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Sixswitch
2009-09-18, 06:44 AM
Anyone else picked these up yet? Well, bought one set and preordered another.

I'm working my way through the episodes slowly. I'd forgotten how much fun the show was. And the safety tips at the end are so bad they're excellent. Especially the one where T-Bob sticks a fork in a toaster. Class.

As a DVD set, they're nothing spectacular. Simple menus and no extras. But they're cheap. Less than 12 for each volume (of which there are two, one not out yet as I said).

-Ss

Halfshell
2009-09-18, 01:55 PM
But they're cheap. Less than 12 for each volume

How many episodes per volume?

Denyer
2009-09-18, 04:54 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_M.A.S.K._episodes

http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853753/Mask-Series-1-Box-Set/Product.html
http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853760/Mask-Series-2-Box-Set/Product.html

Assuming both are the original series, anyone's guess. Tends to be between four and six episodes per disc, doesn't it?

edit:

Then again...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-1-Box-Set-DVD/dp/B002FP5ML0/ref=pd_bxgy_d_h__text_b
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-2-Box-Set-DVD/dp/B002G265PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1253293061&sr=8-1

If those runtimes are correct, could be the entire thing.

Sixswitch
2009-09-18, 05:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_M.A.S.K._episodes

http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853753/Mask-Series-1-Box-Set/Product.html
http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853760/Mask-Series-2-Box-Set/Product.html

Assuming both are the original series, anyone's guess. Tends to be between four and six episodes per disc, doesn't it?

38 in the first volume, leaving 37 for the second.

-Ss

skywarp408
2009-09-20, 12:15 AM
I finished watching the whole series about 6 months ago. Wait till you get to the racing series. Everyone says it sucks, but I found it rather pleasing because of all the new and updated vehicles and characters.

I just downloaded all mine on Rapidshare. Still got the links if anyone wants them.

Denyer
2009-09-20, 08:03 AM
It's currently commercially available, so keep it off the board.

Hound
2009-09-20, 05:21 PM
It's currently commercially available, so keep it off the board.Maybe for you bastards! I've got to order some bootleg version or some crap. How the hell does that work? How come you guys over in the UK get DVD sets that we don't get here? It's not fair.

I hope this set is as good as y'all say. I'm quite looking forward to watching it.

Denyer
2009-09-20, 09:48 PM
Multi-region DVD players are common enough -- I suppose the stumbling block for your continent is likely to be lack of PAL hardware. Most stuff over here seems to do PAL and NTSC.

Should work fine on a PC with a little software help, though.

Hound
2009-09-20, 11:17 PM
Ok but isn't that just a matter of how the disc is encoded or whatever? The show can't be made to work for region 1 DVD players?

I'd think it would have more to do with there not being an agreement that allows the show to be released in the US. What I don't understand is how that whole situation plays out. There has to be more money in it for whoever owns the show to get it out to the fans here in the US too rather than just the UK. They can't just get it worked out?

Denyer
2009-09-22, 08:33 PM
http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html#1.19

Conversion's pretty easy even for amateurs...

http://www.jakeludington.com/dvd_hacks/20061125_convert_pal_dvd_for_pc_playback.html

Wouldn't be surprised if a US release follows, but personally I'd just import.

Hound
2009-09-23, 04:44 AM
Wouldn't be surprised if a US release follows, but personally I'd just import.See, my point is I don't understand why they didn't have the US release first or at the same time. I always thought you were bound to see a US release of most things in advance of other places but that doesn't seem to be the case with some of the releases of these old cartoons.

TFs always come out first in the US right?

diaclone
2009-09-23, 05:52 AM
Hey Hound, just buy a cheap Philips player. They usually come out of the box region free and convert PAL to NTSC. That's how I watched a slew of UK only 80's tv.

Was M.A.S.K. any good?

Denyer
2009-09-23, 06:19 AM
TFs always come out first in the US right?
Didn't the Japanese stuff get released here first? Are there US box sets of Masterforce, etc. now, for that matter?

With licensing carved up into territories, it doesn't follow that companies can do simultaneous releases or even release in the US. They may end up licensing their remasters to an American IP firm who already own the local rights, like various TF audio/video sources have done the rounds.

And unless there are serious reforms of relevant law, a lot of stuff's going to hang around in limbo.

inflatable dalek
2009-09-23, 06:46 AM
Robots in Disguise is also only out in the UK for wacky legal reasons. Did Visionaries ever get a proper US release?

Hound
2009-09-23, 02:26 PM
Hey Hound, just buy a cheap Philips player.Nah, the Sony one I got is multi-region and all that. I just don't get all the legal crap that means I can't just go over to Best Buy and get these DVD sets there.

diaclone
2009-09-23, 03:40 PM
Did Visionaries ever get a proper US release?

From what I understand, Rhino Records released Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, and Inhumanoids. Only Transformers was released complete. The other Sunbow titles suffered from low sales and never were finished. Hence, Rhino didn't even bother with Visionaries. It's a shame too because I enjoy watching 80s animation. Cartoons from that era are a nice change from the current product.


Nah, the Sony one I got is multi-region and all that. I just don't get all the legal crap that means I can't just go over to Best Buy and get these DVD sets there.

It's a shame. All we can do is wait. What Sony mulit-region do you own? Does it upconvert to 1080i?

Sixswitch
2009-09-23, 04:41 PM
M.A.S.K was ace. A bit simplistic now (I remember it through rose tinted glasses obviously), but still great fun. I'm enjoying it anyway.

-Ss

Mr_Hi_n_Mitey
2009-09-25, 07:58 PM
I am so glad that M.A.S.K. is out on DVD. I enjoyed the cartoon a lot. My favorite V.E.N.O.M. vehicles were Switchblade, Piranha and Jackhammer, while my favorite M.A.S.K. vehicles were Condor, Rhino and Gator. I especially enjoyed laughing at T-Bob (the egg-shaped robot that turned into a scooter) and Scott Trakker (son of Matt Trakker who is the pilot of Thunderhawk and leader of M.A.S.K.), even the dry had a lot of dry humor. I still thought that it was a classic cartoon show of the 1980s.

Hound
2009-09-26, 04:54 AM
I just got my set today and will be watching it momentarily. Should be a lot of fun. I hope at least...

Osku
2009-09-26, 06:53 PM
How is the series' quality compared to 80's TF cartoon (which is mostly very poor IMHO)? Would it work without nostalgic attachment?

I suppose my next "watch through" project is going to be disappointment anyway. At the moment half through my Batman:TAS complete box set. :)

Denyer
2009-09-26, 07:20 PM
IMO, no. Interesting to watch with a friend for laughs.

skywarp408
2009-09-27, 12:13 AM
I will always remember Miles Mayhem as the only "fat" bad guy in M.A.S.K.

Hound
2009-10-12, 03:43 AM
I'm a little more than half-way through and I don't think I can take anymore of T-Bob and Scott. They're worse than Wheelie and Daniel, cause they're in every ****ing episode!!! Aaaarggh!

Mr_Hi_n_Mitey
2010-03-08, 05:29 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_M.A.S.K._episodes

http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853753/Mask-Series-1-Box-Set/Product.html
http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10853760/Mask-Series-2-Box-Set/Product.html

Assuming both are the original series, anyone's guess. Tends to be between four and six episodes per disc, doesn't it?

edit:

Then again...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-1-Box-Set-DVD/dp/B002FP5ML0/ref=pd_bxgy_d_h__text_b
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mask-2-Box-Set-DVD/dp/B002G265PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1253293061&sr=8-1

If those runtimes are correct, could be the entire thing.

I enjoyed T-BOB and Scott, too. I thought they were a trip. I thought that Vanessa Warfield of Venom was pretty hot, too.