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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, 2011

 
 


Just 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 are.

 


"Hey 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.

 


I 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.