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Rating
Video:   6/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   1/10

A Blast from My Past
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
6/15/2009

    When legendary animation studio Hanna-Barbera first introduced the original space-age family The Jetsons - George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Astro and Rosie - and their 21st century world to space flight, computers and robots, it immediately became a fan favorite for futuristic fun. With a gadget or gizmo for everything, these cosmic characters opened our eyes to unlimited possibilities ahead while making us smile, for though technology may advance, people will always be the same. This 3-disc collection of 21 hilarious episodes features more out-of-this world adventures, universal mishaps and galactic ordeals sure to propel all into orbit with laughter!
Like other kids growing up in the '80s, I watched a lot of The Jetsons on TV. There were the episodes with Orbitty, and the ones without, but I didn't realize there was a huge gap between when the episodes were made. I guess that's a testament to the work done by the '80s production team, since they were able to keep the look and feel of the original episodes, at least well enough so kids couldn't tell the difference. It's nice to see these episodes again; the 3-disc set includes 21 episodes:

Disc 1 (2:28:08)
Elroy Meets Orbitty (21:10)
Rosie come Home (20:59)
Solar Snoops (21:12)
Judy's Birthday Surprise (21:13)
SuperGeorge (21:07)
Family Fallout (21:14)
S.M.A.S.H. (21:13)

Disc 2 (2:28:36)
The Mirrormorph (21:16)
Mother's Day for Rosie (21:12)
Jetson's Millions (21:14)
Fugitive Fleas (21:14)
Rip-Off Rosie (21:12)
Far-Out Father (21:14)
Astro's Big Moment (21:14)

Disc 3 (2:28:31)
The Cosmic Courtship of George and Jane (21:09)
Fantasy Planet (21:15)
S'no Relative (21:11)
Instant Replay (21:13)
Haunted Halloween (21:15)
Future Tense (21:15)
The Wrong Stuff (21:13)

Video

Wow, the video is really a mixed bag here. I think the worst-looking episode is Elroy Meets Orbitty due to the dust and debris in the picture. It's also a bit washed out compared to the others. Many of the episodes include some severe edge-enhancement, which I found a bit distracting. At least the colors of most episodes are vibrant, even though they suffer from other issues. Each disc includes a play all feature, and there's a chapter set after the opening of each episode.

Audio

Warner Bros lists the set as having an English stereo track, but my Denon receiver shows that it's Dolby Surround, not stereo, accompanied by Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital mono tracks (the Spanish track isn't even mentioned on the packaging, and the Portuguese is listed as Stereo). There are English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles for the episodes as well. I found the English track a bit too loud, and it forced me to lower the volume from my regular listening level. There was also some audio bleeding problems (dialog being heard out of the rear speakers) in "Elroy Meets Orbitty," and I believe one other episode.

Extras - How we rate extras

The Jetsons Return to the Future (8:34)
A featurette with some well-known animation experts discussing the return of The Jetson's to TV.

Summary

I had a blast revisiting my childhood while watching these episodes. I was amazed by how many of them I remembered in their entirety, even though it's been at least 20 years since I've seen them. The set, though it has a few flaws with the video, is still worth checking out, especially if you have fond memories of the show like I do. Hopefully it sells well enough that Warner can continue releasing the series on DVD (20 more episodes for season 2, and 10 from season 3).


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