a futuristic dimension, and a world where magic has regained its hold over
science, twelve Visionaries set forth on a perilous mission to try and discover
what force has set loose the demons of anarchy in their homeland of Prysmos.
They venture into an
unknown realm, where mystic and occult powers are the law of the land. After
being granted great magical powers by the wizard Merklyn, the knights divide
– six become The Darkling Lords, and the others, the heroic Spectral
Knights, defenders of Prysmos.
They clash with armories that combine ancient sorcery and super science
weaponry in a bid to take control of their sacred homeland and declare ultimate
those who grew up in the 80s, I'm sure many will have fond memories of the
loads of toy-cartoon series and products. On one hand, there are the toy
manufacturers, which astonished every kid with its numerous product lines,
and on the other, the cartoons
which bring these products to "life".
started it all with its dual-purpose vehicles and powers that each mask
possessed, and do He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Transformers,
Centurions, StarCom, BraveStarr, Sky Commandos, Silverhawks, G.I. Joe, all
ring a bell? Such was the cartoon frenzy those days, and perhaps, one of
the most unique and memorable series, was Visionaries.
Why? For starters,
it was innovative - the herald of the Age of Magic after the demise of the
Age of Technology. Knights in shining armour, powerful spells, transformation,
against the classic battle between Good Vs Evil. Unfortunately, Visionaries
released during the popularity wane of the 80s toy-cartoon blitz, and only
managed one season, despite being one of the favourites. It's somehow unfairly
penalized for being at the tail end of the wave, and hence, only 13 episodes
fret not, here's the Visionaries Special Collector's Edition DVD box set
that every fan would want to get, and it doesn't disappoint, starting with
the packaging and its iconic hologram on the cover, and the second disc
containing the special features.
is set in the fictional world of Prysmos, where the Age of Magic dawns and
a mystical, and morally ambiguous magician Merklynn (sort of a play on the
better known Merlin character) bestowed upon chosen knights of Prysmos magical
powers according to their characters. Everyone has one transformation power
on their totems, which allows the knights to transform into various animals,
and some lucky ones have additional powers granted on their power staffs.
Split into two groups, where the heroic Spectral Knights, led by Leoric,
wages battle with the evil Darkling Lords, led by Darkstorm. It's quite
uneven, as the villains seemed to get more destructive powers,
but of course this makes for interesting story telling.
3 episodes combine together as a mini-movie, where the origins of the characters,
their powers, and their first clash are featured. Other episodes are
more stand-alone, but you can still watch them all as a whole, given that
there are only 13 episodes. That said, you'll probably not get any closure
by the time you watched the last episode, as the series ends abruptly, but
I'm sure many wouldn't mind, so long as
all the episodes of this fondly remembered series is captured into one collectible
For starters, there are 8 (scanned) shooting scripts presented in PDF format.
For fans of the magical spells, there is a dedicated Character Biographies
section, where the background of each character is provided, together with
their powers and a short clip
on their individual spells to invoke the powers of their magical staff.
There is no need to go to the episodes to get your kicks!
selection also breaks down each episode into 3 separate scenes, so you have
the option to watch all the episodes as a mini-movie, or a particular episode,
or particular scenes in an episode.
special feature will probably be the Trivia section, but this is compensated
by a most excellent interview with the Producer of Visionaries, Flint Dille,
who provides various insights to the making of this popular series. Fans
will probably drool at the nuggets dished out, so this one is a must-watch!
is nothing much to shout about the audio reproduction, but suffice to know
that the theme song is what will jolt your memory, when it is used as the
background music of this DVD's menu.
is not a digitally animated series, thus given its original source format
of 80s styled animation, it's a pretty decent transfer.
Review by Stefan Shih
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