Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman
Voltron: Fleet of Doom is a one-hour special where the Lion Force Voltron team and the Vehicle Voltron team come together to fight an alliance between Planet Doom and the Drule Empire.
While this is supposed to be the premise, the two Voltrons and their respective pilots don't spend a lot of screen time together. Much more emphasis is placed on the Lion Force Voltron characters, especially on a sub-plot concerning Zarkon's witch, Haggar, stealing Princess Allura's soul and Keith having to go into a "dream dimension" to save her. While the idea of having the two Voltrons teaming up together is an interesting one, the potential for this idea is never fully realized within this story.
World Events Productions self-released the DVD for Fleet of Doom. Unfortunately, there are a couple of problems with this release. There was a poor job done on the audio mastering; while the dialogue can be heard clearly, the background music and sound effects are soft and mixed so far into the background, that it can be hard to hear them. Also, unlike the other Voltron DVD releases, significant "dead space" is left between the "bumps" for the commercial breaks; this "dead space" really hurts the flow of the special.
There are five special features included on the Fleet of Doom DVD release. The first is "Character/Vehicle Slide Show." This slide show combines production art and stills from both Vehicle Voltron and Lion Force Voltron, with some token shots from Fleet of Doom. However, the viewer has no way of controlling when the pictures change, and the slideshow runs for way too long (especially for a slideshow that doesn't have any background music included). This feature would have been stronger if it had been shorter, and put more focus on Fleet of Doom.
The next feature is "Original Series Openers." This feature plays the openings for Lion Force Voltron and Vehicle Voltron back-to-back, instead of giving the viewer a menu and allowing the viewer to choose which opener they want to see. "Man on the Street" is the exact same special feature that appeared on the Voltron Volume 4 set.
The "Fan Films" feature takes the "Fan Films" feature from the Voltron Volume 3 set, but removes the music video and replaces it with two new fan films not in the original special feature. The final extra is "Other WEP Cartoons"; this is a menu where you can choose to watch promos for Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Vytor: The Starfire Champion, and Voltron: The Third Dimension.
I would only recommend Fleet of Doom for die-hard Voltron fans who have to own every Voltron-related DVD release.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD that my husband and I purchased.