… Dark, deluxe and brimming with sensual danger, this lavish action-fantasy is a little stiff dramatically at the outset but has the potential for cult status. Purists may bristle at the changes from the comic-book mythology, but we lesser mortals can only thrill as these birds take flight. …Variety said:
… After the success of the Frog's other superhero series, "Smallville," writer Laeta Kalogridis ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") further invigorates the concept with a femme-empowerment spin … With "Birds of Prey," Kalogridis has crafted a tidy concept, crossing an idol with a villain to make a new breed -- slightly naughty, definitely conflicted but with some serious kick-ass power. … Meyer brings a good deal of balance as the seasoned veteran, but as a trio, the actors and characters are clunky. The power of three has been done before, and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has the lock on using the supernatural experience as an analogy for real life. Perhaps the producers can learn from the demise of shows such as "Dark Angel" and realize that good looks and highly stylized action aren't enough. …The Hollywood Reporter said:
… there's a new team of superheroes -- a trio that's tough, sexy and quite capable of rounding up any stray teen and young adult viewers in the time period. …a fine, fun and artfully executed fantasy action series. … Although each "Bird" is appealing in her own right, and they share solid chemistry, Scott's Huntress steals practically every scene in which she appears. Defiant one moment and vulnerable the next, Scott is the perfect choice for this action hero with attitude. … an episode that is both traditional and futuristic, combining the old-fashioned values of comic book heroes and the sensibility of contemporary youth culture. …The Los Angeles Times said:
… Why would it succeed? Try self-mocking humor and gorgeous dominatrixes in leather. … Even though the caped Big Guy himself is somehow absent from New Gotham, "Birds of Prey" follows in the great tradition of superhero noir. It's grim, dark, smoky and, most important, ripping good fun as these butt-kicking Dynamic Dolls have themselves some nights on the town. …Herc’s rating for the unaired pilot for “Birds of Prey”? ***1/2 The “Gotham Girl” shorts included in the new set run between two and five minutes each. The first two crudely animated seasons were comprised of stand-alone not-funny “comedies” featuring DC icons Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Batgirl and, less frequently, Zatanna. The much better and more dramatic final season forms one big 35-minute story about what happens after all the men in Gotham City mysteriously disappear; it traded Zatanna for a newer DC comic icon, Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.
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July 15, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST
two insomniacs. and now back to bed for two and a half hours untill another lovely day at work. stupid bug under my computer desk that i can never seem to kill. (i smell screenplay.)
July 15, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST
drake. john drake.
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July 15, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST
Finally...family ties vol 4..the best year ever for family ties..along with 5 and 6.. ALSO..IF YOU ARE A BIG FAN OF BUFFY.YOU WILL LOVE "AND THE ROCK..MEANS LOVE IT" CAUSE ITS BRILLIANT AND SO WELL DONE..AND DRACULA AND ZANDER ARE HILLARIOUS.. AND (SPOILER HERE) "BEWARE OF MECHA-DAWN" Yes its what you think..lol..RIGHT HERC?...its one of the best storys done so far and great fun..Peace all...
July 15, 2008, 6:18 a.m. CST
It's failure is also why the WB passed on picking up Mercy Reef (Aquaman)
July 15, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST
It's 60 bucks even at 40% off. Damn, even The Sopranos are cheaper now.
July 15, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST
I think if it had hit a couple of years later it would have made it, much better than I initially thought it was going to be. But given what WB/CW has done to Smallville since then, it may have been better to let it die rather than turn it into a teenage angst fest \ product placement vehicle.
July 15, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...never looked better! (Kidding) Ah yes, Birds of Prey... the show that killed any chance of a Starman (Jack Knight version) series. Also... wonder what ever happened to that "WB" network. Someone told me it was now called "CW", but I don't believe them. Who the hell's ever even heard of a "CW" network...
July 15, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST
by Sailor Rip
I'll admit I never watched it when it was briefly on but it sounds like an awesome concept if done right and with all the Bat hype now it seems like a sure thing. <p> Somronr should really think about reviving this thing. There's endless story possibilities.
July 15, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST
by George Newman
i only watched a few episodes. it definitely had appeal. but it had the same problem as season one Smallville--kryptonite-empowered bad guy of the week. not literally, but it was uninterestingly-empowered bad guy who may or may not shamefully resemble some old batman villain each week.
July 15, 2008, 10:10 a.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
but i've seen every episode of the show... it had some good stuff, but mostly just weird lame stuff... i always wondered why kalogridis left the show and wondered what might've happened if she'd stuck around. if the wb hadn't forced the show to go the smallville route and do the freak-of-the-week thing, it could've been cooler... harley quinn was the best part except when she turned herself into a metahuman in the finale... as i recall, the series ends with an episode featuring clayface, and the final scene of the series is a somewhat touching alfred/bruce wayne moment. you know, i would've liked to see that show done right, and i would've liked at least a full season... there was potential there, me thinks.
July 15, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST
The other being Twin Peaks. I don't know how many times I've re-watched the entirety of both series. Please check out Sports Night if you haven't already.
July 15, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST
Will this one have any features other than a "play all" option and an "interactive menu"? Will we get commentaries? The option to turn off the laugh-track (that would be the greatest feature ever)? Behind the scenes? Script to screen? Bloopers?
July 15, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST
It's a schlockfest.
July 15, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
Thank you for the positive comments on Birds of Prey. It's nice to know there are people out there who saw the potential in this show. PS - Commissioner Gordon is briefly mentioned in one episode, "Shiva," the ninth in the series. It acknowledges that he is Barbara's father and was Police Commissioner at one point in the past, but does not say if he still is or what has happened to him otherwise.
July 15, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST
I'm way with you on the importance of a "turn off the fucking fake laugh track" feature on "Sports Night." It that's not on the 10th anniversary edition, I ain't buying it. And the DVD issuers are some stupid motherfuckers for not giving us that option.
July 15, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i guess maybe he had said this because it was superman's youth but the smallville pilot clearly shows it was whatever year the show started. when i first heard about smallville, i figured it would take place in the 50s or 60s but i followed the first 2 seasons and its clearly a modern day show. clark arrived on earth in the late 80s.
July 15, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
i'm a little choked. that was one of the best things about the show!
July 15, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST
that Prey/Smallville crossover episodes were contemplated -- which would have established that Superman is younger than Batman's daughter! <p> While it's strange to contemplace a universe in which Bruce and Clark are not the same age, those circumstances do fire the imagination. As in the "Watchman" universe, we would see an era in which a new superpowered crimefighter eclipses all the old non-superpowered ones. <p> I don't remember the old BoP title theme. Was it a pop tune, like Smallville's?
July 15, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST
by Richard Cranium
I've heard rumors of Laserblast which would pretty much cause me to wet myself with glee, but I can't find confirmation anywhere.
July 15, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
"Revolution" by Aimee Allen, it was kind of a rock/pop song, kinda cool, but the song on the dvd if this fluffy, floaty lame-o song
July 15, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST
It's too bad they couldn't have gotten their act together direction-wise and kept going. It was far more compelling than the tepid and ridiculous Smallville.
July 15, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST
According to what I've seen, 8 episodes have cast/crew commentaries. New interviews with all 6 main cast members and Sorkin. A comparison feature thingie between SN and SportsCenter. But about the laugh track I saw this: "Shout! Factory was unable to remaster the audio to remove the laugh track." I'm sure they would have to re-mix the audio for the entire episode to remove the laugh track. Plus re-edit it as there are some moments where the cast breaks for the laugh track. (Like Jeremy's "Many, many people" line). I'm still double-dipping for it, though.
July 15, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST
they announce them at san diego comic con next week. the laserblast info is not real according to shout factory website they claim it was mistakenly reported in some early press info and they do have the rights for it but it's not in the new set. could be disinformation but check out shout factory website for info.
July 15, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST
There are waaaaay too many bootlegs of the original broadcast out there to spend $30 for a hacked-up DVD set.
July 15, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST
As was the dead clowns in the car.<p>Love Reno 911.
July 15, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST
ive never hated music changes so much as i did with this set. its really upsetting. i dont see why most of the defining musical pieces were the ones that changed.
July 15, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST
or is this a DTV sequel?
July 15, 2008, 10:08 p.m. CST
The Tick, Duckman, and Freakazoid. I waited impatiently for a decade, finally the Tick vs. sets came out, now Freakazoid and Duckman. My VHS tapes of random eps long ago took magnetic dirt naps. Finally I can show my wife why Ed Asner is the greatest comedic straight man ever AND the only bob guccione cameo I've ever seen.
July 15, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST
"So don't adjust that dial; and while we're gone, if any talking animals ask you to buy some tacos or beer, for God's sake, do what they tell you." A classic of the medium. Having it on DVD at all was a blessing, but the chance to finally get the sort of extras package that it deserved (and that Buena Vista was too cheap to splash out on for the first release) means I'm buying it.
July 16, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST
aka Birds of Prey. Shitty story. Shitty acting. Shit.
July 16, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST
how hard is it to remove the laugh track? Don't they need to remaster the audio anyway for today's super-duper Raise the Roof Surround Sound systems that people have? They remove original music and replace it with something more easily licenced, so why can't they do the same to some canned laughter? From what I understand, they did it for the MASH set. If Hawkeye & Trapper John can have a laugh-free audio, why not Dan & Casey?
July 16, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST
by My Pretty Pony
I can't believe they changed the theme song! I looked forward to that damn theme song every time the show came on! Why the hell isn't "Supernatural" in bold?! It's a much better show than 90% of the crap coming out on DVD.
July 16, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST
each one having basically the same story over and over again! 116.99 is still too high. And couldn't the douches sell em for 11 each? Anyone aware that the economy is tanking and people are struggling just to eat and transport? This ain't Buffy or Angel folks! Nothing unique here. Move along....
July 16, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST
Umm.. WHAT? Guess I'm glad I never had to suffer through this dreck.
July 16, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
But not enough so to buy it a second time, though. I will probably rent it. Also, I feel Sorkin-era West Wing was a better show. There needs to be a 4th Sorkin show so Sport Night doesn't get ranked next to Studio 60 on my hierarchy. Good lord, that show was too smug.
July 16, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST
by Voice O. Reason
I was probably actually reading the BofP comic at the time, so the show couldn't keep me past the pilot. The only thing I liked was Barbara in her Batgirl costume during the whatever-it-was sequence. Ah, the whole fucking show should have just been Batgirl, starring the same actress. At least something resembling the real Black Canary made it into Smallville. BY THE WAY, NICE "DARK ANGEL" DIG IN THE REVIEW! Hit the nail on the head with what the worst part of that show was. Well, that and Alba was actually a worse actress back then, and everyone was always driving around in Pontiac Azteks...like that car was going to make it 20 years into the future or something. Pffft. Oh, yeah...Original Cindy may have been a finalist for my all time least favorite TV character.