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Scholastic Storybook Treasures: Halloween Stories Collection w/Where The Wild Things Are + Treasury Of 1000 Storybooks Classics 2 (Weston Woods/New Video/Animated Shorts DVD Sets)

 

Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Programs: B

 

 

Scholastic is back with two of its most ambitious DVD collections yet, including the arrival of a set of shorts we could only find as an import.  First is the Halloween Stories Collection which includes the animated short version of Where The Wild Things Are, which we covered in a PAL DVD import at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/9258/Where+The+Wild+Things+Are+%E2%80%A6

 

 

That is the same DVD as is in this box set, which also includes Teacher From The Black Lagoon, which we covered at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/10264/Adventures+At+School+++Five+Little+Monk

 

 

That leaves A Very Brave Witch, offering the title tale and seven additional tales By The Light Of The Halloween Moon, A Dark, Dark Tale, Georgie, The Witch In The Cherry Tree, The Three-Legged Cat, The Three Robbers and Little Tim & The Brave Sea Captain.  Those tales are worth of the other discs included and fit well into this themed set, but the extra shorts are interchangeable between this volume and the Lagoon DVD.

 

Treasury Of 1000 Storybooks Classics 2 follows up a first set we missed, but the fact that this is so relatively heavy and massive shows just how much animated material the company has been producing over the years.  17 DVDs in slendercases are included and A Very Brave Witch and Teacher From The Black Lagoon are actually included in this set.  Other repeats from previous reviews include Crazy Hair Day, Miss Nelson Has A Field Day, The Wheels On The Bus, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and adds interesting volumes on Hans Christian Andersen, James Marshall and So You Want To Be President?

 

These are meant for a younger audience, so the larger sets are only for children who really enjoy these and/or parents/guardians who want them to have long-term access to these shows.  Just check what is on which offering to avoid as much overlap as possible.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 2.0 sound are the same in both sets as the previous U.S. editions, with the PAL DVD import version of Wild looking and sounding a bit better than its U.S. counterpart.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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