Garfield: Travel Adventures
Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Program:
When the DVD market
started to boom TV series started to slowly hit the market, but over the past
few years the studios have realized what a precious investment it is to
make. People simple love to snatch up
old shows, new shows, cult shows, whatever.
There are a few ways to slice up the pie: episodes, favorite shows,
seasons, by a particular actor/actress, or by category such as the case with
Fox’s Travel Adventures from Garfield.
This DVD includes three episodes starting with Garfield in the Rough, Garfield
in Paradise and concluding with Garfield
Goes to Hollywood.
I have already covered the
first two box sets released of Garfield as well as a few other single disc only
titles and this continues that trend.
It would seem that to some extent Garfield is back by popular demand and
I would like to think it had nothing to do with that lame excuse for a movie
made in the summer of 04. Whatever the
case, fans of Garfield can now indulge in more material and I would speculate
that this particular disc would only hit a minor part of that audience. However, these are probably some of the best
of the series anyway, including the Emmy winner Garfield in the Rough, although one of my favorites is still Garfield Goes to Hollywood, which after
taking a recent look at this episode I found myself laughing for reasons that
apply to a more recent variation of Hollywood.
As with the Garfield and Friends Box Sets or the
single disc editions of Garfield material this one seems to step up the quality
a bit. The full frame picture seems a
bit sharper, more defined, and colors are much brighter and more solid all
around. Even the audio has been stepped
up for Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, which is an upgrade from the usual 2.0 Mono on
previous discs. Fox, as I have
mentioned in quite a few of their recent reviews, are really becoming a leader
in the industry when it comes to doing things right. Lately they seem to be hitting higher marks and realizing that
the consumer wants quality product.
The overall programs run a
total of 66 minutes, enough for a solid hour of entertainment and this is a
good starting place if you have any inclination to start watching Garfield, or
make a purchase. These are certainly
three of the better shows and give a good snapshot of where the show was in
1984 compared to 1986, and 1987. You
can see how the animation increased and more ideas were explored, but with all
long-running comics, you can also see where the material becomes worn out and
- Nate Goss