Your spirits will soar with this 2-disc/18-episode set from the popular TV series! Portraying the man and hero as human while keeping the comic-book action at full speed, each animated adventure is a fast-paced spel... more »lbinder. Beginning with his arrival on Earth, Superman finds his place in his adopted home and accepts his role as its champion - facing mortal enemy Lex Luthor and countless other criminals like the Weather Wizard and the Toyman. High-flying excitement, boundless thrills and revealing Exclusive Extras collide in this superior collection about the dynamic hero that inspires us all to strive for truth and justice.« less
"Knuckle up, and join the Man of Steel in his fight for truth, justice, and the American way in Superman: The Animated Series - Volume One! From the producers of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman featured fun, intelligent, and action-packed stories; a magnificent main title theme by Shirley Walker; and the phenomenal voice talents of Tim Daly, Dana Delaney, Clancy Brown, Corey Burton, Malcolm McDowell, Lori Petty, Brad Garrett, Brion James, and many, many others. This 2-disc set contains the show's first 18 episodes (all 13 season one episodes, plus the first 5 season two episodes) which includes the 3-part pilot "The Last Son of Krypton", and the Superman II homage "Blasts From the Past" Parts I & II. Another highlight is the Superman VS. The Flash charity race in the classic "Speed Demons", the first episode of the animated series to feature a guest-star superhero from DC Comics, and no doubt influenced the creation of the Justice League series. This collection features Full-Frame video, English Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 audio, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles. Here are the contents of this super-set:
Disc 1: The Last Son Of Krypton Part 1 The Last Son Of Krypton Part 2 The Last Son Of Krypton Part 3 Fun And Games A Little Piece Of Home Feeding Time
Disc 2: The Way Of All Flesh Stolen Memories The Main Man Part 1 The Main Man Part 2 My Girl Tools Of The Trade Two's A Crowd The Prometheon Blasts From The Past Part 1 Blasts From The Past Part 2 Livewire Speed Demons
Special Features: Commentary: "The Last Son Of Krypton Part 1", "Stolen Memories", "The Main Man" and "Tools of the Trade" by Bruce Timm (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Alan Burnett (Producer), Dan Riba (Director), Curt Geda (Director), and Glen Murakami (Art Director)
Featurette: Superman: Learning to Fly: Explores the creation of Superman: The Animated Series, including interviews with talent, creators and DC Comics (10:00)
Featurette: Building the Mythology: Superman's Supporting Cast: Focuses on the supporting cast of Superman including Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, and Jonathan and Martha Kent (10:00)
Bonus: A Little Piece of Trivia - Pop up trivia over the "A Little Piece of Home" episode (22:00)
Worth the wait, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
NEW LIFE FOR THE MAN OF STEEL
Tim Janson | Michigan | 01/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the latest Big Screen Superman film stuck in seemingly endless mud, Warner at least had the good sense to follow their successful Batman Animated series by giving one to the Man of Steel, and its the best thing that happened to Superman on-screen since Superman 2, even if it is the small screen.
This set collects 18 episodes in all, 13 from season one and 5 from season two. It features the same great, yet simple animation that made the Batman series so popular, although it's strikingly brighter and the colors bolder than that grittier series. In the three part opener, We see young kal-El sent to earth before his some planet of Krypton is destroyed. We see him grow into manhood and go to Metropolis and assume his role as Superman. Tim Daly provides the voice of Clark/Superman with Dana Delany as Lois Lane and Clancy Brown (Carnivale) as Lex Luthor.
I'd be hard pressed to say which is my favorite episode but here are a few of them:
"A Little Piece of Home" Lex Luthor discovers Superman's vulnerability to Kryptonite, and attempts to exploit this weakness to rid himself once and for all of the Man of Steel.
"The Way of All Flesh" - Lex Luthor poisons a terrorist named John Corben and withholds the antidote until he has extracted a promise: that Corben will become Metallo, a flesh and metal Kryptonite-hearted cyborg with evil intent and no emotions. His only mission is to destroy Superman.
"The Main Man" - One of DC Comics most popular characters the Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo is employed to capture the Man of Steel, but thanks to a double-,cross by the rare-species-collecting Preserver, both Superman and Lobo end up trapped in the Preserver's personal zoo.
"Speed Demons" The Flash guest stars as he and Superman team-up to battle 'The Weather Wizard' who holds Metropolis hostage with the threat of unleashing a killer hurricane.
"Tools of the Trade" Bruno Mannheim and his Intergang terrorize Metropolis with high-tech weapons supplied by Kanto, an agent of the Darkseid who strikes a devil's bargain with Bruno, leaving him deeply indebted to Darkseid yet well equipped with weapons that can destroy Superman.
The thing so great about both the Supeman and Batman cartoons is seeing guest appearances by so many other characters from the DC comic universe. This never used to happen in cartoons from way back when. The stories stick pretty well to comic continuity and really have the look and feel of golden age stories with a modern edge. Highly recommended!
Superman, a great animated series
GryWolf | Los Angeles, CA USA | 10/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"IMHO, Superman was just as good a series as Batman, the Animated Series. The stories were not on a higher level, but a different one. Batman reflected film noir dramas as well as having a classic, vintage feel. Superman was a little more lighthearted, more epic, and had a modern feel. As with the Batman series, each Superman episode can be a stand alone episode in itself, yet it all adds considerable detail to the series as a whole making it a signicantly rich world. The consequences and the results of certain episodes are also touched upon from time to time and even lay the foundation for even more dramatic storytelling.
This DVD set includes the first 18 episodes of the series I believe. Starting it off is the 3-part "Last Son of Krypton," which retells the origin of Superman and does a good job establishing the series. Other favorites of mine that are on this DVD set are "Stolen Memories," " The Main Man, Parts 1 & 2," "My Girl," "Blasts from the Past, Parts 1 & 2," and "Speed Demons." This set does include all the episodes on the single disc release "Superman: A Little Piece of Home." If you're a fan of the series I recommend this set over the single discs. If you're a parent looking to simply amuse your children, the single discs may be an option to consider, but even so this set can be bought for less than $25 and has 18 episodes to boot. The only drawback in this set that I can think of is that the second disc is a flipper, where one side contains 6 episodes and then the other side contains the last 6. It's a minor complaint, as I'm just all too happy to have this series as a box set, but it may be an issue to some."
Good...but not Batman good
Brandon L. Harlow | Colonial Heights, VA United States | 01/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Superman is THE most overdone character in comics history. Movies, toons, TV shows, books, etc it is no wonder we are not sick of him by now... Which is why I give this show praise. It re-invented the character and made him more interesting than he has ever appeared before (until Smallville came along). From this first volume I enjoyed the episodes featuring LiveWire, Parasite, Metallo, Brainiac and the brief introduction to Darkseid. These episodes were all extremely well done and in the same mold as the much superior Batman: The Animated Series. However there are a few clunkers, too. The Prometheon is torture to sit through, as our the ones with the released Phantom Zone inmates and (I know I'm in the minority here) the Lobo episode.
I do have to give much kudos though for the Toyman! What an excellent and frightful interpretation of that character! Bravo! That face/mask alone would give any kid nightmares!
Again, I rate this beneath Batman because the writing and characters seem subpar. In the Batman universe you connect with his villians because each one has an emotional scar (much like Bats himself) that propels them to be who they are. Mr. Freeze and the love for his sick wife, Harley and her obsession with the Joker, Mad Hatter and his quest for love and Ivy and her inability to have children...all of these characters are so muli-dimensional that they make the Superman villians pale in comparison. Lex Luthor is a rich guy who wants power, Brainiac wants to collect information, LiveWire got shocked, Parasite got doused with toxic chemicals, etc. There is no human connection. The only one who remotely achieves this is Metallo.
In all, I cannot wait for volume two!"
Too bad Warner put a double-sided disc in this great set
S. BONNE | France | 07/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Superman TAS isn't the best of Bruce Timm's series, but it's still nicely designed and animated. There are some very good episodes in this set, such as the 3-part pilot, plus some interesting special features. But with Warner there's always a problem. Here it's the presence of a double-sided disc. In fact, this was supposed to be a 3-disc set ; but they chose to put in 1 single-side disc + 1 double-sided disc. Double-sided discs are much more fragile and sometimes split into 2 unusable discs. The DVD-case is also problematic: it's almost impossible to take out the discs without pulling them hard and risking breaking them (which make the double-sided disc even more fragile). Next time, Warner, make this perfect : put only single-sided discs, in an appropriate package (such as the ones you used for the last Batman TAS sets)."