Jul 292020
 

Wonder Woman in terms of content is a show of its time and I’m sure today’s audiences might have a difficult time sitting through an episode, I still find it fairly entertaining thanks in large part to Lynda Carter’s committed performance.

 

 

Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection
(1975-79)

Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment | NR – 2951 min. – $64.98 | July 28, 2020

Date Published: 07/29/2020 | Author: The Movieman


SERIES INFO:
Writer(s): William Moulton Marston (characters); Stanley Ralph Ross (developed by)
Cast: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Richard Eastham, Beatrice Colen


DISC INFO:
Features: Episode Commentaries, Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 10


Audio: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 4.0/5


Series Synopsis: Diana Prince (LYNDA CARTER), a true Amazonian with special powers, fights bad guys with the support of Steve Trevor (LYLE WAGGONER). Wonder Woman catches people in her magic lasso of truth and uses her golden belt and bracelets to deflect things such as bullets.

Quick Hit Review: Having been born in the very earl 1980s, Wonder Woman was certainly before my time and honestly don’t really remember watching in syndication (assume it ran at some point), instead going for the old Adam West Batman show. Later in life did watch when it was released on DVD in 2007. Like Batman before it, the show certainly was pretty cheesy and wonder if it had ran in the 1960s rather than the 70s, if it would’ve gotten more than three seasons.

In any case, Lynda Carter was absolutely amazing, not only giving it her all in her performance, with some winks and nudges here and there, but was the first, at least in mainstream, to fill out such an iconic outfit, and the only woman to do so until 2015’s Batman v Superman with Gal Gadot taking on the role with a similar innocence, and also showing off her physical presence.

The show certainly is pretty cheesy right from the pilot episode where we see Wonder Woman flying her invisible plane, which of course was against a green screen. Sure, the premise is a bit out there but there were I think unintentionally funny moments. That said, other elements do take on a more serious tone, especially with many episodes have Wonder Woman taking on the Nazis, which is probably why the Gadot version was smart having it take place during WWI.

However, even with the sillier moments, I really enjoyed revisiting this series after so many years and makes for a fun time to watch, binge or marathon, style with “Batman” and even that obscure “Shazam” show, all available on Blu-ray and in brilliant high-definition.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


This 10-disc set comes housed in an extra wide Blu-ray case which side-slides into a slip cover. Compared to the DVD box set, this is a space-saver and luckily all bonus features have been ported over.

Episode Commentaries:

  • ‘Pilot: The New Original Wonder Woman’ – Star Lynda Carter and Executive Producer Douglas S. Cramer
  • ‘My Teenage Idol is Missing’ – Star Lynda Carter

Beauty, Brawn and Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective (21:13) is a featurette on the history behind the character and show and includes interviews with Lynda Carter, Douglas Cramer and a couple others.

Revolutionizing a Classic: From Comic Book to Television (11:26) – Focuses on bringing the classic comic to primetime TV and has more interviews with Carter, Cramer and others in the comic book field.

Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist Icon (13:53) is on the character’s cultural impact.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Wonder Woman: The Complete Collection onto Blu-ray where its presented in its originally televised 1.33 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. Doing a brief comparison with the older DVD, this does have a noticeable upgrade, colors are generally brighter, such as the reds in Wonder Woman’s glorious costume and generalities of the on-location environments showing off the 1970s styles.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


Each episode comes with what I assume is a similar or the same Dolby Digital 1.0 track. For the most part this is more than adequate for this kind of show, dialogue comes through with good clarity and even the more action-y scenes have decent enough depth for a singular channel.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Wonder Woman in terms of content is a show of its time and I’m sure today’s audiences might have a difficult time sitting through an episode, I still find it fairly entertaining thanks in large part to Lynda Carter’s committed performance (plus she looks fantastic in that costume).

Now, is this Blu-ray worth the upgrade over the DVD? Hate to be middle of the road, but yes and no. Yes as for those looking to save on shelf space will find this is 1/3 the size and the video transfer does look quite good. However, there are no new special features and the audio tracks are probably the same. At a reasonable price, this might be worth picking up.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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