THE VIDEO COLLECTION

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Video Collection International was a UK-based video company formed in 1984 and established in 1985. VCI is perhaps most well known as the main home video distributor of iconic ITV children’s television programmes such as Thomas & Friends and Rosie and Jim. In the mid to late 80’s VCI released a serie of ThunDerCats VHS tapes under their The Video Collection label.

 


Vol. 1: Pumm-Ra and Spitting Image

Catalogue No: LR2211
Year of Release: 1986
Running Time: 45 Minutes Approx.

 

THE EXCITEMENT CONTINUES.
In these two thrilling episodes, Mumm-Ra, the ThunderCats mortal enemy, uses all his evil powers to deceive our feline superheroes.
“Pumm-Ra” -from the dark reaches of his ancient tomb, the treacherous Mumm-Ra transforms himself into a deceptive Thundercat-clone in order to convince the ThunderCats that he is one of them. Everyone is fooled, except little Snarf who smells a rat.
“Spitting Image” -Mumm-Ra tries a new and even more wicked ruse by creating a clone of Panthro. The final reckoning comes when Panthro and his diabolical alter ego come face to face in a thrilling duel to the death.
Appearances can be deceiving, even for the fabulous ThunderCats!

 

Notes:
  • Even though ‘Exodus’ should be the first release in the series oddly this is actually volume 1 in Video Collection’s ThunderCats VHS releases! Even stranger, the tagline “The Excitements Continues” also hints at this not being the first release!
  • The episodes are out of order (common for 80’s cartoon releases) but it seems VCI purposely chose these 2 episodes, as both have a ‘deception’ theme to them.
  • The “Spitting Image” episode is cut on this VHS, matching the same cuts (Panthro fighting the clone) the BBC also imposed when they aired this episode! According to the BBFC website the work was rated on 11/07/1986 and 1 minute, 11 seconds was cut for it to be released with a ‘U’ rating.

 

Vol. 2: Exodus

Catalogue No: LR2212
Year of Release: 1986
Running Time: 75 Minutes Approx.

 

From beyond any known galaxy, bringing with them the laws and ideals of their doomed planet, come the THUNDERCATS. These brave and courageous cat-like humanoids carry with them the powerful Sword of Omens, which contains the mysterious Eye of Thundera -the source of power for all the ThunderCats. But there’s also a treacherous band of hideous mutants from the planet Plundar who want the Sword. Crash landing  on Earth, the THUNDERCATS battle these evil creatures who are aided by the supernatural powers of the deadly and mysterious Mumm-Ra. You’ll experience many incredible adventures in this epic science fiction saga.

A FULL-LENGTH ANIMATED FILM

 

Notes:
  • Although it is not stated on the cover, this is Volume 2 in Video Collection’s ThunderCats releases. Why it wasn’t given the LR2211 catalogue number instead of Pumm-Ra/Spitting Image is unknown.
  • This video contains the ‘Lost Intro’ as well as several missing scenes from the DVD release. However the episodes ‘The Unholy Alliance’, ‘Berbils’ and ‘The Slaves of Castle Plundarr’ are edited down on this VHS compared to the episodic versions on the DVD release! So it’s definately worth owning both!
  • According to the BBFC website, this material had a 58 seconds cut made, before it was passed for release with a ‘U’ rating. It was also rated a week before Volume 1 (on 04/07/1986) so again not sure the reason why this wasn’t released as Volume 1?

 

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Vol.3: The Ghost Warrior/Return To ThunDera

Catalogue No: LR2224
Year of Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 Minutes Approx.

 

The Ghost Warrior
The evil ghost of the gigantic saber-toothed Grune -once a ThunderCat, now a banished enemy -is back! He brings the deadly secret that will weaken Lion-O, Cheetara and even Panthro….who can fight him? Is there anyone who can stand up to the frightening power of a ThunderCat gone bad?
Return To ThunDera
While the rest of the THUNDERCATS are under attack from the Mutants deadly Warbot, Lion-O is catapulted back through space and time to his home planet Thundera. Lion-O meets again his childhood pet Kano and his blind father Claud-Us, who holds the secret to the Warbot. The pressure’s on as Lion-O struggles to get back to the future and save Cats’ Lair from certain destruction.
Notes:
  • This video was the first Video Collection release to include the volume number on the cover.
  • This VHS was released with two different front covers; one depicting Lion-O entering a Mutant ambush and the other with Lion-O floating in the sky with Jaga behind him.  The back portion of the cover is the same on both releases. The reasoning behind the release of two different front coversis unknown.
  • Oddly enough both images on the front covers do not match to the episodes contained on this release! The Mutant ambush scene is from ‘Spaceship Beneath the Sands” and the Lion-O/Jaga scene is from the ‘The Astral Prison”!
  • According to the BBFC website this VHS release was classified on 09/01/1987 and received no cuts to it.

 


 

Vol. 4: Snarf Takes Up the Challenge / Trouble with Time

Catalogue No: LR2227
Year of Release: 1987
Running Time: 45 Minutes Approx.

 

The smallest ThunderCat proves his worth in an exciting adventure where only Snarf can save the superheroes from certain doom. Snarf against the monumental evil of Mumm-Ra. No contest.

Tygra is out in search of Thundrillium to power the mighty Thundertank but stumbles into the mysterious cave of time. He begins to age rapidly, becoming feeble and weak -can Cheetara’s super-speed save him?

 

Notes:
  • This particular VHS was sold in the 1987 Autumn/Winter Argos catalogue (Argos were not known to reguarly sell VHS videos) However in the catalogue, the cover of the Volume 3 VHS (Mutant ambush cover) was advertised even though it was listed as Volume 4 and Volume 4 was actually supplied to customers. (see ThunderCats at UK retail for more information on this!)
  • According to the BBFC website this video was rated on 25/02/1987, with no cuts made.

 

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Vol. 5: Berbils / Mandora the Evil Chaser

Catalogue No: LR2237
Year of Release: 1987
Running Time: 42 Minutes Approx.

 

Berbils: are a tribe of robotic bears who capture Lion-O, wary of his intentions, but Lion-O is soon given the opportunity to prove himself when the Berbils are attacked by the Trollogs, the slaves of the Evil Giants, whose leader is the deadly Mumm-Ra.
Lion-O manages to scare off the Trollogs, only to be confronted by the evil Giants and the worst Mumm-Ra can concieve. Lion-O signals the ThunderCats to come to his side for another thrilling adventure.
In “Mandora – The Evil Chaser”, Lion-O discovers that curiosity can kill the cat, when his inquisitiveness proves too much and he releases three of the universes most wanted criminals from a strange metal cabinet. Bursting from their imprisonment , they charge Lion-O, relieving him of the Sword of Omens.
Down from the sky comes Evil Chaser first class, Mandora, furious at the escape of her three most wanted prisoners. Lion-O with the aid of Snarf vow to help recapture the outlaws , but how will the ThunderCats manage without the Sword of Omens.

 

Notes:
  • The episode “Berbils” is extremely out of place on this video, as it really should have appeared much earlier
  • This video contains the full unedited version of “Berbils”, which was severely edited to form the Volume 2 release ‘Exodus’
  • This video would later be repackaged as part of a double VHS set, with another tape also containing 2 episodes and in the same big case packaging as the Volume 6/7 double set.
  • According to the BBFC website, the episodes were rated seperately, “Berbils” on 10/09/1987 and “Mandora The Evil Chaser” on 21/09/1987. Both were passed with no cuts made.

 


 

Vol. 6 & 7: The Doomgaze / The Terror of Hammerhand
The Spaceship Beneath the Sands / Lord of the Snows

Catalogue No:  LR2238 & LR2245
Year of Release: 1988
Running Time:  43 mins approx. & 42 mins approx.

 

Volume 1
In these two incredible episodes, the ThunderCats meet and battle against the forces of evil.
The Doomgaze
Mumm-Ra allies with the Egyptian princess Ta-She to gain the Doomgaze, an entrancing power which could enslave the ThunderCats. To free her from the Timewarp Prison, they need three elements: a tuft of Cheetara’s hair, a Unicorn’s golden shoe, and a Berbil’s tear. The Mutants aided by a Man-O-War cloud, gather the elements and kidnap Ro-Ber-Belle.
The Terror Of Hammerhand
Is nothing safe from the awesome forces of darkness? In a forest where goodness prevails, a young unicorn is captured by the villianous Hammerhand, and his band of followers, the Berserkers. Can Lion-O, Lord of the ThunderCats outwit the Berserkers and crush the tyrannical rule of Hammerhand?

Volume 2
Is there no peace for the TunderCats, forever being drawn into battle to rid the world of evil.
The Spaceship Beneath The Sands
From beneath the Desert of Sinking Sands, the treacherous Mumm-Ra unearths the Mutant’s buried spacecraft. The vile low-life Mutants, armed with their fabulous superweapons, prepare to fight the ThunderCats. Lion-O and Panthro in a desperate effort to conquer their insidious adversaries, persue them, into the dark, infathomable depths of the sea….
Lord Of The Snows
The ThunderCats track a falling meteor of Thundrillium, their power source, to Hook Mountain. Snowman, the cold hearted ruler of this icy wasteland and his giant cat Snowmeow are guarding it jealously. Lion-O and Snarf offer friendship in exchange for the meteor, but when their offer is refused, a battle begins. Close at hand lurk the evil Mutants with their villianous colleague Vultureman, who are plotting to steal the meteor for themselves….

 

Notes:
  • Even though these are Volumes 6 and 7, and it also states this fact on each tapes label, confusingly all over the packaging they are referred to as Volumes 1 and 2!
  • Both episodes on the Volume 6 The Doomgaze/The Terror of Hammerhand VHS, would later be re-released as part of other VCI VHS ThunderCats releases.
  • Even though the episodes on Volume 7 are out of order, for once this was a good thing! This way they flow better as Vultureman’s appearance in “Lord of the Snows” could be explained from the Mutants gaining back their technology in the previous episode, “The Spaceship Beneath The Sands”, so then having a means to contact Vultureman and have him come to Third Earth.
  • According to the BBFC website, the episodes were rated seperately, “The Doomgaze” on 18/11/1987 with no cuts, “The Terror of Hammerhand” on 28/10/1987 with a 2 second cut, “The Spaceship Beneath The Sands” on 19/11/1987 also with a 2 second cut and “Lord of the Snows on 28/10/1987,which again had a 2 second cut made.
  • Before the release of the DVD’s, this particular set was very collectable and would sell for a very good price on Ebay! I assume it’s a little rarer due to the original higher price tag, with it containing 2 tapes (so less of it orignally purchased back in the day, compared to the single tape releases)

 

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Vol. 8: ThunderCats-HO The Movie

Catalogue No: LR2242
Year of Release: 1987
Running Time: 91 mins approx.

 

Another thrilling adventure for the ThunderCats, when they stage a daring rescue attempt that tests them to their ultimate limits.
After the destruction of Thundera, Mumm-Ra discovers that three Thunderians have survived and are living in peace with their rescuers, the Berbils. Mumm-Ra enlists Hammerhand and his wicked crew to capture them, and uses his new captives to lure the ThunderCats to the one place that will rob them of their powers – Fire Rock Mountain.
Determined to save their fellow countrymen, the ThunderCats rise to the challange – but is the challange too great?…

 

Notes:
  • ThunderCats-Ho! The Movie is made up of the 5 single episodes ThunderCats-Ho! 1-5. These were broadcasted stateside in October 1986. For this release some scenes were cut completely and fans had to wait to see them until the WB DVD releases.
  • This is the only VHS release of any material from the official second season of the ThunderCats show.

 


 

Vol.9: All That Glitters / Lion-O’s Annointing First Day: The Trial Of Strength

Catalogue No: LR2248
Year of Release: 1988
Running Time: 44 mins approx.

 

 
All That Glitters Mumm-Ra , disguised as a friendly troll, tricks Lion-O into attacking Tygra, bringing on a curse which breaks the Sword of Omens in two. Only one man can forge the sword together again, the “Inflamer”, a ruthless mercenary. His price for this deed, a glittering prize of gold.

Lion-O’s Annointment First Day: The Trial Of Strength Lion-O has come of age and must undergo a ritual test , one that every Lord of the ThunderCats has had to survive since time began. Lion-O must lay down his Sword of Omens and proceed, weaponless and without help from the other ThunderCats , in the ultimate test of strength.

 

Notes:
  • Although it is not stated at all on the release or by distributors, this would be the 9th volume in VCI’s ThunderCats releases!
  • The “Trial Of Strength” episode is a odd choice to make to release on VHS, as it belongs to a 5-part story of which non of the other 4 episodes were ever released on home video!
  • This would be the only UK release to credit Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass for directing the show (and with their names in full) on the video’s cover!
  • According to the BBFC website, the episodes were rated seperately. “All That Glitters” and “Lion-O’s Annointing First Day: The Trial Of Strength” were both rated on 08/03/1988. Both episodes were passed without any cuts.

 


 

The Terror Of Hammerhand

Catalogue No: WP0006
Year Of Release: 1988
Running Time: 22 minutes approx.

 

Is nothing safe from the awesome forces of darkness? In a forest where goodness prevails, a young unicorn is captured b the villainous Hammerhand and his evil band of followers, the Berserkers.
Can Lion-O, Lord of the ThunderCats™ outwit the Berserkers and crush the tyrannical rule of Hammerhand?

 

Notes:
  • This is the pink variant. It’s likely this is the version that was included in The Video Collection’s ThunderCats Video Watch & Play Colouring Pack. This included a Colouring Book, Felt-Tip pens and a Video Cassette.
  • Although it is not stated at all on the release or by distributors, this would be the 10th volume in VCI’s ThunderCats releases!

 

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