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Best of Beakman's World (1993)

Paul Zaloom , Mark Ritts , Jay Dubin , Robert Heath  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider, Alanna Ubach, Senta Moses
  • Directors: Jay Dubin, Robert Heath
  • Writers: Marijane Miller, Richard Albrecht, Casey Keller, Jok R. Church, Mark Waxman
  • Producers: Robert Heath, Barry Freidmen, Marijane Miller, Richard Albrecht
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A1T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of Beakman's World" on IMDb

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15 of the wackiest, most spectacular experiments from the Television series.

Science investigator Beakman's hair may look like it took the business end of a powerful electric shock, but as host of the silly but enlightening The Best of Beakman's World, he proves far too savvy about natural forces to make such a blunder. With the help of penguin smart alecks Don and Herb (voiced by Alan Barzman and Bert Berdis), and ratty-looking rodent Lester (Mark Ritts), Beakman (Paul Zaloom) explains, in brief, sketch-like blackouts, how a lot of Stuff works. Sure, one can contain water in an upside-down glass with a mere playing card; it's called air pressure. Yes, a tennis ball that bounces off a bouncing basketball will shoot 15 feet in the air. No, one can't push a stick through a small pile of table salt sitting in a tissue-covered paper tube. Indeed, the mysteries of a camera obscura can be explored with a cardboard box. Big ideas, simple (and fun) execution. --Tom Keogh

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars glad to have it October 1, 2004
I was so happy when I found this DVD! I loved Beakman's World back during its original run on The Learning Channel. I thought it was so funny and made science interesting and fun. I learned a lot of "tricks" or rather cool experiments, in particular how to balance two forks on a toothpick! The only thing that is wrong with the DVD is Josie isn't on it enough. She was one of my favorite characters and I guess since this DVD isn't complete episodes, the scenes she appears in weren't included as much. Also, the only other bad thing is, it isn't long enough! Only 60 minutes! I am certainly grateful as it has been many years since I have seen the show on TV. But really, it is just a teaser. They need to put the entire series on DVD!

At any rate, it is a good starter for anyone who has not seen the show, or who hasn't seen it in a long time and remembers it! I would definitely recommend it for kids and adults, whether they like science or not. I never really liked science, but this show just made it so fun! The show is very cleverly written and the acting is great. It was obviously made by talented and intelligent people with a sense of humor, sometimes weird, but always funny! What more can I say? Everyone should watch this show!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This show is a great way to learn basic science November 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have always been a Beakman fan, and I was sorry the show was taken off the air. The experiments are great and the presentations are funny and informative. Science can be fun! This "Best of" gathers a number of experiments and "fast facts", and it's a great gift for people who either liked the show or who need a fun introduction to scientific principles. I'm only sorry Josie doesn't appear much, since the in-between bits she was featured in are trimmed here. Liza doesn't appear at all. I bought this tape for myself and I have now gone back and ordered two additional copies to give to my nephews for XMas.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got Beakmania March 29, 2006
By Dakota
I came in search of all the seasons, being a devoted Beakman watcher when I was a kid and longing to remember all the good episodes. Alas, there was only this video, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a lot easier than trying to decipher all the episodes I had taped way back when(they were very old and skipped a lot). Maybe if we can rally together, they will come out with a boxed set of all 5 seasons! Here's to that!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My fourth graders loved this video. December 17, 2006
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I purchased this video for my fourth graders. They loved it and so did I. Many of my students wrote down some of the experiments as we watched the video and then went home and performed the experiments. The characters emphasize safety and the importance of working with an adult. Ingredients for the experiments were clearly listed. I overheard my students talking about some of the things they learned from watching Beakman. The Best of Beakman's World is fast paced and filled with humor. My two children watched the video at home and also loved it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't going to review this April 22, 2009
[5 stars for the program, 4 for the DVD, sight unseen, because they tell me there isn't enough Josie]

I wasn't going to review this item, as I felt there was no need. I only came here to buy this item for my age 6 son, and scanned the reviews in hope that one might contain information on which episodes/excerpts were included in this video.
But I stumbled on a review that was just WRONG, and saw that others had marked it as helpful, and then thought of the children who would be deprived of this opportunity to learn AND have fun which is NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE. I COULD NOT leave this alone. While I replied to the review, THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH.
A shortened version of my reply:
[that other review]"...two puppet penguins...when one stated that he was "younger and sexier" than the other, I began to worry." And it goes on.

Whoever put this DVD together obviously made a major error, in that this joke was now made out-of-context in editing. Bearing no real sexual content whatsoever, it's a biological/genetics joke: said penguins are *twins*. As such, any reference to difference in age or physical appeal is essentially moot. Therein lies the joke.
My sister was 3 when she heard this joke, and she got it immediately. She recently credited this show with getting A's in COLLEGE science classes, having had no real immersion in science in between. My grandmother, wife of a minister, and mother of 3 others, was also tickled pink when she heard this joke.
These penguins typically represented "what-not-to-do", much like "Mr. Lundt" from Veggie Tales, and all viewers come away with the impression to avoid their behavior and actions, now and always.

""Beakman" was obnoxious..." ...[blink, blink]....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKE MORE QUICKLY!!! December 23, 2006
A Kid's Review
I love Beakman's World. It teaches about science in an interesting way so it is still very interseting. My friends and I have tried many of the experiments and succeded, well having lots of fun. I think that it would be great if the people working at Beakman's world would come out with seasons 1-5, because it is a great show for all. I still watch taped shows, and the reruns that are on every Saturday, but most people who I talk to and know about Beakman would agree that a boxed set would be great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids.
It was a gift and they tell me the child lolled it.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good.
Published 2 months ago by Maru Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars feel like a kid again
Discovered beakman as an adult. LOVE it. Now that I have young nieces and nephews again its good to have it at the house for when they visit
Published 4 months ago by Sister Soulshine
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, informative, educational show topped-off with awesome-sauce
"Beakman's world" is "Sesame Street" meets your grade-school science class meets "Chuck E. Cheese" (now "Charles E. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eugene Suh
5.0 out of 5 stars Making learning fun
He makes science fun!i would have like them to keep making the show,I guess we'll have to wait for other is apart of life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic
I truly believe this is one of the best shows ever produced for kids. Has there ever been a program that made science and education more fun than this? Read more
Published 9 months ago by KLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Beakman's World Great Show!
After all these years I am wondering why great shows like this one never come back? This show is intended for kids but it was really amusing to me too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by eightpassenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Shazoom
I purchased this for my husband as we both used to watch this show as children in the early 90s. It is not a collection of episodes, but rather a 1 hour special that was made in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Hardin
5.0 out of 5 stars GIft for Teacher
My son gave this video to this 4th grade teacher as an end of school gift. She loves science, and my son just loves Beakman!
Published 14 months ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Beakman!
Brakeman is the best! I wish there were more videos for each season! These are the types of shows we need for kids!
Published 14 months ago by Abhi
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