Every generation thinks their generation was the best. Being a child of the 80’s, I of course am a defender of the decade. Though, I will admit there are a number of things from those glorious times that haven’t quite held up. Members Only Jackets, Pet Rock, Mullets and Bill Cosby to name a few. One thing that stands true is the cartoons. My god, we had it good! The kids today and their crap anime-style cartoons that are all flash and no substance, have no idea what a quality action-adventure cartoon is. A clear example of effective programing was M.A.S.K. That shit was dope. Literally, it was the dumbest concept. With special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, Matt Trakker and his Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, kept the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). Yeaaaaa… Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, I said it was stupid. Regardless of how silly the characters and premise were, the action and heroism hit all the right notes. Plus the theme song was EPIC! *Ahem* excuse me well I get all nostalgic:
“Mask crusaders, Working all the time, fighting crime, fighting crime! Secret raiders, who will neutralise, as soon as they arrive, Trekker’s gonna lead the mission, And Spectum’s got such super vision, M-m-m-MASK! Is the mighty power that can save the day, m-m-m-MASK! No-one knows what lies behind their masquerades! M-m-m-MASK! Always riding on Venom’s trail, Come see the Laser Rays, Fly away”…
Squee! Oh man, that theme song was one of the best. Right up there with Jaycee and the Wheeled Warriors.
Anyway, if you were a fan of M.A.S.K then you will shit your pants in excitement when you hear that it’s being released on DVD on August 9th 2011. Indeedo kiddo!
Here’s the full press release (after the break):
This Summer, loyal fans and collectors can finally bring home one of the most enduring animated adventures from the 80’s when the long-awaited M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series DVD box set debuts nationwide on August 9, 2011 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with FremantleMedia Enterprises. Poised to attract an audience of kids, young adults and parents who grew up with this animated series, this 12-DVD box set contains all 65 action-packed episodes – known to fans as the original series aired in 1985, as well as insightful bonus features. A must-have for collectors to complete their pop culture video library, M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com and major retailers.
Led by multimillionaire Matt Trakker, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand — better known simply as M.A.S.K. — defends the world against Miles Mayhem and his nefarious international criminal organization V.E.N.O.M., the very same group responsible for the death of Trakker’s teenage brother. With his own son, Scott, and a secret strike force including his friends — engineer Bruce Sato, courageous historian Hondo MacLean, mechanic Buddy Hawks, rocker Brad Turner, computer expert Alex Sector, stunt driver Dusty Hayes and beautiful martial artist Gloria Baker — it’s up to Trakker, equipped with special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, to keep the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).
Throughout the years, M.A.S.K. boasts a large fan following and spawned a series of toyline, comic books and video games. The complete original series of M.A.S.K. has been sub-licensed to home video distribution to Shout! Factory by FremantleMedia Enterprises.
M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series DVD Bonus Content
Unmasking M.A.S.K.: retrospective interview with show writers on this hit animated series
Saturday Morning Krusaders: entertaining look back with loyal fans
Street Date: August 9, 2011
Not Rated: For all audiences
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Total Running Time: +/- 1430 min.