May 042021

Thundarr the Barbarian debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection with all 21 episodes from both seasons spread across three discs and comes with a retrospective featurette.



Thundarr the Barbarian
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warner Archive | NR – 462 min. – $29.99 | March 16, 2021

Date Published: 05/04/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Writer(s): Steve Gerber (created by)
Voice Cast: Robert Ridgely, Henry Corden, Nellie Bellflower

Features: Featurette
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 3

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Civilization is cast into ruin when a runaway planet speeds between the Earth and the Moon, unleashing cosmic destruction. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn from the ashes with a savage landscape, strange creatures and a primitive sense of justice. But, one man fights to spread peace throughout the land: He is Thundarr the Barbarian. Using the strengths of his companions Ookla the Mok (HENRY CORDEN) and sorceress Princess Ariel (NELLIE BELLFLOWER) of courage and wits, they journey from village to village, liberating slaves and battling all kinds of beasts, mutants, wizards, thieves and robots. The future of Earth may be shrouded in darkness, but Thundarr the Barbarian bursts into action as a shining symbol of hope for humanity.



This three-disc release comes housed in a standard HD slim case. The only bonus included is Lords of Light: The Story of Thundarr the Barbarian (18:33), a retrospective featurette from 2010 delving into the history of the animated series.


VIDEO – 4/5, AUDIO – 4/5

Thundarr the Barbarian slices his way onto Blu-ray, presented with a 1.33 full frame aspect ratio as originally aired on ABC. The series comes via the Warner Archive Collection and for the most part the picture looks good even if the animation itself is a bit crude, as it usually was for 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. Still, it’s fairly clean throughout and colors appear to be well balanced.

Each episode comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which was more than adequate for a show that had limited audio when it aired back in the early 80s. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and modest depth for the music and any of the more action-centric scenes.




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

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