For anyone who watched this Spiderman series in the 90s this DVD set is a must. Contains Dr Octopus' first episode and also focuses on the plotline of Felicia Hardy - Marvel's 'Black Cat'. Excellent extra features - interviews with Stan Lee and some original 60s episodes to compare to the 90s ones. The 90s animation can be a little stilted and some shots are repeated, but the plotlines are extremely good and the voice acting is superb.
Only downsides would be the choice of episodes by theme - for those unfamiliar with the series the choice of episodes from the first series (1) and the fourth series (2, 3, 4) may cause a little confusion as much back plot is lost. Also unsatisfying because the developing plot of the later episodes (which becomes the arc for the fourth series) is never resolved - the DVD is limited by its small number of episodes.
Episode 4 on the set does not contain Doc Ock which is a little disappointing, but follows on from episodes 2 and 3, allowing an evolution of the plot which is perhaps more satisfying.
The DVD was sewn together and released in part to piggyback on the success of the film Spiderman 2, hence the choice of Dr Octopus as central villain. Other familiar faces from the series make an appearance: the age-defying Vulture, the luminous green Scorpion, the wonderfully tortured Alastair Smythe, the Kingpin himself and Silvermane.
Overall the DVD is a nice trip down memory lane for those who are already familliar with this wonderful series, but not perhaps so satisfying for people who are not aware of the back plot, due to the gap between the first episode and the second.