91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the COMPLETE series, and a fantastic one at that!
I proclaim myself to be 'Dungeons and Dragons'' BIGGEST fan. I watched the cartoon as a child in the eighties; you know - that time when children's tv was broadcast from the BBC's broom cupboard with Phillip Schofield, (Who I really fancied, but then I was only six!), and Gordon the Gopher, with shows like 'He-man', 'She-ra', 'Ulyses', 'Thundercats', 'The Ewoks', 'The...
Published on 11 Jan 2005 by K. Nilsson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay but with some bad points
First of all, sorry for my rusty English. This is a product I bought like a year ago or so. It was a present for a friend who loved the series when she was a child. The point is that we both are Spanish and I thought the DVD's would have subtitles in Spanish or in English (at least) but there are no subtitles at all, so is needed to improve and put a lot of attention (and...
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Naysantg
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the COMPLETE series, and a fantastic one at that!,
I was gutted when they originally axed the show, but always hoped and prayed for a revival. Afterall, it WAS the best show on tv, in my opinion. They just had to! But, alas, it never happened. My poor dad used to rent the series out for me from our local video shop, (Which closed down when I was eight), and ever since I have been left wandering aimlessly round the flea markets or trawling car boot sales endeavouring to find a rare VHS cassette of the show - with no luck!
I almost gave my boyfriend the shock of his life when I noticed it on Amazon back in May last year as I literally squealed with excitement! (He made me wait for the box set, which almost killed me - ALMOST! But I am so glad I did!)
So if you are as enchanted, (And as obsessed), as I am with this wonderful series - invest! It is worth EVERY penny! Just get the house to yourself for a couple of days, get the popcorn, and sit down and enjoy!
And as for the comments regarding whether it is the whole series or not - well, it is. Some people I think are getting confused when they say they remember the group getting home, but in truth, they never did. (Well, not at the end.) The series ended with them still looking for their way back, I'm afraid, and their is no 'final' or concluding happy ending. I suppose I like it better that way, as their adventures continue...
"That leaves us with the urban legend I wish to dispel. Here is the truth of the matter - in bold type, no less:
There was NO "final episode" of Dungeons & Dragons.
Now, let me get more specific. There was a final episode, in the sense that they stopped making them. There was even an episode wherein the kids thought they'd gotten home, but actually didn't. There was no "final episode" in the sense of doing one wherein the kids finally vanquished Venger and returned home from the magical dimension, thereby ending the series.
I'd love to have done one, and I even had some ideas about what it might have encompassed. But the way network TV animation deals work, when you do your last episode, you almost never know it's your last episode, and that was the case here.
About once a week on the Internet, someone asks where they can get a copy of this episode. I usually drop them a little E-note telling them it was never made. Half the time, they write back and give me an argument: They saw it, they know it existed, I'm wrong. One even wrote, 'You only started the show. You're not an authority on how it ended.' "
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now you can revisit those magical childhood memories,
And I was right. All four volumes containing all 27 episodes are housed in an elegant case made to look like a large tome (a spellbook, perhaps?). The boxset will look great on any DVD shelf but of course its value goes deeper than good looks. I feared that much of the show's magic would have diminished over the years especially when I watched it as an adult but I was wrong. Every episode was as thrilling and satisfying as I remembered as a child.
The extras included are nothing special but there's one or two worth clicking your DVD remote control at. There is an interesting interview with writer Micheal Reeves whose insights into the show's characters provide for a better appreciation of the show. There's also a featurette that looks at the opening sequence made for the second season which is now no longer used (watch it to find out why!). In addition, there are fan commentaries on many of the episodes.
If I had to make a negative comment, it's the fact that there was never a concluding episode made. The show ends abruptly and we never see our heroes fulfil their mission of getting back home. This is rather unfortunate given that the collection's tagline is "Only heroes will make it home". Despite this, Dungeons and Dragons is fantasy viewing at its best. Get your copy now and get spellbound all over again.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dungeons and Dragons-at last!,
I don't think I've ever seen any kids cartoon that matches D&D for drama and action-six kids, transported to a mysterious realm of mythical creatures and demons, led by the enigmatic and vertically challenged Dungeonmaster. For all time cartoon excellence, "The Dragons' Graveyard" and "The Traitor" among others are a must see.
So go on, relive your childhood, grab some retro breakfast cereal and settle down to watch D&D. I know the DVD's not out for another 3 months-but this series is long overdue for that format and I, personally, cannot wait!
118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There was never a "first" episode and there was no "last" epsiode!!!,
Now, of course there was a first episode and a final episode. But there was NEVER an introductory episode and nor was there EVER a final episode with the kids getting home once and for all. If any of those people complaining had watched the extras on the DVD or bothered to do five minutes of research on the net, they would be well aware that the script of the final episode, "Requiem", was never made into a show.
Episode 1, The Night of No Tomorrow, is pretty much an introduction anyway. We don't go through the formulaic introductions that many shows would. We get the gist of what happened to the kids in the opening credits, and then the episode begins with them in the same location before they go on their first adventure.
This box set features all 27 episodes that were ever made of this great series. They are very well transfered, although the opening credits of season two have been replaced with those of season one. The menus on the DVDs are fairly poor, but this is unimportant, especially when you compare the British release with the American. The US release has a poorer transfer, and most of the background music in all of series two has been replaced because of licensing rights with Disney! Awful. We should be counting our blessings.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic animated adventure from the 1980's,
Following the perilous adventures of a group of kids who suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves transported into another dimension, 'Dungeons and Dragons' is loosely based upon the famous role-playing game of the same name, created by E. Gary Gygax. Bidding to find a portal that will return them back to their own world, the kids have to face the forces of evil with courage, and frequently confront their own fears in order to overcome their obstacles.
The characters are vaguely Tolkein-esque. From being just ordinary American schoolkids, Hank, Bobby, Eric, Presto, Shiela and Diana become in turn Ranger, Barbarian, Cavalier, Magician, Thief and Acrobat. Each is furnished with a mighty weapon, each one of a set of the magical 'Weapons of Power' which are being sought by the evil Venger, the physical embodiment of all the forces of evil in the realm. But the children are not alone in their quest. They are guided by the enigmatic and benevolent Dungeon Master, a diminutive wizard of extraordinary power and wisdom. The children must solve his enigmatic riddles in order to overcome their next obstacle...
As a cartoon series, D&D really had it all. Adventure, humour (lots of it!), and some really imaginative and original storylines. Too many to name all of them here, but some episode titles should give you the general gist... my favourite episodes include "The Girl Who Dreamed Tomorrow", "The Eye Of The Beholder", "The Dragon's Graveyard" and "The Quest Of The Skeleton Warrior"... infact, my old VHS tape with some of these episodes on it is practically worn through!
One reason this series was finally pulled was (allegedly) because it was considered too scary for younger viewers. I (for my part) never found them too scary, but Venger is a really baddy, and doesn't mince his words! ("You're time has RUN OUT!") So maybe very young children might not like some of these episodes, but very old children (like me), absolutely love them!
A total bargain for a piece of retro animation history, I can't recommend it highly enough.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!,
There were loads of great 80's cartoons but D&D is easily my favourite. The characters are memorable and unique and the adventures were exciting!
The answer to "why have people seen a final episode with families etc" is easy: You're hallucinating!
I read the script for the unproduced final episode just yesterday. You can find it yourself online if you go to 80'scartoons.co.uk and go to the D&D section. It finished with them redeeming Venger who turns out to be Dungeon Masters son. The portal home is then openened infront of them, and they are given the choice to return home or stay and defeat the many evils that still exist (had there been another season). But the show was abruptly cancelled. (WHY?!)
As all the online reviews and this DVD itself will show you, this " going home and reuniting with family" episode you speak of doesn't exist!
This DVD is essential for 80's kids and it doesn't show it's age as badly as some other cartoons so it's great for kids today who want a change from the many, many clone cartoons we have today.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answering some of the questions below,
I didn't realise this myself until I did a little reasearch... but there was no final episode screened. The show was canned by CBS following the suicide of some Dungeons and Dragons role players (who had become obsessed with the game and out-of-touch with reality).
Although the cartoon wasn't linked to the game at all (other than by having the same name) it got caught in the cross-fire of public outcry (sort of like the debates about video-nasties).
Interestingly, Michael Reaves (the series author) did in fact write a script for a final episode (called Requiem) which you can download from his WebLog. Although it was never animated or screened, there are a number of different people out there running projects to animate the script themselves...
So one day, who may be able to download and view the last episode yourselves!!!
Perhaps the more interesting question is "why wasn't there a first episode (those who have bought the set already will know what I mean)". My whole family swore blind that they could remember episodes where (1) the crew first met Dungeon Master and he gave them their weapons and (2) where they first met Uni. Nope... no such thing!
Ho ho - anyway.. my view is that this is a must buy... and if you have kids like I do, I guarantee that they will watch all the episodes back-to-back through the night if you let them!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive your childhood,
Yes there is no introductory episode and yes there is no final episode (because it was never commissioned as explained both in the box set and if you do some Yahooing or Googling on the Net).
But it's a magical cartoon series that brings back your childhood memories. Often when watching TV series from my childhood I find myself thinking "How could I have ever like this" (Airwolf, A Team) but not with this cartoon series. It still retains its magical quality and some of the characters (especially Eric) make me laugh more now than when I was a child.
Interestingly some of the stories lines are not what I would expect from a cartoon series from the eighties i.e. some quite dark story lines that I appreciate now but don't remember back then.
With the current Amazon.co.uk price, this is a complete steal. Buy it.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have bought this - You will have chosen wisely pupils,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all ages,
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Dungeons & Dragons: Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] by Bob Richardson (DVD - 2006)