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Punky Brewster - TV Flashbacks: Turn Your World Around



Release Date: October 12, 2010 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
MSRP: $9.98
Packaging: Big keep case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 10
Running Time: 243 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None


Punky Brewster is already complete on DVD from Shout! Factory but now we get special episodes from Mill Creek Entertainment giving us ten classic first season episodes for a very reasonable price. If you haven’t bought the series yet on DVD, you may try this starter set that will get you in the rhythm of this series! And if you don’t know, Punky Brewster is the story of an isolated bachelor who takes in a lost and forgotten child told as a family-friendly sitcom that is as captivating for families today as it was in 1984. Thanks to the inspired casting of the spunky Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) and the misanthropic photographer-turned- foster dad Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), the series paints the world in primary colors for a young audience.

Mill Creek Entertainment gives us 10 classic first season episodes on a single disc set for just $9.98 MRSP, so you could get it cheaper online (so click on our link at the end of the review). The series stars Soleil Moon Frye as Penelope "Punky" Brewster, Brandon as Brandon the Wonder Dog, George Gaynes as Henry Warnimont, Susie Garrett as Betty Johnson, Cherie Johnson as Cherie Johnson, Ami Foster as Margaux Kramer, Casey Ellison as Allen Anderson, Eddie Deezen as Eddie Malvin, Dody Goodman as Mrs. Morton and Loyita Chapel as Mrs. Kramer.


This is not a full season set, so we get 10 episodes from the first season here. Well technically we get 8 episodes because two of the episodes are one-hour episodes, but for some reason are separated on this set. Not to worry, nothing is edited they are just split for some reason. We also get a two-part episode that originally aired over two weeks, so that is presented correctly. I’ll list the full 10 episode titles in the runtimes below, but let’s detail a few of them now. In “Miss Adorable,” Andy Gibbs guest stars when during a sleepover, Margaux tells Punky and Cherie that she enters beauty pageants because she wants her parents to be able to brag about her to their friends, and she wants them to be proud of her. In the one-hour episode, “Yes, Punky, There Is a Santa Claus,” which is presented as two episodes rather one, it's getting close to a very special day -- Punky and Henry's first Christmas together, and Punky is saddened that it will be her first Christmas without her mother Susan. In the two-part episode, “Henry Falls in Love,” Punky is hoping for a complete family when Henry is reunited with his high school sweetheart Maggie McLerie (Allyn Ann McLerie), who is now one of the richest people in Chicago. In the one-hour season finale, “Fenster Hall,” which is presented as two episodes rather than one, a masked boy goes in through Punky's window and steals her jewelry box, prompting her to follow in pursuit and the trail ends at an abandoned house, when the boy, T.C. Finestra (Billy Lombardo), unmasks and presents his findings to an older street thug who calls himself Blade (James Le Gros).

Episode runtimes are generally 24 minutes, some higher and some lower. The one-hour episodes here are just split for some reason, nothing is edited from them. Here are all the runtimes:

1. Miss Adorable: 24:33
2. Yes, Punky, There Is A Santa Claus, Part 1: 22:31
3. Yes, Punky, There Is A Santa Claus, Part 2: 26:12
4. Play It Again, Punky: 24:27
5. Henry Falls In Love, Part 1: 23:49 (to be continued tag at end)
6. Henry Falls In Love, Part 2: 24:12 (Last week on Punky Brewster recap in beginning)
7. My Aged Valentine: 24:19
8. I Love You Brandon: 24:20
9. Fenster Hall, Part 1: 23:42
10. Fenster Hall, Part 1: 24:42


The packaging of the set is very simple with a big keep case. There is only one disc inside, so not so sure why a huge case was needed? The cover art has a shot of Punky with two thumbs up and the Punky Brewster logo on top. The color theme is mainly pink, but has other colors as well. The back of the case features a similar color, with a promotional photo of Punky and Brandon along with info on the series and set. We get an episode titles list as well. When we open the case, we see no artwork on the panels at all. And the disc is in a black paper sleeve instead of on a panel or plastic holder. Why waste paper for just one disc? Artwork for the disc is the same as the cover art of the case.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has three Polaroid style shots along with the show logo and the closing theme playing in the background. We have the choice of Play All or Episodes. Episodes take us to a submenu with the closing theme playing again in the background and the episode titles are listed on a loose-leaf style paper. There are no subtitles unfortunately.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video is on par with the video we saw on Shout! Factory’s season one set. It is pretty good, but choppy at times. The audio is also similar to the Shout! set. We only get two chapter stops per episode. The stop occurs during the middle of the episode. Couple of tidbits, I mentioned the one-hour episode and two-part episode thing in the Episodes section, so I won’t cover that again here, but I will cover the beginning and closing logos. Before the opening credits, we get the classic NBC International LTD logo. After the closing credits we get two closing logos - the classic NBC Productions logo and the newer NBC Enterprises logo. We saw all of this already on the first season set, so nothing new but it’s good to have!

Special Features:

We don’t get anything here at all. I wasn’t expecting anything either since it is just a single disc set with 10 episodes from season one. So, there is not much else to say here.

Final Comments:

If you are a fan of this show and don’t have any of the DVD’s, then this is good cheap option for you, as you get 10 episodes for like $5 or $6 in most places. This set isn’t produced that well, but it works. If they only didn’t use that black paper sleeve to hold the disc, though, maybe it would be better. We got these episodes already from Shout! Factory, but I think this is geared to the casual fan or new fans. So, it is a cheap option, if you want to get this set and take a trip down memory lane with Punky Brewster and company!

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: 3.5/5
Overall Score: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 10/19/10

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