X-Men Volume 5 and Iron Man The Complete Animated Series DVD reviews

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Scene from X-Men Animated Series: Volume 5
Scene from X-Men Animated Series: Volume 5

On Tuesday May 4th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Iron Man: The Complete 1994 Animated Television Series and X-Men: Volume 5 on DVD. Stan Lee presents Marvel’s complete 1994 animated television series, Iron Man, in a 3-disc edition, along with a series of original tales straight out of Marvel comic books in Volume 5 of the X-men collection, which is presented in a two-disc set.

X-Men Volume 5

The X-Men television series, which ran from 1992-1997, stayed faithful to its source material, creating rich story lines and characters that sparked increased interest in the comics.

X-Men Animated Series: Volume 5 DVD packagingWhile the quality of the animation and stories in Season 5 shows some deterioration, there are certainly enough good episodes to warrant including this volume in your collection. Season 5 also tips its hat to fans with a series of new guest characters, including Longshot, Warlock and Captain America, which make episodes like Old Soldiers – where Wolverine and Cap fight off the Red Skull – much more interesting. Some of my favorite episodes in the season also include Longshot, No Mutant Is An Island, Hidden Agendas and A Deal With The Devil, all of which maintain the quality of earlier seasons of the show.

X-Men was one of the best animated series of its time, and The Volume 5 DVD Set is an integral addition to the entire collection, featuring exciting guest appearances, complimentary story lines, and a feeling of nostalgia that makes the shows well worth watching again.

The two biggest drawbacks for both of these X-Men and Iron Man DVD releases is the poor quality of the video transfers and the complete lack of bonus material in both editions.

Run time: 308 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 4:3
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Spanish and French Language Tracks & Subtitles

X-Men Animated Series: Volume 5 Episode List

Disc 1

  1. Episode 63 The Phalanx Covenant (Part 1)
  2. Episode 64 The Phalanx Covenant (Part 2)
  3. Episode 65 A Deal With The Devil
  4. Episode 66 No Mutant Is An Island
  5. Episode 67 Longshot
  6. Episode 68 Bloodlines

    Disc 2

  7. Episode 69 Storm Front (Part 1)
  8. Episode 70 Storm Front (Part 2)
  9. Episode 71 Jubilee’s Fairy Tale Theatre
  10. Episode 72 The Fifth Horseman
  11. Episode 73 Old Soldiers
  12. Episode 74 Descent
  13. Episode 75 Hidden Agendas
  14. Episode 76 Graduation Day

X-Men Cast: Iona Morris (Law and Order, Spider-man, Fantastic Four, The Wayans Bros), Lenore Zann (Law and Order, Dragon Tales), Alison Seasly-Smith (Honey, Degrassi: The Next Generation, M.V.P: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives)

DVD Set Release Date: May 4, 2010

X-Men Volume 5

Iron Man The Complete Animated Series

Scene from Iron Man The Animated Series
Scene from Iron Man The Animated Series

When Marvel decided to launch the Iron Man animated TV series in 1994, it marked the first time Tony Stark’s alter-ego would have a chance to get the solo spotlight since his first TV appearance as one of the rotating character segments on the 1966 TV show Marvel Superheroes.

Unfortunately, the 1994 Iron Man animated series did little to bolster the image of the character, leading to its cancellation after only two seasons. This was due to a formulaic story line, usually featuring The Mandarin and his team of villains concocting a master plan involving technology – whether it was his own or Stark’s. They usually went toe-to-toe against Iron Man and his crew, which included War Machine, Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, The Scarlet Witch and Century.

Iron Man The Complete Animated Series DVD packagingThis 3-disc set collects all 26 episodes of the series, each season with its own weaknesses, along with some notable strengths. Season 2 saw a dramatically improved quality of animation and story lines. Some of the best episodes were created during Season 2 of the show, including Origin Of Iron Man & The Armor Wars 2-episode story lines, Cell Of Iron, and Hulk Buster, which featured Iron Man battling The Incredible Hulk. However there’s nothing in the entire series that sparks of originality, in-depth character development, or that the show’s creators took the source material all that seriously.

While today’s hero stories are made for a much more sophisticated and adult audience to appreciate, the 1990s Iron Man series ws clearly intended to appeal strictly to children, and compared to the quality animation and stories of today, it doesn’t hold up very well in that regard either.

For those diehard fans of The Avengers, Iron Man and the related characters, this 3-disc will be enjoyable to compare to where the Marvel Universe has progressed cinematically. It also has a cult appeal, and could be watched by fans who grew up on this series. You’ll certainly have some nostalgic fun seeing it again. Comic readers will also be amused by the show’s incarnations of the various villains and heroes from the pages comics.

Run time: 572 minutes
DVD aspect ratio: 4:3
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Spanish and French Language Tracks & Subtitles

Iron Man Episode List

Disc 1

  1. And The Sea Shall Give Up It’s Dead
  2. Rejoice! I Am Ultimo Thy Deliverer
  3. Data In – Chaos Out
  4. Silence My Companion, Death My
  5. Destination
  6. The Grim Reaper Wears A Teflon Coat
  7. Enemy Within, Enemy Without
  8. Origin Of The Mandarin
  9. Defection Of The Hawkeye

    Disc 2

  10. Iron Man To The Second Power (Part 1)
  11. Iron Man To The Second Power (Part 2)
  12. Origin Of Iron Man (Part 1)
  13. Origin Of Iron Man (Part 2)
  14. Wedding Of Iron Man!
  15. The Beast Within
  16. Fire And Rain
  17. Cell Of Iron
  18. Not Far From The Tree

    Disc 3

  19. Beauty Knows No Pain
  20. On The Inside
  21. Distant Boundaries
  22. The Armor Wars (Part 1)
  23. The Armor Wars (Part 2)
  24. Hulkbuster
  25. Empowered
  26. Hands Of The Mandarin (Part 1)
  27. Hands Of The Mandarin (Part 2)

Cast: Robert Hays (Superhero Movie), John Reilly (TV’s General Hospital: Night Shift), Jennifer Hale (Ariel’s Beginning – Voice)

DVD Set Release Date: May 4, 2010

Iron Man The Complete Animated Series

Below are clips from both editions.

Iron Man clips

Search Party

The End of Iron Man?

Ultimo!

Iron Man to the Rescue!

X-Men clips

The X-Men Escape

Betrayal

Missing Jean Grey

Trouble Brewing