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The Mysterious Cities Of Gold - Season 2: The Adventure Continues [DVD]

Jean-Luc François    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Jean-Luc François
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fabulous Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GFTGSV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,546 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Esteban is back in a new adventure which sees him leave the New World behind and return to the Old in search of more Cities of Gold.

After having discovered the first such city in the Americas,he and his friends Zia,Tao and the faithful parrot Kokapetl now journey to China to locate the second.

Reunited with his former companions, the old seafarers Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro, the children take to the Golden Condor and fly off to explore the wonders of the East. But hot on their tail is the sinister Zares a mysterious, cloaked stranger in the employ of the King of Spain who is determined to prevent the children from achieving their goal.

Enjoy all 26 brand new episodes of this classic children's adventure cartoon, brought to you by the team that created the original 1980's series and now being broadcast on KIX in the UK.

DVD set contains all 26 episodes on 4 discs plus a series guide booklet with episode synopses and character guide.



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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the adventure continues! 20 Feb 2014
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I received this DVD on the 17th of feb and just finished watching it all today.

This is a great sequel to one of the most beloved cartoons from the 80s, I already own the first season box set and this carries straight on from there, there are even a few flashbacks throughout the series redrawn to tie it in more! I'm glad they kept it consistent in that respect rather than rebooting the series from new.

As for the new series, well, it's definitely a winner. Set in China rather than South America this time, the 3 intrepid children (Esteban, Zia, Tao) are searching for the next City of Gold, old faces and new friends are made and for the most part it works. First off the art style is GORGEOUS, its really very well drawn and animated (better than the 80s series in fact) and the touches of CGI are thankfully not overdone, the subtly updated character designs and small changes to the Golden Condor (their transport) gives the series a fresh lick of paint without detracting from the original series' style.

There are a few problems though. For a start the new voices are...terrible, I can understand why they didn't use the kids' original actors but Tao and Esteban sound way off and they surely could've reprised Mendoza's original voice actor? he sounds too different to really connect with the character, and while we're on the subject of Mendoza, his character is very different in this season, he's very cold and distant and always in a foul mood, definitely not the same Mendoza we came to love and know in the original series! And while the music evokes some classic themes from series one, they're too few and far between, it would've been nice to hear that gorgeous pulsating synth soundtrack from the first series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story contines.... 23 April 2014
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Being someone who is old enough to have seen the Original series of Mysterious Cities of Gold when it was first transmitted on BBC back in the early 1980's for years I had mostly forgotten about the series apart from the odd times when I would recall moments from it but could not quite remember the name of the original series, then a few years ago I discovered the series again and after buying a set of pirate videos of the series from a guy in the states I watched the series once more and it bought the memories flooding back, later I purchased the DVD boxed set of the original series and watched through yet again....

The original series is an all time epic cartoon series, everything about it was amazing, the characters, the story, the animation (for the time) and the wonderful soundtrack, when the series ended they left it open with no hope of a continuation.... that is until recently?

By chance I discovered that a second season of MCOG had been made the other year and was now coming out on DVD so I was keen to get it to see what it was like compared with the original series, now I knew up front that some things would be different, and reading some of the feedback that others had left before I purchased my copy basically confirmed my suspicions about the new series, but until I watched it myself I would withhold my judgement, and this morning I watched the last couple of episodes...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 20 Feb 2014
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I received this box set on Monday, I finished it on Wednesday and I love it.

I watched the original series while I was a child, bought the box set of the first series last year for nostalgia's sake before remembering how good it was. Then I heard rumors about the second season and as soon as it was available on pre-order, I bought it.

The best thing that I liked about this new series is the attention to story detail and continuity and that they didn't try to "Improve" the series as I've seen with other 80s cartoon reboots but rather stuck with the original characters designs and background styles, only using CGI and it works.

If you grew up in the 80s and loved this series, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most impressive continuation 18 Mar 2014
By Mr. F
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The 1982-83 series is my gold standard (pardon the pun) in terms of classic animated television series. A sprawling, mythical, adventurous story, sharply drawn characters, a beautiful soundtrack and – most importantly – no punches were pulled at any time. So my evaluation of this continuation can only hinge on one question: How does it compare to the original run?

Pro: This is a real continuation, not a reboot. Character design is consistent with the original, and the previous story is built upon expertly. There are even a few well-placed flashbacks to tighten the story. Tension builds up slowly, and the climax is unforgettable. The wait for the next series is going to be excruciating.

Con: The original could be quite grim at times, and was all the better for it. In the new series (especially the first half), the violence it is mostly cartoony. Comic relief is sometimes turned up to 11 and can be a bit hard to bear for older viewers, especially when it is supplied by Pedro, Sancho or the parrot Jar-Jar – sorry, Kokopetl – who, sadly, keeps interrupting the mini-documentaries at the end of each episode. Speaking of documentaries, it is not exactly kid-friendly to mix up fact and fiction. One episode the subject is Buddhist prayer wheels, and the next the (entirely fictitious) technology of the Flying Condor is discussed.

Pro: The art is stunning and the lush scenery comes across gorgeously in high definition. Go for the Blu if you have the equipment. There were only one or two unfortunate instances when the computer-generated art pixelated in close-up.

Con: The music of the original was an unforgettable mixture of Europop, synth and world music. The new music, however, is instantly forgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a great follow up to the original series. The episodes were a little shorter but still gripping and I can't wait for series 3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claire Louise Lennox
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant , carried on from the first series , I am looking forward to the third one to be released
Published 4 months ago by kerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Cities of Gold season 2
The Dvd series is great ,the writers kept to the original theme .The graphics is great ,after a while you get used to the slight aging of the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deon Adrian Pillay
5.0 out of 5 stars mystyous citys of gold 2
Great sequal , voce overs could have. Been better but over all a great cotiuation. Good animation efects and plot
Published 4 months ago by ireofel
5.0 out of 5 stars i waited 20 year for this
The quality of the show if almost as the original , the animation is perfect , only some voices are not so great but the plot is more then interesting and it is a direct... Read more
Published 4 months ago by chen saban
4.0 out of 5 stars The case that could never be
The Set Is great and i love this complete set but its the case that it was sold in, Not necessarily the sellers fault but once you open up the case it breaks and can never be fully... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R F Wojtaszak
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing but ultimately flawed continuation
Developing a direct continuation to what was an incredible 30+ year old animation is, without a doubt, a rather brave and surprising move. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars So Cool
After the first few episodes, I am pretty sad about the voice cast, they do not nearly live up to the quality of the first season's cast. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional series
I have always liked the previous season of this show, from way back at the end of the 80s. I was excited to hear that they were finally continuing the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tiona D Daughtry
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for today's kids and thosd adults over 38
Fantastic second series from first series over 30 years ago and it still works. Animation is brillant and so close to original a brillant cartoon that has stood the test of time
Published 5 months ago by Fl Drury
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