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not worth it...
on February 6, 2015
My biggest problem with this set is that the only way to get the cases out of the box, is to destroy the box, which was very offensive considering I paid a hundred dollars for the set. Maybe mine was defected and extra tight but no matter what I did I could not remove the cases any other way. Aside from that very obnoxious issue, if you're watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse for the first time ever then it might as well be in HD, I guess, but if you're watching this for nostalgic purposes, it'll look much more like it did in your childhood in lower resolution SD on an old tube TV, like it was back in the day, so I actually prefer the DVD set put out by Image Entertainment than this Blu-Ray set. I'm a huge advocate of Blu-Ray and HD, but for Pee-Wee, for some reason I almost rather have this on a VHS. Seeing all of the stage props and wires/strings for the puppets so crystal clear actually ruins the experience for me a little tiny bit. Despite being a kid's show, something about this show is really cult, and psychedelic, and I'm honestly just not feeling it very much seeing it polished up so much. Usually blu-ray preserves things that I WANT to see, like film grain, but I swear to God this somehow managed to make some of the claymation look reminiscent of CGI to me, but these restorations were done in the presence of Paul Reubens himself, so I don't want to second guess the genius himself. Part of me likes this release but a big part of me feels resentment towards Shout Factory for releasing this the way they did and making it as expensive as they did. The picture quality is obviously of stunning quality and if that's how you want to view Pee-Wee, then this set is for you. However, some of the motions seem questionable to me, and remind me of "Soap Opera Effect" (Google that if you don't know what that is). If the set were 30 bucks I wouldn't nitpick all the flaws, it's just a show, but for that kind of money that they charged, everytime I see this on my shelf I want to throw it up against a wall.