TITLE: MY TWO DADS - YOU CAN COUNT ON ME!
Release Date: January 18, 2011 (Mill Creek Home Entertainment)
Color / 1987-1989
Packaging: Double-thick Keep case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 10
Running Time: 215 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
You can count on Michael Taylor (Paul Reiser) and Joey Harris (Greg Evigan) to provide laughs when raising young Nicole Bradford (Staci Keanan) in the 80s pop cult sitcom My Two Dads! The first two seasons of the series were previously released by Shout! Factory, but if you just want the "best of" the series, you can now own it in My Two Dads - You Can Count on Me!, a single disc value-priced release from Mill Creek Home Entertainment! The DVD contains 10 episodes of the series from the first and second seasons, with seven from season one and three from season two.
The DVD begins with "My Two Dads," which explains how Nicole Bradford came in to the custody of Michael Taylor and Joey Harris. Michael and Joey deal with how to discipline Nicole after a little white lie in "Crime and Punishment." Cory wants to kiss Nicole in "Advice and Consent," and turns to Michael and Joey for advice. In "Michael's Sister Comes Over and Visits," Michael's sister arrives, but who exactly is she there for? Nicole attempts modeling, but fails in "She'll Get Over It." Look for Scott Baio in this episode.
Michael and Joey worry while Nicole is away at camp in "Nicole's Big Adventure." Are Michael and Joey the right parents for Joey? Not so, says a newspaper columnist in "The Family in Question." Dr. Joyce Brothers guest stars. In "Dirty Dating," Nicole picks the perfect boyfriend to crawl under Michael and Joey's skin. Joey is caught alone with a girl and gains quite a reputation in "The God of Love." Judge Wilbur (Florence Stanley) gets a little extra protection from Bull (played by Richard Moll in a Night Court crossover role) in "Playing With Fire," but knowing Bull, it'll be over the top.
The episodes are unedited, and as a bonus, there is one thing left intact here that you won't find on the Shout! Factory sets. Mill Creek left the commercial bumpers intact on the episodes. It is a nice touch, and I wish more studios would realize that fans like these things. Runtimes are as follows:
"My Two Dads" (24:02)
"Crime and Punishment" (23:49)
"Advice and Consent" (24:54)
"Michael's Sister Comes Over and Visits" (23:54)
"She'll Get Over It" (23:50)
"Nicole's Big Adventure" (23:34)
"The Family in Question" (23:45)
"Dirty Dating" (23:17)
"The God of Love" (22:21)
"Playing With Fire" (23:14)
The packaging is the standard Mill Creek black paper sleeves in a double thick keep case packaging, which is particularly bad considering this is only a single disc release. It would have been much more practical to use a standard DVD case with a hub to lock in the disc, but unfortunately, we don't have that. The cover art is the same cast photo that was used on Shout! Factory's Complete First Season set, just with the parts of the cover art referring to The Complete First Season being plastered over with Mill Creek's titles. There is a description of the series on the back (mostly the same as Shout! Factory's set), along with snapshots from the series (the same ones that were on the Complete First Season set). All ten episodes are on one disc, which contains the same artwork as the cover art. The episodes appear to be in production order, which is different from Shout! Factory's airdate order.
Menu Design and Navigation:
Mill Creek always shines when it comes to menus, and while the Shout! Factory menus for this series were honestly a little better, these are great as well. The main menu has the theme song from the first episodes playing in the background, with "shadow images" of scenes from the episodes on a brick background, as well as a cast photo (same one as the cover art). The options are Play All and Episodes. They are fairly self-explanatory. Episodes takes you to a list of episodes (all listed on one screen), and it plays once you select it. Only one chapter is placed within each episode, which isn't really enough, but at least it is at the middle commercial break of the episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality of the episodes is generally decent, but definitely leaves more to be desired. To begin, they placed all ten episodes on one disc, so yes, there is definitely some compression of the episodes. Secondly, some of these episodes looked less than stellar on the Shout! Factory releases (some parts even had the appearance of low quality VHS recordings), and that is problematic as well. I didn't notice any of the "tin can" effect problems like there were with the audio on the Shout! releases, but the audio could stand some improvement as well. Unfortunately, the episodes lack closed-captioning/English subtitles.
As is the case with all of these Mill Creek "best of" sets, there are no special features.
If you already own both season sets of the series released by Shout! Factory, then this DVD is not worth picking up at all. If you just own season one, you may not even be interested, as seven out of ten episodes on this set are from season one. It is a shame that Mill Creek couldn't somehow get the rights to release season three or at least include some of those episodes on this set. Still, for those who have never seen the series or the casual fan of the series (and I think this series has a lot of casual fans as opposed to die-hard fans), this is a decent set at a decent price, so you may want to pick this up.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/18/11
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