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Fat Albert’s Easter Special


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Main Program: C+



Running just over 22 minutes, Fat Albert’s Easter Special (1980) was one of the last hurrahs for the original era of the TV show, one in which the gang has to come to the rescue of an elderly neighbor and see if they can save him from being evicted and loosing what little home he has.  It actually discusses the meaning of Easter, some you rarely hear in these extremist, dogmatic times.


By now, the show had become formulaic, so doing such a special did add a nice angle, but the writing was on the wall.  Bill Cosby was about to wrap up the show and Filmation itself was going to fold a few years later.  As a matter of fact, this is one of the rare one-shot specials the company did in any event.  Fans and those inclined to the holiday will enjoy it.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is nice and clean throughout, looking like it did not need much video restoration work.  As with the other installments in Urban Works’ series of DVD releases, the video you see comes from composite D1 digital videotape, which was then restored in the video realm only by JCA TV with Snell & Wilcox Archangel Ph.C digital restoration system.  This is good for DVD releasing, but not for preserving the shows in the future for digital HD presentation and more durable film storage.  Unlike some trouble with early shows from the Vol. 1 set, everything here looks fine.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is fine for its age.  Extras include access to the Brown Hornet segment of the show, a find the bunny game and paper pullout in the case.  A printable coloring book is included inside the DVD case.  Christmas and Halloween specials are due next.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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