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The All New Super Friends Hour – Season One, Volume One (28 Episodes)


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



Of the many incarnations that are the Super Friends (derived from The Justice League), the All New Super Friends Hour was one of this reviewer’s least favorite DC ventures.  Premiering in 1977 as the about the third incarnation of the Superhero team up idea, it was a huge success that prompted the network and Hanna-Barbera to create a new/revamped Super Friends series for 1978.  The same old Super Friends appear such as Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman; but this time they added in the ambiguously moronic Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna who can shape shift.  Oh, but I almost forgot…they also have a space monkey named Gleek; exiting…I think not.


The series had a very broken-up organizational system, in which different heroes would team up at different segments to allow for an array of story arches.  The fourth segment always put all the heroes back together to fight a crime of sorts.


The technical features on this 2 disc set are nice but simple at best.  This reviewer is not certain if the episodes are in their original airing order, but thinks they are, judging from the segmental breakdown of each episode.  The picture is presented in an adequate but not crystal clear 1.33 X 1 Full Screen that can be seen as disappointing, but it seems that this release has gotten the same restorative attention as the rest of the Hanna-Barbera DC titles (which is little).  The sound is presented in its original Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono that has depth issues and often times sounds soft, but once again a problem with older super hero cartoons.  The extras are sparse and interesting to view once; the extras include two simple featurettes that moderately entertained this reviewer.  The featurettes include a retrospective look at the Super Friends and a Spotlight Look at the guest stars of the series such as Green Lantern and Hawkgirl.  Overall, the release is adequate but far from exciting.


The Super Friends never impressed this reviewer to new levels to begin with, but this release just reminds this reviewer how hokey and base level these animated series were.  For their time they may have been impressive and exciting, but compared to the darker and deep world that DC has become there is no comparison.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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