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The Care Bears 25th Anniversary Edition Collection (Lionsgate)


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



25 years after their television cartoon creation Lionsgate reminds us of why we love those kissable, huggable, and sickeningly sweet Care Bears.  Now available on DVD is The Care Bears 25th Anniversary Edition Collection from Lionsgate in a gift box.  The collection is sold in a nicely put together cardboard gift set with 4 individual DVDs and a soft and cuddly Care Bear Doll.  The 4 DVDs feature a total of 25 classic episodes of the original Care Bears Series (none of that new washed out Care Bear stuff), but the episodes are in no particular order.


The fact that this release does not feature a volumized or season set of Care Bears is very, very disappointing and actually makes this reviewer not recommend this set to fans.  All 4 DVDs found in this release have been previously released and are nothing special.  Each of the 25 episodes are still classics with good storylines, music, and animation style.  Though this reviewer loves the original Care Bear Series this release is just too simplistic and poorly put together to be worth while.


The technical features of this 4 disc DVD release are nothing spectacular; even with that awesome stuffed Care Bear, as seen in the picture above.  The picture quality of the image on the DVDs are not very impressive in its original 1.33 X 1 Full Frame presentation, but that was how the episodes were originally aired *shrug*.  The quality is only slightly better than an analog VHS, containing a degree of debris, bland colors, and a grainy appearance.  The sound is a weak in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround format, often having high/low issues.  Apparently since this particular DVD is directed at children, no extras were found to be necessary.  This is one release that fans of the series would have definitely liked to have seen some CARE taken with; I just can’t BEAR to see one more bad quality Care Bears’ release!


Lionsgate needs to release Care Bears in sets that focus on their original season air dates and not these half hearted ‘best of’ releases.  Overall, fans should stay away from this particular release but maybe this release is good for parents who just want to keep the rugrats distracted for a good while…especially with the stuffed bear. *hugs*



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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