Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Classic Doc Ock on DVD

Morningstar Entertainment will be releasing their fourth Canadian DVD release, called Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus on August 19th.

The release will contain two episodes from the 1967 Spider-Man series, each containing two Spidey stories. The feature episode is actually the premiere episode of the classic series with The Power of Doctor Octopus and Sub-Zero for Spidey. The 'bonus episode' is the 17th episode and features The Terrible Triumph of Doctor Octopus and a Green Goblin story, Magic Malice.

Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus is part of the Marvel Comics Video Library VHS series that was released in the 80s. Morningstar Entertainment has aquirred the distribution rights and is now releasing the series on DVD. A few of the stipulations are that no extra episodes are to be added, nor is any restoration to be done on the transfer.

In my opinion, this is not a DVD that collectors need to get as they repeat episodes that have already been released in a far superior way in the Spider-Man - the '67 Collection box set. Or if you want to go a cheaper route, you can get The Power of Doctor Octopus/Sub-Zero for Spidey as a bonus episode on the Buena Vista release Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock and The Terrible Triumph of Doctor Octopus/Magic Malice can be found as a bonus episode on Buena Vista's Spider-Man - The Return of the Green Goblin.

However, their previous release, The Incredible Hulk - When Monsters Meet, which hit the Canadian stores last week, contains an episode of the 1982 Incredible Hulk series which hasn't seen a DVD release yet.


Chip Chief said...

i absolutely hate the way they do these releases. give me the BTAS box set treatment, or even The Batman treatment. Especially with the 90s serialized spider-man, its lame to just get random episodes. ARGH

Kurtis said...

I agree. Buena Vista (Disney) owns all of pre-2000 Marvel animation and isn't doing anything with it except for the stupid single disc releases. The only complete sets we have seen are the 67 Spider-Man and the 94 Fantastic Four. And that was a few years ago.