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Blackstar The Complete Series (Animation/Fantasy/Action)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Episodes: C



John Blackstar is the title hero who goes from astronaut to sword-welding, dragon-riding and freedom battling good guy when his Space Shuttle model (he was riding it all by himself?) is sucked into a black hole. Instead of having al of his mortal self torn to shreds and warped to death, he survives (Wow! Those space shuttles do have their strengths!) to become part of a new world no one has ever heard of before in all 13 episodes of Blackstar The Complete Series.


Originally broadcast in 1981, John lands up on the planet Sagar, befriends the Trobbits and is joined by some uniquely talented with a dragon, sorceress and human-like shape-shifter to take on the evil kingdom trying to enslave and rule over the planet. Though I could forgive the show for its derivative nature and comic book simplicity, even as well done and un-joking as it is, Blackstar did not add much new and that is why it was not a big commercial success despite the ambitions of the creators and studio. The title character looks (and sounds?) too much like the Filmation Tarzan and having just done Flash Gordon so well a few years before (reviewed elsewhere on this site) had little new room to go.


However, the ultimate appeal is simply that it does all the genre trappings correctly and without stupid humor or (most importantly) being silly and condescending with the audience. That respect for audiences of all ages is all too rare and is above all the primary reason take a look (first, second or otherwise) at Blackstar.


The 1.33 X 1 image is not bad for its age, with some good color and detail, but nothing overly impressive. However, it is competent and solid. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also decent and the combination is just fine. Fans will be more than happy with the fidelity, especially versus previous times they have seen it. Extras include trivia section, DVD-ROM accessible versions of all 13 scripts, interviews segment, two stills sections, two audio commentary tracks, the great Magic Of Filmation featurette and a foldout inside the DVD case with episode guide, glossary and a few other details about the show. It is nice once again to see a short show with a fan base getting such deluxe treatment, but Ink & Paint/BCI Eclipse have done it again.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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