First off, I am a huge fan of Tintin and I grew up reading the comic books in middle school. When I heard about the whole series being in DVD format, I was ecstatic! I couldn't believe that my favorite comic book was in an animated series!
A few things you should know beforehand if you are planning on purchasing this volume:
* The DVDs play seamlessly on US dvd players and televisions
* The DVDs are in ENGLISH (with the option of adding english subtitles if you want to view it in its original French language)
* Each episode is approximately 42 minutes in length.
* A canadian animation company created these episodes- so expect more of a 90's style cartoon theme. (hand drawn scenes, low frame rate, kinda authentic look)
* The episodes, scenes, and characters look EXACTLY as they do in the books! It looks so professionally done, that I couldn't even find a minor flaw in the characters' appearances!
* The voices of the non-major characters fit them perfectly, however the voices of the main characters (Tintin, Haddock, Thomson & Thompson, etc) are not quite suited to their character. But that's my own opinion.
* This is volume 2/2 that you are buying. It is the only US-compatible set that is being sold on the market! Volume one is also sold by amazon and has a blue cover around it.
* On the same site you may find a "box set" of volume 1 and 2 on amazon- those are not US region and they are more expensive. The only difference is that they contain individual episodes per disc. This listing for volume 2 has 10? episodes on 3 discs (dual layered dvd) (front and back).
So with that said, now you know what you are getting when you buy the 2nd volume of The Adventures of Tintin!
Although, the animation is no Hanna-Barbera production. The frames aren't seamless, and yes, you will see some blurriness as the scenes (frames) transition. But it doesn't ruin the viewing experience at all, I must stress that! It is very seldom at times and is not very noticeable. If anything, it enhances the film by increasing its vintage look.
The voices are very well done. Though the main characters' voices don't match my preferences, they sound well done for a cartoon. No half---ed job, where its just thrown in for the English speakers. It was actually well cared for and given special attention. The characters' mouths from start to finish match the phrases they speak. And each characters' dialogue is EXACTLY how it appears in the books! Its like reading your comic book as it comes to life in front of your eyes. The scenes and dialogues in the films are so accurate to the nearest plant leaf in the background. You will not be dissapointed I guarantee it! So kudos to the Canadian animists for being accurate.
In some reviews I've read over the animated series (volumes 1 & 2), there are complaints that there is no way each Tintin story could be fit into a 42-minute cartoon. Well, if you think about it 42 minutes of a commercial-free, comic book-into a cartoon, episode is really quite long! Sure there are scenes that don't include a few frames that you would read in the comic book, but on the other hand, the animators are trying to make this into a nicely flowing movie. It would completely detract from the viewers experience if they saw the screen focus on the captain's beer bottle for 3 long seconds and then transition to snowy drinking the puddle of beer for 3 more seconds, and then the screen panning out to some minor character participating in an obscure act. It has to be flowing and relevant to the storyline. And I believe that's exactly what the animators captured with each episode.
And it should be common sense by now that movies created from books will not retain every single scene or insignificant action as written in the book. There just isn't enough time (or relevance) to do it.
I did not feel cheated by these episodes, and felt rather satisfied with my purchase! I highly recommend buying this volume 2 set if you are looking to add value to your movie collection library!