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The Mysterious Cities Of Gold: The Complete Series BBC (slim-line version) [DVD]

Bernard Deyries    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Bernard Deyries
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 1120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DH908Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It’s taken far too long for one of the finest children’s 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.

Don’t remember it? Then at the very least, the theme tune is bound to stick (it’s easily one of the best title tracks ever). But if you’re 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 show’s title. Joined by Zia and Tao, and fighting against Gomez and Gaspard, it’s a weaving, engrossing story, that fully justifies its sizeable running time.

What’s 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 wouldn’t expect, it’s 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

Product Description

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'.


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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this would never happen 21 May 2008
Format:DVD
"Mysterious Cities of Gold" on DVD! Who'd have thought? I remember being at uni in 2000 and having to watch the episodes in RealPlayer format as nobody knew who held the copyright to the series! To whoever sorted out the copyright mess, THANK YOU.

This is a box set that has been lovingly put together. Nothing is lacking, they've put everything in here that you could possibly want, including the hilarious moment when Philip Schofield and Gordon the Gopher sang along to the theme tune (which I remember from the first time around).

Some cartoon series don't hold up to adult viewing but this one does. Apart from the interesting factual clips at the end of each episode, the series does not skip over the darker side of history and the characters actually have some depth. But I know I'm preaching to the choir. Buy it, treasure it, show your kids how cartoons used to be made.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have to say that when I originally watched this cartoon around 20 years ago, I became absolutely hooked. I couldn't believe how good it was. That was the general consensus of most people who watched it, it really was compulsive viewing!

Now having purchased it from HMV & watched it, it's even better than I remember it. The visuals are stunning & the music adds to the feel of the cartoon better than any other I have ever seen, but the storyline is what really hooks you.

I would have to describe this as a 'what if'. What if Eldorado really existed? What if there really was a city of Gold built by an advanced ancient civilisation? This is the cartoon that explores this thesis. Heavily based on historical fact, this combines it with a fantasy element, though not so much as to make it ridiculously unbelievable (as many other programmes and films have), rather it serves to educate the viewer in a mature & entertaining way. Combined with a historical piece at the end of each episode, it teaches you many things you were unaware of.

Okay, so nothing is perfect and it does have one or two flaws. The most obvious one being the dialogue. Sometimes it does indeed come across that the characters are reading from a script because the tone is somewhat fast and flat at times and I noticed that on occasions the characters will be walking single-file at a distance of about 50 or so feet and the last in line appears to hear what the first is saying, but that is soon forgotten in the brilliance of the piece.

Overall though it is a stunning piece of animation and the message that comes across over & over again during the 39 episodes is that love & compassion should always take presidence over greed & self interest. In a word, Unmissable!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 8 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
This box is a nice buy. It consists of 6 dvd's which are folded into a cardboard foldable section. The amount of extras that are with it are rather funny. Cards, overview map etc.

De quality of the dvd's itself is excellent, the only minus I found was that there are no subtitles whatsoever. Normally I don't mind national subtitles (I am a dutch person) but I prefer to have english subtitles just for the convenience of putting the sound a little lower.

Other than that, the series were exactly as I remembered, funny, well written en the extras on the dvd are also a nice thing to have. I really wonder why series like these, which are rather educational even, are not shown on television anymore.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye - Till next time 16 Aug 2009
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Format:DVD
The Mysterious Cities of Gold - a delightful Japanese/French co-production, is an epic anime series, obviously aimed at the younger viewer, but intelligent enough for us grown-up children still to enjoy! The action takes us from 15th century Spain to the New World, where the Spaniards are desperate to plunder the legendary golden treasures. The child characters - Esteban, Tau and Zia, are noble and selfless, whereas the adults tend to be greedy and ruthless. The most well-rounded of the latter is Mendoza the navigator. His initial motives are less than altruistic. He finds redemption though by protecting the children and is content to settle for a modest share of the plunder. The out-and-out boo-hiss villains are Gomez, Gaspard and the Olmecs (more on them later). Comedy value is added by the stammering Sancho and the rather chimp-like Pedro, not to mention the plump, chatty and rather precocious parrot Kokapetl. A particularly nice feature is the brief but informative mini-documentary at the end of each episode that explores South American native culture. The tale starts with a fair degree of historical accuracy, as the Spaniards sail West, intoxicated with gold-fever. As the tale unfolds though, more fantastic elements are introduced - ancient technology (Erich Von Daniken style) and the mythical realms of Hiva (Mu) and Atlantis. That I could live with. The Solar ship and golden condor were undeniably spectacular and were suitable Macguffins with which to advance the plot. What I found more hard to swallow though was the recasting of the Olmecs - in reality one of the earliest but most inventive South American civilisations, as villainous aliens (or possibly deformed humans). But enough nit-picking! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good
Published 8 days ago by Catia Img Lopes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all ages
I watched this series as a child and bought it to watch again with my daughter aged 6. We are both loving it! The story is great and educational too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Esteban Esteban!
Bought this as a gift for my husband as we were talking about childhood cartoons one night. I am showing my age here! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Claire Louise Lennox
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure nostalgia
This series was on for what seemed like a lifetime in the 80s and has lost none of its charm - of all the long cartoons of that era this is still my favourite
Published 2 months ago by Jon Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Who cares if the English dubbing is slightly off. And it doesn't matter that the animation is somewhat jerky by most modern standards. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic nostalgia
This is a must for all kids at heart. Never having managed to see each episode on television nor in chronological order. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. David A. Skene
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
nWell I was a fan when I was a child and I bought it to my sun. He just love it ! So still very attractive to young children.
Published 3 months ago by caladohel
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia.
Pure nostalgia. Good quality cartoons with the original documentary content between episodes too that made this always more than just another kids' series.
Published 3 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to my childhood
I forgot how good this cartoon was. Loved it. It is very educational as well. I highly recommend this set
Published 3 months ago by Martin Appiah
5.0 out of 5 stars Top telly top telly top telly
Brilliant series that I loved as a child now my daughter loves it too. Get it in at 12 quid an absolute bargin.
Published 4 months ago by Mark
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