|Releases - DVD - Todd McFarlane's Spawn
3: The Ultimate Battle
Street Date: 10/5/99
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Media Quantity: 1
Run Time: 150 minutes
• Audio Commentary
• Music Video
• Scene Access
Standard [4:3 Transfer]
English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
• Encoding: Region 1
• Animated, Color, Closed-captioned
Synopsis: A terrifying whirlwind is sucking the earth dry, dragging
all caught in its spiral down to the very depths of hell. Todd
McFarlane's SPAWN at last stands alone, torn between heaven and hell.
From Hell the evil forces that control his destiny beckon. And from
Heaven, bounty hunters, whose soul mission is the destruction of
hellspawn, have been sent to destroy him. Beautiful, seductive, deadly.
No man can resist them. No hellspawn can survive them.
It’s a real shame that this season, my favorite of Spawn, has one of the
worst DVDs of the entire run. Content wise it’s pretty much perfect;
there’s nothing else I could really ask for. It’s the damn menu
interface—it’s just flat out horrible! It’s a pain to navigate and
you’re forced to watch some stupid rotating animation bit before you can
select the option you want. Animated menus are nice and all and I can
partially excuse this DVD because of its age, but man…such a horrible
The third season of Spawn holds some of the coolest elements, for me, in
it. The battle between Heaven and Hell is explored more in here and I
just have a ton of fun watching this season. Unfortunately due to events
in seasons 1 and 2, you can’t just jump right into this one; but seeing
as how the entire series is entertaining to watch, I guess that’s not
necessarily a bad thing.
Video and audio is strong in this release once again, though I have a
major gripe about the audio commentary on this release. As the disc ends
and you’re forced to flip it over to finish the feature, the commentary
literally cuts off mid-word. Flipping the disc over allows McFarlane to
finish the word and it just feels like a very sloppy edit.
While talking about the commentary, however, I must say it was even
better than the season one commentary. McFarlane brought in a few
guests, including his daughters and Al Simmons, to talk about the
series. It was also interesting to note that while recording this
commentary, apparently they were still going to go ahead with a fourth
season, but obviously that was scrapped. A real shame, but at least
we’re getting more animated Spawn sometime in 2006…
As before, I recommend just buying the Ultimate Collection. Better
packaging and a bonus DVD make the set worthwhile, but if you have to
pick up the single disc release, and then by all means do so. Just watch
out for that menu. Yikes.