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Garfield and Friends – Volume 2


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Program: A-



There are very few things that are left to say about Garfield, since most of that was covered in either the review for Garfield and Friends Volume 1 or Garfield as Himself, which I have covered on this site already.  Rather than release Garfield by season, Fox has been issuing them in volumes, which combine the show similar to the way it was originally on TV with each episode of Garfield separated by the U.S. Acres portion. 


Some of the segments here are better overall programs than what Volume 1 had to offer, but my same complaints are in regard to the overall presentation, which is original TV aspect ratio of 1.33 X 1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 English Mono, which could have been reintroduced in stereo to make things a bit more even.  It is hard to say what the original condition of these cartoons are to begin with, but my speculation is that much work would be needed to artificially ‘fix’ each episode to take away blotches, scratches, and other debris that does appear here and there.  This is not to say that the presentation looks terrible by any means, but it would take a lot of work to bring it to pristine quality, which it may have never been to begin with. 


Overall the colors look good and demonstrate a nice balance considering this is a cartoon.  The audio as mentioned above it only in mono and has a bit too much compression and added noise, but nothing extremely bad considering the programs are dialogue heavy.


The only extra presented here is a trailer for the Garfield Movie from 2004, which is almost a joke to be even considered part of the Garfield franchise.  I did enjoy Volume 2 a bit more than Volume 1, mostly due to the increased humor in certain episodes.  Highlight episodes from the 24 total include:


Binky Goes Bad!

Cactus Makes Perfect

TV of Tomorrow


Invasion of the Big Robots

Hog Noon

Skyway Robbery

And Close Encounters of the Garfield Kind


If you remember the good ole days of Garfield like I do you won’t have one problem with this set or Volume 1 for that matter.  It would have been nice to see some extras on these discs, considering they retail for a considerable lump some.



-   Nate Goss


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