Monday, July 20, 2015

Animated World of DC Comics: The easiest puzzles of all time---Super Friends De-Coders (1977)

Since we've previously discussed The All-New Super Friends Hour at great length, there's no need to rehash after I acquired both DVD volumes of the series.

As we all know, Warner Bros. is guarding its copyrights very tightly, and some episodes that had been posted here before ended up getting taken down. Fans are now resorting to posting clips using sped-up audio and putting their cameras closer to the screen, it seems, and neither tactic appeals to me at all.

However, what the DVD does provide are the long missing bumpers, health, safety, & craft tips, magic tricks, and, beginning at the half-way station of each show, a de-coder puzzle, requiring three short segments.

For example, Wonder Woman (Shannon Farnon) takes viewers on a trip into outer space.



The added features are intact, thankfully. A featurette on the Wonder Twins had been up on YouTube, but has since been taken down, which, when you think about it, isn't so bad, considering the short piece played to the internet.

Rating for the DVD: A-.

4 comments:

SaturdayMorningFan said...

"However, what the DVD does provide are the long missing bumpers, health, safety, & craft tips, magic tricks, and, beginning at the half-way station of each show, a de-coder puzzle, requiring three short segments."

There's one other thing that the DVD provides that you didn't mention, and I think it's the most important: actual ownership. Now when the PC brigade arbitrarily decides that Super Friends shouldn't be available to the public because Wonder Woman's outfit is demeaning to women, or Aquaman, the minority team member (he's the only water-breather), is under-utilized, or Superman, the predominant white male team member is given the spotlight too often, you will still be able to enjoy your DVDs long after it's been pulled from TV and all the streaming sites.

hobbyfan said...

Thank you for the impromptu public service announcement. You should be a salesman.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

You're welcome. I'm actually not a fan of the big media conglomerates and don't want to be responsible for any of them raking in anymore cash, but I also hate how they seem to be pushing people away from physical media and into streaming, whether we all want to go or not.

hobbyfan said...

It's kind of like Orwell's vision coming true after all. "1984" was a prophesy of a sort, but it took longer than even Orwell thought for it to come to fruition.

WB, Sony, et al don't want to share with YouTube, even with users acknowledging copyrights belong to the studios. Meh. There are alternatives, though.