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Voltron Volume 2

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Voltron Volume 2 is a three-disc DVD set that includes 15 episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series. The set is packaged in a yellow tin, with a lid that's designed to look like the face of the Yellow Lion. Inside the tin is a cardboard DVD case, which holds all three of the DVDs. The first two discs contain six episodes, while 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 Volume 1, 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 six items in the "Special Features" menu. The first is labeled, "Buckethead Music Video." This is a music video for "Viva Voltron," a song recorded by Buckethead. The video includes footage from Voltron, although some of the footage is obscured by superimposed appearances by Buckethead (and the footage of Buckethead has effects overlayed on it). This is an interesting instrumental track, but I was rather underwhelmed by the video.

The second feature is labeled as, "The Life & Legend." This is a 34-minute documentary that includes interviews with Executive Producer Peter Keefe, World Events Productionís Director of Project Development Jeremy Corray, Director Franklin Cofod, Stereo Sound Effects Editor Paul Vitello, Logo Designer Bill England, Story Editor Marc Handler, and World Events President Ted Koplar.

This documentary talks about how grueling the production schedule for Voltron was, Marc Handler provides some background on the show and its appeal, information about a live event where actors dressed as some of the characters and toured the country, the Voltron Express charity event for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and a brief mention of the live-action film that was just in the works when the documentary was recorded.

The next feature is labeled as, "The Toys." In this nine-minute documentary, several people involved with Voltron talk about the toys and various merchandise tie-ins that Voltron had. Featured in this documentary are Franklin Cofod, Paul Vitello, Peter Keefe, Jeremy Corray, Bill Englad, and Ted Koplar.

The fourth feature is labeled as, "T.V. Ads." This feature includes one English toy commercial, four or five Japanese toy commercials, and one commercial for the Lion Force Voltron television show. When you view the ads, you have no way to select which ones you want to watch. They all stream as one piece, in the upper corner of the screen (the rest of the screen is a border featuring Voltron toys). Unfortunately, the quality of the audio and video on the commercials isnít the best.

Another feature on the disc is labeled, "International Voltron." This feature talks about how after World Events turned Beast King GoLion into Voltron, other international markets became interested in Voltron, and would translate the Voltron version of the property into their native language. The opening and closing of Beast King GoLion is included, as well as some shots and scenes of Voltron in English, French, and Spanish; also, the occasional scene from Beast King GoLion would be included. Interviews in this nine-minute documentary come from Marc Handler, Ted Koplar, and Paul Vitello. The final special 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. Through the documentaries included on the third disc, you can also get some background information on what went on behind-the-scenes for the production of the Voltron series, as well as some background on the toys and merchandise. This DVD set should really be in the collection of anyone who is a fan of Voltron.

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


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Bridge Over the River Chozzerai
My Brother Is a Robeast
Zarkon Is Dying
The Buried Castle
Pidge's Home Planet
It'll Be a Cold Day
The Deadly Flowers
It Takes Real Lions
Raid of the Alien Mice
Short Run of the Centipede Express
The Invisible Robeast
The Green Medusa
The Treasure of Planet Tyrus
Magnetic Attraction
The Sleeping Princess


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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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