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The Flintstones - The Complete Fifth Season


TITLE: THE FLINTSTONES - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006 (Warner Home Video)
Color/1964-65
MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 4 (disc 4 is double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 675 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 18 minutes (not counting trailers)
Audio: English, French
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: “A Stone Age Parenting Guide,” “The Gruesomes’ Road to Bedrock,” “Gemstones: Flintstones Rarities Unearthed,” and various Warner Bros. trailers.


Introduction:

After about four months, we are all ready for another season of The Flintstones on DVD! This time WHV brings us the complete fifth season! Season five originally aired in the 1964-65 season on ABC and was again a big hit. This season features 26 pre-historic episodes that will keep you glued to your TV. Join Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino, Pebbles, and Bamm-Bamm for loads of laughs and fun in the Stone Age. You will also see the Rubbles get their own pet this season and a new creepy family (The Gruesomes) moves in on the street (they appeared in two episodes).


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season had a lot of action and my personal favorite episode “Dr. Sinister.” This season had the two families traveling in a time machine, tangling with jewel thieves, spies, celebrity cops, and a handful of show-business fiascos. Fred is the center of attention in most episodes as he is menaced by a mad scientist, joins a rodeo, takes flying lessons, impersonates royalty, does the tango, and plays Santa Claus in a really big way in the only Christmas episode. We also see an episode with a rivalry between the two families on who is Bedrock’s Most Beautiful Baby. We also see a new family moving in on the street, and they are The Gruesomes family and they are very strange.


Packaging:

The packaging is excellent and the same as the first four seasons—but is MUCH smaller, which is very good for my shelf. It is a digipak with a box this time, instead of a slip sleeve ­ which was used for the first four seasons. The box cover has Betty, Barney, Fred and Wilma being held up by Bamm-Bamm as Pebbles looks on in amazement. The back of the box has a photo of Bamm-Bamm & a tiger and Pebbles & Dino and the back also has info on the set and series. All of the joyful bonuses on this set are also listed. The case cover is the same as the box cover. The back of the case has the cast playing baseball and some trivia blurbs are on top. When you open the case once, you will see a breakdown of discs one, two & three on the left side and a breakdown of disc four on the right side. The breakdowns feature all the episodes and special features on each disc. A nice photo is on each side. When you open the case another time, you get to the 4 discs.

Disc one features episodes 1-6 of season five. Disc two has episodes 7-12. Disc three has episodes 13-18. Disc four is double sided - side A has episodes 19-24, side B has episodes 25-26 and all the extras. On the discs, there are photos of different characters at the beach. Disc one has a photo of Betty & Wilma on the beach listening to music; disc two has Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm on the beach making things from the sand; disc three has a photo of Fred & Barney surfing on alligators. Disc four has no pictures, since it is double sided.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very good! It is an animated menu with the entire cast. The “Meet the Flintstones” theme is playing in the background. It loops, too. You can also hear Pebbles talking (baby language of course) and Dino barking a few times. The menu screen consists of “Play,” “Episodes,” “Special Features,” and “Languages” from left to right. Languages have the option for spoken languages in English & French and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. The episodes section has the list of episodes on the disc, when you highlight one episode; a photo from the episode is shown on a mini-screen, each episode screen on each disc is different; very creative.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is very good. This is from the early ‘60s, so it is impressive on how it looks. There are a bit of dusty areas, but that is expected. The audio, however is much better than previous sets, which I noticed started happening since the S4 set. Each episode seems to be unedited and in 25:15-20 or so range per episode. One exception is #25, but that runs like 24:57, so no need to worry. The little teaser scene before the opening credits is also included in every episode. Like the previous sets, there are no chapters or scene selections, which I find very strange and annoying.


Special Features:

The special features are good but not as much as the last set. They are all located on disc four side B. The first one is “A Stone Age Parenting Guide.” It runs 4:07 and talks about how the families are very good in parenting. As the saying goes, a Stone Age family that plays together stays together! Next up is “The Gruesomes’ Road to Bedrock.” It runs 8:28 is probably the best feature on this set. It is very interesting and Earl Kress tells you how this family was developed and what they are based on. They were on another TV show, which I won’t reveal ­ you will have to see this feature yourself! They appeared on two episodes of The Flintstones, all during season five. The final feature is “Gemstones: Flintstones Rarities Unearthed.” It runs 4:34 and again Earl Kress gives us the details. We see a few original promos that aired during Flintstone episodes. You will see them promoting Welch’s. Also, this feature has original interviews with Joe Barbera and Bill Hanna - they talk about how the Flintstones were born.

There are also Warner Bros. animated series trailers on disc four side B. Trailers for Kid Easter, Scooby/Dynomutt Hour & Flintstones S5, Justice League & Batman Beyond.


Final Comments:

Again, another great set and we are now almost done with the original series. The set was down from the last set in bonus material but the packaging is much better. Warner Home Video has yet to announce a date for the final season, but I would expect it before the year is done at the latest. After that let’s hope all the other spin-offs and variations of The Flintstones also come out on DVD. If you have not started your collection, please do so. If you have, then season 5 is a must to go along with the first four years. Hop to it Hoppy fans!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 03/25/06

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