TITLE: BLOSSOM - 10 VERY SPECIAL EPISODES
Release Date: October 12, 2010 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Big keep case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 10
Running Time: 227 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
Blossom is back on DVD, but not with season three. We get 10 very special episodes from the first two seasons that were already released on DVD from Shout! Factory but now we get them from Mill Creek Entertainment giving us ten very special episodes for a very reasonable price. If you haven’t bought the series yet on DVD, you may try this starter set that will get you in the rhythm of this series! Yes WHOA! Blossom's Top Ten for Under $10...A "Very Special" DVD Release of this ‘90s TV Sensation! In 1991, NBC introduced the world to a quirky and smart sitcom about a teenage girl on the brink of womanhood. With a cast of wacky characters and a brand of effective yet honest humor, Blossom resonated with audiences and a prime-time hit was born which lasted 5 highly-rated seasons! This "very special" DVD release includes 10 of the most memorable episodes from the first two seasons of this groundbreaking and influential TV series.
The series stars Mayim Bialik (Beaches, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jenna von O˙ (The Parkers), Ted Wass (Soap), Michael Stoyanov (The Dark Knight), and Joey Lawrence (Dancing with the Stars, Gimme A Break!).
There is nothing conventional about Blossom Russo's family! As the only female of the household, Blossom deals with the daily trials and tribulations of teenage life intelligently and while having as much fun as possible; all with the help of her best friend, Six (Jenna Von Oy)! This Emmy-nominated television series introduced audiences to an eccentric teenage girl from a broken home on the mend. A video blogger predating the Internet, Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik) chronicled the events of her teenage life in full, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking detail, providing inspiration for youngsters and their families.
This is not a full season set, so we get 10 episodes from the first two seasons here. I’ll list the full 10 episode titles in the runtimes below, but let’s detail a few of them now. In “Blossom Blossoms,” Blossom faces her first big challenge in life without her mother: buying tampons! Phylicia Rashad guest stars as Blossom’s mom (in her dream, anyway). Blossom sneaks out of the house to go to a makeout party in “Sex, Lies, and Teenagers.” Phil Donahue plays himself as Blossom goes on his talk show in her fantasy. ALF guest stars in “The Geek,” where Blossom has a date with a geek (and wants to break it). Blossom wants to go a step further in “Second Base.” Blossom brings a joint home off of the bus in “The Joint,” and it doesn’t take long for Nick to find it. And Blossom dreams of being a rock star in “Blossom - A Rockumentary.” Several well-known guest stars make cameos, including Neil Patrick Harris, David Cassidy, Dick Clark, David Faustino, Wolfgang Puck, and Tori Spelling.
Episode runtimes are generally 23 minutes, some higher and some lower. Not sure why the original pilot is included, since it is different from the rest of the series. I don’t know if there is anything edited, but they seem to match the episode times from the first two seasons DVD review. Here are all the runtimes:
1. Original Pilot: 22:51
2. Blossom Blossoms: 23:06
3. Sex, Lies, and Teenagers: 23:06
4. The Geek: 21:43
5. Such a Night: 22:58
6. Second Base: 22:21
7. The Joint: 22:53
8. To Tell the Truth: 22:32
9. Intervention: 23:01
10. Blossom - A Rockumentary: 23:02
The packaging of the set is very simple with a big keep case. There is only one disc inside, so not so sure why a huge case was needed? The cover art has a shot of Blossom smiling and the Blossom logo on top. The color theme is like a brownish green,. The back of the case features a similar color, with info on the series and set. We get an episode titles list as well. When we open the case, we see no artwork on the panels at all. And the disc is in a black paper sleeve instead of on a panel or plastic holder. Why waste paper for just one disc? Artwork for the disc is the same as the cover art of the case.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has the same artwork as the cover art along with the show logo and the closing theme playing in the background. We have the choice of Play All or Episodes. Episodes take us to a submenu with the closing theme playing again in the background and the episode number and titles are listed. There are no subtitles unfortunately.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is on par with the video we saw on Shout! Factory’s season one & two set. As we mentioned in the previous review, for the most part, the video and audio quality is fine, although some of the video does look a bit dated on some of the episodes. It isn’t a huge deal, although on the original pilot, there are some major defects with the video quality, as the picture isn’t even steady on the episode, just like the Shout! set. The audio is generally loud and clear on each episode, but closed-captioning is not available. We only get two chapter stops per episode. The stop occurs during the middle of the episode.
We don’t get anything here at all. I wasn’t expecting anything either since it is just a single disc set with 10 episodes from season one. So, there is not much else to say here.
If you are a fan of this show and don’t have any of the DVD’s, then this is good cheap option for you, as you get 10 episodes for like $5 or $6 in most places. This set isn’t produced that well, but it works. If they only didn’t use that black paper sleeve to hold the disc, though, maybe it would be better. We got these episodes already from Shout! Factory, but I think this is geared to the casual fan or new fans. So, it is a cheap option, in my opinionation, if you want to get the set!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3.5/5
Overall Score: 3.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 10/19/10
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