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Voltron: Defender of the Universe - New 'Legend Begins' DVD Seals Classic Media Deal, Has New Extras

No specific release date yet, but planned to be available with 2 months of the debut of the new Nicktoons continuation series, Voltron Force

Posted by David Lambert
    The Legend Begins tells the origin story of a brave team of space explorers - Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk and Pidge - who search for the keys to five mythical robot lions on the planet Arus. Arus has been destroyed by the armies of King Zarkon and his use of giant Robeast monsters, created by the witch Haggar. The planet's only hope lies in the discovery of these five robot lions, which combine together to form the mighty robot, Voltron: Defender of the Universe! With the compelling stories, memorable characters, humor and heart-pounding action that made the 1980's series so popular, Voltron is the ultimate story of good versus evil, and the triumph of the human spirit.
World Events Productions has signed a new home video partnership with Classic Media, replacing the now-lapsed licensing agreement with Media Blasters (which resulted in the cancellation of plans for a Blu-ray Fleet of Doom release). With WEP's Voltron brand managers focused launching the new Voltron Force series on Nicktoons this June, the studio has also had to repeatedly push back their own in-house plans for a DVD release of the 1998 series, Voltron: The Third Dimension, which they originally hoped to have out last summer. They still intend to make that release happen, but there's no current timeline for it. In the meantime, Classic Media wants to get their DVD line going by taking fans back to where it all started!

This August (a specific date has not yet been announced), Classic Media and WEP will release Voltron: Defender of the Universe - The Legend Begins, with the first 7 episodes of the original classic '80s television show. Now, Classic is well aware that the original "Lion Force" show has been available on DVD before, both in premium releases and then in standardly-boxed releases. So this new item is mainly aimed at people who may have missed those previous sets, or at more casual (or budget-conscious) fans that didn't invest in those multi-disc collections, or to new fans who look into the original show after getting hooked on the upcoming Voltron Force series (which is a continuation of the classic "Lion Force" story!). But to entice passionate fans to look into the new title as well, Classic Media and WEP have started with a low price point of just $12.98 SRP, and are also including "colossal" bonus features, newly made for Voltron: Defender of the Universe - The Legend Begins:
  • Voltron 101 - An introduction to many of the elements that made the classic Voltron series such a hit in the 80's
  • Voltron Art Slide Show: An exclusive slideshow that features fan art and interpretations of the classic Voltron characters
  • Voltron Force Sizzle Reel: A peek at the new Voltron Force series which takes place 5 years after the classic series concluded
For those who wonder, there has been no mention of a Blu-ray Disc format release of this title, or anything else from Voltron, from the new Classic Media deal. It could happen at some point, but nothing's been announced. Package art for the new release has not been made available yet, but stay tuned for updates!

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