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Rewind: 'M.A.S.K.' a dream for children of the 1980s

M.A.S.K. is awesome!

M.A.S.K. is awesome! Photo Credit: Handout

What took so long? As every cartoon from my childhood, from "G.I. Joe" to "Transformers," seems to have found its way to DVD, one show was sorely missing: "M.A.S.K." Thanks to Shout! Factory - routinely the hero of classic TV fans - the entire 65-episode run of the 1985 series is finally out on DVD. So here's the thing: If you didn't watch this series as a kid, you might get a ton of value out of the awesome (though dated) adventures of the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, where drivers with powerful masks (get it?) drive regular vehicles that can transform into war machines to fight against the evil V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, led by the wonderfully mustachioed Miles Mayhem). But if you spent your afternoons watching "M.A.S.K." as a 7-year-old, this DVD set is one of the best releases of the year. (Complete series: DVD, $99.99; Volume 1, DVD, $19.93)

From the director of "Superbad" (Greg Mottola) and starring "Shaun of the Dead" duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this super-funny road trip movie follows a pair of British nerds who come to the U.S. for the San Diego Comic-Con. Along the way, they find and help the laid-back alien Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who is being tracked by the government. (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98)

'The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound Two'
You know the drill: "The Fox and the Hound" - about a pair of animals who are friends even though their species typically are enemies - is the latest Disney flick to temporarily find its way out of the vaults. You get the sequel too, but the original is where it's at. (DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99)

'Your Highness'
Despite a pretty good cast featuring Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride, this flippant medieval farce is tough to watch, but easy to turn off. It just wasn't very funny. (DVD, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98)

"The Office" star Rainn Wilson dons a homemade costume as the Crimson Bolt to fight crime alongside his sidekick Boltie (Ellen Page) and save his wife from a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon) in this dark superhero comedy. (DVD, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.98)

'Mars Needs Moms'
Although it was a colossal financial failure, this kiddie sci-fi yarn about a boy who discovers that his mom has been abducted and taken to Mars isn't too bad. It's not too good, either, but it'll probably keep kids occupied for a while. (DVD, $29.99; DVD/Blu-ray combo, $39.99)

'Jumping the Broom'
A couple from different ends of the financial spectrum get married in this comedy starring Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton, Mike Epps and Julie Bowen. (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)

'Top Gear: The Complete Season 16'
Car fanatics should check out the latest set of episodes of the long-running British test driving series. This also includes two specials featuring road trips through the U.S. and the Middle East. (DVD, $24.98; Blu-ray, $29.99)


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