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Jem - The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons (1985)

Samantha Newark , Patricia Alice Albrecht , John Gibbs , Ray Lee  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Samantha Newark, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee, Britta Phillips
  • Directors: John Gibbs, Ray Lee, Terry Lennon
  • Writers: Beth Bornstein, Christy Marx, David Wise, Ellen Guon, Marv Wolfman
  • Format: Animated, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino / Wea
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LJCUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jem - The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons" on IMDb

Special Features

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Format: Animated, Box set, NTSC

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showtime Synergy!!! March 17, 2004
Like most cartoons of the 80's, JEM may have had an agenda of commercialism behind it. But that in no way should overshadow the fact that this cartoon aspired to be more than what it seemed at the superficial level. JEM made a serious effort to not only capture the attention of girls ages 5-13(through a mixture of catchy 1 minute bubblegum pop tunes and a lucrative collectors doll market), but to actually distinguish itself as something special in the annals of animation lore.As a young comic-book obsessed, introverted boy in the 80's, JEM first managed to catch my attention as part of an animation block of Saturday morning programming along with Bigfoot and the Monster Machines, and the Inhumanoids.As a boy and die-hard comic freak, I tuned in for the Inhumanoids naturally. But there was something about JEM that automatically captured my attention. Perhaps it was the "super-hero" aspect of the show. Perhaps it was the bevy of gorgeous animated babes. Whatever it was,I was instantly hooked.I felt kind of weird being a male JEM fan,but I consoled myself with the fact that I only gave the cartoon my patronage, and NOT the dolls! But I digress. GOD BLESS RHINO!!!! Season 1+2 are here in all thier big-haired glory! Enjoy JEM from her humble origins to her maturity as a pop-goddess and role model for kids of all ages and genders! This is a solid essential for children of the 80's,or any fan of quality animation with quirky storytelling, memorable characters,and (of course) those awesome mini pop anthems that gave the show it's aura of individuality. Good for young children,as it is replete with wholesome values and the triumph of purity and right over the forces of malicious mischief.(By the way:the MISFITS ROCK!!! Read more ›
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132 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Outrageous!!!! February 21, 2004
By A Customer
I CANT BEGIN TO SAY HOW EXCITED I AM OVER THIS DVD RELEASE! RHINI IS RELEASING A WONDERFUL DVD COLLECTION FOR THE JEM FANS. THE EPISODES FROM THE 1ST AND 2ND SEASONS OF JEM ARE:
Season 1:
The Beginning
Disaster
Kimber's Rebellion
Frame Up
Battle of the Bands
Season 2:

Starbright 1: Falling Star
Starbright 2: Colliding Stars
Starbright 3: Rising Star
The World Hunger Shindig
Adventures in China
Last Resorts
In Stitches
The Music Awards 1
The Music Awards 2
The Rock Fashion Book
Broadway Magic
In Search of the Stolen Album
Hot Time in Hawaii
The Princess and the Singer
Island of Deception
Old Meets New
Intrigue at the Indy 500
The Jem Jam 1
The Jem Jam 2
Culture Clash
Glitter and Gold
I WILL PROBOBLY GET NO SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE THIS GREAT DVD BOXED SET IS RELEASED. JEM WAS A GREAT 80S CARTOON. IT WAS LIKE AN ANIMATED SOAP OPERA. RHINO HAS BEEN DOING A GREAT THING FOR FANS OF 80'S CARTOONS. THEY'VE ALMOST COMPLETED, RELEASING THEIR TRANSFORMERS DVD BOXED SETS, AND LAST MONTH, RELEASED THE FIRST SEASON OF G.I.JOE. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR HE-MAN & SHE-RA TO GET THE BOXED SET TREATMENT. BUT ANYWAY- IF YOUR A TRUE 80'S CARTOON FANATIC, AND LOVED JEM AS MUCH AS I- MAKE THIS GREAT PURCHASE!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Is Missing In My Life....but not anymore! February 29, 2004
When JEM's alter ego Jerrica (NB: Jem is to Superman as Jerrica is to Clark Kent), loses her magic hologram projecting Jemstar earrings (which transform her into uber-pop kitten JEM), in the episode "Adventure In China", viewers are hit with a sombre, sad but deeply meaningful pop tune "Something Is Missing In My Life"- performed by Jem and The Holograms (JEM's rockin' all-girl band). Will Jerrica find her priceless stolen heirloom or will it, and the magic, talent and humanitarian legacy of JEM, be lost forever?
Such was a typical dilemma on JEM and it was always at key plot turns that this show broke 80's cartoon conventions and instead, broke out into song! Containing up to 3 'music videos' per episode, JEM was not just a cartoon- but a musical journey into poptastic Heaven! Long before Britney, Christina et al were annulling Las Vegas marriages or getting Dirrrty in front of impressionable young audiences, JEM was doing parents proud with enough top notch bubblegum pop to start a gum factory.
Fans of this 80's cartoon were hooked on this amazing show for not just the music, glamour, glitter, fashion & fame...but because JEM contained the best storylines, complex characters and an on-going soap-opera-esque drama that kept us coming back for more.
Even in the 2000's, JEMs storylines, songs and music videos still hold up today. Some of the outfits they wore may be a little laughable, but boy were those pop tunes catchy! Jem's songs were enchanting, sweet and positive with a saccrine flavor (JEM songs include: "I Believe In Happy Endings", "When It's Only Me And The Music" & "Share A Little Bit Of Yourself"), while JEM's rival band THE MISFITS performed punk-ish electro-trash containing self-inflated lyrics with a whole lotta sass. (eg: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Let me start off by saying that I am only 15 years old, and a guy. So I didn't grow up watching Jem, I wasn't an 80's child, and I've never seen it before the DVD came out.

Well I saw this Jem DVD at the store, I never heard of the show, but I thought the cover looked kinda interesting, and read the back of the box and thought that the summary of the show sounded pretty interested. I didn't get it though. When I came home I went on the internet to look up a little more about the show. After I saw all the great reviews, went to a few fan sites, and heard some of the songs, I thought I just had to get my hands on this thing, so I bought it, and I really started to like it.

Although it's easy to tell by watching it that this series was made years ago, the animation is done very well for something made in the 80's. And the story lines are done pretty well. And the other reviewers are right; this is pretty heated for a cartoon. Now, notice I said FOR A CARTOON. Don't be expecting anything too raunchy on this show. But they do have a lot of kissing on the lips and a few slapping people here and there.

The music is also very good. The Holograms songs are more poppy kinda stuff. While the Misfits are more kinda Avril Lavinge kinda thing.

I don't really think that this show is only for girls. Although the main characters are female, there is plenty of action for us guys, and Christy Marx, the creator of the show explains that although the show was meant for girls, she made it to where boys would be interested in it too. Apparently, it worked!

The extras in this box set are pretty good too. They have an interview with Samantha Newark, the voice of Jem. She talks a little more about her singing career than about Jem, but it's still informative.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Jem but misleading title
Don't get me wrong I love Jem and I love even more that my daughters love Jem, but there is false advertising here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Kvasnicka
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
I love it Thank You so much!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Goddess_Maker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice box!
Very good dvd box. All the episodes, very good audio a video quality!
Published 1 month ago by ivan
5.0 out of 5 stars wow really
My wife was so ecstatic when she opened this last Christmas! I could not have earned more brownie points...This is when gift giving is the most fun.
Published 7 months ago by bsmitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!!
Great show about a young girl and her friends doing good while trying to battle the not so good misfits. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda meaney
3.0 out of 5 stars ONLY FIRST SEASON
HOW OUTRAGEOUS! What a scam, this dvd only includes season one, beware weary consumer, this package offers more than delivered!
Published 8 months ago by Brent Henry
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not include the second season
I like the series, I think that the commentary disks are great. My problem is that season two, which begins with "the talent search" is nowhere to be found in this 4-disk set. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Newt In Minneapolis (Dian)
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Purchase
Purchased as a gift to for a big 80s fan. She was very pleased with it. And that made me happy.
Published 15 months ago by M. E. Maas
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a fan!!
I have loved this cartoon since it came out. It wasn't until a few years ago that I found out it was available via dvd. Now I have all the seasons on dvd. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Beatrice
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia
i used to love this show as a kid & now my girls love it. it has cool music & the right message for preteens. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jenn Mart
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