Gargoyles (1994) - Season One

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Animation
Disney || NR - 370 minutes - $29.99 || December 7, 2004
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2004-12-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Michael Reaves, Greg Weisman (creators)
Cast: Keith David, Salli Richardson, Jonathan Frakes, Edward Asner


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Selected Episode Commentary
  • The Gathering of the Gargoyles - Featurette
  • Original Show Pitch


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Disc 1: The first disc consists of the 5 part series premiere, "Awakenings" which is very good and two stand alone episodes, "Thrill of the Hunt" (which features the first apperance of villains The Pack) and "Temptation" (which begins Brooklyn's rivalry with Demona). All 7 episodes are good watches.

Disc 2: The 2nd disc consists of episodes that spotlight particular characters. They include the critically acclaimed "Deadly Force" (in which Broadway accidentally shoots Eliza with her gun), "Enter Macbeth" which introduces Macbeth, another of the Gargoyles' foes, "The Edge" (a Xanatons spotlight), "The Long way to Morning"(spotlighting Hudson), "Her Brother's Keeper" (which sets up a good chunk of season 2), and "Reawakening" (which also sets up many season 2 events). All of them are great episodes and i really can't say one is greater than the other. "Deadly Force" is worth an extra mention just because of how acclaimed it is. The only problem I have with this disc is that "Enter Macbeths" animated is done by a different studio than the other episodes and it looks piss poor.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Gathering of the Gargoyles featurette: It's about a 20 minute long feature on the yearly annual Gargolyes convention that usually takes place in Canada. It's been going on since like 1997(!) and it's a place where fans go to meet the voiceover actors, the writers, producers, etc. as well as dress up in costumes and take part in various contests. It's like "Trekkies" only with Gargoyle fans. Thus the nerd chicks here are inherently cuter, lol. Fun stuff.

Original Show Pitch by Co-creator Greg Weisman: 10 minute or so long presentation that was originally shown to Eisner and the other execs at Disney to get the show greenlit. Mostly consists of Weisman talking about the main storyline and characters as well as sketches of them. Poor video quality but worth seeing.

Audio Commentary on "Awakenings" parts 1-5 by Co-creator Greg Weisman, Producter/Director Frank Paur and (on 3-5) Actor Keith David (who played "Goliath"): A very informative commentary that covers EVERYTHING. Weisman and Parr go into great depths about what ever little nuiance you see on screen meant. We learn that the show's producers had something like 7 (!!!) spinoffs planned, about how the show was cast, and much much more. David didn't say as much as I'd have liked to hear but he made plenty of little jokes and had some funny stories as well. The only problem I had with this commentary is by the 4th episodes (and definately by the 5th), all of them just sort of described what was going on on-screen as they said WAYYYYY too much on episodes 1-3. So much that little was left unsaid by part 4. Still a very entertaining commentary.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

very good but not great. I noticed a couple of episodes didn't look as great as others but overall still a vast improvment over the tv presentation.



.::OVERALL::.

Gargoyles was one of my favorite shows when I was younger and remains so. It is one of very few animated series' that took the time to build strong, serialized storylines and developed characters that all evolved over time and things only got crazier in season 2. Had this set had a few more featurettes it would've gotten an even higher grade but what we get is definitely satisfactory.