The Good

Darkwing Duck is a crime fighter like no other.

The Bad

No Special Features except for a two part pilot episode that I don't think can really be called a Special Feature.

Darkwing Duck, Vol. 1 features the venerable Darkwing Duck Launchpad as they go about the city of St. Carnard keeping law and order highly visible. Armed with a bevy of gadgets, Darkwing must fight against foes like Jambalya Jack and his gator, deal with a time traveling trip down memory lane and also the bad intentions of the Fearsome Five. If this wasn't enough, Darkwing has also got to raise his nine-year-old child Gosalyn.

However, don't think for a second that Darkwing is overloaded as he's always got Launchpad and the Justice Ducks to call on when things get really bad. Comprised of 27 episodes, Darkwing Duck, Vol. 1 is one of those shows that must be seen to truly be believed.

Features

Aside from a two part pilot episode ("Darkwing Dawns the Duck"), no Extra Features came with this release.

Video

Full Screen - 1.33:1. I was surprised that these cartoons didn't look as bright and flashy as I thought they would. At first I thought it might have been my television set but the more I examined it, I think that that is how these 27 episodes were compressed. With this show being 15 years old, I can't imagine that the powers in charge of the Disney vault would have let them lose that much color. Decide for yourself, I just expected more from the Mouse House.

Audio

Dolby Digital. The audio on these discs was good as Darkwing Duck, Vol. 1 isn't a show that hesitates coming out of the gate. As quick moving as it is quick sounding, Darkwing Duck is one of those cartoons that raises the stakes and keeps the action going in spite of itself. While at times I thought there was too much going on on the screen, I never noticed the audio design to be obtrusive.

Package

A large image of Darkwing Duck takes over this front cover. Behind him is an overly animated shot of the moon, as well as the city skyline. On the back cover are a bunch of different shots from this show, all of which showcase other characters, or various shots of Darkwing Duck in action. There is a well written description of what this show is about and some technical specs. All three discs that make up this set are housed in three slim, shrink-wrapped cases. With different pictures from various episodes on each cover, the back portions feature more artwork, and some episode listings. Rather than give descriptions of each episode, we get a paragraph of what is generally on each disc.

Final Word

Where do I start?

Darkwing Duck is filled with all the comic zaniness we have come to expect from Walt Disney films. It is loud, boisterous and over the top. Darkwing, no matter how difficult the situation seems to be, never even hints that he might give up. He is up to every challenge and this is the kind of role model that kids should certainly see. While I think the episodes got a little "old" after awhile (how much can we take of Darkwing's antics?), overall, I have to give Darkwing Duck, Vol. 1 credit for trying to keep things together even in the most gloomy of circumstances.

At the end of the day with so many different releases vying for our attention, Darkwing Duck, Vol. 1 is the kind of DVD set that certainly stands out in the best way.