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Super Friends! – Season One, Volume Two (1973 aka Superfriends!/DC Comics/Warner DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C-     Episodes: B-



The original Super Friends! was an hour-long show and when the show was cut to a half-hour, it lost some of its energy and spirit, but it was a huge enough success that the show would run 13 seasons with new episodes made every few years.  Warner decided to release the original 1973 season in two sets, the first of which we covered at this link:





Now to Volume Two, which includes these episodes:


The Balloon People

The Fantastic FREEPs

The Ultra Beam

The Menace Of The White Dwarf

The Mysterious Moles

Gulliver’s Giant Goof (with guest superhero Green Arrow)

The Power Splitter

The Watermen



Die hard fans know that the Gulliver episode eventually led to Mego Toys (who changed toys forever with their 8” World’s Greatest Super Hero line, which you can read more about in a book we reviewed elsewhere on this site) to issue a Green Arrow action figure that many consider the best of a line that lasted as long as this series.  It is not necessarily a coincidence that Warner, DC and Mattel have relaunched the line as these DVD sets hit the market.


But the shows continued to respect the child audience more than usual and the toys were a given after thought that did not let the show become a toy ad with no point as would sadly happen with sop many shows in the 1980s.  This was also the end of the line for Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, who never surfaced again, though (in another early innovation) crated a comic book tie-in to this show that was a hit and was a precursor to so many explicitly child-friendly superhero comics that were very rare then.  The comic companies usually reserved comedy and child characters for that market, while their heroes were considered an audience for more mature audiences and older young readers.



The 1.33 X 1 image again is a little soft throughout, but this is the best color I have ever seen on these shows in the over 35 years they have been available on and off.  The prints have cel dust and sometimes, you can see the outline of actual cels used.  Still, the color is superior to later seasons as Hanna Barbera started to ship their shows overseas to be finished, quality and color noticeably suffered.  The Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono is once again a little compressed and the sound is down a generation at least, but it is never too bad that you cannot hear the dialogue or Ted Knight’s hilarious delivery of the narration.  Extras again include trailers for other Warner animated releases and a quiz that is tougher than you’d think, but any featurettes about the shows success are absent.  Too bad.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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