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Voltron Volume 3

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Voltron Volume 3 is a three-disc DVD set that includes 15 episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series. The set is packaged in a green tin, with a lid that's designed to look like the face of the Green 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 the first two 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 seven items in the "Special Features" menu. The first is labeled, "Exclusive Composer Interview." This is a roughly nine-minute interview with John Petersen, the composer of the music that appeared in Voltron. During the interview, he explains how he came up with the main Voltron theme, about the instruments used to create the music of Voltron, the various other cues and themes he composed for the show, the telephone calls and letters he has received from Voltron fans over the years, and mentions some other animation he's composed music for.

The next feature is labeled, "The Music of Voltron." This is a montage of some of the cues and themes that appeared in Voltron, set to footage from the show. The audio portion of this feature can also be heard on the Voltron soundtrack CD.

The third feature is, "Interview with Murphy Lee." The opening title card of this feature claims that rap artist Murphy Lee explains his use of Voltron references in his lyrics. However, he never really even touches on this topic, and this roughly two-minute piece sounds like an incoherent, rambling mess. It doesn't help that the audio quality on this feature is just awful.

The fourth feature is labeled as, "Fan Videos." This whole feature runs for about six minutes, and consists for four videos. The first three videos are fan-made animated pieces. The last video is a music video for "The End of Planet Arus," a song composed by a Voltron fan named Jason Bass.

The fifth feature is labeled as, "Remastered Premiere." This four-minute feature consists of footage shot at an event to promote the DVD release of Voltron. The sixth feature is, "1984 News Reels & Promos." This consists of news stories about the Voltron mall tour to promote dental hygiene and the Voltron toys, as well as a promo piece about the Voltron Express. 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. While the special features on this set may not be as impressive as on previous volumes, this is still a set 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
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
A Transplant for the Blue Lion
Attack of the Fierce Frogs
Lotor Traps Pidge
Doom Boycotts the Space Olympics
Lotor's Clone
Lotor's New Hit Man
Raid of the Red Berets
The Captive Comet
The Little Prince
There Will Be a Royal Wedding
The Sand People
Voltron Frees the Slaves
Voltron Versus Voltron
One Princess to Another


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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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