Pirates of Dark Water, The (DVD)

Join this misfit crew as they sail the mysterious 20 seas surrounding the alien world of Mer. For swashbuckling action: grab the seagoing bounty of the 4-Disc, 21-Episode The Pirates of Dark Water Complete Series Collection!

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Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (62)
  • Engaging characters (56)
  • Original (48)
  • High production value (17)
  • Great cinematography (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (54)
  • Younger viewers (47)
  • Adult viewers (38)
  • Perfect gift (31)
  • Travel (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (29), Casual viewer (20), Avid moviegoer (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A 90's animated classic!

I was so happy that Warner Brothers finally announced the release of this series that I so loved when it originally aired on ABC in 1991-92. I believe the Pirates of Dark Water...Read complete review

I was so happy that Warner Brothers finally announced the release of this series that I so loved when it originally aired on ABC in 1991-92. I believe the Pirates of Dark Water was Hanna-Barbera's last original animation property. But even if it's not, this series is IMHO one of the best original concepts ever produced in animation. It draws from history's seafaring adventures, yet creates a unique concept with Dark Water and greatly combines action, comedy, drama, and sword and sorcery.

My only complaint about the release is that the DVD production is really 'bare bones'. That is, there are no special features about the series such as featurettes, subtitles for the hearing impaired, or cast/crew commentary. Then again, this was released as a part of the WB's manufacture on demand (MOD) program, so I wasn't necessarily expecting such content. Still, I would suggest that for future such productions, the chapter selections be modified so that one can skip the opening credits and improve the chapter selections of individual episodes.

Overall, I'm pleased with this release and I look forward to other releases from the WB MOD program. I think this program is a good answer in today's DVD retailer market as it minimizes the difficulty in finding said releases at commercial retailers. Instead, it comes directly from the studio.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great show, bad quality

The show is great. Just like I remember it. They don't make shows like this anymore. It's so original, even down to the "curse words" (they're aren't real curse...Read complete review

The show is great. Just like I remember it. They don't make shows like this anymore. It's so original, even down to the "curse words" (they're aren't real curse words in it, but they say made up things...so don't worry it's totally kid age appropriate as long as you don't mind some mild cartoon violence). I watch it, and it still leaves me with a sense of wonder. Why don't they make cartoons like this anymore?!

I just wished they finished it. The show never comes to any sort of conclusion, in case you know nothing about the show just be aware of that fact.

The quality is not great though. If you're looking for any re-mastering, this product is not for you. This looks like a complete copy of a decent VHS. Though I ran into a few rather rough patches as well, but they were short. Also I was having problems playing it on some of my DVD players, since it is actually a DVD-R.

So get it for the story, not for the quality. If you are a fan of 80s cartoons and fantasy then you'll probably like this.

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5.0

Great show from childhood

By W.P. Blevins

from Logan, OH

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Original

Cons

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    Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

    I first saw Pirates of Dark Water back in the early 90s. One thing I am disappointed about is that it was not continued. I believe that WB or whoever orginally came up with this show needs to finish it so viewers can find out if Ren manages to save Mer and restore Octopaun. 80s quality footage but great for those who are 90s kids and grew up on awesome TV like this.

     
    4.0

    Happy

    By Rocky

    from Covina, CA

    About Me Casual Viewer

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    Pros

    • Entertaining

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

      Missed this show. So glad I was able to purchase it online.

       
      5.0

      Nostalgia Confirmed

      By Psudo

      from St. George, UT

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great writing
      • Original

      Cons

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          Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

          I thought my memories of this show from almost twenty years ago must be exaggerations. This show couldn't be as original, as well-written, as engaging, the protagonist could not be so relatable and honorable, the writing so good (for a Saturday morning cartoon), and the overall engaging quality just couldn't be as high as I remember. I thought nostalgia was giving my memories a rose-colored tint.

          I was wrong. Pirates of Dark Water is every bit as good as I remember. A true fantasy adventure, the way it ought to be.

          The collection is very well put together, too. The simple case holds six DVDs tightly, and the case art is iconic. $10 more would still have been an excellent deal.

           
          5.0

          best graphic around ina long time

          By mike

          from new smyrna beach fl

          About Me Movie Buff

          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • Original

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

            the product was execellent and the service was that i seen in a long long time

             
            5.0

            Awesome, Old School Videos

            By Rachel

            from IL

            About Me Casual Viewer

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
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              • Perfect Gift
              • Special Needs
              • Travel
              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

              This video was great. I haven't finished the entire series yet, but very imaginative, good characters. Kids really liked it. Loved it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than I Remembered

              By KitKat

              from Florida

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              Pros

              • Detailed world-building
              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • Original
              • Well-developed script

              Cons

              • Never Finished

              Best Uses

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              Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

              I've always been a fan of this show ever since it was on the air when I was in elementary school. It's just the kind of story and characters you can't forget. This is fantasy and world-building at its best, and the originality of the linguistics and denizens of the populace is top-notch writing. The only bad thing about this show is that it was never completed. The story is left wholly unfinished.

               
              5.0

              Remember this from when you were little?

              By Volptron

              from Fond du Lac, WI

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              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Original

              Cons

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                • At Home
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                Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

                I remember seeing this on tv when I was young. I wish they would show it on Boomerang. Maybe they could finish the series. The show it meant for younger veiwers because of all the cliches and stereotypes. Still pretty good to watch. I bought it for myself.

                 
                5.0

                One of the best cartoon series ever!

                By Meanwhile

                from Kansas City, MO

                About Me Casual Viewer

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
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                  Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

                  Excellent picture quality, functional DVD menu without any annoying "fancy" stuff. Great purchase!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very cool show!

                  By Evil Shadow Kitty

                  from Murfreesboro, TN

                  About Me Avid Moviegoer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Fantasy story w pirates
                  • Older but still good

                  Cons

                  • 80's cartoon quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Good kids TV

                  Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

                  I absolutely LOVED this show as a kid, along with many other shows as well. I even had some of the action figures, too! It was a pretty cool story for a little kid also. This isn't my best review ever, but the series is definitely worth watching in my opinion! Check it out for yourself if you are curious, I'm sure you will NOT be disappointed.

                   
                  5.0

                  Just can't get enough!

                  By Neface86

                  from Syracuse, NY

                  About Me Casual Viewer

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • Original

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                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • In The Car
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Travel
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about Pirates of Dark Water: The Complete Series:

                    I was searching everywhere for this series and stumbled upon it here while looking at a different series. Best thing ever! It's still just as fantastic as I remember it from my childhood AND I'm able to make a friend happy by buying it for their Christmas present!

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