put Into DVD Release
Dorrie Wheeler | 02/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is definitely a well remembered cult classic.The half-hour series was a combination of the live action characters of Mario and Luigi (and friends) and the cartoon characters. The cartoon featured many of the characters from the three Super Mario games released in the mid 80's. In the cartoon, Mario, Luigi, Toad and The Princess are often fighting the evil forces of King Koopa. Between 1985 and 1989 Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, and Super Mario Bros 3 were among the most popular NES games on the market.
The DVD box set includes 24 episodes from the shows 1989 season. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was a fun afternoon cartoon to watch in the late 80's and its nice to see such an unlikely release available on DVD. The episodes look pretty good, although some appear to have that grainy television look verses a real sharp DVD look at times. The packaging is awesome and colorful. It's great to have this show on DVD. Special guests include Cyndi Lauper, Nicole Eggert, and Magic Johnson. It's clear Shout! Factory put a lot of effort into this release.
5 stars for effort, 4 stars for picture quality.
Live action segments and missing music
vern 4760 | Mason City, IA USA | 05/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the most part, the episodes are the way they originally aired - with the live-action MARIO BROS. episodes sandwiching the cartoons, as well as the commercial intros/outros.
Unfortunately, the cartoons are the 1990's edited versions.
All of the songs originally in the episodes ("Bad", "Magic Carpet Ride", etc) were replaced by the instrumental portions of songs from "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" and "Super Mario World".
I hope that at some point they rerelease this set with the original music, even if they have to pay royalties. I also hope that they leave the original music in "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" in place when they release that series."