The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series - 10th Anniversary Collection (2008) Review
(More customer reviews)Speaking as a 16 year old Canadian male, I can safely say that The Powerpuff Girls was awesome. With its unique animation style, immensely likeable characters, deliciously over the top cartoon violence and razor-sharp sense of wit, this show served as a reminder that Cartoon Network was once great. But unfortunately, to say the series has barely received any worthy home video releases is an understatement.
Until now, that is.
After a few scattered, kid-friendly compilations and a lacklustre first season set, the complete run of the show is at last making it to DVD. Considering that the past home video releases have completely neglected the last three seasons of the show, and that a fair amount of notable episodes from the other three seasons have also been neglected, it's great to see Warner Bros. is finally giving all of it to us in one handy package.
According to TVShowsonDVD.com, this set will be comprised of 6 double-sided discs containing all 78 episodes of the show and the previously released Christmas special, "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas". It's worth noting that the final episode, "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" (notable for being an all-singing episode), has never been broadcast in the States (although it has been broadcast in Canada and the UK), so it will be interesting to have.
If you're a fan like me, this set is an obvious must-buy. As for those who have never seen the show, it's easy to get into: just look past the sugary-sweet femininity and you'll find an incredibly sharp sense of humour.
UPDATE (01-23-09): Okay, so I got my copy. Each of the 6 discs represents one season of the show, and considering the sheer amount of material on each double-sided disc, everything is mastered at a pretty high bit rate. Of course, the episodes are all very lovely looking and sounding, as they'd better be, considering the animation style and age of the materials.
While I haven't thoroughly looked at the special features, I can tell you something fans might want to know:
"The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", that completely new episode animated in Adobe Flash and broadcast in the States the day before this set's release, IS included here. You need only pop disc 6, side B into your player and look under the extras section.
So did this set live up to my expectations? Oh, yeah. Still highly recommended, narrowing of classic to clunker ratio in the last two seasons notwithstanding.
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