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Voltron Volume 4

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Voltron Volume 4 is a three-disc set that includes 14 episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series. These are the final seven episodes adapted from the Beast King GoLion episodes, and the first seven episodes that were produced by World Events Productions for a second season of Lion Force Voltron.

The set is packaged in a red tin, with a lid that's designed to look like the face of the Red Lion. The first disc contains six episodes, the second disc contains five episodes, and the third disc contains three episodes and the special features.

The main menu on the first two discs includes "Play All," "Scene Access," and "Setup." The third disc has these options, but also adds in "Special Features." Unfortunately, just like with the first three volumes, the "Scene Access" option is really cumbersome. I really don't like the layout of the "Scene Access" menu. In the "Setup" option, you can choose one of two audio options: 2.0 Stereo or 5.1 Digital Surround Mix.

On this set, there are five items in the "Special Features" menu. The first is labeled, "Voice Actor Interviews." Neil Ross, BJ Ward, and Michael Bell were interviewed for this feature. They talked about how they auditioned, what characters they portrayed, the recording process, how they developed their characters, and remembering cast member Lennie Weinrib (who had passed away while the Lion Force Voltron DVD sets were being released).

The next feature is labeled, "Season Three Featurette." This piece includes interviews with Franklin Cofod, Marc Handler, Peter Keefe, and Bill England. This featurette explains why World Events Productions produced new Lion Force Voltron episodes instead of dubbing Albegas (a third robot series they had acquired the rights for). They also talk about how they got several staff members from the original Beast King GoLion series to produce the new episodes, and explain the process that was used to produce the new episodes. The featurette ends with talking about the two new characters (Cossack and Merla) that were introduced in the new Lion Force Voltron episodes.

The next feature is "Man on the Street: Voltron Memories." These are "man on the street" interviews conducted by Jeremy Corray. He went around the streets of St. Louis and randomly asked people if they remembered Voltron. Unfortunately, most of the people interviewed seemed to only have really vague memories of the show, and were more likely than not to give absolutely wrong information.

The "Gallery 1984" feature is a slideshow of production art, stills from the show, pictures from the Voltron Express event, and pictures of Ted Koplar and Peter Keefe sititng at a table with Voltron toys. Unfortunately, there's no way for the viewer to control how quickly the pictures go through the slideshow. The final feature on the set is trailers for other properties released by AnimeWorks.

For fans of Voltron, this set allows you to obtain more episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series for your DVD collection. The first couple of special features on this set are pretty decent, but the others are a disappointment. Even with that flaw, this set is still worth owning, especially if you are a Voltron fan.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Mighty Space Mouse
Summit Meeting
Return of Coran's Son
Coran's Son Runs Amuck
Zarkon Becomes a Robeast
Lotor The King
Final Victory
Dinner and a Show
Envoy From Galaxy Garrison
Mousemania
The Shell Game
The Traitor
Voltron Meets Jungle Woman
Little Buddies


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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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