Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • After School Specials
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

After School Specials


Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
13-Disc Version
Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Editorial Reviews

Martin Tahse is the most prolific and successful producer of After School Specials. His 26 productions have won numerous awards and prizes including 18 Emmys three Blue Ribbons in the American Film Festival the Peabody Award and the First Second and hird Prize in the Chicago Film Festival in the same year - an honor which has never since been matched. His original contributions remain important to today's young and adult audiences.Includes The 18th Emergency - 1974 Summer Of The Swans - 1974 The Skating Rink - 1975 Dear Lovey Hart: I Am Desperate - 1976 Francesca Baby - 1976 Beat the Turtle Drum - 1977 The Pinballs - 1977 Trouble River - 1977 It's A Mile From Here To Glory - 1978 Thank You Jackie Robinson - 1978 Gaucho - 1978 My Other Mother - 1979 A Special Gift - 1979 The Gold Test - 1980 What Are Friends For? - 1980 Schoolboy Father - 1980 A Matter Of Time - 1981 First Step - 1981 Tough Girl - 1981 The Night Swimmers - 1982 Two Loves For Jenny - 1982 Did You Hear What Happened To Andrea? - 1983 The Dog Days Of Arthur Cane - 1984 Ace Hits The Big Time - 1985 Face At The Edge Of the World - 1986 Picking Up The Pieces - 1989Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 787364630691

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Rossie Harris
  • Format: Box set, 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: 13
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 1170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WPLSK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Why isn't it included in the set?
J. Wilson
The films were ground breaking in their day for dealing with many issues such as abuse,teen pregnancy, drug addition or just feeling like an outsider in school.
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
This set is highly recommended for families and I encourage those that do purchase the set, to sit down with their children and watch.
Nicole Cook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on July 14, 2005
After School Specials were dramatic, some times comedic, programs designed especially entertain and teach 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), often dealing with serious issues like drug and alcohol abuse, teen age pregnancy, and so forth...the series (I believe there were something like 26 episodes) was created and produced by Martin Tahse, which won a slew of awards, was really unique in that it was programming for young people that wasn't created 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 relating to them on a level they understood and appreciated. Below is an episode listing with alternate titles.

The 18th Emergency (Originally aired 1/16/74) aka `Pssst, Hammerman's After You'

In Summer of the Swans (Originally aired 10/2/74) aka Sara's Summer of the Swans

The Skating Rink (Originally aired 2/5/75)

Dear Lovey Hart: I Am Desperate (Originally aired 5/19/76)

Francesca, Baby (Originally aired 6/10/76)

In Beat the Turtle Drum (Originally aired 4/6/77)

The Pinballs (Originally aired 10/26/77)

Trouble River (Originally aired 11/12/77)

It's A Mile from Here to Glory (Originally aired 5/5/78)

Thank You, Jackie Robinson (Originally aired 10/11/78) aka A Home Run for Love

Gaucho (Originally aired 10/25/78)

My Other Mother (Originally aired 9/26/79) aka Which Mother Is Mine?
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David M. Rossi on May 24, 2010
If it's your aim to get a complete collection of all the Afterschool Specials, this isn't it. In fact, even the other 4 or 5 sets with a couple years worth of episodes grouped together are suffering from the same omissions. Some missing episodes include:

The Amazing Cosmic Awareness Of Duffy Moon

P.J. and the President's Son

Me and My Dad's New Wife

The Boy Who Drank Too Much

The Wave

My Mother and the Monster

Bridge Of Adam Rush

Summer Switch

These sets are very misleading, allowing the buyer to believe they are getting all of the episodes. In my eyes, just the fact that The Boy Who Drank Too Much isn't included is enough to nix the idea of buying the set (Scott Baio and Lance Kerwin are stellar, believable teens in this excellently written and acted drama) The price they are asking for this set and the other split sets is ridiculous, and for that much money certainly it should be complete and then some.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Alexander on May 11, 2009
Many of the after school specials were brilliant. They entertained while giving us life lesson with small morality plays. Alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, and teen parenthood were addressed. I enjoyed everyone of them and made a point to learn from the kids plights and mistakes. Unfortunately Amy and the Angel, one of my favorites that dealt with depression and teen suicide is missing from this series so I can't give it a 5th star. That doesn't mean the series isn't good. Just that I found it lacking for not being a complete collection. If you want to go down memory lane. This series is awesome. If your looking for films to watch with your kids and have a discussion about the subject matter afterward then its a 5 star purchase.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on May 14, 2009
Anyone who grew up in the 70's and 80's probably remembers these educational after school specials. The films were ground breaking in their day for dealing with many issues such as abuse,teen pregnancy, drug addition or just feeling like an outsider in school.

This set includes 26 highly regarded films from the series, two episodes that are exclusive to this set. The films run around 46 minutes and look fairly clean, but they do look a bit soft and faded. They appear to be uncut and it's nice to see them available on DVD.

I had not seen these shows since their original air dates and most of them hold up, but some seem a little dated with a bit of unintentional humor.

The most interesting thing about most of these shows is the casting of some young stars that had later fame or were stars from some very popular TV series at the same time.

I would have liked to have seen some better treatment to these shows as they look like the transfers are direct from VHS and there are no extras on this set, which is a little disappointing.

If you have children, this is an excellent source to use to open discussion about problems they may be experiencing or help them avoid some of these obstacles in their lives. If you don't have children or they're grown, you just might enjoy a ride on this bus, just for the sake of nostagia.
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Huff on March 17, 2014
The ABC After School Specials were a great treat and as I was just 11 years old when they premiered in 1972 I have seen most of the episodes prior to 1980. This multi award winning show ran for 25 seasons from 1972 to 1997 totaling 154 episodes at roughly 52 mins. each (commercials were shorter in those days) Its a pity that they may never put all of the specials on disc as these may be a little dated in appearance but the messages they convey are still very relevant today. The stories, casting, actors and directors are amazing with future stars as kids (Jodie Foster, Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker among others) the stories were usually very mature (birth, death, bullies, drugs, peer pressure, divorce, etc.) and dealt with the subject matter in a serious manner but from the kids point of view they treated kids like reasonable people and didn't stoop to 'dumbing down' the material or making it 'comical' or fanciful like they do with so many programs today (the Disney treatment) in an effort to make it palatable (For the Adults - Not the Kids) they make the subject seem less important.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
Looking for the Horrible Honchos episode?
"The Horrible Honchos", I'm very sorry to say, has never been officially released on home video, in any format. I've searched assiduously for it on ebay, but have never seen it, even in a pirated, bootlegged form. We can only hope for its DVD release, someday. There should be a website... Read More
Dec 6, 2007 by Waltons Freak |  See all 6 posts
after school special in the shadow of love (teens with HIV) Be the first to reply
i'm looking for after school special Season 23, Episode 2: Magical... Be the first to reply
1988 Date Rape Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?