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  • Actors: William Callaway, Hans Conried, Jerry Dexter, Chuck McCann, Julie McWhirter
  • Directors: Chris Cuddington
  • Producers: Art Scott
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: UNI DISC
  • Release Date: Feb. 5 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0010YO0IS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,526 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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I got an early Christmas present when I found out the "Drak Pack" was coming to DVD. It's one of my favorite cartoons from the early 80s.

The Drak Pack consists of Drak, Howler and Frankie. They are teenage descendants of Count Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster (respectively). Drak is Count Dracula's nephew, but it's not said how Howler and Frankie are related to their relatives, i.e., nephew, son, brother.

The Pack initially appear as normal human beings, but when they put their hands together and shout "whack-o" (that's called the Drak Whack), they become superheroes: Drak turns into a vampire, Frankie a monster and Howler a werewolf. Their mission is to make up for all the bad things their ancestors did.

Drak can fly and change into a variety of shapes, but he usually goes with the standard bat. Frankie has super strength and his neck bolts shoot out electrical charges. Howler has super breath and an ultrasonic howl. They call each other by the same names whether they're human or monster. Sorta seems to defeat the purpose of that whole secret identity thing.

They use their super powers to fight evil and the main bad guy is Dr. Dred. His henchmen are Toad (his "toady"), Mummyman, Fly and Vampira, and they collectively made up OGRE, the Organization of Generally Rotten Enterprises (it's also been referred to as Endeavors).

When the Pack needs advice, they turn to Count Dracula, who they call "Big D."

There were only 16 episodes made and in my opinion, this series was so underrated: The dialogue is surprisingly smart - and quite funny - for a Saturday morning cartoon. Count Dracula's and Dr. Dred's voices are some of the best done in an animated show/cartoon. And hearing Big D pine for his "old diet" or watching him (regularly) slam his fingers in the lid when he closes his coffin is priceless.
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There is only a certain number of cartoons that make a mark on a decade
and "Drak Pack" is one of them.When "Drak Pack" went on the air for one
season from 1980-1981 it was good show from start to finsh and was well
put together.The DVD set is well put together and plays well.The only thing wrong is that there isn't any bouns extras which would make the DVD
set more interesting.But,still is nice for memory lane memories.
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As a big Hanna Barbera fan, I found this dvd to be an interesting addition to my collection! Good dvd and neat print.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97000c78) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e026d8) out of 5 stars Great value Nov. 27 2011
By The Dabbling Mum - Published on Amazon.com
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The other day I was browsing Amazon.com for that one "extra" item that would put me over the top and get me "free" shipping when what do my wondrous eyes see... why the "Drak Pack", of course!

I hadn't seen this sweet little cartoon in ions, but the minute I saw a photo of the main characters, I knew I had to see if the show was on YouTube.com to verify that it was indeed the same show I remembered watching as a child.

And sure enough, it was!

So, being the Halloween film fanatic that I am... I ordered it!

It's an 80s cartoon about three teenage boys who team up to rid the world of evil doers and monsters. And since they are descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and a werewolf, they have the ability to transform into their ancestral counterparts; thus giving them a secret identity.

The teens live in a somewhat haunted mansion by day, and a bat lair with high tech gadgets by night, or anytime they need to call upon their superpowers. One of the boys is known as Drak; Drak can change into a vampire, a bat, or a patch of fog. The biggest boy is Frankie; and he can use brute force thanks to his strength. The smallest boy is Howler; Howler can use his lungs and breath to create strong winds.

They also even have a multi-functioning car named Drakster. The Drakster can help them travel by land, by air, or by sea... all with the turn of a dial.

In some ways the cartoon reminds me of Scooby Doo meets the Monster Squad. It's a simple, entertaining cartoon for kids of all ages. And there's absolutely nothing scary about it. It's just pure fun.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e02924) out of 5 stars One of my earliest and most cherished memories! June 5 2012
By Monty Moonlight - Published on Amazon.com
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In order to recompense for wicked deeds of the past, the descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolf Man have become modern-day, teenage superheroes under the guidance of Count Dracula. When the evil Dr. Dred embarks on another dastardly plan, the seemingly ordinary trio of teenagers come together for a hi-five and shout, "Whack-O," to transform into their monster counterparts. Together, they thwart Dred and his minions at every turn, though often it takes a while to get the upper hand.

I was around 5 in 1980, yet this Saturday morning show is something I have never forgotten. It was a HUGE influence on me, and Howie the werewolf was my personal role-model, even if Drak Jr. was the leader of the Drak Pack. It's been since I was a small child that I've seen any of this show, which was such an influence that my own comic has a werewolf in the lead role, and I was both excited and nervous when I finally got hold of this complete series DVD release. All 16 episodes are her on this three-disc set. The front cover art makes you wonder if it is a legitimate release, yet the disc art and back definitely put your mind at ease. I haven't seen such lovely disc labels in some time. Of course, the main concern here is the show itself, and I'm happy to say that, while at first it appears to be a far too simple, small-kid aimed program, the more you watch it and the closer you pay attention to it, the more you enjoy it. It's actually really witty and all its silliness is intentional. This is really a great show that, as it turns out, holds up pretty well. The characters are funny and fun, as are their designs, and the plots are the goofiest ever, but that just makes them so much funnier. Add to that the great Hans Conried as the voice of Dr. Dred! What more could you ask for?

There are no bonus features, but all the episodes look and sound great for a show of this age, except for maybe one that has the dialogue audio too low compared to the music and sound effects. The back of the DVD case makes note of this by stating, "These DVDs contain technical anomalies inherited in historical footage."

The complete series' 16 episodes carry the following titles:

Night of the Terbites
Mind Your Manners, Dr. Dred
A Dire Day at Dredfulland
Dred Goes Hollywood
Dredful Weather We're Having
The Grimmest Book of Records
Dr. Dred is a Shrinker
Time Out for Dr. Dred
International Graffiti
Hideout Hotel
Dred's Photo Finish
Color Me Dredful
Happy Birthday, Dr. Dred
The Perilous Plunder of Pirate's Park
Package Deal
It's in the Bag, Dr. Dred

They're all here in this great set! Now, if only we could get a release like this for Teen Wolf the animated series here in the U.S., I'd be content (or at least as content as I can be with Disney sitting on all their great 80's and 90's shows...).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e028e8) out of 5 stars classic cartoon from the old days. Sept. 2 2013
By kurtis primm - Published on Amazon.com
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When cartoons used to be great. This brings back a lot of fun memories. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Pick yourself up a dvd today.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e02bdc) out of 5 stars Not quite a classic, but enjoyable Feb. 22 2012
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's a mostly-forgotten bit of monster fun from Hanna Barbera, circa 1980. The Drak Pack centers on three teenage descendants of the legendary Dracula, Wolfman, and the Frankenstein monster. Instead of perpetuating the monsterous mythos of their ancestors, these guys are trying to do some good. Leading the pack is the "Big D" himself. Their comically-inept adversaries comprise the group O.G.R.E. (Organization for Generally Rotten Enterprises).

Mix Scooby Doo and The Groovie Goolies and, well, you'd probably still come up with something a bit more fun and engaging than The Drak Pack. Still, it's good clean fun, especially for monster fans. As is typical of HB animated releases, the video and audio presentation are more than adequate, if unremarkable. There are no special features in the 3-disc set.

Recommended mostly for nostalgia purposes; I imagine modern kids will find the humor and action rather bland.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e02c3c) out of 5 stars Ridiculous Hanna Barbera fun! March 12 2015
By Jared P. - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a big fan of Hanna Barbera. And so when I saw this set available I ordered it.

I am unsure what other Saturday Morning cartoons it was up against originally, but I think I watched a cartoon on a different channel instead of this one. (Back in the days before On-Demand, DVRs and wide usage of VCRs for taping shows so you were limited to watching shows on only one channel at a time.) It is not totally unfamiliar, but I don't remember it as vividly as the Super Friends or Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

The show pits 3 Henshin Heroes(need to transform to have powers), who are inspired by the classic Universal Monsters of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolfman, against more classic monsters.

The leader of the villains is Dr. Dread who is a cross between Vincent Price, Dick Dastardly and Liberace. Helping Dr. Dread is the Mummyman, a mummy larger than Frankie, Toad, a cross between Igor and the X-Men's Toad with a Peter Lorre voice, Fly, a small goggle-wear version of the character from the Vincent Price movie, and Vampira.

Dr. Dread and his team come up with completely ridiculous plots to take over the world or whatever, that the Drak Pack must foil. All of the characters take everything more or less seriously, but the storylines get a bit silly.

The similarly themed Monster Force from Universal approx. 15 years later is a more serious take on the subject, though that series only got a 7 episode DVD, instead of the complete 13.

The DVD release is pretty basic. The DVD has 2 menus. The First is a Play All or Episode List, the second is the episode list. The packaging does not contain an episode list.

Disc 1:
"The Grimmest Book of Records" December 6, 1980
"Dr. Dred Is a Shrinker" November 15, 1980
"International Graffiti" December 13, 1980
"Time Out for Dr. Dred" October 18, 1980
"Hideout Hotel" October 25, 1980

Disc 2:
"Dred Goes Hollywood" November 1, 1980
"Dred's Photo Finish" November 8, 1980
"A Dire Day at Dredfulland" November 22, 1980
"Color Me Dredful" September 6, 1980
"Mind Your Manners, Dr. Dred" September 13, 1980
"Happy Birthday, Dr. Dred" September 20, 1980

Disc 3:
"Dreadful Weather We're Having" September 27, 1980
"The Perilous Plunder of Pirate Park" October 4, 1980
"Night of the Terbites" October 11, 1980
"Package Deal" November 29, 1980
"It's In the Bag, Dr. Dred" December 20, 1980

It is a silly show, and there is little chance of blowing through all 16 episodes in one marathon viewing, but it is fun and probably won't be available for very long. It is better to get it now for $20 than pay 10 times that later.

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