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Land of the Bad Restoration
on July 12, 2011
First off, I know I don't have to tell ya that "LotL" is an icon in my favorite era of television homage, the late-ish seventies/very early eighties (I caught the reruns). I will go to my grave frustrated with unfulfilled wishes of having blonde braids and doin' cave chores with Cha-Ka, while also reminiscing being slightly terrorized by Sleestak hissings. I have now passed on the tradition of worshipping this series down to my daughters, hence my composing this review. For the last several months, I had been wrestling with the choice of either purchasing the Rhino released DVDs of seasons two and three, which cost big bucks, or purchasing the Universal Studios released DVDs of the same seasons (see above pic/product info), which cost very little (I am still wrestling with the fact that I am lacking funds). As you can probably figure out, we already own season one, and it is the Rhino version (we got it at Target years ago). Now we are at the point at which my brain wondered if the quality of the Universal DVDs were as good as the Rhino ones, because let me tell you- the Rhino DVDs are incredible...I cannot profess to being cultured in the world of cinematography restoration, but when I watch the Rhino DVDs, I'm back in my living room on a Saturday morning eating Boo Berry. Now here comes the crappy part: I relied on a "helpful" review right here on Amazon in order to make my purchasing choice. The creator of the "helpful" review stated that the quality of these Universal discs were exactly the same as the Rhino ones. Please place negative, wrong answer game show buzzer noise here...NOT TRUE-A*! This is the first time I have ever used caps in a review; I want to be dramatic here because I want people to know that a difference does exist between the Rhino DVDs and the Universal DVDs. I was very disappointed to find that the Universal DVDs have terrible color (in some scenes it is too dull; in others, too garish), non-clarity, poor "lighting" (some cave/night scenes left me squinting); even the credits lack finesse. It's actually pretty depressing...I should have gone with my gut instinct. Plus, if I had just researched the DVD releases a little more, I would have realized that the Universal version was/is just a quickly hashed-out marketing ploy to encourage the masses to watch Will Ferrell embarrass himself in the 2009 full feature length film of the same name. Please do not make the same mistake I made...you might go into debt, but please purchase the Rhino version. I now have to fight off the urge to have a mildly alcoholic beverage while watching these Universal DVDs with my kids for the next circa two weeks, as I feel that they do not contain nor celebrate the spirit of the series. May Ta and Sa poke the producers with sticks, and may Enik just harangue them in general while using expressive body language!
*Please note: This word is the Pakuni rendering of the English word "true".