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The Flintstones - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: THE FLINTSTONES - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006 (Warner Home Video)
Color/1965-66
MSRP: $44.98
Number of Discs: 4 (disc 4 is double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 690 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 16 minutes (not counting trailers)
Audio: English, French
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: “The Flintstones Meet Pop Culture,” “The Great Gazoo: From A to Zetox,” and various Warner Bros. trailers.


Introduction:

For those who leave no stone unturned, here's the sixth and final season of the greatest archaeological dig in cartoon history: The Flintstones - The Complete 6th Season. And its 26 episodes are treasure well worth excavating! Exploring every realm of popular parody, The Flintstones delighted kids but tickled adults even more with howlingly funny takeoffs of such "trendy" TV shows as Bewitched (with the voices of Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York in “Samantha”), award-winning movies (“My Fair Freddy” and “The Treasure of Sierra Madrock”) and kitschy spoofs of Hollywood royalty in Return of Stoney Curtis (with Tony Curtis lending his voice.) The show's writers even had the foresight to project into the future, as in The Long Long Long Weekend, guest-starring the series' newest character, space alien Gazoo. Join Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Dino, Pebbles, and Bamm-Bamm for loads of laughs and fun in the Stone Age.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This sixth and final season had a lot of great episodes and guest stars. Memorable episodes include “No Biz Like Show Biz,” “The Return of Stony Curtis,” “Samantha,” “The Great Gazoo,” “Rip Van Flintstone,” “Gravelberry Pie King,” “Shinrock-A-Go-Go,” and “The Long, Long, Long Weekend.” Guest starring are Bernard Fox in “No Biz Like Show Bix,” Tony Curtis in “The Return of Stony Curtis,” Allan Melvin in “Circus Business,” Elizabeth Montgomery & Dick York in “Samantha,” and Harvey Korman as the Great Gazoo.


Packaging:

The packaging is excellent and the same as previous seasons—but is MUCH smaller like the last set, which is very good for my shelf. Like season five, it is a digipak with a box, instead of a slip sleeve which was used for the first four seasons. The box cover has the entire gang dressed up formally and giving a toast--a fitting photo. The back of the box has a photo of Gazoo on the top and Fred & Barney in tuxes. The back also has info on the set and series. All of the special features on this set are also listed in a purple box. The case cover has another photo of the cast dressed formally. The back of the case has Fred being kicked out of the house in his tux. 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 from season six. Disc two has episodes 7-12. Disc three has episodes 13-18. Disc four is double sided - side A has episodes 19-24 and an extra, side B has episodes 25-26 and the other extra. On the discs, there are photos of different characters dressed formally. Disc one has a photo of Fred & Wilma giving a toast; disc two has Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm & Dino sitting; disc three has a photo of Betty & Barney giving a toast. Disc four has no pictures, since it is double sided.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is good. It has the same photo from the box art. The “Meet the Flintstones” theme is playing in the background. It loops, too. 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 and each episode screen on each disc is different; very creative. Bonus Features is only on disc four, but it is listed on each disc.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is very good. We are now in the mid ‘60s, and the color was breaking out in everything. There are a bit of dusty areas, but that is expected. The audio is similar to season five, but is much better than previous sets. Each episode seems to be unedited and in 25:00-25:11 range per episode. I will not include episode runtimes, because they are all almost the same, 11 seconds separates the highest and lowest. 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, but Warner is consistent.


Special Features:

The special features are good but not as much as the early sets and is on par with last season’s set. They are all located on disc four. Side A has the featurette “The Flintstones Meet Pop Culture.” It runs 11:27 and is hosted by Stephen Baldwin. Baldwin played Barney Rubble in the live-action movie The Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas. This is a very interesting featurette and it shows all the references that it made to pop-culture of that era from Bewitched to Tony Curtis to even the Beau Brummels! Interviewed are Earl Kress (Animation Historian), Alec Palao (Producer/Music Historian), and Sal Valentino (Lead Singer, Beau Brummels). The final extra is on side B and is called “The Great Gazoo: From A to Zetox.” Earl Kress hosts this short 3:49 featurette. We learn a lot about that character here, though, and it is worth watching. Harvey Korman was so great in this role.

There are also Warner Bros. animated series trailers on disc four side B.


Final Comments:

We are finally done with this series on DVD! The set was down from the last set in bonus material slightly…and massively down from the early sets, but at least they put SOMETHING. 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 buy seasons 1-6. I think this is the best animated sitcom of all-time, edging The Simpsons. Both are wonderful shows and both are even better on DVD. I suggest everyone who hasn’t to buy this set. Yabba Dabba Do is more famous maybe than Homer’s D’oh!


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/22/06

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