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This review is from: Dungeons and Dragons - Vol. 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I remembered, or at least half remembered the theme music and opening titles of this series from my childhood, and being, then and now, much enamoured of fantasy fiction in general and the worlds of Dungeons and Dragons in particular, I was delighted to discover that the series was to be released on DVD.
I have not been disappointed.
The first Volume contains episodes 1-7 of the first season of the show, as well as a number of bonus features.
The episodes are lively, self-contained and most entertaining. It surprised me that the first episode (The Night of No Tomorrow) plunges deep into the chronology of the adventures of Hank, Eric, Presto, Diana, Sheila and Bobby - not to forget Uni the unicorn. There is no real attempt to set the scene, just an expectation that the audience should catch up as quickly as possible. This seems a very sophisticated approach for a series in this period, and one might also note that Diana, the Acrobat of the group, was the first strong black character to appear in the genre - it is even notable that she is a more positive role model than the sometimes feeble, white, Sheila.
The additional content of the DVD is informative - character details, development sketches and so on - and is clearly intended to build into a reference work with later volumes of the series.
The fan commentaries are interesting, but not compelling viewing: they reveal little that could not be gleaned from the other material. Further, it may well be true that as Sheila vaults onto a horse her pants are visible, but we, the now mature, audience do not need this to be pointed out to us. Much less do we need the suggestion that we should use our DVD contols to view the scene more closely (slowly).
This does not detract from the fact that the principal content is excellent.
Most importantly twenty years on, Uni is just as cute as ever!
I look forward to the release of Volume 2.