Pirates of Dark Water the Complete Series on DVD

Usually the Warner Archive is my source for rare golden age Hollywood gems, but my mind was officially blown when I spied a complete animated series that I have always wanted available on the Archive. The Pirates of Dark Water was a fantasy animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Turner in the early 90s. The series followed a group of adventurers who are on a quest to collect the Thirteen Treasures of Rule. When combined, these treasures possessed the power to stop an evil substance known as “Dark Water” from consuming the alien world of Mer. Now I had been slowly pulling away from network cartoons in the 1990s, but my love of Pirates and fantasy pulled me into Dark Water universe. The show was well made and obviously costly to produce. Which would seem to prove to be its undoing, because after only 21 episodes the show was canceled. With only eight of the thirteen treasures collected! What happened to Mer?!

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Now I had been looking for a way to get my hands on the season. I even picked up some VHS tapes of the show, but as any fan will tell you. Its much more satisfying to have something in its complete form. Well now I have Pirates of Dark Water the Complete Series on DVD, thanks to the Warner Archive. This is the perfect type of show for them to put out and I hope that we get to see more complete cartoon series on demand in the future.

Pirates of Dark Water the Complete Series on DVD [@] The Warner Archive


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3 thoughts on “Pirates of Dark Water the Complete Series on DVD

  1. Okay, but does anyone know if Roddy McDowall’s Niddler is intact? If I remember right, they even retroactively dubbed out his work for re-runs of the first season when Frank Welker took over, which is just wrong. McDowall’s version had an element of authenticity that helped the show elevate above just another cartoon.

  2. I agree that McDowall’s Niddler is better, but his was only for the 5 part mini-series type part of the show and when it went to regular series it was changed to Welker (who is talented), which I guess makes sense for continuity purposes. This set is all Welker.

  3. That sucks. I agree Welker is talented — legendary, really — but for this, he was a poor fit. Thanks for the news, though. I think I’ll wait and see if they release just the mini-series with McDowall included.

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