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Rocko's Modern Life: Season One

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 300 Minutes

Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler

 

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

 
 

"Rocko's Modern Life" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen — just as you (likely) remember. The show's first 13 episodes look very nice on DVD, as it showcases the show's unique animation: detail is good, and color saturation is remarkably bright. The episodes look really sharp too, and definitely stand out. Alas, the only downside is that the prints used for these transfers aren't totally clean: blemishes and other little annoyances pop up. Still, they're not overly distracting. Good stuff, overall.

 


The first season of "Rocko's Modern Life" features English stereo tracks. Yes, the tracks have their limitations compared to today's standards, but it's a pleasant surprise just how effective they are. The series' various sound effects make good use of its limited channel: crashes, splats and assorted other noises are very audiable, and pack a punch. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear, and the show's beloved theme music also makes an impression. Rocko fans, you'll be quite pleased.

 


Nothing. Boo!

 


I'm sure plenty of millenials have been anticipating this release, as "Rocko's Modern Life" is a popular staple among that set. It's great that Shout Factory gave this a wide release, but it's disappointing there are no supplements. Hopefully season two will have some featurettes of some kind, but those who love the series will at least get good presentations of the first 13 episodes.