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SHAZAM!: COMPLETE LIVE-ACTION SERIES


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By uttering a single magic word young Billy Batson transforms himself into the world's mightiest mortal Captain Marvel. The acronym of the first letters of the names of the six elders who train Billy with their respective special gifts: Solomon wisdom; Hercules strength; Atlas stamina; Zeus power; Achilles courage; and Mercury speed in a word SHAZAM! Now the entire series is available in this 3-disc set featuring every exciting episode of this classic television show!

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
CHOOSE! : The Cast Photo Cover or the "Variant" Cover drawn by Jerry Ordway!!! Nov. 3 2012
By FRED - Published on Amazon.com
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Just a heads-up--if you order SHAZAM! THE COMPLETE LIVE ACTION series from Amazon.com, you'll receive the version with the Cast Photo (the same photo appears on the Menus for all 3 discs). If you order the set from the Warner Archive website, you get the "Variant" Cover drawn by comics artist Jerry Ordway. Since this **IS** a "live action" series, I personally prefer the Cast Photo version over the comic book "Variant" Cover--but to each his own of course--BOTH Covers are great! Order SHAZAM! today--you won't regret it! This show is TREMENDOUSLY FUN. Picture & Sound quality is absolutely SUPERB--this series has never looked or sounded better! UPDATE: 11/25/12-The "Morals" that conclude each episode are included (most with horrendous picture quality)--but they are ONLY viewable when you use the Play All function). Also--its OOP (out-of-print) but several 3rd party sellers here on Amazon as well as on eBay are offering the "companion" TV series--THE SECRETS OF ISIS: THE COMPLETE SERIES which came out on DVD in 2007.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY! Oct. 14 2012
By Mark A. O'Neill - Published on Amazon.com
...This show was part of my Saturday mornings, as a kid. Good, clean, positive fun. Nostalgic adults and kids can still enjoy this.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
70s Nostalgia Trip Nov. 26 2012
By Mark Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
I've been waiting now for Filmation/Warner Brothers to release the "Shazam!" DVD for a seeming eternity; it was my favorite Saturday morning program when I was young, and - as a result - Captain Marvel was my favorite superhero. I drew pictures of him at school and in my spare time, and owned the Mego action figure. (Remember those?) I preferred Jackson Bostwick (first season) as Marvel over the later John Davey, and recall being shocked at the sudden appearance, mid-season, of an entirely different-looking Marvel. Jackson Bostwick, in full costume, once came to my city for a Cerebral Palsy Telethon, and I was too shy to go see him or even call the station to speak with him.

Viewed now from a more cynical perspective, the show itself is the epitome of 70s cheese, and it doesn't hold up well in the new millenium. Still, it's good viewing for nostalgia's sake. Teenager Billy Batson and Mentor perpetually travel the "highways and by-ways" of America in a Winnebago, like Jack Kerouac with wanderlust, yet never seem to leave California. "The Elders" (six animated Greek gods whose initials provide Shazam with his name) deliver fortune cookie riddles to Billy, which then become clear later in the episode - after Billy has encountered a troubled youth of some kind. "In times of dire need," Billy turns into comic book hero Captain Marvel by uttering the word "Shazam" and being struck by a bolt of lightning... but the Captain Marvel of the show isn't your typical superhero: he never fist fights, he stops wrong-doers by lifting the rear wheels of their car off the ground or jamming their car between two trees, he brings in the cops when things get too intense, and he provides a brief moral lecture directly to us at each episode's closing. This Cap doesn't throw punches, he "develops understanding." Parents will love the lack of violence and the lessons in humanitarianism. Kids will love the cape. And if you were a fan of the show then, you'll love the 70s flashback now.

Oddly enough with this DVD transfer, the "moral" section of each episode is of much poorer film quality than the rest of the episode(s). I don't know why this should be so, but it is. (Did they film those segments independently of the rest of the episode, and on lesser film stock?) Warner is aware of the problem and apologetically notifies the DVD watcher before viewing; they also give you the choice of watching the episodes with or without the moral segments.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Well Worth The Wait Feb. 24 2013
By Joel Bowers - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't seen this show since I was 15 in 1976. So I'm glad to see it's out on dvd. The picture & sound quality are as good now as ever. But this version of Captain Marvel is only partially faithful to the original comic books. There's no origin story except the brief explanation by the narrator at the beginning of each episode. We see the six ''elders''- the Greek gods from which Shazam's name is derived in animated form. But where is Shazam himself? Also the role of Billy Batson is made to appear to be about 20 years old. In the original Whiz Comic books Billy was a young paperboy around 10-11 years old. That doesn't stop this from being an enjoyable show. Micheal Gray handles the role of Billy Batson very well as does Les Tremayne as Mentor.Not much has been heard of from Micheal Gray or Les Tremayne since. Does anyone know what are they doing today? Jackson Bostwick looks great as Captain Marvel.He's clearly the best Captain Marvel onscreen thus far.This is a fine show that teaches us morals and values without being overbearing. John Davey took over the role for reasons unknown after Bostwick made the first 17 episodes. Davey's ok in this role except his voice shakes a bit when he says Shazam. On some of the episodes the cartoon images of the elders looks a bit foggy. Was this the effect the filmmakers hoped to achieve? Or is this the result of aging after 39 years? Either way I can easily forgive this because the technology we have today didn't exist back in 1974. Nearly all of the episodes focus on teenagers & the troubles they get into. This is a show everyone can still enjoy today.I do wonder though why is this a 3 disc set? It could easily have been reduced to 2 discs because we get no bonus features at all. By the way do all of you fans know about the Adventures of Captain Marvel serial from 1941? It's available on dvd. You'll find the origin of Captain Marvel altered just as it was on this show. You will see the wizard Shazam-but only once. There are no elders. There's no Mentor either. But Billy/Captain Marvel has a few other friends to lend a hand. Here's a few notes about guest stars on the tv show. The Joyriders episode-Barry Miller plays a teenager. He also did 1 episode of The Secrets Of Isis during this time. Later he was in the movies Saturday Night Fever(1978) playing Bobby C. & Fame(1980) where he played Ralph Garcie a Puerto Rican student at New York City's High School For The Performing Arts. Thou Shalt Not Kill episode-Pamelyn Ferdin plays Lynn Colby. Pamelyn was a very busy child actress. Check out her website Pamelyn Ferdin.com for a full list of her roles.The Brothers episode-Lance Kerwin plays a blind boy. Kerwin was a busy child actor. His last known role was James At 15 a short lived tv series from the late 1970's. The Braggart episode-On the end credits Frank Coghlan is listed as having played a guard at a local zoo. Coghlan played Billy Batson in the Adventures Of Captain Marvel serial.Fool's Gold episode-Dabbs Greer best known for his work on Little House On The Prairie plays a prospector.Speak No Evil episode- Danny Bonaduce from The Partridge Family plays Paul a teenager.The Sound Of A Different Drummer episode-Eric Lanueville plays Curtis an aspiring teenage violinist. Around this same time Eric did a few episodes of Sanford And Son. He played Aunt Esther and Uncle Woody's adopted teenage son Daniel.I do hope we'll see Shazam on the big screen in the near future. Hope everybody enjoys the show as much as I do- and the extra history lesson too! Shazam!
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I received genuine silver back dvds, NOT dvd-r's Dec 16 2012
By Trewthe - Published on Amazon.com
Just a heads up to let you know, i ordered directly from Warner Archive so that i could get the variant cover art and to my surprise I actually received real dvds!Don't know if it has to do with ordering directly from them or not, all the other titles in my order were purple dvd-r's. Still in hate with dvd-r's, because as a rule they are inferior, but what a nice surprise to not have to worry about it with one of my favorite shows from my childhood!:)

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