TITLE: THAT '70S SHOW - HOLIDAY EDITION
Release Date: October 11, 2011 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Amaray Case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 10
Running Time: 220 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
That '70s Show produced many holiday episodes over the season, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And now, ten of those festive holiday episodes are available to own in That '70s Show - Holiday Edition, a value-priced DVD that gives viewers an opportunity to join Eric, Kelso, Hyde, Fez, Donna, and Jackie for their holidays in the '70s. It's all alright!
The DVD begins with "Thanksgiving," where Donna finds out that Eric kissed Laurie's friend who came home with her for Thanksgiving. In "The Best Christmas Ever," Red gives Eric $40 to buy a Christmas tree, but he, Hyde, and Kelso have other ideas about how to spend the $40 and get a free tree. There is a complicated web of romance in the Valentine's Day themed "First Date." In "Halloween," the gang is at odds with each other after finding their old permanent records at their burned down elementary school. Everybody shares some Alfred Hitchcock comic spoofs with each other in "Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die."
In "Hyde's Christmas Rager," Hyde has a wild Christmas party at his apartment where Eric gets incredibly drunk. Eric gets a chance to direct the church Christmas pageant in "An Eric Foreman Christmas," but it doesn't last for too long. Eric and Donna decide to bring a big surprise to the family dinner in "Thank You." The entire gang goes back to high school for a Christmas dance (where they are treated like celebrities) in "Christmas." The DVD ends with "Winter," where the guys decide to play with all the toys that are to go to a toy drive before delivering them.
I honestly do not know whether the episodes are edited or unedited. I believe that they are, in fact, unedited, but there has been significant dispute and controversy with many Carsey-Werner shows on edited vs. unedited status since they released all of their first wave of DVDs in a version that was definitely edited over seven years ago. I'll assume that the episodes are unedited, as Mill Creek indicates that they are. Runtimes are as follows:
"The Best Christmas Ever" (22:25)
"First Date" (22:25)
"Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die" (21:53)
"Hyde's Christmas Rager" (22:04)
"An Eric Forman Christmas" (21:54)
"Thank You" (21:18)
The DVD is packaged in a standard DVD case, with mostly Christmas theming (even though there are other non-Christmas holiday episodes on the set). On the cover, we have the cast holding presents and ornaments, with snow falling on them and the series logo. On the back, there are some episode snapshots, along with a listing of all of the episodes on the DVD listed inside of two ornaments. Inside the case, there is the disc, which has a picture Kelso holding another large ornament. All ten episodes are on one disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu on the set has a cast snapshot that is identical to the photo on the cover of the DVD, with a "gift tag" that has options of Play All and Episodes. Mill Creek created a very nice "snowing" effect on the main menu, so snow falls on the main menu while the theme song (the version from the first season) plays in the background. Selecting Episodes takes you to a submenu that has a listing of all of the episodes, with Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) dressed in a Santa costume. There are chapters placed in the episodes, but not nearly enough. There is just one chapter placed at the break in the middle of the episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The episodes on this set actually look surprisingly good considering that ten episodes were crammed on one disc. Ten episodes really is a lot to put on one disc, but I couldn't find any particular problems that it caused with this set. The episodes are all presented in their original aspect ratio, which means that the first four episodes are presented in full-screen, while the remaining six episodes are presented in widescreen. The audio on the set, presented in stereo, sounds great in general. Unfortunately, the episodes are not closed-captioned on this DVD.
There are no special features contained on this set, unfortunately. But with this being a value-priced "best-of" set, that is somewhat expected.
Much like Mill Creek's Roseanne - Tricks and Treats DVD release, this is another fine holiday release, although it is a little weird having multiple holidays on one disc. It is especially weird since the packaging suggests that this is a Christmas-themed DVD, yet about half of the episodes are either Halloween or Thanksgiving episodes. But then again, if those other holiday episodes were not included on the DVD, it probably still would have been the same price for fewer episodes. If you already own all of the season sets, or plan to buy the Mill Creek releases as they come out, then there really isn't much of a reason to pick up this DVD. However, if you are just a casual fan of the series, or just like holiday episodes of any series, this DVD may be right for you.
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: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/15/12
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