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on November 27, 2016
This is a great series, the box set is great and looks nice, there are director's commentary and beautiful illustration.
Having said that, the quality is awful. I've seen documentaries about this show with great quality samples of sequences, but this is not it.
The audio is muffled and it's interlaced, which means it's got stripes going back and forth on a non-digital playback device (like an XBOX).
I'm glad I bought it as a memorabilia but I'm disappointed with the quality
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on May 26, 2012
Before the agents of The Matrix, before the Borg of Star Trek: TNG, there was "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future"! It was sort of a cross between "The Terminator" and "Star Wars", but was quite versatile, highly influential in Sci-Fi for many years to come. CP only made it only one season, cancelled after mothers' complaints about the intense violent edge in a kids' show got it kicked off Saturday mornings and thus found itself way over budget (at 1 mil per episode (unheard of in its time.) And it was made in Canada!

Back in the 80's, nothing--and I mean nothing--was as cool, as sexy or as violent for a kid as "Captain Power". It was like watching an adult military series with splashy Sci-Fi FX, and an imaginative dark intensity you only saw in some comic books. It was philosophical, political, emotional and action-packed. A team of talented writers (who would go on to write for "Star Trek: TNG" and "Babylon 5") made the stories intriguing and edgy, keeping its audience to the edge of their seats.

A super computer called OverMind has the power to `digitize' humans into bio-mechs: holographic replicants of their former selves who now serve the will of OverMind as agents of the New Order. Most of the world lies in ruins, as the Metal Wars have ended--and the machines won! A small band of warriors give the surviving Resistance hope: Captain Power and his team, equipped with heavy fire power and holographic armor suits that can be generated via a shoulder badge ("power on!") This `power' is maintained by a battery and thus their power can only last for a short time. Added to the fact that their numbers were few, battles were tense because time was always of the essence.

CP was the first live action series to incorporate CGI characters, and it worked because these actually were `digitized' agents! Sauron might look old school today but by 80's standards he was badass! He flew fast and fought hard, and he always shot to either kill or digitize--without mercy or pity. He was the right-hand bio-mech of Lord Dread--the main villain. Dread should be considered among the great enigmatic villains of Sci-Fi History: such as the Terminator, Darth Vader, Kahn Singh and the Borg. He was half man, half machine: symbolic of one who has lost his humanity to the system and seeks to draw all others down that same path.

Ultimately CP is about humanity overcoming an opposing system that smells an awful lot like Fascism. I think, without sounding too extreme, that it's fair to say that many people today could appreciate what a show like this was warning us about. Should humanity work for the system or should the system work for humanity? One erases your humanity (`digitizes' you) and one forces you to `power up' your humanity (such as William Wallace in "Braveheart".) CP was clearly an appeal to the human side, and even if we didn't get it consciously I'm sure Generation Xers got it subconsciously. Many of us have written very similar stories since. CP wasn't the first to talk about this stuff but when it comes to TV nothing was ever as provocative at grabbing our attention to its message.

The show's FX is outdated, but the same could be said of the old "Star Wars" films and many other classic Sci-Fi titles. For 20 bucks it's a great buy and I'd highly recommend it if you're a Sci-Fi adventure fan! When I was a kid you had to buy episodes individually on VHS for the price of a movie! I wanted the whole show, or at least several episodes for that price! I've waited a long, long time, but it's finally here--the complete Captain Power on DVD!!

SPECIAL FEATURES: An in-depth documentary that explores every aspect of the series through interesting interviews with the show's creators, crew and some of the cast. I didn't realize how innovative it was for its time. Today CGI is easy but back in the 80's this was a cutting edge, experimental stuff. "Star Trek: TNG" is one of my all-time favorite shows, yet I always felt that it took a few years to really find its feet. With such imaginative and competitive people at the helm, if CP had been switched to Saturday nights (instead of being cancelled) one can only wonder what this show might have evolved into. This docu really makes you wonder!

Also, "The Legend Begins" adopts CP footage to create a CP movie. I enjoyed it. There is also a "Gallery" with lots of cool art designs. "Season 2: Declassified" is a second in-depth documentary which explores the planned second season of CP. They had plotted several episodes and drew visual concepts for new characters, villains, technologies and story ideas. Also, the disks include six commentaries.

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on March 5, 2012
This contains pretty much everything a Captain Power fan could want or everything you need to become one. The bonus features are very interesting and it's nice to have this much detail about a 20 years old show. This includes both new interviews and behind the scene footage from 1987. Unfortunately, they only got two or three members of the cast for the new features. The pilot teaser that was made to sell the show is interesting and shows the evolution of the concept. Information about the never produced season two is also interesting. The commentaries range from just ok with little more than reminiscence from the actors to very interesting and full of details from the writers. The video and sound quality are as good as you would expect from a show of that era. Strangely, two shows that were never produced are listed in the booklet and, obviously, not on the DVDs.
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on August 9, 2012
This is every little boys dream from the late 80's. This show was amazing and pivotal in the future of cgi and heroes. the look paved way for the borg from star trek tng and the power suits were awesome. the series should be redone with modern technology and cgi and the second season should have been shot.Thanks
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on February 23, 2012
Nostalgia at its best. I remember this series from watching it on TV and was impressed with it then. The complete series is a detailed telling of how the series was made and contains speculations on how future shows would have been like should the series have survived beyond the first year. Anyone who remembers the series would not be too disappointed with this dvd set. For future viewers I'd tell them to "Power On!" and enjoy.
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on January 19, 2014
When I was a boy, this series has some awesome toys that would interact with the TV show. Your little Captain power would be ejected from the cockpit of the fighter plane if you were hit by lasers from the evil opposition. Watching the special features in this DVD package, I realize now how ahead of it's time this show was. It's true that CG was still in the early stages of its development. There had been no Jurassic Park movies with realistic computer generated models. It's just really too bad they didn't see a point to continue the series. Another "Lost in Space"...
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on August 21, 2012
I comment by translation software.
It was the problem of the right, or stepped and came over and did whether an audience rating at the time of the broadcast was bad in my country, but purchased it here because there was not country sale of the DVD.
I am available and feel very glad as a fan item.
I look inferior a little when I look, but think that it is the work which was good very much when I cover it by technology to break it of limited production costs now.
It is novel that work contents begin in the place that has been already occupied unlike a previous American drama, and will there be only "V" rank in other dramas? Anyway, I think that it is contents going the point.Is the middle stage of the story about the work; (cool 2?) I want you to make a sequel by all means because you are over. Power on!.
Than the Japanese who was a junior high student at the time of broadcast as things mentioned above.
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on April 30, 2017
If you've ever been a fan of Captain Power, this DVD has it all. Great background on the show and how it all went down. Someone needs to reboot this series.
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on May 23, 2014
The last disc - with the commentary from Gary Goddard, J M Straczynski was excellent. The fact that Captain Power was competing against Star Trek Next Generation and winning in areas - is very telling.

It was suggested there would be a reboot. I would be a dedicated viewer if there was!
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on June 20, 2015
Wow Captain power is so cool!
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