Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
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- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
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- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
For those of you who have only been following super heroes for the last 20 years or so, there was a time when Diana Prince/Wonder Woman wasn’t a demigod with powers that could rival superman. Once upon a time she was an amazonian warrior and a 1970s icon of super heroes. I know we’re living in an age where Super Heroes are finally done justice due to the increases of technology, allowing for better costumes, CGI enhancement for their powers, and a litany of fans who rabidly will eat up whatever DC and Marvel put out. But the 1970s and early 1980s also had their go at the iconic super heroes, and DC once more was top of the heap. The 1950s The Adventures of Superman sort of started it all, but the 1970s was when the powers that be tried to bring more and more super heroes to the TV screen. Wonder Woman was one such attempt, and while it was 1970s cheese (all those old Super Hero shows from that era were cheese, as much as I love my nostalgia) it iconicized Lynda Carter for decades to come. So much so that when Gal Gadot was cast, there was enough fan outcry over the differences to actually cause a stir in the 2010s.
Following up The Adventures of Superman in the 1950s, and Adam West’s legendary performance as Batman in the 1960s, Wonder Woman takes giant cues from both those series, blending the seriousness of The Adventures of Superman with the campiness of Batman. The series is nowhere as goofy as Adam West’s Batman, but nowhere as straight forward and serious as George Reeves iteration of Superman, but the camp is most definitely present. If you watch one of the special features an interview with producer Douglas Cramer reveals that he was known as the “king of camp” back in the 1970s and fully reveled in that aspect of the show. The episodes (which are surprisingly long at 50+ minutes for each episode) are full of 70s cheese and whimsy, but still loveable fun at the end of the day.
Wonder Woman suffered the fate of most 1970s super hero shows, and was canceled after 1 short season and 2 full length ones due to low viewer ratings (despite the fact that it would become a cult classic years later), even though it definitely outlasted the single season of The Green Hornet and the 1975 version of Shazam! (anybody else remember that cheese ball?), it still struggled enough in it’s final season to warrant being shut down by the power that be.
The show was designed as a feminist (at least 1970s feminism) outlet and the show plays rather intelligently with the subject matter. It doesn’t lambaste the viewer with long winded rants ala Supergirl, but rather smartly uses Diana to showcase female strengths, and expose some of the misogyny out in society. As such some of the villains definitely taken on an authoritarian vibe when they’re male, and uses that to amp up the excitement for when Wonder Woman beats their butts into the ground.
Not Rated by the MPAA
• Audio commentary by Lynda Carter on episode, “My Teenage Idol is Missing”
• Featurette – Beauty, Brawn and Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective
• Featurette – Revolutionizing a Classic: From Comic Book to Television
• Featurette – Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist Icon
Wonder Woman: The Complete Series is a fun bit of super hero nostalgia and made an icon out of Lynda Carter (even though the original actress for the show as Cathy Lee Crosby, who was replaced by Carter), despite not becoming as legendary as Adam West’s Batman or George Reeves The Adventures of Superman. The Blu-ray set has it’s pros and cons with the video, but is a solid enough step up over the years old DVD boxset that Warner has had out for over a decade. Fun nostalgia watch.
Starring: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil,
Creator: William Moulton Marston, Stanley Ralph Ross
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 2956 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: July 28th, 2020
Recommendation: Fun Nostalgia Watch