It’s the weekend! Time to kick back with some classic cartoons.
Some truly awesome action-packed ‘toons from the 1990s.
*Reaches for the Swat Kats Blu-ray*
*Realises there is no Swat Kats Blu-ray*
*Begins to question why there is no Swat Kats Blu-ray?*
Hmm… isn’t it about time Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron was released on Blu-ray?
Produced by Hanna-Barbera, Swat Kats was a kick-ass animated series which aired between 1993 and 1995. The show focused on two anthropomorphic cats that led a secret double-life as vigilantes.
If you remember Swat Kats, then you remember how cool this show was. Not only were the two lead characters (Razor and T-Bone) some pretty bad-ass heroes, but the villains of the show were truly menacing.
The Metallikats, Dr. Viper, The Pastmaster, Madkat, Dark Kat – these were some creepy villains. And the overall tone of the show? It was dark.
So what gives? Where the heck is the Blu-Ray?!
To date, the full series of Swat Kats has received one DVD release. Yep, just one. And that DVD release is a Region 1 (NTSC) set, which is available as a Warner Bros. Manufacture on Demand title – not a regular store release.
If you live in the UK, the Swat Kats DVD *can* be purchased via Amazon, but it costs around £30, may not play on non-Region 1 players, and sadly isn’t HD.
I know, I know, standard definition is fine – heck I grew up on fuzzy ol’ VHS tapes – but Swat Kats was/is a superb series and it deserves some high definition lovin’ via Blu-ray.
At the very least, surely it’s time for a streaming service to pick up the show? I’m not talking about the Boomerang service, which isn’t available outside the US, but on Netflix or Amazon where it can be viewed by old timers like me, as well as newbies.
Swat Kats deserves some love. And in an age where streaming services are constantly looking for shows to keep subscribers happy, surely a few more of the forgotten Hanna-Barbera titles need a comeback, right?
OK, so I may be alone in my thinking, but I do feel that Swat Kats has never received the appreciation it deserves. In my opinion, this show remains one of Hanna-Barbera’s top titles and should be recognised as such (with some HD please).