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School House Rock! – Election Collection (Disney DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Shorts: B+     DVD Collection: C



Let’s start by saying that this collection of “election inspired” School House Rock shorts are only worth anything because of their classic appeal; but the previously released 2002 School House Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection is much more definitive and interesting.


Though School House Rock was slightly before this reviewer’s time, the reruns of these multifaceted classics definitely echoed educational tunes throughout every generation that followed.  If you ever wanted to know the Preamble to the Constitution or what a Bill was all you had to dude was whistle, hum, or fully belt out the song and you were in the gold…or is the red…or blue?  Well what ever color you choose to associate yourself with, there is no doubt that School House Rock gave generations of children and adults alike the simple but important knowledge that surrounds our political system and history.


The technical features of this Election Collection are adequate (as they are the same as those on the 2002 set), but still demonstrate some issues.  The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen that has muted/bland colors that often appear soft and still need a further degree of restoration work.  The sound is a stated to be a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but sounds to more likely be a simpler 2.0 stereo track; though there are no complaints to register against the track as it projects cleanly and crisply.


The extras are absent with the exception of a very briefly extended version of “Presidential Minute” that is barely noticeable and would not impress even the biggest School House Rock fan.


Personally this reviewer would skip this School House Rock: Election Collection and buy the more comprehensive 30th Anniversary Collection.  If you only need a limited small set of shorts, then this set may be ok; otherwise the lack of extras and narrow focus are very off-putting.  I vote for more School House Rock!



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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