TITLE: PUNKY BREWSTER - SEASON ONE
DVD Release Date: 6/1/04 (Shout! Factory)
Color/approx. 11 hours
Number of Discs: 4
Number of episodes: 23
Languages and subtitles: English, no subtitles or closed captioning
Special features: 4 episodes of It's Punky Brewster
and interviews with former cast members, the creator,
and a writer
Review (out of 5 stars):
Video quality: 5/5
Audio quality: 5/5
Special Features 4.6/5
Menu Navigattion 5/5
"Every time I turn around..." those words spark
childhood memories for anyone who grew up in the 80s.
Punky Brewster was the epitomy of the Tartikoff
dynasty at NBC in the 80s: the main character
was named after a childhood friend, and the family
pooch after Tartikoff himself.
The premise of the series is simple: take an
abandoned cute little girl and her adorable puppy,
throw them together with a crusty old man, and you
have instant comedy. In the first few episodes, not
only do you get a lot of laughs, but you become so
endeared to the characters that you overlook the bad
jokes and the subpar acting.
The show is an instant classic that should not be
missed by anyone who was alive in the 80s and
remembers it, or by new fans who want to experience
being back in the 80s.
As for the special features, disc one has an episode
of the animated It's Punky Brewster: "Pretty
Ugly/Glomer's Story" (18:55), an interview with Cherie
Johnson and Ami Foster (8:26), and an interview with
Series Creator David Duclon (13:10). Disc two has
another episode of It's Punky Brewster: "Growing
Pains/Double Your Punky"
(23:55) and another interview with Cherie Johnson
(5:58). Disc three has an episode of It's Punky
Brewster: "Punky Wise and Pound Foolish/Christmas
in July" (24:00) and an interview with Ami Foster
(8:53). Disc four has again an episode of It's Punky
Brewster: "Call Me Ms./Caught in the Act" (23:20) and
an interview with writer Barry Vigan (6:19)
The special features on this set are amazing: 4
episodes of the rarely seen animated version of Punky
Brewster, and some great interviews with former cast
members, the creator, and a writer. These interviews,
which are quite long and fascinating, provide an
insight into the making of the show and what things
were like behind the scenes. The only gripe I have is
that the last 4 minutes or so
of the animated episode on disc 1 are missing.
The video and audio quality are quite good.
Considering the show was videotaped, there was not
much restoration needed, and the episodes look and
sound beautiful. Menu Navigation is very good,
although they do take a little long to load due to
heavy animation. Play All is a feature on each disc.
Overall, this set is a must for children of the 80s,
adults of the 80s, or even people who weren't around
in the 80s. If you like comedies about precocious
children, then this is the set for you.
-- Reviewed by snowpeck on 06/07/04
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