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GI Joe – Real American Hero: Season 1.3 (Animation/Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: B



GI Joe returns to DVD with Season 1.3 (or Season 1; Volume 3).  The series did not change much throughout Season One and continued to embody the same kick-butt mentality throughout.  We once again get to partake in 22 action packed episodes as Season One finishes its run on DVD with the GI Joe team defending the earth from the atrocities of the evil Cobra.


GI Joe is the code name of the highly trained, special tasks force that has been compiled to beat down any scheme, plan or ruthless venture of team Cobra.  The end of Season One contains many of fans favorite (and mine too) episodes as “There’s No Place Like Springfield” and “Cold Slither” finally make their new premiere on DVD.


I have now sat and watched all of Season One and it has taken its toll on me.  Whereas I have the fondest of memories of the series; like many other of my childhood favorites, it becomes hard to take after a while.  There are copious amounts of campy, do-gooder humor in every episode; as well as the fact that the GI Joe team is indestructible.  I realize that the good guys always win, but GI Joe seems to effortlessly destroy Cobra each time and after 65 episodes it seems all too repetitive.  I love reliving the past and I am a sucker for nostalgia; but I think GI Joe will be sitting and gathering dust on my shelf for quite a while before I revisit it.  I am not saying that the series is no worth owning, as any classic animation fan should own this, but in the end it is a great catalog item to sit in your DVD library and just be content you have it there.


For a look back at GI Joe – Season 1.1 please refer to the link listed below:





The technical features are identical to the previous 2 volume releases as G.I. Joe looks good, but is by no means at its best.  Shout! Factory went above and beyond once again to ensure that the inconsistencies appearing in previous releases did not occur again.  The color is fixed up a bit and the image discrepancies previously noted are taken care of.  The video and sound (whereas not perfect) are astoundingly better than they were on the older sets.  The video is presented in a clean and clear 1.33 X 1 full screen as it was originally aired.  The image again has solid colors and better blacks, but dirt and debris still bring down the picture’s quality and fans will notice it.  The sound once again is a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Mix that gets the job done, but nothing is fancy as viewers should just be happy that it can all be heard clearly without any additional noise to mess things up.


Bonus features include Men and Women of Action: Creating the GI Joe Animated Series Featurette; “Knowing is Half the Battle” PSAs; Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials.  I am a sucker for these making of featurettes as well as the old toy commercials; both of which are presented very nicely as the give viewers a heaping helping of GI Joe past.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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