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The Flash: The Complete Series

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays
  • Format: NTSC, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 10 2006
  • Run Time: 1088 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000BPL2EM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,107 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Flash, The: The Complete Series (DVD)

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One of the more exciting and atmospheric TV adaptations of a popular comic book series, The Flash benefited from terrific special effects, but lasted only a single year on its network in 1990. The series stuck to the Scarlet Speedster's origins: police scientist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) is struck by lightning during an experiment, and chemicals splashed on him during the accident give him the ability to move at incredible speeds (note: hardcore comic fans know that this is the origin for the '60s version of the Flash, not his WWII-era identity). The series partnered him with an attractive fellow scientist (Amanda Pays) who assists Barry in his crime-fighting pursuits. Where the show deviated from its source material was its choice of combatants for the Flash--episodes focused on decidedly human villains, like corrupt officials ("Watching the Detectives") and mobsters (Michael Nader played ex-cop turned hood Nicholas Pike in two episodes, including the pilot), and didn't pull in the comic's excellent "rogues' gallery" until the end of the season, when the Trickster (Mark Hamill, who appears in two episodes), Captain Cold (Michael Champion), Mirror Master (David Cassidy!), and a sort-of Reverse-Flash (in the episode "Twin Streaks") made appearances. Sadly, these appearances were too little, too late for the series, which struggled with a high per-episode price tag and a fluctuating time slot (as well as frequent breaking coverage of the Gulf War). But for the Flash faithful, the six-disc set compiles its entire 21-episode run, including the 90-minute pilot. Unfortunately, no extras are included. --Paul Gaita

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From the impractically bulky costume to the annoyingly anachronistic mix of fashion, it is blatantly obvious that this series was desperately trying to tap into the overhyped and overrated success of the Tim Burton Batman films. In the comics, following his accident, Barry decided to become a super-hero solely because he was a comic book geek--a huge fan of the original Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. In the show, once again ripping a page out of Batman's origin, Barry's motivation is switched to a relative's murder-- in this case, a brother named Jay in an ill-fitting homage to the original Flash, Jay Garrick (and as Flashes go, I prefer the Golden Age character).

At least the Batman, as a character, started out dark, but the shift in tone doesn't work for the Flash at all. Despite having a rogues' gallery second only to Batman's (I'm speaking DC here; Spider-Man's list of colorful baddies easily wins over both), the Flash was never envisioned to be a brooding vigilante. In fact, the character was so light that William Dozier first considered making his '60s lampoon show about Flash and Kid Flash before changing it to Batman and Robin because the running effects would have been more expensive. To this day, however, DC/WB stubbornly continues to try to suck the fun and tonal diversity out of all their characters, by making all their films "dark" and "gritty."

Not that this show is all that serious. Again, it's trying to mimic Burton's offbeat style, so the result is "Dark Camp" (DC-get it?) Horribly painted artsy murals pop up in every scene, on and in every building in Central City, which is annoying.
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This incredible six disc set contains the entire 21-episode short lived run of the much underrated and underdeveloped live-action 90's television series "The Flash". This six disc set put out from Warner Studios is a welcomed addition to my superhero DVD collection and also contains the 90 minute pilot episode. The packaging and disc artwork are well done and even though the discs overlap one another I find them easy to remove and replace in the package.

For comic book fans and Flash purists this 90's live action version resembles the 1960's scarlet speedster and more than anything else it stays true to the character. Struck by lightning during an experiment and doused with all sorts of chemicals police scientist Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) quickly discovers that his metabolism is rapidly changing and he now has the ability to move at incredible speeds. With the aid of a beautiful scientist Tina McGee played by Amanda Pays, Barry Allen AKA "The Flash" learns how to control his new found powers as he turns his efforts to crime fighting in Central City.

Watching this series all over again reminded me why I loved it so much in the first place. The series was full of great set designs, amazing special effects and a solid soundtrack from Danny Elfman. It's no secret that "The Flash" was an expensive show to create each week and a floating time slot by the network pretty much sealed its fate. Where the show also faltered was in its development of villains to combat the Flash and wreak havoc on the citizens of Central City. The show had a more human feel rather than comic book and the rogues gallery of high caliber villains didn't really surface until the show was almost over and by then it was too late.
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The superhero in a Richard Donner/Tim Burton vain and produced through television. It has its merits and limitations. Each episode tends to be self-contained. Probably the best Barry Allen we're going to get.
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This DVD was purchased for our Special Need's Son and he loves the on going Action that this DVD Provided.
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I watched this series almost in one sitting over the course of a week-end.

It was a fun series... and it offered a great trip back in the early 90s.

Very nice set... and very nice series.
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This was a great show and I wish it had a longer run. I think it would have done better now with the evolution of superhero TV shows and movies. Not easy to find so get it while you can. You won't be sorry!
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yes this is a good show the only big name guest stars in this show Flash that i could tell was Mark Hamill from the original Star Wars films and Denis Crosby from Star Trek T.N.G.LT.Yar other then that it is a very good show it has hart and good story lines and i almost forgot it also has David Cassidy of The Partridge Family in there and no i did not get this show from here but i just thought i would offer a few honest words about it to let others know it is worth putting in with your other good old shows
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The Flash Series is worth watching, some great effects, though dated now. Shipps and Pays do an outstanding job as the main characters. Shipps has a kind of wide eye innocents to his character that plays well against Pays character.
All and all its fun, and a bit cheesey at times, but after all its a comic. To bad this show did not get another season. There a number of powers that had yet to be fully explored. As well as a nice little Love interest that never really went far.
For those into superheroes its a must buy.
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