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The Smurfs
Season One, Volume Two

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 319 Minutes

 

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $26.98

Features: I Smurf The Smurfs

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapters

Released: October 7th, 2008


 

 

The transfers for this second volume of "The Smurfs" on DVD is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. They are flawed affairs, but certainly watchable. As far as flaws, noise is apparent, plus some dirt pieces on the prints. Grain and overall image softness is there, too. But color saturation is strong and rather full (the blues look good, and that's the most important thing) - and detail is rather fine, especially with the detail you can see in the character outlines and individual frames. Pretty smurftastic, I guess.


 

Also pretty smurftastic: the English Dolby Mono tracks on the episodes. Sure, they only come through a single channel, but everything sounds crisp and clear: the catchy "la la la la la" theme, the variety of sound effects, and the dialogue (with all those variation of words featuring the prefix "smurf"). There is also no distortion or audio flaws (like pops and hisses) whatsoever. I'm sure stereo remixes could have been done and may have improved things, but what's here is fine - and how viewers remember it. 

English closed captions from your TV are available, plus English subtitles. 
 




The sole extra is on the second disc, a featurette entitled I Smurf The Smurfs. This featurette is pretty random, namely in that it feels like a rip-off of one of those VH-1 nostalgia specials. Principal talents from the series are interviewed, including writers Marc Zicree and Mel Gilden - and voice actors such as Danny Goldman, June Foray and Smurfette herself, Lucy Bliss. But then you have interviews from former child stars and 80s/90s mainstays: Mrs. Winslow Jo Marie Payton, Candance Cameron "D.J. Tanner" Bure, Debbie Allen and Persia White. Also commenting are voice actor Gary Owens, and president and executive director of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Matthew C. Murray. What they all have in common is a love of all things Smurfs. The show's origins and its comic strip roots are briefly discussed, before the nuances of some of the Smurfs are analyzed. And what would a pop culture nostalgia trip be without the discussion of merchandise? Generation Xers, and Generation Yers, I think you'll like this.

 

Saturday morning fans, circa the 1980s: rejoice! The second volume of the beloved "Smurfs" has come to DVD. The episode presentations are decent at best, but the sole supplement is pretty fun. But honestly, I'm sure most of you are buying this for the nostalgia - and maybe make some new Smurf fans. Enjoy!