For those who are not fully aware of what Todd McFarlane's Spawn series is about, we'll go over the plot a little, and also make a few comments about the menus. If you've seen the movie, but never really gave the animated series a serious look, you're in for a lot of other dimensions which were skipped in the human version. It's unfortunate we couldn't have such a version which would mimic the animated series, but at the time, computer generated graphics ("CG") and effects were too expensive, and even today, it would take some time. We probably will never see an animated series being played out by actors rendered in beautiful CG because the lifespan of the entertainment industry is akin to blinking an eye and rarely looks back unless there is enough justification (interpreted as fans demanding it) to do something special. In addition, there is the very real problem of the MPAA allowing for such violence in a non-animated presentation.
|Todd McFarlane's Spawn|
10th Anniversary Signature Edition
Features: New Dolby Digital 5.1 transfer. New steelbook packaging, giving the 4-disc set a heavy presence and feel. Exclusive to Best Buy customers: a first-run Comic book which is "glued" to the back of the steelbook case.
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The menus are different from the original individual DVDs. You have the option to either watch each episode on its own, or view all the episodes as one long program. At the beginning of every episode, there is approximately 30 seconds of HBO intros and about a minute of introduction from Todd McFarlane himself. While selecting Play All however, you would expect the HBO intros (which get annoying after seeing them in the beginning of every episode) and even possibly McFarlane's intros to be taken out so only the episodes would remain, leaving one mega-animated movie to be watched and enjoyed. Well, this isn't the case. Play All means just that. It will PLAY ALL the episodes, but includes everything else as well.
Todd McFarlane's Spawn begins with two reporters who are meeting their anonymous source in an alley who is going to provide them with information on a mob-related story. A few moments later, they are ambushed by some mob hitmen, but the mafia thugs are not going to get away so easily. Mr. Spawn is watching the entire situation from above, and gives the mob men a good spanking.
As the series progresses, you come to find out Spawn is actually Al Simmons, a former government assassin who made a deal with Malebolgia (one of Hell's masters) to see his wife one last time. Unfortunately, Al finds out his wife remarried and has a kid with a former peer of his, Terry Fitzgerald. And another issue which presents itself, is Clown (aka, Violator), sent from Hell to keep an eye on Spawn to make sure he fulfills his end of the bargain.
A few of my favorite characters are the two detectives (Burke and Twitch), showing up when the carnage is done. The murder scenes are grim, bloody, and confusing, and they are wondering just who or what is behind all the corpse-dumping. Another interesting character is Overkill, a muscle-bound cyborg, who is sent to find out who took out the mafia men, eventually coming head-to-head with Spawn.
There is so much more to this animated series, and the above screenshots are just examples. Many other characters are involved which give true depth to the roughly 8-hour animated feature.