FREAKAZOID: SEASON ONE
With Steven Spielberg listed as the series executive producer, is it any wonder that FREAKAZOID turned out to be filled with the same off the wall humor as ANIMANIACS. Taking the tried and true animated superhero concept and playing it entirely for laughs, FREAKAZOID proves to be an amusing hybrid that ran for two seasons. The premise of FREAKAZOID involves seventeen-year-old teenager Dexter Douglas, a computer geek who gets sucked into cyberspace and through the power of the Internet, is turned into the title superhero. As a superhero, Freakazoid is a complete goofball, who is easily distracted from his duties and more than likely to annoy his enemies before bringing them to justice. FREAKAZOID also includes a number of other Mini-Segments featuring some other heroic characters. The vocal talent behind FREAKAZOID includes Paul Rugg, Edward Asner, David Kaufman, John P. McCann, Tress MacNeille, Googy Gress, Tracy Rowe, Craig Ferguson, Jonathan Harris, Frank Welker, Jeff Glen Bennett, Ricardo Montalban, David Warner, Maurice LaMarche, Stephen Furst, Stan Freberg, Larry Cedar, Corey Burton and Joe Leahy.
FREAKAZOID: SEASON ONE ($27) comes to DVD in a two-disc set that features the series first fourteen episodes. The segments that comprise the fourteen episodes are as follows: Five Day Forecast, Dance Of Doom, Hand Man, Candle Jack, Toby Danger In Doomsday Bet, The Lobe, Mo-Ron, The Sewer Rescue, The Big Question, The Legends Who Lunch, And Fan Boy Is His Name, Lawn Gnomes: Chapter IV - Fun In The Sun, Freak's French Lesson, Foamy The Freakadog, Office Visit, Ode To Leonard Nimoy, Emergency Broadcast System, The Chip (Acts I - III), The Chip (Act IV), Freakazoid Is History, Hot Rods From Heck, A Time For Evil, Relax-O-Vision, Fatman And Boy Blubber, Limbo Lock-Up, Terror Palace, In Arms Way, The Cloud, Next Time, Phone Ahead, Nerdator, House Of Freakazoid, Sewer Or Later and The Wrath Of Guitierrez.
Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise FREAKAZOID: SEASON ONE available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The episodes as presented on DVD look nice; certainly better than over the air broadcasts, but they are not outstanding. Image quality is fairly average, with the picture appearing as slightly soft. However, for this type of 2D animated production, nothing is out of sorts. Colors generally hold up quite well, appearing reasonably well saturated, with little instability. Blacks are accurately rendered and the whites are stable. The episodes do display some film based flaws, but not to an excessive degree. Grain can be noticeable, but itís not too bad. Digital compression artifacts remain under the radar.
For this release, all of the episodes contained in FREAKAZOID: SEASON ONE have been upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. The soundtracks come across in a lively manner, but do not seem overly directional. The music and sound effects sound pretty good. Dialogue is crisp and is easy to understand. An English 2.0 surround track has also been included. Subtitles are available in English.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode/scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Extras include running Audio Commentaries on three episodes, plus two Featurettes: Freakazoid- The Original Freak and Freakazoid-less Freakazoid Promos.
FREAKAZOID is a goofy good fun superhero parody in the same vein as ANIMANIACS. Warnerís DVD presentation is solid and will keep fans happy.
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