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'Darkwing Duck, Volume 1'
(Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1991) 2006 / Disney)

Overview: In the city of St. Canard, they are plagued by the most bizarre criminals, but they have a protector as well, Darkwing Duck. This bumbling and egotistical superhero battles evil in that fair city with the help of his dumb pilot sidekick, Launchpad McQuack and his rambuctious adopted daughter, Gosalyn.

DVD Verdict: "Let's Get dangerous indeed Elizabeth!!" And it's about time, too! This was definitely one of Disney's better shows in the early/mid-90s. Both kids and adults can get a good laugh out of this show and the humor should hold up well over the years, nothing too dated. Great disc, but missing something ... or rather, missing scenes. The "pilot" episode isn't the original that aired; this is the version that has been aired practically ever since, with the clipped opening chase, and a few other shorter scenes. A huge disappointment to say the least, seeing as they managed to put the uncut pilot on VHS. So though we've been told the pilot is included, it's not in its entirety. Anyway, back to the plot ... and somwhere some villian schemes, but there numbers' up. He is the terror that flaps in the night. He is Darkwing Duck!!! This was my favorite of all the classic Disney shows, with Chip 'n' Dale in very close second! Darkwing had the catchiest theme song and the craziest villains including: Megavolt, Bushroot, Steelbeak, The Liquidater, and Darkwing's evil twin Negaduck. Basically this was Disney's equivilant of Batman with a comedic twist. You also have to love Darkwing's costume, I always liked that hat. The artwork on the box and thinpaks is strange, as some of the clips are from episodes not included (disc three's inclusion of a scene from "Brush With Oblivion" comes to mind), and the menus are rather odd pastiche of various characters clipped from different episodes. Still, a wonderful effort and greatly appreciated. What would be nice for the next release is the choice of the original extended Saturday morning opening or the current opening for seasons two and three. I haven't seen it since the original airing in '91, and I doubt many people even remember it. As well, let's hope they include "Hot Spells!" This is a Fullscreen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of just all 27 episodes on 3 discs.

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