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Hey Dude: Season 1
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Starring: David Brisbin, Kelly Brown, Debrah Kalman, Christine Taylor, David lascher, Joe Torres, Josh Tygiel
Studio: Shout Factory
Retail Price: $38.95
Features: Interview with Christine Taylor
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, Chapters (4 chapters per episode), Two-Disc Set
Released: July 19th,
as it aired back in the day on Nickelodeon, the first season of "Hey
Dude" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen on DVD. The show was
videotaped, and these transfers reflect all that cheesy late-1980s
glory. The show is no visual masterpiece, but you might be surprised
how the transfers come across: fleshtones look decent, detail is good
and there's an overall sharpness that I don't recall seeing on Nick
back in the day. Nothing astounding, but certainly nice for what they
Dude" has English stereo tracks for all its episodes. Fidelity is
surprisingly high for the tracks here. Dialogue is crisp and always
clear, and that element stands out the most. Sound effects come out
okay, while there are no complaints for the awesome theme song.
Straightforward, and nothing more.
Thank you Shout Factory for including a gem of a supplement: a 17 minute Interview with Christine Taylor.
Taylor has gone onto bigger and better things, but it's with the series
where she got her humble start. Taylor comes off as appreciative of the
show's legacy, and incredibly down-to-earth. She talks about shooting
the pilot, but also not wanting to miss certain high school
experiences. She ended up forgoing NYU to star in the series. Taylor
talks about originally going for the role of Brad instead of Melody,
shooting the pilot and doing the series for 2 years. She speaks fondly
of the show's only two directors, and how the cast was like a big
family — for better and for worse. Taylor closes with an anecodte
involving a well-known celebrity. This is a very pleasing and
interesting look at the series. A must watch for fans of the show.
am not sure if "Hey Dude" still stands up over two decades later, but
if you grew up watching Nickelodeon in the 1980s and 1990s, then you
know you can't resist watching the series. The episodes look and sound
decent for what they are, and the sole extra — an interview with
Christine Taylor — is excellent. If this show means something to you,
then it's worth getting nostalgic over the escapades at Bar None Ranch.