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Swamp Thing: The Series – Volume Two (The First 26 Episodes of Season 3/ Shout! Factory DVD)


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



Dick Durock returns to the role of Swamp Thing for the Third Season.  The series ran for a total of 72 episodes and here on this set we find the first 26 episodes of the 50 episodes contained in Season Three.  The series continues down the same adventurous path that the first two seasons followed, with Swamp Thing ridding the swamp and the surrounding town of evildoers.  The story has a huge degree of continuity and interlocking stories that continue on from Seasons One and Two; and eventually many plots are still left unresolved due the series being canceled.  Swamp Thing continues his friendship with Will Kipp a curious young boy who gets into as much trouble as he helps our big green photosynthetic hero. Dr. Anton Arcane is evil as ever as he becomes more aware of Swamp Thing’s presence and the damage that the creature could bring to his dastardly plans.  The small town and swamp seem to be in constant danger, but Swamp Thing sets out to bring order back to the world and his tattered life.


This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed this set and thinks that the stories are definitely a step up from the last two seasons.  The level of detail, action, and character development have all improved; leading to a more engaging series that many can enjoy.  Though the series surely feels dated at times, it still remains entertaining from beginning to end.  With the world going green, Swamp Thing may just be the answer.


The episodes from Season Three contained on this 4-Disc set are as follows:


Disc 1

          Night of the Dying

          Love Lost

          Mist Demeanor

          A Nightmare on Jackson Street

          Better Angels

          Children of the Fool

          A Jury of Fears


Disc 2


          Smoke and Mirrors

          This Old House of Mayan


          Dead and Marked

          Powers of Darkness


Disc 3

          Special Request

          What Goes Around, Comes Around

          Fear Itself




          Mirador’s Brain


Disc 4

          Easy Prey

          The handyman

          The Hurting

          The Chains of Forever

          An Eye for an Eye

          Swamp of Dreams



The technical features are similar to Volume One in that some are greener than others.  The 1.33 X 1 picture remains murky and too dark at times, definitely suffering some age; the colors are off as well as the contrast and overall just needs some heavy restoration.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is unimpressive, but has little distortion and the original score projects well.  The extras are nonexistent this time around, not even offering a simple commentary or interview; maybe they fell in the swamp?


If you were a fan of the series and/or purchased Volume One (Season 1 and 2) then this is a no brainer to buy.  He is the swamp…and now he is on DVD…



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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