|Releases - DVD - Todd McFarlane's Spawn
Street Date: 11/18/97
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Media Quantity: 1
ē Interview with Todd McFarlane
ē Running Commentary with Todd McFarlane
ē Story Boards
ē Rap Sheet
ē "Spawn" Movie Trailer
Standard [4:3 Transfer]
English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
ē Encoding: Region 1
ē Animated, Color, Closed-captioned
Synopsis: How can you avenge betrayal and murder? How can you fight
for right in a world so steeped in evil? How can you protect those you
love most from all that can do them harm? No man living - or dead - can
tell you. But one trapped between both is struggling for an answer that
can save the lives of his most beloved, or plunge the world into eternal
darkness. The cloak and chains of Spawn explode from the comic book page
onto the screen in a deadly tornado of untapped, unwrapped, merciless
When reviewing this DVD I have to keep in mind that itís been nearly a
decade since it came out. And then when I realize that itís a ten year
old DVD, I become impressed by all that they put on this disc.
Interviews, full commentary, story boards, trailersÖitís quite an
impressive line up for a DVD that first saw store shelves in 1997.
Obviously you can view my full thoughts on the first season of Spawn
elsewhere on this site, so Iíll keep my comments on the feature brief.
The first season of Spawn introduces us to the character and his world
and is a must-start point in this series. Itís not a series you can just
jump into, so this is a required viewing if you want to know whatís
going on in later seasons.
Video is a generic transfer for cel animation: itís kind of dirty and
grainy, but overall not bad, again, considering its age. Audio is
default stereo, though I got some faux 5.1 going on with my
receiveródonít know what that was about, but it was interesting, none
Special features are pretty much all you could want on this release.
Behind the scenes story boards, interviews and the feature length
commentary were all complete surprises to me when I bought the box set.
The commentary, especially, was a big treat and I loved listening to it,
even if McFarlane did come off a bit pretentious at times. Of course, at
the time it was recorded, the Spawn franchise was pretty much in its
Overall this DVD is definitely worth picking up for newcomers to the
series. While I recommend the Ultimate Collection over this single disc
release, as cheap as these DVDs are now, itís a good water tester in
case youíre not sure what youíre getting yourself into.