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15 of the wackiest, most spectacular experiments from the Television series.

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Science investigator Beakman's hair may look like it took the business end of a powerful electric shock, but as host of the silly but enlightening The Best of Beakman's World, he proves far too savvy about natural forces to make such a blunder. With the help of penguin smart alecks Don and Herb (voiced by Alan Barzman and Bert Berdis), and ratty-looking rodent Lester (Mark Ritts), Beakman (Paul Zaloom) explains, in brief, sketch-like blackouts, how a lot of Stuff works. Sure, one can contain water in an upside-down glass with a mere playing card; it's called air pressure. Yes, a tennis ball that bounces off a bouncing basketball will shoot 15 feet in the air. No, one can't push a stick through a small pile of table salt sitting in a tissue-covered paper tube. Indeed, the mysteries of a camera obscura can be explored with a cardboard box. Big ideas, simple (and fun) execution. --Tom Keogh

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alanna Ubach, Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts
  • Directors: Jay Dubin
  • Producers: Robert Heath
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A1T2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of Beakman's World" on IMDb

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By Susan Edgington on October 1, 2004
Format: DVD
I was so happy when I found this DVD! I loved Beakman's World back during its original run on The Learning Channel. I thought it was so funny and made science interesting and fun. I learned a lot of "tricks" or rather cool experiments, in particular how to balance two forks on a toothpick! The only thing that is wrong with the DVD is Josie isn't on it enough. She was one of my favorite characters and I guess since this DVD isn't complete episodes, the scenes she appears in weren't included as much. Also, the only other bad thing is, it isn't long enough! Only 60 minutes! I am certainly grateful as it has been many years since I have seen the show on TV. But really, it is just a teaser. They need to put the entire series on DVD!

At any rate, it is a good starter for anyone who has not seen the show, or who hasn't seen it in a long time and remembers it! I would definitely recommend it for kids and adults, whether they like science or not. I never really liked science, but this show just made it so fun! The show is very cleverly written and the acting is great. It was obviously made by talented and intelligent people with a sense of humor, sometimes weird, but always funny! What more can I say? Everyone should watch this show!
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Format: VHS Tape
I have always been a Beakman fan, and I was sorry the show was taken off the air. The experiments are great and the presentations are funny and informative. Science can be fun! This "Best of" gathers a number of experiments and "fast facts", and it's a great gift for people who either liked the show or who need a fun introduction to scientific principles. I'm only sorry Josie doesn't appear much, since the in-between bits she was featured in are trimmed here. Liza doesn't appear at all. I bought this tape for myself and I have now gone back and ordered two additional copies to give to my nephews for XMas.
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Format: DVD
I came in search of all the seasons, being a devoted Beakman watcher when I was a kid and longing to remember all the good episodes. Alas, there was only this video, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a lot easier than trying to decipher all the episodes I had taped way back when(they were very old and skipped a lot). Maybe if we can rally together, they will come out with a boxed set of all 5 seasons! Here's to that!!
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A Kid's Review on December 23, 2006
Format: DVD
I love Beakman's World. It teaches about science in an interesting way so it is still very interseting. My friends and I have tried many of the experiments and succeded, well having lots of fun. I think that it would be great if the people working at Beakman's world would come out with seasons 1-5, because it is a great show for all. I still watch taped shows, and the reruns that are on every Saturday, but most people who I talk to and know about Beakman would agree that a boxed set would be great.
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Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I purchased this video for my fourth graders. They loved it and so did I. Many of my students wrote down some of the experiments as we watched the video and then went home and performed the experiments. The characters emphasize safety and the importance of working with an adult. Ingredients for the experiments were clearly listed. I overheard my students talking about some of the things they learned from watching Beakman. The Best of Beakman's World is fast paced and filled with humor. My two children watched the video at home and also loved it.
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Format: DVD
This long awaited DVD is good ... very good .. but it could be better. This is nothing more than the video previously released on VHS. If fact Beakman refers numerous times to "this tape" or "halfway thru the tape" during the video.

AND the previews of other videos are all OLD movies.

BUT, at least we have Beakman on DVD. Only an hour, but what an hour it is. Beakman along with lab rat Lester, and sidekick Jose do numerous scientific experiments. Explaning how to do them (safely) and why things do what they do. Each experiment is a "chapter" so you can go to a specific experiment easily.

I'm dissapointed that this was not a new collection made just for DVD. AND .. I suspect that, while it is also available in your local video store, it will not sell very well ... WHY? .. because it will be hard to find unless you are specifially looking for it .. and even then you may need to ask an employee (of course you can buy it here on AMAZON instead)

What I'm REALLY waiting for is complete seasons .. but if they are "testing the waters" with this DVD and it doesn't sell well, they will likely not release anything further :-(

SUGGESTION: It's cheap enough .. why not buy an extra copy and donate it to your local public library?

Richard in Boston, MA, USA
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After all these years I am wondering why great shows like this one never come back? This show is intended for kids but it was really amusing to me too. My son and I enjoyed many afternoon when the show was broadcasting alive. With simple format, funny characters and straight forward way to share knowledge this series were among the best to educate children and kids. This item is just a small extract from the best episodes from the show, even though it is a mandatory collector’s pick. Now other young kids in my family are having amusement with this still fresh show. So my question now is: why all the seasons are not available??
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