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Voltron Volume 5

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Voltron Volume 5 is a three-disc set that includes the final 13 episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series. There were also two bonus DVDs included in this set: one is a disc containing AnimeWorks trailers, and the other contains a sneak preview of Tweeny Witches.

The set is packaged in a black tin, with a lid that's designed to look like the face of the Black Lion. The first disc contains five 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." Just like with the previous four volumes, the "Scene Access" option is really cumbersome. 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, "Deleted Scenes From Season 3." This feature runs for five minutes, and includes some of the shots that didn't make it into the final cut of the episodes that World Events Productions had produced for an additional season of Lion Force Voltron. The shots and scenes included in this feature include elements that would be too "cutesy," or depict extreme pathos, violence, and killing. One shot even had a part that could be deemed as "sexually suggestive." Also, many of the shots included here were rather poorly animated.

The next feature is a nearly two minute long preview for the Beast King GoLion DVDs, and it plays up the idea of, "Did you feel as if you were 'missing something' when watching Voltron?" The third special feature is a preview of Vehicle Voltron, which runs for about nine minutes. Next is a 12 minute feature about the history of World Events Productions, the company that produced Voltron.

The fifth feature is a "lost" episode from the additional season of Lion Force Voltron; it was an episode that had been intended to be part of the newly produced episodes, but production was never completed on it, and this is the first time it had ever been seen by the public. This episode has sound effects and background music on it, but the dialogue was never dubbed in.

After watching this episode, I can see why it was "lost." The story presented in this episode is rather strange, and the animation was poorly done and contains many mistakes. This episode really should have stayed "lost," but at the same time, it's an interesting discovery for die-hard Voltron fans to learn that there was an episode that had never been seen before this set was released.

The sixth feature is a preview of the Voltron: Revelations video comic DVD that was released by Eagle One Media. Personally, I really didn't care for it. I didn't like the changes to the look and personalities of the characters from Lion Force Voltron. 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 the final episodes of the Lion Force Voltron series for your DVD collection. While I didn't care for the "lost" episode, it was nice to see that it ended up being included on this set.

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


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Who Was That Masked Man?
Take a Robot to Lunch
War and Peace... and Doom!
Who's Flying the Blue Lion & The Return of Sven
Enter Merla: Queen of Darkness
A Ghost of a Chance
To Soothe the Savage Robeast
Doom Girls on the Prowl
With Friends Like You
Lotor - My Hero?
No Muse Is Good Muse
The Alliance Strikes Back
Breaking Up Is Hard to Doom

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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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