All About: The Ultimate Collection/Best Of
California Dreams/Best Of The
Littles/Best Of The Get Along Gang/Busy World Of Richard Scarry: Good Times
Never End/Encounters From Another
Dimension/Outside The Wire: The
Complete Series/Punky Brewster: Best
Of Season Three/Simon & Simon:
Best Of Season Three (Cookie Jar/Mill Creek DVDs)/Spot Goes To School (BBC DVD)/Sniper:
The Unseen Warrior (Mill Creek DVD)
Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: D (Spot: C+, Sniper: C-) Episodes: C+/D/C-/C-/C/C-/C/D/D/B-/C+
Here is a
new cycle of budget releases from Mill Creek Entertainment with a nice child’s
selection from the BBC…
All About: The Ultimate Collection is the best of the live action
releases with ten shows for children that show them the worlds of cars, trucks,
horses and more for ten shows in all.
These special interest series are not made as much and are underrated.
Best Of California Dreams takes episodes from the dreaded
series we reviewed at this link and less is not more as a result:
get two so-so animated show, Best Of The
Littles (animated elves) and Best Of
The Get Along Gang (animated animals) that are harmless and watchable, but
nothing great. Younger children will
enjoy them besting these 10-show singles.
Busy World Of Richard Scarry: Good
Times Never End
is the second look at this animated franchise that I thought was a bit better
after Every Day There’s Something New, which you can read more about at
more of the same, but not awful.
Encounters From Another Dimension is a 3-DVD set that boasts to be
a “7 documentary set” but is really a silly collection of speculative programs
that wear thin very quickly, so calling them documentaries is really, really
pushing it. Plus, we have seen this all
Outside The Wire: The Complete
place in Iraq) and Sniper: The Unseen
Warrior are about modern technology and warfare that are not the best show
sin their special interest category of modern warfare, but Sniper is a long timeline history lesson (its one bonus is a
timeline) in six episodes.
Punky Brewster: Best Of Season
Three is a cut
down version of the same full season we reviewed here:
same can be said of Simon & Simon:
Best Of Season Three, which we reviewed here.
not least is Spot Goes To School,
only the second of this charming BBC DVD series we have covered following Where’s Spot, which we covered here:
is more of the same, but as charming, entertaining and the same kind of
rewatchable content (six main episodes) that is as charming, has three bonus
shows here as well and Spot’s Alphabet
& Spelling Game. I just wonder
why this is not more popular or well known.
X 1 image on all the discs can have aliasing errors and a flat look, but Spot and Scarry (in anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 framing) are the best
looking of the group. The Dolby Digital
2.0 sound is barely stereo at best across these sets, but fares better on Spot and About, though there’s plenty of monophonic sound to go around.
- Nicholas Sheffo