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Taking Advantage of the 'G.I. Joe' Movie

6 Oct, 2009 By: John Latchem

DVD releases of two “G.I. Joe” animated properties are being timed for retail release around the same time the live-action movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra heads to DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Paramount Home Entertainment Nov. 3 releases G.I. Joe: Resolute, the same day as Rise of Cobra. Resolute is a harder-edged version of the 1980s cartoon, featuring many of the same characters. It was designed as a series of animated Web shorts that later were shown on Adult Swim. The $19.99 DVD includes all the webisodes edited into a movie, plus a “Now You Know” teaser promo, interviews with filmmakers, storyboards and “Joe Files.”

Nov. 10, Shout! Factory releases to retail its G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero — The Complete Series at $179.99. The set previously was available exclusively online through Shout! Factory’s Web site. The awesome 17-DVD set includes all 95 episodes from the original 1980s cartoon, plus original PSAs, toy commercials and several retrospectives. The set does not include the animated movie from 1987, but does include an empty DVD tray that can hold the out-of-print Rhino release of the movie, or a future version that may be released by Shout! Factory.

Shout! Factory has already released the first of three volumes of the first season of the 1980s "G.I. Joe" cartoon, as well as a single-DVD version of just the pilot miniseries.

Oct. 20, Shout! Factory releases its "Transformers" animated series boxed set to retail, the same day the live-action movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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