- Audio: English: Stereo, Mono
- Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Full Screen: 1.33:1
- Passing Grade
- Tomorrow's Farewell
- Alone In A Crowd
- To Soar And Never Falter
- The Sell Out
- The Strike
- Street Kid
- But Seriously Folks
- Come One, Come All (This episode has been musically edited)
- The Crazies
- A Musical Bridge
- A Big Finish
- A Special Place
Disc 5 Side A:
- And the Winner Is
- Your Own Song
- Class Act
Disc 5 Side B:
- Solo Song
Disc 6 Side A:
- Childhood's End
- A Tough Act to Follow
Disc 6 Side A:
- Star Quality
- Sunshine Again
- Love is the Question
Disc 7 Side A:
- Blood, Sweat and Circuits
- Friendship Day
- Not in Kansas Anymore
Disc 7 Side B:
- Help from My Friends
- Ending on a High Note
- U.N. Week
Featurette - Debbie Allen Piece
You want Fame? Timing is everything, and thanks no doubt to the 2009 feature-film remake, this high-spirited 1982 TV series is back in the spotlight where it belongs. Not as gritty as the 1980 cult classic, this more family-friendly Fame shares the original movie's lets-put-on-a-show exuberance and thrill of performance. It also shares some key original cast members, principally Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant, the demanding dance teacher at New York's prestigious School of the Arts. Albert Hague reprises his screen role as curmudgeonly music teacher Benjamin Shorofsky, as do the late Gene Anthony Ray as untrained dance sensation Leroy Johnson and Lee Curreri as musical prodigy Bruno Martelli. Though Zac and Miley-like fame eluded most of the cast members, their fledgling talents still shine. The most well-known is Lori Singer (Footloose) as new student Julie. Standouts in the ensemble include Erica Gimpel as diva Coco Hernandez (played by Irene Cara in the original film), Carlo Imperato as aspiring stand-up comedian Danny, Valerie Landsburg as spunky, wisecracking Doris Schwartz, and Carol Mayo Jenkins as the tough but compassionate English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood.
This set contains all 16 episodes from season 1 and 22 of 23 episodes from season 2 (the episode "The Kids from Fame in Concert" is missing in action). Fame is an irresistible mix of show-stopping musical numbers and After School Special issue-oriented melodrama. Episodes tackle such subjects as the Holocaust, death, divorce, censorship, and pre-marital sex. One of the benchmark episodes in this set is the four-time Emmy-nominated "Not in Kansas Anymore," a cleverly staged homage to The Wizard of Oz, complete with black-and-white prologue. Three show-business troupers are in their element here. Gwen Verdon guest stars in "Come One, Come All" as a faded musical star who takes over the school's Parents' Night show much to the displeasure of her resentful son. Art Carney adds stature to "A Big Finish" as the school janitor, a former Broadway hoofer, who is secretly hiding his homeless best friend (Ray Walston). Whether you're a child of the '80s or a contemporary fan of High School Musical, the release of Fame should fill you with Glee. --Donald Liebenson
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.6 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches; 14.4 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 30 hours and 29 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2009
- Actors : Ray, Gene Anthony, Imperato, Carlo, Hague, Albert
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B002BYYAKO
- Number of discs : 7
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I didn't like her version of singing Fame like Irene cara.i didn't think she would be as good as her or the show.i was so wrong not only the show was great I liked Erica Gimpel as Coco. Of course Irene's version of Fame is spectacular but Erica's version is cute.i can't wait until there's more seasons released.Gene Anthony Ray was great in the movie and TV shows and so is Debbie Allen.please release more..you all left me hanging😂
Most "Fame" episodes are actually mini-musicals; which, I suppose, brings comparisons to the more recent "High School Musical" franchaise and "Glee." While I strongly doubt "High School Musical" or "Glee" will be fondly remembered in future, "Fame" holds up remarkably well. Most of the musical numbers are well integrated into the episodes and staged in an appropriate "performance" context at the school itself. A few take place in other locations, like a music store or New York deli. I vividly recall Debbie Allen (as spirited dance teacher Lydia Grant) and her students dancing exuberantly around the streets of New York City in a number titled "Body Language." I also recall the "Othello"- inspired number "Desdemona" from the Season 1 episode "The Strike." Not surprisingly, the series generated several successful TV Soundtrack Albums.
Albert Hague, Lee Currerri, and the late Gene Anthony Ray reprise their film roles as music teacher Mr, Shrovsky and students Bruno Martelli and Leroy Johnson, respectively. Other principal cast members include Erica Gimpel as Coco, Lori Singer as Julie, Valerie Landsburg as Doris, and Carlo Imperato as Danny. Dancers Stephanie E. Williams and Michael De Lorenzo are also prominently featured in several episodes. Michael De Lorenzo is also recognizable as one of the featured dancers in Michael Jackson's classic 1984 video "Beat It." Morgan Stevens joins the cast in Season 2 as drama teacher David Reardon, replacing Michael Thoma as Mr. Crandall. The death of Mr. Crandall, and the effect on his favorite student Danny, is acknowledged in the touching episode "A Touch Act To Follow." Many episodes deal with a mixture of conflict and compassion between students and teachers. Mr. Shrovsky has many battles with his headstrong student Bruno Martelli, and Lydia and English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood (excellently portrayed by Carol Mayo Jenkins) are often at odds over Leroy. Hot-headed, stubborn Leroy is a dynamic dancer and Lydia's most talented student. But he is also almost functionally illiterate; a matter of great concern to Sherwood. Indeed, "Fame" is not all happy songs and dances. Episodes address such topics as teen-age runaways, censorship, racism and other forms of prejudice, students and teachers with developmental and physical disabilities, death, and suicide. But my favorite "Fame" episode is Season 2: "Not In Kansas Anymore", a fun and inspired tribute to "The Wizard Of Oz," with Doris as Dorothy, Leroy, Bruno, and Danny as the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion, Mr. Shrovsky as the Wizard, Lydia as Glinda, The Good Witch, and Miss Sherwood as the Wicked Witch. This episode includes a beautiful version of "Over The Rainbow," performed by Valerie Landsburg and Debbie Allen.
NBC cancelled "Fame" after Season 2, but the Series was quickly picked up in syndication and ran for three more years. I never saw the rest of the series and would love to! I hope the rest of the Series (Seasons 3-6) is soon made available on DVD; as "Fame" is extremely worthwhile and highly recommended!
The seller was super responsive and gave me a refund for the defective disks. Very happy with how it was resolved, Great seller! :) I updated my review to 5 stars. Thanks Amazing Wildcat!
See my video! There is something wrong with the quality of all these disks. The intro to the disk is fine, but once you get to the menus for the Fame everything goes blue. It's really intense. Maybe these are cheap reproductions? Both disks are the same blue. You can't even call it a blue cast, it is much more than that.
I wish I had checked them when I got them. They were bought months ago, but I didn't have a chance to view until later. Save your money!! Really hoping the seller offers to make it right. If so I'll change my review.