PoDW official DVD release: more information!

This is courtesy of TVshowsonDVD.com (and the ever-vigilant Nathan).

If you’d like to cut to the chase and pre-order, go right ahead!

A few basic points:

1. This is the Frank Welker PoDW version, not the original Dark Water episodes with Roddy McDowall voicing Niddler.
2. This includes episodes 1-21. There are no extras on these discs.
3. On the Warner Shop website is this note: “This film has been manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available and has not been remastered or restored specifically for this DVD and Digital Download release.”
4. You can check out the DVD cover art on the TVshowsonDVD link as well.
5. In the US, the DVD set with basic shipping and sales tax is $26.40. That’s just over $1/episode–a real steal! Very odd…the price is now at $29.95. Not sure if it was a mistake before or if they’re taking advantage of fan demand…

Here’s the scoop:

You’ve heard the chatter here and there on the net for a few weeks now, but this morning TVShowsOnDVD is pleased to confirm that Warner Brothers is relasing Pirates of Darkwater – The Complete Series on DVD next Tuesday, August 31st. Cost is $19.95 for a 4-disc set, which runs 462 minutes long for all 21 episodes of the show’s run in the early ’90s.

Fans might remember that the first five episodes of the program originated as a five-part mini-series, and that Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes, Tales of the Gold Monkey) played the voice of “Niddler” in that version. When the program made the move to a regular series, however, those five installments were reconstructed with the voice of Niddler now being provided by Frank Welker (“Megatron” of the original Transformers, “Freddy” and “Scooby” on the various Scooby-Doo programs). One of our readers, Nate, asked us if we could find out which version of those episodes would be included on the DVD set. We did ask, and Warner tells us that the Frank Welker version of Niddler will be found on this release.

Pirates of Darkwater – The Complete Series will not be available in local stores, but instead is found exclusively at Warner’s online outlet, The WB Shop (WBshop.com), and is available to pre-order right now (when you land at the site, just use the “search” field in the upper right and start typing in “Pirates”; it will auto-fill in with the title for you to click on). You can pre-order your copy this minute, and it will ship out beginning next Tuesday. Note that this is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title, and as such it’s not able to ship outside of the USA. At the bottom of this report you’ll find a high- resolution 3D picture of the package art, provided to us exclusively by the studio. We’re grateful that they’ve also provided us with an exclusive online clip from the show, which you’ll see if you scroll down a little bit.

What a weekend for me to be out of town…I’m not sure how else to spread the word about this beyond Facebook, Twitter, and this site, so PLEASE, SPREAD THE WORD! Let fans everywhere hear about this!

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