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Release Information:
Announce Date: 7/7/04
Street Date: 10/19/04
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $14.97
Packaging Type: DVD tray (FLP snapper)
Media Quantity: 1
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 85
Aspect Ratio(s):
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Discographic Information:
Sound Quality: Espanol: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0; English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0; Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0

Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

Edition Details:
Encoding: Region 1
Animated, Color


Special Features
3D Animated Menus
Other: Pop-Up Trivia over "A Little Piece of Home" episode
Storyboards

Official Synopsis: Timeless characters and innovative storytelling unite to create a powerhouse collection of episodes as Superman faces off with four formidable foes to defend his adopted home. Mild-mannered Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman take on a government conspiracy, a lunatic scientist known as the Weather Wizard, the fiery villainess Volcana and of course, archnemesis Lex Luthor all in the name of Truth, Justice and the American Way in these thrilling stories from the acclaimed TV show! Experience a universe of hard-hitting excitement with The Man of Steel! Episodes: A Little Piece of Home Speed Demons The Late Mr. Kent Where There's Smoke.

Review: Keeping the single disc volume release alive, Warner Home Video released Superman: A Little Piece of Home, a collection of four episodes from the 1996 through 2000 seasons of the animated series. Purely intended as an impulse purchase, this collection is made for those unwilling to pay the $10 or so more dollars for the box sets, or the parents looking for a way to ignore their child for 90 minutes.

From the fifty four episodes series, the following four are included - 'A Little Piece of Home," "Speed Demons," "The Late Mr. Kent," and "Where There's Smoke." These are four solid episodes from various points in the series run. Like the storytelling, the voice acting is top notch and the animation is solid, save for a few low points in "Where's There Smoke." And speaking of "...Smoke" for a second - how about that guest voice cast for the episode? Peter Gallagher (The O.C.), Dennis Haysbert (24), Peri Gilpin (Fraiser), and William H. Macy (Batman Beyond, Cellular all have roles in that episode. Wow!

The transfers of the episodes are a little above broadcast standards, but barely. It's clear no effort was made to clean up these releases and not much would have been needed, really While there are still plenty of dust and scratches, there are thankfully no annoying station logos to block out some of the picture.

As usual, the extras are subpar with only a trivia track, repeated on Superman: The Animated Series - Volume One, as the set's only saving grace. The interactive game and tour is pure kiddie fluff, and should be bothered with.

This disc appears to be an appetizer for the Superman: The Animated Series box sets, helping tide over fans until the sets can be purchased. This release follows the same pattern as previous single disc volume release with a small collection of episodes and minimal extras. This single volume can be skipped, instead purchase the current box set available for purchase.

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