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"I love this show, it's easily one of my all-time favorites of the 80's. - So why two stars? Because of Rhino's crap treatment of it! They get one star for it simply BEING Ihumanoids, and an additional star for the episodes being in order. As for the rest, read on....Just a few points - This is easily one of the more under-rated 80's cartoons out there, and really deserves better treatment. How about a Complete Series set? You could easily squeeze all 13 episodes on 2 DVDs (or, preferably, 3 to maximize picture quality).Think of this series as "Cthulu Lite," with Lovecraft-esque creatures bent on world domination, the only thing standing in their way being a small group of environmental explorers. Not as cheesy as it sounds, Inhumanoids boasted some of the best one-liners (genuinely FUNNY one-liners, not the typical 80's cheese) and genuine peril for its characters than any series of the period. Plus the series was actually a continuing saga, with the events of each episode affecting the next. If you watch them out of sequence, you'd be completely lost as to what was going on. At least I'm glad to see Rhino was releasing the episodes in their proper order, something the previous 80's video release didn't.I've never seen any official word on the subject, but it would not surprise me in the least if one of the reasons the show was pulled (aside from low ratings and poor toy sales) back in 1986 was for excessively violent content. I can easily believe parents forbidding their young ones to watch this show. Unfortunately for the curious, the most violent episodes are the final 4, which have yet to be officially released in any format (aside from the original TV broadcasts, of course). All Rhino has succeeded in doing is re-releasing all of the episodes which have been available for the past 17 years in one video release or another, with the elusive final 4 still being unseen outside of fan bootleg videos. This may partially explain the poor sales - most people HAVE the episode they've released already, and want the last 4 episodes more than anything else! Release THOSE episodes, and maybe you'll get more people buying all 3 volumes as a set! Myself, I held off because I wanted to get the whole set. I've got all the old video releases, and they're in great shape, so I saw no reason to re-purchase the same episode in a different format, unless the quality was significantly better (which it doesn't seem to be - if anything, the quality is WORSE than my old VHS tapes) and if they released the final 4 episodes, thus allowing me to finally replace my old TV recording. But it looks like I'll be holding on to that TV recording a while longer...Now, a clarification - I don't know why people are thinking the series had animated closing credits, it didn't. I still HAVE my old TV tapes I recorded back when the show was originally on, and I can honestly say, with the proof of the original broadcasts themselves, that the closing credits NEVER had animation, they were always the still frames. I remember thinking at the time how odd it was, since all of Sunbow's other shows had animated closing credits. Just wanted to clear this up, clearly some of you are mis-remembering this detail.As for the opening theme, yes the original version is considerably different than the version presented here. The music and animation is the same, but there is some character and narrator dialogue that accompanies the main song. I don't know why this version of the opening isn't on these DVDs. The original version makes for a far more exciting intro than the watered-down alternate version presented here. The version on Rhino's DVDs is the same intro sequence that was used on Malofilm's (Canadian) VHS release of the pilot movie in 1995. It seems that the only official videos that have the original openings are the old Hi-Tops videos releases in 1986-87, and good luck finding those.Now, the angry rant - If Rhino was going to buy up the rights to all of Sunbow's old shows, the least they could have done is PROPER releases of them. Inhumanoids deserves far better treatment than it has received with this DVD set. In this day and age of Season sets, there is no longer any acceptable excuse for releasing volumes of a handful of episodes of an already short-lived series! If it's a 13 episodes series, just release a boxed set of all 13, for cryin' out loud! Rhino screwed up the sound (and editing in some episodes) in ALL the Transformers sets, they completely mucked this series up, what's next? Why bother getting the rights to all these great old shows if they were just going to - A) Dole them out a handful of episodes at a time, B) Not even bother to complete the set, as in this case, and C) muck about with the original audio/video in an effort to "improve" upon the originals? (Such as the remixed sound and re-edited episodes in the TF sets) Just leave the dang things ALONE, and give the fans what they WANT! Or hand the rights over to someone who actually cares about delivering a quality product to the real fans! Do they actually think they're marketing to KIDS with these shows? Nonsense! Today's generation (overall) could care less about some 20 year old cartoons. It's ADULTS who are buying these sets, ADULTS who grew up with the shows and want to relive those great old memories, and therefore ADULTS to whom they should be aimed.Hopefully someone at Rhino will read this and give the subject some thought. Although I guess placing this review in one of their lowest-selling titles may not do much for the chances of it being seen...sigh...To sum up - Do Inhumanoids properly. Stop messing with the sound and video in these sets. Be aware of who is buying these sets and market accordingly, since it is most definately NOT the current generation of kiddies.Oh, and if anyone is looking for the last 4 episodes, I'll happily dub them for you since Rhino doesn't seem to care two hoots about this show anyway..."
The Inhumanoids rise again....
Holly Apollyon | The Overlook Hotel | 10/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This series of adventures takes place after the initial emergence of the Inhumanoids, sparked by the regeneration of one of Tendrill's tentacles. Once again, the armor-clad good guys are the underdogs. A second Tendrill is born, and partnered with a malevolent artificial intelligence. Metalar, subsequently, is released from his magnetic prison. Those guys in the politically-besieged Earth Corps never get to rest for more than five minutes.Blackthorne, now a jailbird in a swampy prison, escapes, along with his new fellow villain, Dr. Mangler. But Mangler takes it on the way out, drowning in toxic waste. Blackthorne promises to return for him....The Russians hatch a birdbrain scheme to flood the earth's core, wiping out Metalar's hellish kingdom. The fact that this scheme will effectively wipe out the earth too seems to have eluded them somehow. The only Russian with brain #1 between his ears rebels against the others, while the Russians mix it up with both the Earth Corps and Metlar. In the aftermath, the Russian renegade is given his own armor made of tank surplus (just call him "Tank") after which he promply splits the scene to go after Metlar alone.Blackthorne releases D'Compose from his amber prison, and dredges the toxic swamp to find Mangler's remains. When D'Compose gives ole' Mangler the zombie treatment, a hideous abomination is born, the skull-faced Nightcrawler, who is so ugly that even D'Compose gets the creeps. Eventually, both Blackthorne and Nightcrawler start their own dark cult of dimwitted teenagers to be used as D'Compose's zombie minions. Chemical solutions are stolen, and Nightcrawler begins work on a formula that will (or so he says) make D'Compose and his zombie spawn invulnerable against the sun.Simultaneously, Magnakor, Metalar's personal Ahab, finally gains the power he needs to destroy his nemesis. But Magnakor's polarity becomes reversed, making both Pyre and Crygen evil and Metalar benign. The Earth Corps is forced to aid Metalar and turn on Magnakor, but not before running into a pack of snail-riding green freaks armed with armor-piercing arrows. Now, we begin to see more of the underworld's elder denizens. this is where it's really getting cool.D'Compose turns on Blackthorne and Nightcrawler when the invulnerability potions turns out to be a big dud. Blackthorne next takes Nightcrawler to a volcano bed, where a gelatinous one-eyed horror is born, consuming all others in its hideous brood. This will be his weapon against the vengeful D'Compose....Man, man, man, Rhino needs to finish up the last episodes with another DVD. It was a shame to see the show go, but cool to see it rise again. Personally, I had always hoped for a Transformers vs the Inhumanoids kinda a thing. But to see the last episodes released would be nice too. So, rock on, Rhino. Two BIG thumbs up from me."
One More Dvd Rhino! C'mon!
Holly Apollyon | 02/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now I realize that the first Dvd's in this series were not of the absolute best quality, but at least Rhino should put out the final volume! I mean seriously, there are only a few more episodes left in this series and the final episode of this DVD introduced the newest Inhumanoid. So what is the hold up? Why has the final volume not been made available? This is cruel and unusual punishment, to only be able to purchase the first part of a series. Come on Rhino, bring this last volume out for the fans. After that, it would be great if we were treated to some of the more obscure cartoons of the times, such as Visionaries, Spiral Zone, and one of my favorites: Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. P.S. The only complaint I have with the Inhumanoids dvds was the super low volume intro music. I remember it being far louder back in the day. If/when the last dvd is brought out, it would be great if that were corrected."
SiC | Burton on Trent, Staffs United Kingdom | 11/01/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This disc looks like Rhino made the first disc all nice and good. Then, after it sold well quickly churned out this ont the market. The video quality is no where near as good as the original. the cover art is virtually the same. It has video error lines and colour faults in the picture, the entire picture looks soft. The intro still has the totally stiffled music, the credits are still the Still frame credits and not the animated ones that the original series had. Also away from the shoddy making of the DVD the writing is quite bad compaired to the original disc. You can see that they had no-where to go for ideas, no wonder it only lasted 13 episodes(including the 5 on the original disc). I recommend the first disc to everyone but this disc only to completests as it has less episodes, of a lower standard of production in worse quality for the same price.
I will probably still be buying the third disc if they make one simply as a completest, and in the hope they can turn it around."
Turn up the Volume!
Jason Zbornik | Cedar Rapids, Iowa | 10/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Looks like they will release the entire series on DVD here soon. Who knows if we will be as lucky with Transformers. Anyhow this DVD set ROCKS!! THE VIDEO quality is AMAZING!!!
But Whats up with the sound.. you have to jack it up to 25 or higher to just hear the background music in the OPENER. the audio on the rest is good but I MISS THAT OPPENER. Why didnt they just use the audio from the VIDEO if they couldnt find something better. Come On Guys. Take that little extra time... Other wise this DVD is GREAT!"