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Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series (1999)

Samantha Newark , Cathianne Blore , Ray Lee  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Samantha Newark, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee, Britta Phillips
  • Directors: Ray Lee
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BUA1CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

Retrospective featurettes, including brand-new interviews with the cast, crew and fans!

Original toy commercials

Video jukebox

Animated storyboards

Original writer’s bible

Editorial Reviews

In 1985, the truly outrageous TV show, Jem and The Holograms, premiered to the delight of young girls and boys. This new animated series focused on the dual life of beautiful Jerrica Benton, co-owner of Starlight Music, and her pop star alter-ego, Jem, lead singer for the all-girl band Jem and The Holograms.

With its unique story line combination of drama, action, romance and music, Jem and The Holograms was a smash hit and became an icon for a decade. It's message of glamour, glitter, fashion and fame helped define a generation.

Now you can relive the adventures of Jem and The Holograms and their archrivals, The Misfits and The Stingers, in this first-ever complete collector's edition DVD box set. All 65 episodes of the hit series are included, accompanied by an exclusive bonus disc of brand-new and archival material rarely seen.

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121 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jem is a wonderful and complex series August 19, 2011
What makes this cartoon so different from the many others is the intricacy of the series, the show uses the characters as the central driving point in contrast to the majority of other cartoons that simply use them as a vehicle for mindless action. The reason for this is most likely the fact that the show was aimed at girls and as such random action isn't appealing however, characters, relationships, and inner conflicts are. Jem features episodes that are both fun and exciting, examples of such are "The Battle of the Bands", "One Jem to Many", and "The Fan". Jem also has episodes that make the show transcend your everyday cartoon such as "Scandal", "Father's Day", "Riot's Hope", "A Father Should Be", and of course the powerful "Out of the Past" the maturity of which would never be understood by a child or even some adults. The more emotional episodes feature complex themes such as the death of a parent, personal secrets, conflict among friends, and family strife. It's the mix of fun and depth that really make this such a wonderful show to watch, especially as an adult when you can really appreciate it's complexity.

Jem features three music videos spaced evenly throughout each episode breaking up the action nicely, the 80s style mix is the best soundtrack to a television show I've ever heard. The show has a talented voice over cast featuring Britta Phillips (singing voice of Jem), Samantha Newark (Voice of Jem/Jerrica), and Charlie Adler (Eric Raymond) as well as others. Episodes usually involve the rival band the Misfits and their attempts to thwart Jem's plans out of jealously. They are assisted by Eric Raymond whose goal is to regain control of Jerrica's business which he lost early in the series.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GRATEFUL PRAISE for BRIAN WARD and Shout Factory!! October 13, 2011
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GRATEFUL PRAISE for BRIAN WARD and Shout Factory!!

I URGE EVERYONE with questions, concerns, and complaints about as well as praise for the Jem complete series set to visit the "Truly Outrageous World of Jem" KJEM online radio show website at [...]

Show hosts Craig and Amy welcomed Shout Factory producer Brian Ward for a lengthy and GRATEFUL interview about the creation of the Jem set a couple of nights ago. You can listen to Part 1 of this great interview by selecting it from the past shows list. All your questions will be answered by listening to this show. I'm sure Part 2 will be posted soon. As an original fan of Jem since '87, I teared up just listening to Brian's stories of the Jem project and the pride he took in producing it.

I received my dvd set the day of release from Amazon. I love the packaging (especially the iconic cover image) and the special features. The set is well-organized and colorfully worthy of the world of Jem. I am particularly pleased with the video jukebox as it plays the videos seamlessly with quick fade ins and outs rather than the glitchy way the Rhino set played them via search for chapters. AND the special feature documentaries are fantastic tributes to Jem.

As an owner of the Rhino sets, I admit I was surprised and a little disappointed at the obvious difference in quality of the Shout set. It's NOT bad but is different as it came from video masters rather than film as Brian explained. The colors sometimes appear either overexposed or faded and the image is often slightly blurred.
Eagerly searching for answers regarding the quality, I discovered a thread about the Jem set on Shout Factory's message board ([...]) and read every posting last night.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a Sunbow DVD set worth owning! October 21, 2011
The great Marvel/Sunbow cartoon shows of the '80s have had a rough time on DVD. The Rhino DVDs (save for a couple of single-disc releases of The Transformers and The Inhumanoids) were rife with incorrect footage and digitally altered footage, as well as a bit of censorship in one episode of G.I. Joe. And Jem and G.I. Joe didn't even rate full releases before Rhino lost the home video rights. Shout! factory then promised to fix things, but The Transformers still has many, many errors, and G.I. Joe was unchanged from the partial Rhino release (and there were even more things wrong with the episodes new to DVD).

Now, we have Jem. As with the recent reruns on The Hub, Shout! Factory has completely discarded the Rhino DVD masters and gone back to the old 1" broadcast masters. This works even better for Jem, because in addition to re-take issues, the Rhino Jem DVDs had horrific color timing, with Pizzazz's hair being a dull pea green instead of the loud neon green seen originally, and on the doll itself. However, three episodes ("The Beginning", and the first two episodes of Starbright) use versions of the episodes from earlier airings, so there are some extended scenes missing. Most likely, it's because the masters for the final versions of those episodes have the much-reviled "Jem Girls" opening instead of the original version of the theme song. Additionally, the opening and end credits for one episode, "Alone Again", look terrible, and there is dropout of the picture in one shot during the first song. These issues could have been quickly fixed, and are easily the biggest negative features of the whole set.

The sound is a stereoized version of the original mono, which has none of the issues the 5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you grew up watching Jem this is an investment!! If there were more stars available I would select them all!!
Published 4 days ago by sheniqua norman
4.0 out of 5 stars We got my grandson singing the songs.
I bought this for my daughter's 33rd birthday. Her four year old son loved it. Of course he likes the Misfits better than Jem. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Vicki A. Kurasz
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Outrageous Quality! Some Of the Best Of the '80s!
My daughter got this for her 13th birthday. She absolutely adores the series. The quality is great, and no trouble with playing. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Wayne Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this as a kid
I cannot tell you how many times I've said why dont they show JEM anymore.. Now I have it at my fingertips:) Happy girl
Published 24 days ago by CRYSTAL HERRERA
5.0 out of 5 stars Jem Rocks
I got these and started watching... and could not stop. It was great to remember Jem, the Holograms and what fun they had together.
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Byrn
5.0 out of 5 stars Every girl should have this collection.
I've watched Jem as a kid and loved it. Every girl should have it in there collection and shear it with there daughters to come.
Published 2 months ago by coretta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome series with Jem and the holograms battling the misfits with their friends to over come good and bad :-)
Published 2 months ago by Linda meaney
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite 80's cartoon.
I love this dvd collection of Jem and the Holograms. Not only do I have every episode, there is also bonus content, which I love. I got this collection for a good price.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Tilger
5.0 out of 5 stars Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series
Jem, also known as Jem and the Holograms, is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988 in U.S. first-run syndication. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. SCOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars JEM - Truly Outrageous!
JEM IS TRULY OUTRAGEOUS. Oh The 1980's - I love it deeply; with Beverly Hills Teens and Maxie's World; this is one of the shows my sister would sit me on her lap and watch her own... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sister Avalon
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I got the jem dvd in the mail yesterday. I found out to my dissapointment that it does not have subtitles. I am seriously considering returning it. But being that I've waited so long for this dvd and I'm still a big fan, I'm not sure as of yet wether or not to return it. I am Deaf and depend on... Read more
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