Tomorrow, after 24 years, you will finally be able to own the complete series for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. The groundbreaking series has been restored from the original tape masters thanks to the hard work of Roger Lay Jr. and Gary Goddard Entertainment. Can you name another TV series back in 1987 that integrated interactive effects with CGI and live action and also possessed a mature storyline with powerful writing?
Thanks to our friends over at Gary Goddard Entertainment I’ve been able to spend some time watching the 4-DVD set that will hit stores shelves tomorrow. It has been quite fun to get reacquainted with the likes of Captain Jonathan Power and his ragtag group of allies as they try to combat the tyranny of Lord Dread and his Bio-Dread Empire.
I was shocked by how many episodes I hadn’t actually seen in my youth. To be honest in my neck of the woods it was a bit of a chore trying to find what station at what time they were showing that week’s episode, thanks to the documentary on the set, Out of the Ashes: The Making of Captain Power, I found out why that was.
Believe me when I say that the feature length documentary as a special feature is worth the price of the set alone, we fans of the show really had no idea how much work went into the making of the series. It’s an incredibly enlightening behind the scenes look at the show with numerous interviews with the stars as well as the people who bled and sweat to bring it to us.
The special features for the set do not stop with the documentary, it also contains an absolutely amazing segment entitled, Captain Power Season 2: Declassified. Where we learn where the show’s storyline was headed next…and it almost makes me tear up to know that we were robbed of seeing what they had planned thanks to that rash of alarmed parent groups we had back in the 80s.
Another interesting special feature is the feature-length TV movie, Captain Power: The Legend Begins, which has never been aired in the US before. Six of the 22 episodes have commentary by Cast and Crew as well.
The Captain Power 4-DVD set runs at approximately 500 minutes, and is priced at $31.99 Can you think of a better gift for a fellow Retro fan than this? Well…how about this then…there is a possibility that we will see a reboot of the series.
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