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After School Specials: 1979-1980 DVD Set (1979)

Various Actors , Various  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various Actors
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BCI / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006N2E0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The divorce Amy Warner (Melora Hardin) and her mother (Susan Adams) move to California. Amy is devastated and finds comfort in a new friendship with Michelle Mudd (Dana Hill) a girl with similar experiences. Amy discovers however that Michelle is having even greater difficulty dealing with her own parent's divorce. Amy begins to understand that divorce affects both the parents and children and learns to deal with the pains of a family's breakup. SCHOOLBOY FATHER - Sixteen-year-old Charles Elderberry (Rob Lowe) dallies at summer camp with sexy Daisy (Dana Plato) and discovers later to his astonishment that she has borne his child. Unlike other teenagers who might go into hiding Charles races to the hospital to see his son and is horrified to learn that Daisy is putting the child up for adoption. Having grown up without a father he insists on his rights to keep the baby and with the help of a social worker (Beatrice Colen) he is granted a trial adoption much against his mother's advice. The outcome of the story is both real and poignant as Charles reluctantly faces reality.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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The late 70's...a tumultuous period...gas shortages, feathered hair, bell bottom jeans, and the demise of disco (if you lived in the Midwest, you may recall a little event hosted by Chicago DJ Steve Dahl called Disco Demolition, held at Chicago's Comisky Park during the period between a double header...things got a little out of hand, resulting in the White Sox having to forfeit the 2nd game, but that's neither here nor there...). Anyway, what do these things have to do with what I'm reviewing? Not a whole lot, and that's the during that time period probably could have cared less about any of those things, as they had little to do with what was going on within their own lives, but thankfully there was something directed at them, namely, tele-plays presented under the heading of After School Specials, dramatic, sometimes comedic, programs designed especially to entertain and edjumacate pre-teens about life and issues they could have very well faced, in terms they could understand in an hour-long format (approximately 45 minutes, without the commercials). Each set comes with two DVDs, each containing 2 episodes, or 4 episodes per set. The series (I believe there were something like 26 episodes) created and produced by Martin Tahse, winning him a slew of awards, was really unique in that it was programming for young people that wasn't made to tie into products or sell merchandise, but to speak to them about situations difficult to understand or comprehend, treating its' audience with the respect and intelligence not often seen, not talking down to them but talking to them, and terms they could understand. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shredd
I never had the opportunity to view these growing up and cannot now remember how I stumbled upon them on Amazon but I decided to try out a couple and take a look-see. The other one I ordered was After School Specials: Class of '82-'86. I'm a bit stuck in an 80s time warp is what it is. What really got me to be honest was the way cool packaging of the DVD with the locker case that flips open to show the DVDs inside. cookieman108 pretty much covered the content spot on so I'll just tell my personal experience of the product.

Packaging - I was looking forward to the locker packaging (even more so than the content of the DVDs) so I was very disappointed to find that it did NOT come in the packaging as shown. It's a double DVD case with discs 1 and 2. That's it. No locker outer packaging, no inserts, nothing! And the colour is dull, dull, dull - sort of a cross between tan and a washed out olive green. Blah! I wished I would have known this before I'd bought it. I would have thought twice maybe. I don't know if the original packaging was as shown but the current one ISN'T. Just so you know. If you're not all that interested in the superficial things, let's move on... [Edited on 24/01/2008 - OK, so I'd bought this from an Amazon seller who marketed it as 'Like New'. Turns out that all I really DID receive was the INNER case but they refunded my full purchase price which was very good of 'em. Still can't comment on the box artwork though :( as I didn't receive it.]

Audio - The 'Settings' option allows you to listen in either Dolby Stereo or Dolby 5.1. The sound is not too bad in either setting. But nothing like "theatre experience" if you know what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories February 23, 2014
By Ginger
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It brings back back wonderful memories when I was a young girl and when I came home from school I would rush home to watch it.
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