Man, this is already shaping up to be one AWESOME year for 80's cartoon releases on DVD. With all the 80's cartoons getting uber deluxe releases over the past few years (Transformers, He-Man, Thundercats...just to name a few), a lot of fans were left wondering when the heck we would see two particular 80's gems show up on DVD with similar treatment - namely, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
Well, a few years back we DID get DVD releases of both of these shows. But the presentation definitely left something to be desired. Let's take a look back at how these two shows have fared on DVD over the years, to FULLY appreciate how exciting it is for us fans to FINALLY have both shows being done right!
Galaxy Rangers got 4 single-disc volumes, each containing a random selection of 4 episodes.
They looked and sounded GREAT, mind you, but what fans REALLY wanted was the complete series in proper, chronological order.
Around the same time, there was a 3-volume set released in Germany which contained the complete series.
As a particular bonus, it contained the English audio track as an option! So the complete series WAS available at long last, but only in Region 2 PAL video format. We wanted a proper, Region 1 NTSC release (NTSC being the video standard it was originally created in). Well, if you scroll down a bit to my blog entry from a few days ago, you'll see that Galaxy Rangers is finally getting the treatment it deserves, in the form of two boxed sets which will contain all 65 episodes in the correct order!
Here's the cover again, just because it looks so darned awesome:
But what about Jayce? Well, we got even LESS on DVD a few years ago, in the form of a single disc release that contained episodes 1-3 and 6.
Here's a nicer look at the cover art:
Hey, at least the first three were in the right order... But once again, what fans had been craving was a proper, complete series release.
There were a few other DVD releases that featured a variety of cartoons, among which was the occasional episode or two of Jayce. But once again, completely random selection. There is no real point in going into detail with these half-assed releases.
Hope sprang a couple of years ago when there was a French release of the complete series.
But, unlike the foreign Galaxy Rangers release, there was no English audio track to be found. So even though we could see Jayce in the best picture quality EVER, we wouldn't understand a word they were saying unless we spoke French...
Yes, AT LONG LAST Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors is being released in its entirety, in the form of two boxed sets that will contain all 65 episodes! Here's the cover for Volume 1:
So, as I say, this is looking like a good year for 80's cartoon releases so far. Now if only DiC would get off their asses and release some of their old gems. I want a proper DVD set of Starcom: The U.S. Space Force (also only available as a single disc random episode compilation), Inspector Gadget (there IS a set of the first 22 episodes, but no more on the schedule...looks like it's back to random episode discs for the forseeable future), and the rest of C.O.P.S. (again, there's a set of the first 22 episodes, but no more on the horizon...)
C'mon already! The Filmation and Sunbow libraries have received the royal treatment for their catalog of kick-ass 80's cartoons, let's see the DiC stuff too!
While we're waiting, though, we can all finally be enjoying the complete runs of two of the most fondly remembered cartoons from the mid 80's - The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers and Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (I know, I can't stop saying it - I'm just THAT excited!) It's about time these two shows got the respect they deserve!
No Guts, No Glory!