Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Series
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The Amazon listing for Season 5 is here: Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: Complete 5th Season
If you do not own *any* R&B this set *may* be the one to get as it includes all 5 seasons plus a few "bonus" items: A Gold Ribbon, Frostbit Falls Field Guide, and an Episode Guide. BUT, the disks for Seasons 1-4 are the same as in previous sets. This means we still have musical changes on the opening/closing passed off as "those preferred by Jay Ward", the "bugs" on the video, and double-sided disks for Season 2. In addition you'll get lousy packaging consisting of disks in cardboard sleeves guaranteed to scratch your disks.
Reports indicate this release now has individual seasons in standard amaray cases with pages for the disks. That removes my sole complaint about this release so it's now a matter of watching for which has the better price.
If you don't care about the "bonus" items you may want to pick up the individual seasons when on sale just for the better packaging they offer.
Because I own the other 4 seasons separately I'll pick up the stand-alone release of S5. While it would be nice to have the Field and Episode Guides it's not worth a double-dip.
However, the title of the package is correct it contains 100% complete "Bull..." :)
Everything R&B in one set
Lots of saved space
The packaging is awesome
No new discs or material (save the unreleased 5th season)
Double sided season 2 discs (Boo!)
Overall I think it's worth it to have everything in one place and to save lots of valuable space on the shelf, not to mention the cool extras included in the set.
Many people were complaining about ClassicMedia not making a season 5 dvd individually, dvd pockets that will scratch your discs, and boycotting.
Needless to say, I went ahead and purchased the dvd set (it was only $65 when I got it), probably not worth $100, but it was a steal at the price I got it for.
Anyways, I'll break the actual reviewing down into sections for each part of set.
I was surprised by the quality of the case, especially after reading about what others had to say about ClassicMedia; It's made out of a very thick, dense cardboard with a mix of glossy and matte colors.
There are 2 bonus items unless you count their joke about the picture of Jay Ward & Bill Scott.
A well made ribbon with a picture of Bullwinkle, and a Frostbite Falls Field Guide.
The DVD case:
As appealing as it looks, it has one annoying but exaggerated flaw: the DVD pockets.
Annoying because of how inconvenient it is to have to fidget around with the pocket just so you can watch your show.
Exaggerated because of how some people claimed that it was so bad it would cause people to get all their discs scratched; Anyone who has ever worn jeans, gotten stuff out of an envelope, or has done anything similar to the already listed things, could properly get these discs out without scratching them.
I usually turn the page onto its side, pull up on the pocket flap, and the dvd will slide out just enough to be taken out without any rough handling.
The resolution is great, and plays crystal clear on a wide-screen LCD tv.
If I were to make any complaints about the DVD's, it would about the discs for season 2, since they're double-sided :(
4/5, the set's great, but season 2 and the pockets are just a hassle.
This is the kind of way none of us like, where the discs just slip into a cardboard pocket. Its tough to try and grab the disc out and also, as is always the case when DVDs are placed this way, there is a lot of scuffs and scratches on the DVDs. And then there is the problem of trying to put the DVD back into the pocket. At the price they are charging for this, you would think they would have perhaps put the single season sets into this box or, used hubs to hold the discs so they would not get scratched and scuffed.
The box itself is nice the way it opens up, and inside is a book titled "FROSTBITE FALLS FIELD GUIDE" by Keith Scott. There is a page at the start written by Kimberly Ward. The book has photos and is filled with info on how the show was started and nice interesting stuff. and then there is An episode guide for each DVD of whats on each.
There is also a light yellow envelope with a flaplock and inside is a ribbon award that says on it "Exceptional adequacy award for helping promote public apathy toward the Bullwinkle show".On it also is a pin button with Bullwinkle on it.
As to the DVDs again. They are in a book like holder when you open it, to the left are discs 1 and 2 and as I had mentioned, they are hard to get out and to place back in. to the right are discs 3 and 4 and so on as you turn the pages. Each page has arrows with lines so you know what disc has the Rocky Bullwinkle serial that it is talking about.
I am hoping any of you who also has this set can give a more detailed review.
I did watch the first disc and the "R&B" logo pops up.
I wish they could have used HUBS for the DVDs as the way they are, they will get
scuffed more and more from removing and placing the discs back. This really stinks!!!!!!!!
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|Season 5 is coming as a seperate release.||
I was just about to post the info. Sofa king happy about this
Jan 7, 2011 by I'm hungry. feed me | See all 2 posts
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Mar 2, 2011 by Mark Yurkiw | See all 12 posts
|Is Season 5 included||
Answered on several postys for over 2 years. YES! In fact this set was released BEFORE Season 5 was released separately
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