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Archie’s Weird Mysteries: The Complete Collection (1999)/The Best Of C.O.P.S., V.2/Gadget Boys – Adventures In History: The Complete Series (1997)/Heathcliff: Season One, V.2/iKnow, V.1 + V.2/Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors, Volume One/Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century: The Complete 26 Episode Series (1998)/Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego: The Complete Series (1993 – 1996/Mill Creek DVDs)


Picture: C (Archie/Gadget: C+)     Sound: C+/C+/C+/C+/C+/C/C/C     Extras: C- (iKnow: D)     Episodes: C+/C/C/C+/B-/C/C/C



Mill Creek has yet another round of children’s programming and this time, a few surprises…



Archie’s Weird Mysteries: The Complete Collection (1999) is a later animated series based on the Archie franchise I had not seen before.  Made by a combination of Archie Comics, Hong Kong and French studios, it is an amusing, not bad attempt to place the Riverdale High gang in a Ghostbusters/Scooby-Doo Horror/Comedy situation.  Running only 40 shows, the animation is not much of an improvement from the Filmation series that remain the most successful incarnation of the gang outside of the comic book medium, but it is the best in several decades just the same.


Color helps, though the animation is still limited.  However, the stories are not great, even though they are not badly written.  My biggest complaint is the flat voiceover work, where everyone sounds flat and like they are talking at each other, instead of too each other.  This cuts into the energy and believability, as well as spoiling some of the humor that works.  Fans and the curious will want to look into the set, but we also recommend these early series previously covered:


The Archie Show



Archie’s Funhouse




In one of the most confusing releases to date, The Best Of C.O.P.S., V.2 is the third DVD release to have a Volume Two on it, versus the full V.2 collections from two different companies as these links will show:


Full Volume Two: Shout! Factory Version


Mill Creek version



For the record, here are all Vol. 1 Mill Creek sets:



So this is just more of the same, yet less of it in a smaller package.  Wonder how many more of these we will see.  Guess some kind of Volume Three release will be next before they run out of episodes.


Gadget Boys – Adventures In History: The Complete Series (1997) is an Inspector Gadget spin-off of sorts that is less obnoxious than its forerunner, but lite and only slightly amusing at best.  Not harmful and child-friendly enough, I was only mildly amused (I don’t remember this show being made) and you get all 26 episodes here.  This is not bad otherwise and you could do worse.


Heathcliff: Season One, V.2 really includes episodes we covered of Heathcliff & The Cadillac Cats in a full set at this link:




Playback is slightly better on the older set, but these shows need HD transfers for fans to enjoy along with some restoration, so you could do worse.  I am surprised the character has not made a comeback, but who knows.


iKnow, V.1 + V.2 is a developmental educational show for young children to learn the alphabet, spelling and the world around them.  It is a live action series with various graphics that is not bad and amounts to the best offering on the list.  Not as well-rounded as I might have liked, it is still very child friendly and recommended.


Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors, Volume One is a compressed reissue of part of the full set of the series we reviewed at this link:




I agree fully with my fellow writer about the show and it is only for nostalgia and the very curious only.


Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century: The Complete 26 Episode Series (1998) is a wacky transplant of the detective in the future where he gets frozen and reawakened to battle new enemies.  His “elementary” observations help those around him cut through the distraction of technology, but the show is only so good, yet it is still more watchable than the Robert Downey, Jr. films.


Finally we have the geography action of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego: The Complete Series (1993 – 1996), which is watchable, but as an animated show loses any charm the original live action series had.  It is still smart and child-friendly enough, but has also dated with it limited animation.



The 1.33 X 1 image on all the sets are weak since so many episodes are squeezed on each disc, though Archie and Gadget manage to look fuller, but all have detail issues, aliasing errors and other issues.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 on all the sets are simple stereo at best, but Jayce, Sherlock and Carmen have more compression issues than expected.  Extras on the animated shows usually include episodes of other shows to see if you are interested in buying more sets.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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