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His brain's overloading
It has a chocolate coating
Textbook case for Sigmund Freud
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!

Taking the tried and true animated superhero concept and playing it entirely for laughs, FREAKAZOID is an amusing animated hybrid of genres from executive producer Steven Spielberg. 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, and 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. 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 TWO ($27) comes to DVD in a two-disc set that features the series remaining eleven episodes, which are as follows: Dexter's Date, The Freakazoid, Mission: Freakazoid, Virtual Freak, Hero Boy, A Matter Of Love, Statuesque, Island Of Dr. Mystico, Two Against Freak, Freak-A-Panel / Tomb Of Invisibo and Normadeus.

Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise FREAKAZOID: SEASON TWO available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. The episodes as presented on DVD look pretty decent, but they are not outstanding. Like season one, the image quality is only average. At best, the picture appears mildly soft, as if the episodes were taken from the broadcast masters, instead of going back to the original materials. Colors come across nicely, appearing reasonably well saturated, with little instability. Blacks are deep and the whites are fairly crisp. As expected, the episodes do display some film based flaws, but not to an excessive degree. Grain is noticeable, but not bothersome. Digital compression artifacts are usually well contained.

For this release, all of the episodes contained in FREAKAZOID: SEASON TWO have been upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Like season one, the soundtracks have been given a nice spread through the soundstage, but do not seem overly directional. The music and sound effects sound quite nice, but high fidelity it is not. 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 A Full Season's Worth Of Commentaries (In Five Minutes Or Less), Liebeslied Fur Normadeus, and the Original Bonjour Lobey Demo Tape,

FREAKAZOID is a goofy superhero parody that tickles the funny bone. Warner’s DVD presentation is solid enough to keep fans happy.



Freakazoid!: Season 2 (2009)



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