DVD Shopping Bag: The Centurions Power Extreme Mini Series (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

Once again the Warner Archive has released another eighties cartoon series with The Centurions: Power Extreme (seen here on Warner Archive). This is not a collection of the 65 episodes but a mini-series of the first 5 episodes. As a child of the eighties I always loved the 5 part mini-series. It usually meant an introduction to the characters. It was also the hook to the quest, struggle, goal, or task at hand for the show. Many times 5 part episodes would appear later in a series. Now I wasn’t naïve then or now not to know this was their big introduction to a whole new slew of toys and characters. G.I. Joe and Transformers were the masters of these episodes. What I found so utterly disappointing about this collection of The Centurions: Power Extreme is that there wasn’t a story arch for these first 5 episodes. Instead it was 5 complete unrelated adventures with the same characters.
 
I personally remember the last time I held a Centurion: Power Extreme figure in my hand. My grandmother, who never had much money, said I could have a figure from Kaybee Toys for helping her with the yard work. It came down to Jack Rockwell (the yellow land guy) from Centurions and Zak from The Sectaurs. Zak looked way cooler, came with a cool bug called Bitaur, and had a mini comic. Jack Rockwell had none of that. Sure I watched The Centurions, but much like Inhumanoids and Robotixs the episodes have become long forgotten. Warner Archive offered the mini-series and I jumped at it.
 
For those of you who don’t remember, The Centurions: Power Extreme featured a team of individuals who fought for truth, justice, and in opposition to Doc Terror’s evil ways. Doc Terror (Ron Feinberg) and his evil cyborg minions are hell bent on taking over the world. Okay, so really nothing new and obviously without a toy line there really wouldn’t have been a cartoon. The same could be said about G.I. Joe and the Transformers, yet those product lines featured characters that have endured; endured in multiple mediums and still endure despite horrific films made with their names attached. The heroes are the key. There is Ace McCloud (Neil Ross) our pilot, Max Ray (Pat Fraley) the underwater expert, and finally Jake Rockwell (Vince Edwards) our solider on the ground. In those first 5 episodes I wish I could tell you something more than that Ace is the ladies man, Max is the brains, and Jake has the dog. There wasn’t really anything to hold onto in terms of character. The danger was immediate but nothing we didn’t know they were going to get out of. As Doc Terror’s evil plans quickly fell to the way side, I found enjoyment in making “That’s what she said” jokes. If only this would have been a mini-series so that the story and characters could have developed. Sure, the Centurions would have defeated Doc Terror in the end but where was the journey? The comradery? These first 5 episodes didn’t really build on to one another, which meant the series really had no arc. In further research on the show, I discovered that there were a few 2 part episodes and the entire series wrapped with a 5 part story called “Man or Machine”. Despite being the end of the series, it probably would have been far more entertaining than a cyborg Merman getting attacked by Jake Rockwell’s dog, Shadow.
 
Warner Archive seems to have the rights to a lot of the Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears cartoons. What appears to be their approach is to test the waters with these “mini-series” discs to see if the public is interested. I watched the (actual) GoBot mini-series a few months back (see column) and was entertained. There was actually a story and character development and the ride, for the most part, was fun. Centurions: Power Extreme was as if I was watching a 24 minute commercial for a toy that even as a kid had little to no appeal for me.
 
Now I wonder if Dino-Riders is out there somewhere on DVD?
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 1
2. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
3. North By Northwest [Blu-ray] (see my column)
4. When Harry Met Sally [Blu-ray]
5. Treasure of the Sierra Madre [Blu-ray]
 
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
1911 (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Jackie Chan, Bingbing Li, Joan Chen and Winston Chao
 
1911 Starring Jackie Chan, Bingbing Li, Joan Chen and Winston Chao
 
1911 (Collector's Edition) Starring Jackie Chan, Bingbing Li, Joan Chen and Winston Chao
 
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Starring Ronald Howard, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
 
Aurora Starring Cristi Puiu and Luminita Gheorghiu
 
The Bourne Ultimatum [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
The Bourne Supremacy [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
The Bourne Identity [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) (2
 
Killer Elite [Blu-ray] Starring Jason Statham and Clive Owen
 
Killer Elite Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro
 
Inglourious Basterds [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Sinners And Saints [Blu-ray] Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Berenger, Costas Mandylor
 
Sinners And Saints Starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Berenger, Costas Mandylor
 
There Be Dragons Starring Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott and Unax Ugalde
 
There Be Dragons [Blu-ray] Starring Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott and Unax Ugalde
 
The Figurine Starring Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, Omoni Oboli
 
ANIME
 
Akikan Complete Collection
 
Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of the Wind, The Shore of the Maze [Blu-ray]
 
Tweeny Witches Complete Collection Starring Sachiko Kojima and Atsuko Tanaka
 
CARTOONS
 
G.I. Joe Series 2: Season 1 Starring Chris Latta, Maurice LaMarche and Garry Chalk
 
Looney Tunes Showcase 1 [Blu-ray]
 
Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Blowhole
 
CLASSICS
 
All the President's Men [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Redford, Hal Holbrook, Jack Warden and Martin Balsam
 
Cool Hand Luke [Blu-ray] Starring George Kennedy, Paul Newman, Lou Antonio and J.D. Cannon
 
Network [Blu-ray] Starring Peter Finch, Robert Duvall and William Holden
 
North By Northwest [Blu-ray] Starring James Mason and Cary Grant
 
Touch of Evil [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Treasure of the Sierra Madre [Blu-ray] Starring Bruce Bennett, Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
American Graffiti [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
The Breakfast Club [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Fast Times at Ridgemont High [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Shallow Hal [Blu-ray] Starring Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Bruce McGill and Joe Viterelli
 
HORROR
 
A Darker Reality Starring Daniel Baldwin, Sunny Doench and Alisha Seaton
 
Death Bell-Bloody Camp
 
Gurozuka Starring Keiko Saito, Yuko Kurosawa, Yukari Fukui and Nozomi Ando
 
Kenneyville Starring Dany Gehshan, Vanessa Broze, Michael Scratch
 
The Legend of Diablo [Blu-ray] Starring Fred Estrada, Calvin Pabon, Lindsey Lofaso and Mario Soto
 
Psychotica Starring Carolin Meyer, Kay Petzold and Sebastian Radtke
 
Shriek of the Sasquatch Starring Scarlet Salem, Donny Versiga and Todd Cockroft
 
The Summer of Massacre [Blu-ray] Starring Brinke Stevens, Nick Principe and Cleve Hall
 
The Summer of Massacre Starring Brinke Stevens, Nick Principe and Cleve Hall
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
8 Mile [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
A Beautiful Mind [Blu-ray + DVD] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) (20
 
Babe [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Do the Right Thing [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Green Mile [Blu-ray] Starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
 
When Harry Met Sally [Blu-ray] Starring Steven Ford, Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs (Story 71) Starring Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney
 
Doctor Who: The Android Invasion (Story 83) Starring Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter and John Levene
 
Field of Dreams [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Gullivers Travels 3D (Family Collection) Starring Sam Parker and Jessica Dragonette
 
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption Starring Victor Webster and Ron Perlman
 
The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption [Blu-ray] Starring Billy Zane, Ron Perlman, Victor Webster
 
Waterworld [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
Waterworld [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
 
TV LAND
 
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and William Hill
 
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and William Hill
 
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003
 
Dennis the Menace: Season Four Starring Jay North
 
Hawaii Five-O: The 12th and Final Season Starring Jack Lord, Herman Wedermeyer, Richard Denning
 
Pacific Blue-Complete Series Starring Mario Lopez, Rick Rossovich, Shanna Moakler
 
Primeval: Volume Three Starring Andrew Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt
 
Primeval: Volume Three [Blu-ray] Starring Andrew Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt
 
BOX SETS
 
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003
 
Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Original Series Starring James MacArthur, Jack Lord, Zulu and Kam Fong
 
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.
 


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