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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Daredevil V. Spiderman
Daredevil V. Spiderman
Warner Bros. // Unrated // February 11, 2003
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Review by Phillip Duncan | posted April 25, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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Timed to coincide with the release of the Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck, Marvel and Buena Vista have decided to play it up with the disguised release of a few more episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon on DVD.

Back in 1994, Fox started airing a new animated series starring everyone's favorite wall-crawler. As Daredevil and Spidey had always been good friends, it was inevitable that the two would meet and they eventually did so in the 3rd Season of the animated show.

The four main episodes on this disc serve as the mid-point for the entire 14-episode, season long story arc entitle Sins of the Father. As Spider-Man is framed for a crime, he call upon Matt Murdock to defend him. Things naturally don't go as planned and it's up to Matt's costumed alter-ego to retrieve the evidence that can clear Spider-Man's name from his nemesis, the Kingpin.

Oddly enough, only the first two episodes, Framed and The Man Without Fear, actually have Daredevil in them. The last two parts, The Ultimate Slayer and Tombstone, continue on with Spider-Man facing the Kingpin. It's an odd choice as the storyline really don't wrap up here and these two episodes only introduce characters, Tombstone and Alistair Smythe, who play important roles later in the season.

Aside from the 4-episodes on the Spider-Man series, another episode featuring the Kingpin is featured. From the 1967 animated Spider-Man series, it's a great presentation of a classic episode from a series that was closely inspired by the original comic book.

Last, but not least, a little more Daredevil action is presented in the 1996 episode from the short-lived Fantastic Four cartoon. Entitled And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them, this single show is leaps and bounds better than the Spider-Man episodes. The Fantastic Four have lost their powers due to an explosion caused by their arch-foe, Dr. Doom. In an effort to regain them they must rely upon Daredevil to help them regain control of the headquarters, the Baxter Building.

Not quite exactly what it's made out to be, Daredevil vs. Spider-Man is nice collection of animated episodes that most kids interested in these super heroes would like to watch. As with sets like this, no matter how good they are, they deserve to be released in full seasons and not sporadic compilations.

Video: The full frame video of the episodes looks great for the most part, with the 1967 episode showing its age. Compared to the others, it's dull and washed out, but that's likely a product of age and not mastering. The other five episodes and extras a bright, vibrant and have no noticeable pixelation.

Audio: The competent stereo 2-channel mix serves its purpose. It's perfectly audible and nothing else is really necessary.

Extras: Aside from the extra episodes, Stan Lee also provides short, 2-minute intros for each one. The man who founded Marvel and had a hand in creating most of their famous characters has a presence and a way with words that is unmistakable. He's begs to be listened to and to and these intros serve as reminders to the ones he did for the Marvel cartoons in the 80's. He also has a short, 20-minute, presentation on the history of the heroes and while it's nothing revealing, it serves as a nice intro for the younger viewers who may not know the past history of the characters from all of the comics.

Overall: I'm torn on this disc. It has some nice features and they're all cartoons I love, but the adult in me wants the compete sets. For the kid, it's a perfect afternoon or Saturday morning with a classic and no Pokemon or whatever the latest craze is.

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