Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
The original, *all* of it!
Takahashii | Wageningen, Netherlands | 02/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only thing I think is lacking on Amazon's reviews is that they're not making it clear enough that with this set you're getting yourself all the ThunderCats material out there. Season 1 (the original season from where the Cats landed on 3rd Earth (the famous 'Exodus' episode) right to the last on 3rd Earth in which their greatest enemy Mumm-Ra not only has to face the Cats but is threatened by the ancient Spirits of Evil themselves!
And next you have the 2nd season which played on New Thundera. The Cats have returned to their original, yet new, home with new friends (The 'new' ThunderCats) and new Cat treasure like the Book of Omens and such. And this is also where the series eventually came to a stop. I can't comment on the exact details since I haven't seen all of those episodes yet myself. But that will soon change now that I ordered this set :-)
Some people complained about this release not being remastered, re-dubbed, etc. and quite frankly I consider this to be a big pro instead of a con. In my opinion nothing can beat the original. When companies start re-doing stuff you'll always be left with something missing or "not entirely right". Simply because you may have remembered (or lived) it completely different. So my advice would honostly be: "Now is your chance to grab the entire original series at a very decent price, go for it while you can!".
K. R. Balaji | Chennai, TN India | 02/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of these classic cartoons then you would surely appreciate this collection.From arthur rankin and jules bass comes this great story about a group of characters called thundercats and their adventures.Glad this was released on dvd and also glad amazon had them all. Five stars all the way"
The Second Coming of Lion-O
Y. T. Ali | Kuwait | 01/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I couldn't wait for the price to be reduced for this collection, I just bought it. I find this remastered version of the Thundercats very faithful to the 80s version and cannot complain about the quality of image or sound.
My being a student of Comparative Literature, and studying the network of media/knowledge/power, I couldn't help but notice how the cartoon reflected many of the aspects of the American political culture through cartoons aimed at younger viewers. "Third Earth"? hello? couldn't they be alittle subtle about the message their trying to convey? It is just so blunt.
Nevertheless, the cartoon cannot be discredited just because it reflected (consciously or unconsciously, implicitly or explicitly) the age's political tendencies towards the "other". I Do not claim to know much about the history of cartoons or Anime, but I have noticed that this may well be the first intermarriage between the American cartoon (best seen in He-Man) and Japanese Anime. The fact that Thundercats is a coproduction between American and Japanese artists is often forgotten. One could easily detect strong traces of Japanese Anime mixing with American cartoon.
I appreciate this collection very much and would have rated it with 5 stars had it avoided the following:
1. The makers of this collection managed to make English captions for all the episodes in this series; except for Season 2, Vol. 2, in which it was given up for some sort of game to be played as part of the extra features.
2. The Extra features are very disappointing in that they do not show you except very little insight into the history of the Thundercats. Thundercats through the extra-features seems as if it had been enjoyed by only a few kids and some nerds. (With all due respect to all Nerds out there).
3. The packages are too big. One volume contains 6 DVDs in traditional old DVD cases; this could have been avoided by smart designs of compact packaging like the one found in the X-files collection (the UK/Region 2 version) in which 7 DVDs was packed in a small DVD case half the size of this one.
Nonetheless this is a collection you cannot not buy! It would be enjoyable. I certainly did enjoy it.. I watched it all over a period of one month.
One last WARNING:
If you watched this as a kid, you may find it extremely stupid. Some of the episodes are so lame, you could just predict that they took some voice recordings of older episodes and just stuck them together and passed them to you as an action-packed episode, when it is so bad of a story.. or non-story. You will find this very evident in the second season where they are desperate to put ideas together; Lion-O is always saved so easily that there is no fun for those of us cheering for Mumm-Ra. Deus ex machina is used at the beginning.. but it is later over-used and abused.
So do not expect to be thrilled the same way you were when you were a kid. You certainly are not going to cheer for Lion-O now... but for the unconventional Mumm-Ra.