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COPS – Volume 2 (Mill Creek DVD reissue)/Elmo Shape Adventure (Sesame Street/Warner DVD)/Johnny Test: Complete Seasons 3 & 4 + Saves The World (Cookie Jar/Mill Creek DVDs)/Judy Moody & The Not Bummer Summer (2011/Fox Blu-ray w/DVD)


Picture: C (Elmo: C+/Judy Blu: B-)     Sound: C+ (Judy Blu: B-)     Extras: C-/D/C/D/C     Episodes: C/B-/C/C/C



And now for a look at some new children’s titles including a reissue and a famous series switches DVD companies.


The release of the COPS series has always been confusing and you have to be an expert on the show to get it.  Now we have COPS – Volume 2 from Mill Creek, but it is not the same Volume Two that Shout! Factory released.   Our original coverage was simply what seemed to be the whole series:





Then that was not the case and Shout! Factory came up with their COPS – Volume 2 set (a web exclusive at the time) which our resident animation critic covered:




This new set has totally different episodes and should not even have the same title, but thus continues possibly the most bizarre release of any series in DVD history.  It also has no extras, but episodes 33 – 65 are included.  You can read more about Mill Creek’s first releases of these shows at this link:





That also happens to offer the first release we know of Johnny Test: Complete Seasons 1 & 2.  Now we get Seasons 3 & 4 and a single called Saves The World with 10 shows for those not interested in larger sets or just want to sample the show.  My opinions on both shows stand and the Seasons set has a DVD-ROM accessible comic and preview of a tie-in videogame.


The new Elmo Shape Adventure teaches children basic geometry, an undertaught subject.  It is as good as the last five Elmo DVDs we have covered, but Elmo has switched companies with Sesame Street.  This marks their new beginning at Warner Bros. and is a smart title to start with.  There are no extras, but it is one of the better Elmo titles to date, though I still wish it were longer.  There are no extras either.


Finally we have Judy Moody & The Not Bummer Summer (2011) which is pretty much Fox’s attempt to have another Diary Of A Wimpy Kid-like franchise and it is not bad, but not great either, made for its very young audience.  However, it is child-safe enough and this Blu-ray set comes with a DVD version and Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices.


The story is about the fun adventures of the title character (Jordana Beatty) and her pre-teen misadventures.  They can be amusing, if predictable, but not much we have not seen before.  School is almost finished and Judy is ready for a great summer, but can everyone around her survive her fantastic ideas?  Heather Graham also stars.


Other extras include a Music Video, Deleted Scenes, Trivia Game, 10 Things You should Know About Judy Moody and two featurettes.



The 1080p 1.85 X 1 AVC @ 36 MBPS digital High Definition image on Judy is the best by default here as expected since it is the only Blu-ray, but is it still a little softer overall than I would have liked.  However, color can be really good.  The 1.78 X 1 anamorphically enhanced image on Test is in line with the previous set but 1.85 anamorphic on the Judy DVD is weaker than expected, while the 1.33 X 1 on COPS continues to be softer than we’d like it to be, but Elmo has some good color offsetting any minor aliasing errors or detail issues.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix on Judy is also the best here by default, but does not always have the best soundfield throughout, though it is better than its Dolby Digital 5.1 equivalent on DVD.  The rest of the discs have Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo that is just fine, but limited.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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