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Chuggington: Brewster Leads The Way (w/Toy Train/2013/Anchor Bay DVD)/The Courtship Of Eddie's Father: The Complete Third Season (1971 - 1972/MGM/Warner Archive DVD Set)/LEGO Chima: The Lion, The Crocodile And The Power Of Chi! (2013/Warner DVD Set)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+/C+/C Extras: C+/D/D Episodes: C+/B-/C+



PLEASE NOTE: The Courtship Of Eddie's Father is only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner Archive series and like the previous seasons, can be ordered exclusively from the link below.



Here are three more children-friendly releacontinuesconsidering for various reasons...



Chuggington: Brewster Leads The Way (2013) contiunues the hot streak of the increasingly popular series with talking trains on adventures that have fun and energy for the most part that has yet to peak in popularity. We get 6 adventures running about 64 minutes and that is a decent amount, but I just thought and wished about 2 or 3 more should have been here. Still, it is a good single for young viewers and there are two versions being issued.


You can get the DVD itself or the Limited Edition with a bonus toy train, but both versions add a Music Video, PDF DVD-ROM accessible Coloring & Activity Sheets, a bonus Badge Quest episode (Brewster's Carwash) and a Character Montage of Brewster.



The Courtship Of Eddie's Father: The Complete Third Season (1971 – 1972) had the show on top of the world, but Bill Bixby was having conflicts with producer and sometimes co-star James Komack (more this season than expected, possibly causing some of the conflict) bring the show to a close early and making this its last season. For more on the shows first two seasons, try this link:


http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/12362/China+Beach:+Season+One+(1988/Time+Life/Star


Needless to say MGM Television was not happy with this development, but kept the show in syndication for years, especially as Bixby turned up again on The Magician (a ratings disappointment now with a cult following) and The Incredible Hulk (a megahit that remains the peak of his amazing career). Add how My Favorite Martian also kept making money in reruns and Courtship cemented its position as a family classic.


Guest stars for this season included Vic Tayback, Pat Harrington Jr., Sally Struthers, Bruce Kirby, Willie Aames, Richard X. Slatterly, Alan Oppenheimer, Lou Jacobi, Madlyn Rhue, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara in the same episodes, Carol Lawrence, Tricia Noble, Hal Cooper and Sammy Davis Jr. show that talent was not in short supply. By the last episode, the energy and tone suggest a few more seasons were possible, especially to see Cruz grow up into his character, but that was not to be.


Now the whole series is on DVD belatedly and worth rediscovery and then some, but there are sadly no extras despite deserving them.



That leaves us with LEGO Chima: The Lion, The Crocodile And The Power Of Chi! (2013) which is the latest CGI animated entry in the toy series that has us asking the question as to whether such shows kill imagination and become toy ads to just enhances the fun. It might be a bit of both, but this double DVD set offers 10 adventures (220 minutes!) and that is fine if you like the show. However, this is now my least favorite of all the entries in the LEGO CGI shows. I like the send-up of the played-out fantasy genre, but the voice acting is lame, the storylines uneven and unless I am missing something here, the series just stops short of being really fun.


Child fans may disagree, but it would not be my first choice for recommendation, despite it still being a quality effort. There are surprisingly no extras.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the CGI shows are a little soft and color limited (bet they both look better in HD) but are clean and not bad throughout overall if a little disappointing. The MetroColor 1.33 X 1 image on the Courtship episodes are more color consistent than the previous sets with better definition and detail, making it the strongest set visually.


As for sound, the two CGI shows have lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds and specifically state that on their respective packages, but the LEGO set seems more compressed and small in stereo mode until you do the decoding for some odd reason, so beware of playback levels. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on the Courtship episodes actually sound better than they did on the previo0us sets and can more than compete with the newer shows.



As noted above, you can order The Courtship Of Eddie's Father on Warner Archive DVD by going to this link for it and many more great web-exclusive releases at:


http://www.warnerarchive.com/



- Nicholas Sheffo


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