Its taken far too long for one of the finest childrens television programmes of the 1980s to make its journey to DVD, but thanks to this superb six-disc set, all 39 episodes of The Mysterious Cities Of Gold
are finally available. And time has been very kind to it.
Dont remember it? Then at the very least, the theme tune is bound to stick (its easily one of the best title tracks ever). But if youre one of the many who were charmed by this ambitious, epic adventure, then the return of The Mysterious Cities Of Gold will be very good news indeed. Set in the 1532, it follows Esteban on his search to find out the truth about his father, and also on the epic quest to find the cities of the shows title. Joined by Zia and Tao, and fighting against Gomez and Gaspard, its a weaving, engrossing story, that fully justifies its sizeable running time.
Whats more, The Mysterious Cities Of Gold holds up incredibly well. The animation may look a little dated, but it harks back to a time in the 1980s when ambitious programmes such as these were filling the childrens TV schedules. And this was the best of the lot. With a darkness and edge that you simply wouldnt expect, its a gripping tale, expertly told.
Further icing the cake, the DVD set that The Mysterious Cities Of Gold arrives on is nothing short of majestic, bursting with interesting features and a real care and attention that befits the programme itself. Which goes to make this collection something really very special indeed, not only bringing back a genuine classic from the archives, but doing it with a style that others would do well to match. Brilliant. --Simon Brew
All 39 episodes from the 1980s animated series about the sun child Esteban and his quest to find Eldorado, the legendary Inca city of gold. Episodes comprise: 'Esteban, Child of the Sun', 'Crossing the Atlantic', 'Heroes Again', 'Adrift On the Endless Sea', 'The Abduction of Zia', 'The Ship Solaris', 'Secret of the Solaris', 'The New Continent', 'The End of the Solaris', 'Secret of the Temple', 'Messengers of the Region', 'Secret of the Medallions', 'Mystery of the Parents', 'Esteban's Medallion', 'The Subterranean Secret', 'The Urubus', 'The Great Condor', 'Maiden Flight of the Great Condor', 'The Nazca Plateau', 'The Spaniards' Cannon', 'The Amazons', 'The Mirror of the Moon', 'The Jade Mask', 'The Manuscript', 'The Lake of Gold', 'The Swamps', 'The Doors of Night', 'The Forest of Statues', 'The Burning Shield', 'The Escape', 'The Village of the New Sun', 'Attack of the Olmecs', 'The Reunion', 'Revolt of the Mayas', 'The Olmec Machine', 'Aerial Pursuit', 'The City of Gold', 'The Great Legacy' and 'End of the City of Gold'.