The picture quality is a little better than the Season 1 release if only
because the film it was transferred from isn't quite as old. Again
few episodes seem to have the contrast set too high. Iceman often appears
white (he's a light blue) and his interior lines are
washed out at times. Flesh tones (people's faces), can be washed out at times
too. The yellow in Firestar's costume comes out much better in this
release probably due to the age.
|SPIDER-MAN AND HIS
COMPLETE SEASON 2 & 3 - UK DVD REVIEW
By the skin of our teeth, this release seeped out AFTER the
company that produced it folded. After years of thinking the show would
never be on DVD, then finally getting Season 1, it began to look like
this portion of the show wouldn't make it out. This release is
very similar to the Season 1 release except that it has a few
disappointing details missing. It is available from
in limited supply. (If they've sold out, try your luck on Ebay.)
There is only a "restoration" video like the other Marvel/Liberation
videos have had.
Another nice package but, just like the Season 1 release, the artwork and
color scheme are big disappointments.
Great job just like on the Season 1 release. I love the transitions and especially love the use of the
background music on the sub-menu screens.
The Bad News - (Differences from the original airings)
Season 1 this title card (right) is missing. It was shown in the NBC airings and hasn't been seen since. Spidey's
eye in the pic zoomed toward the camera to reveal the episode title card. I
supplied this to Liberation from the 16MMs I have. Unfortunately, various
factors such as time and cost prevented it from being included. Apparently, it
would have thrown off ALL of the subtitles which had already been completed.
It IS something I would liked to have seen included. Having the episodes
(mostly) unedited makes this seems like a small concession though.
The big difference in this
release and the Season 1 release is that THESE episodes originally had Stan
Lee narrating them. All of Stan Lee's narrations are missing from the Season 2 episodes. And many
narrations are missing from the Season 3
episodes. For a complete list of what is missing, check out the STAN
LEE NARRATION LIST.
Also, neither the second season or third season have their original intros. They both have not been seen since the NBC airings and are most likley lost except for video tape copies. Both can be seen in the MULTIMEDIA section of this site..
One other small difference: In
the episode "Along came Spidey", Peter, Angelica and Bobby are
eating on a sidewalk with Aunt May before an attack by the Shocker. In the
original version, Peter's eyes glow when his Spider-Sense warns him. For
some unknown reason, they do NOT glow on the UK masters.
History of this release
As mentioned in the Season 1 review, this volume was released AFTER Liberation's UK entertainment division closed
it's doors. (A Complete Series release was released too that simply packaged the previous two
releases together in a box with new artwork.) Since Liberaton closed, it
means all three of the releases are in limited supply. At the time of
this writing, another company, Clear Vision, had picked up the rights to the
Marvel Cartoons in the UK. It remains to be seen if they will re-release
any of the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends DVDs. There was a
Dan Gilvezan (voice of Spider-Man) interview that was filmed for a potential Collector's
Edition release that Liberation had mentioned to me. Hopefully Clear
Vision will decide to release it.
Better than nothing, at least the video can be seen in DVD quality for the
first time even if we didn't get all of the Stan Lee