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IT IS EDITED WITH TOO MUCH CUT OUT, SO DON'T BUY IT OR WASTE YOUR MONEY
on 20 April 2010
I give the series 5 stars but if I had a choice, I would give this DVD Release Zero Stars. JUST SO YOU KNOW, THIS DVD IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE OTHER 2008 UK DVD RELEASE OF THE SAME SERIES WHICH I OWN AND CLEAR VISION HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THEIRS IS THE SAME.
I've been in contact with Clear Vision the DVD Company Releasing it and asked them a few things about their master copies. These are 100% edited with too much missing, so don't waste your money on it, wait for an uncut version.
US FAN SHOULDN'T BE MADE OR HAVE TO PUT UP WITH ALL THESE EDITED SYNDICATED VERSIONS WHICH RUINS THE QUALITY. SO LET'S NOT BUY THIS DVD RELEASE WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY GO INTO CLEAR VISION'S FUTURE PROFILE AND MAKE THEM GET ORIGINAL MASTER COPIES OR FORCE WHO THEY GET THEIR MASTER COPIES FROM TO HUNT FOR THE ORIGINALS.
Marvel's Incredible Hulk 1982/Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends 1981-83 - are very, very hard to find uncut because In 1978/79, Marvel Signed a contract with Depatie Freleng Enterprises, to Produce The Fantastic Four 1978 for NBC TV and Spider-Woman 1979 for ABC TV. In 1980/81, Marvel directly took over the the studio and called it - Marvel Productions Ltd. A Cadence Company. At First in 1981, Marvel Produced The Amazing Spider-Man, but NBC Turned it down, which made it get released as a syndicated series, while NBC Required a version of Spider-Man that would increase girl viewers, which is how they created Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends.
There were 13 episodes in Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends Season 1 1981. One of them guest starred the The Incredible Hulk, which was a very popular episode, so in Season 2 & 3 1982/83, NBC Included A New Incredible Hulk cartoon.
The 1981 Season Of The Amazing Spider-Man/Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends - didn't feature Stan Lee's Voice Narrating the show, it wasn't until the 1982/83 season that Stan Lee narrated The Show, but the 1981 Episodes Of Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, when repeated in the 1982/83 season - had Stan Lee's Voice Added to them.
Officially in the United States, no Half An Hour Master Copies Were Created In Original First Production For The 1982/83 Season Episodes on NBC, they were shown and produced to be part of a one hour NBC Saturday Morning Show, because back in them days, videos and future use of productions was not part of the contract, which made them not worry about producing them otherwise including BELOW -
(THE INCREDIBLE HULK AND THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1982 SEASON 2 ON NBC)
(THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND THE INCREDIBLE HULK 1983 SEASON 3 ON NBC)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends/Incredible Hulk - are segments of the above shows.
Remember the USA have about 4-5 commercial breaks in a half an hour show which is how they were produced to be broadcast in America. Unfortunately in the original one hour shows when Stan Lee Narrates the show - there are Commercial Bumpers which are separate segments to the show it's self of when they say the show will be back after the commercials and say the show has now returned - but to which in these shows it was Stan Lee him self who said the show will be back and spoke of the story including the return after each commercial which continued as the same story Stan Lee was Narrating in the commercial bumpers up to a certain part of the actual show after the commercial bumpers plus the same the other way around before the commercials each time which are part of the same story production to the viewers but not the same production segments.
The Only original 1982-83 half an hour Master Copies were produced for international Syndication in places like the UK, which were more uncut than this DVD Release, as long as they are a PRE 1987 Videos/16MM Films, but still have a few bits missing due to what I explained about NBC's Original One Hour Versions.
But Then, via the the most Un-Original Master Copies used now World Wide, just like this DVD release - in 1986 Marvel's Distributors(ARP Films, seen at the end of the credits in all PRE 1987 Versions) sued Marvel for not keeping to part of their agreement, due to their original distributors prophet agreement made in 1976 via cartoons they made before and after - which when Marvel Took Over Depatie Freleng's Studio in 1980/81 - Marvel made lots of third party agreements for series such as G.I. Joe/Transformers/Muppet Babies plus much more and released their own videos them self's without involving ARP Films now that Marvel Owned their own studio, but hadn't ended their contract with ARP Films - which went against their ARP Films contract.
Then In 1987 NEW WORLD took over as distributors for Marvel Animation, who in 1988 created new edited REMASTERED COPIES TO ALL OF MARVELS WORK MADE BEFORE THEY TOOK OVER AS DISTRIBUTORS, and cut all the brief short scenes out that I explained only exist in the original One Hour NBC Versions, plus so they could fit more commercials in on TV which deleted lots of Stan Lee's Narrating too, plus they edited the background music and moved it all out of place of the segments due to them cutting scenes out making them have to edit and move the music background which since 1988/89 - we in the UK and other International countries haven't even had our PRE 1987 Versions used for public releases or TV any more which had a few scenes already cut out of the PRE 1987 One Hour NBC Versions, but now we are stuck with the worldwide fully edited NEW WORLD Master Copies, which have too much cut out that I've just explained.
JUST SO YOU KNOW - Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends work the same as the 1982 Incredible Hulk series. Clear Vision's DVDS Of them are just as bad as their 1982 Incredible Hulk DVDS which are just Re-Releases of the 2008 releases I own. If you will notice in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends ending credits - all 24 episodes have the same dated credits which are only Season 1 really because the 1982/83 ending credits were the one hour show titles I've explained that NEW WORLD Edited in 1988 of Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends to fit in with the season 1 1981 episodes which ruins the show way, way too much.
This is the 59TH Most Demanded Un-Released on DVD Series in the USA, which I think is partly why it isn't available yet in the USA, due to fans wanting the originals which are lost at the moment.
DISNEY OWN THE DVDS RIGHTS IN THE USA, MEANING I THINK OUR ONLY HOPE IS THAT DISNEY IN THE USA, FIND THE ORIGINAL ONE HOUR NBC MASTER COPIES FOR FUTURE DVD RELEASES.