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This episode was never seen on television! Bob Ross, the host of television's favorite art show The Joy of Painting, paints one painting - Times Past - with complete instructions for you to follow in this exclusive 60 minute DVD. Bob goes into the entire ''how to'' details for each painting providing you with excellent reference tools for your home studio. Bob says, ''I sincerely believe that these instructions will help teach you to put dreams on canvas. The painting in this DVD is designed as a guide to help you understand the principles of my revolutionary Wet-on-Wet Technique. I encourage you to add your own ideas. You will be rewarded with a beautiful piece of art.''
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : BR08D
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour
- Release date : October 21, 2014
- Actors : Bob Ross
- Studio : Bayview Films
- ASIN : B00196YX16
- Number of discs : 1
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I experienced no technical issues with my set of dvds nor was the quality any different than what I remembered it as presented on PBS. In case you are wondering, the theme song is "Interlude" by L. Owens. "Happy painting..."
One of the nicest things about learning Bob Ross's technique through his videos is his attitude that all of us are able to paint. My family proves it, none of us had ever painted and now we all have paintings we are proud of hanging on our walls and several relatives have been gifted with art!
A beginner might start with Bob's "Getting Started" or the three hour instructional DVD which demonstrates common mistakes and their solutions in the last hour. Very helpful to those like me who have no clue!
If you are a beginner, like me, this is an excellent place to begin your affair with art!! Once you have learned some techniques you can go on to create whatever you want and if you just want to paint with Bob he'll keep you busy for a long time. Either way, I'm very grateful he decided to share his wet on wet painting technique with the world!! Thanks, Bob!
That said, at least in the improvisation department, I can somewhat identify with Bob Ross, even though I couldn't draw flies. Some creative types can do music and visual art but not all of us. So why then, would I even watch, much less recommend a painting DVD set when I have no intention of taking up the hobby? Good question. Here's the answer.
Bob Ross was legendary because not only was he able to create astounding natural paintings, he did it with the exception sometimes of applying backdrop blacks or white before beginning the actual painting in 30 minutes. Like all real magic, he made it look simple, and explained what he was doing in simple terms, too.
What appeals to me is his calm voice, obvious love of nature and a personality of kindness not seen much any more. We lost a good friend when he succumbed to cancer. It is inspiring and jaw dropping to watch a blob of yellow or some shade of red or green, make a few broad strokes, and suddenly watch what looks like a pell mell paint ball scramble gel into a work of beauty. It's very relaxing to watch these seascapes come to life, and, see Ross blend colors and light/dark dynamics that convince me that real magic, not slight of hand, does indeed exist on some metaphysical plane.
You don't have to be an artist of any type to enjoy this DVD. It's soothing, beautiful and a wonderful catharsis from the normal TV bombarding we have to endure. Fortunately, there is a protege, Kevin Hill, who also has a show on PBS in some markets. Hill too has that remarkable capability, and it's nice to see the talent be passed on. In an ugly world, Ross was quick to demonstrate the good and the beautiful, something we as a society have stupidly chosen to overlook.
The mountain scenes were always my favorite, so this collection is great for me. I'd love to get the entire series, but it costs over $1000. So, ~$30 was well worth some nostalgia for me.
The video quality is good. It's not high-def like blu-ray, but it's still pleasing to watch. Audio is also good - not great, but good. The baseline volume fluctuates from episode to episode sometimes, so I find myself turning the volume up and then back down. That's a minor nit, though. I run audio through my receiver, and I turn on surround sound processing so that his voice plays through my center channel instead of the front two speakers - that just sounds more natural to me (probably because I grew up with his voice playing through a single speaker on a TV).
(*) The audio is stereo and not 5.1 as the cover photo states.
(*) The cover photo says "Full Screen," but that stands for the "old" full screen ratio of 4:3. If you have a widescreen TV, your TV and/or disc player can almost surely stretch the image to fill the whole screen if you prefer that, but I like to keep it at 4:3 to show the original aspect.
A bit pricey in general, IMO, but still worth it. Highly recommended, especially if you're already a fan. You can also check if your local PBS station still shows The Joy of Painting (mine still does from time to time).
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I am sooooo chuffed to have this DVD. (and a multi region player)
This DVD has taught me so much that I didn't know from watching the TV series. I can see where I have been going wrong, and armed with this new understanding, I hope to now create some better paintings.
I hope this review has helped, and if you are beginning like me, do watch this DVD before you rush to get his others like I have.
The only problem I have is, staying awake whilst Bob's gentle voice oozes out from the TV, I can't be the only one he affects like this.....