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Punky Brewster - Season One


TITLE: PUNKY BREWSTER - SEASON ONE


Info:

DVD Release Date: 6/1/04 (Shout! Factory)
Color/approx. 11 hours
MSRP: $34.98
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
Overall: 4.9/5

Thoughts:

"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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