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Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series

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In 1985, the truly outrageous TV show, Jem and The Holograms, premiered to the delight of young girls and boys. This new animated series focused on the dual life of beautiful Jerrica Benton, co-owner of Starlight Music, and her pop star alter-ego, Jem, lead singer for the all-girl band Jem and The Holograms.

With its unique story line combination of drama, action, romance and music, Jem and The Holograms was a smash hit and became an icon for a decade. It's message of glamour, glitter, fashion and fame helped define a generation.

Now you can relive the adventures of Jem and The Holograms and their archrivals, The Misfits and The Stingers, in this first-ever complete collector's edition DVD box set. All 65 episodes of the hit series are included, accompanied by an exclusive bonus disc of brand-new and archival material rarely seen.

Special Features

Retrospective featurettes, including brand-new interviews with the cast, crew and fans!

Original toy commercials

Video jukebox

Animated storyboards

Original writer’s bible

Product Details

  • Actors: Samantha Newark, Cathianne Blore, Cindy McGee, Britta Phillips
  • Directors: Ray Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BUA1CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series" on IMDb

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What makes this cartoon so different from the many others is the intricacy of the series, the show uses the characters as the central driving point in contrast to the majority of other cartoons that simply use them as a vehicle for mindless action. The reason for this is most likely the fact that the show was aimed at girls and as such random action isn't appealing however, characters, relationships, and inner conflicts are. Jem features episodes that are both fun and exciting, examples of such are "The Battle of the Bands", "One Jem to Many", and "The Fan". Jem also has episodes that make the show transcend your everyday cartoon such as "Scandal", "Father's Day", "Riot's Hope", "A Father Should Be", and of course the powerful "Out of the Past" the maturity of which would never be understood by a child or even some adults. The more emotional episodes feature complex themes such as the death of a parent, personal secrets, conflict among friends, and family strife. It's the mix of fun and depth that really make this such a wonderful show to watch, especially as an adult when you can really appreciate it's complexity.

Jem features three music videos spaced evenly throughout each episode breaking up the action nicely, the 80s style mix is the best soundtrack to a television show I've ever heard. The show has a talented voice over cast featuring Britta Phillips (singing voice of Jem), Samantha Newark (Voice of Jem/Jerrica), and Charlie Adler (Eric Raymond) as well as others. Episodes usually involve the rival band the Misfits and their attempts to thwart Jem's plans out of jealously. They are assisted by Eric Raymond whose goal is to regain control of Jerrica's business which he lost early in the series.
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Like some other viewers who waited for the Complete Series to be released I also spent money on the Season 1 and 2 release and then Season 3 Part 1. All of a sudden this jewel popped up! I ordered it and just received it this past friday. After spending the weekend watching it I think "Complete" series does not describe this. Its missing the Public Service Announcements that Season 1 and 2 had that I bought separately. Its super disappointing since "Complete" would imply that EVERYTHING would be included. Oh well! I have to keep both. My plan was to sell off the two that I previously purchased to recoupe some of my money but I'll have to keep at least the first section if I have to have all of the wonderful memories from the show. I'm not sure why they did this but just be aware if you have purchased previous copies and plan to sell. I can't figure out how to get around this since Season 3 is only part one so this does complete the rest of the episodes (thought I haven't watched them yet). Otherwise the DVD is in nice packaging and I like having a full set. I just really wish they would have included everything like they said.
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The great Marvel/Sunbow cartoon shows of the '80s have had a rough time on DVD. The Rhino DVDs (save for a couple of single-disc releases of The Transformers and The Inhumanoids) were rife with incorrect footage and digitally altered footage, as well as a bit of censorship in one episode of G.I. Joe. And Jem and G.I. Joe didn't even rate full releases before Rhino lost the home video rights. Shout! factory then promised to fix things, but The Transformers still has many, many errors, and G.I. Joe was unchanged from the partial Rhino release (and there were even more things wrong with the episodes new to DVD).

Now, we have Jem. As with the recent reruns on The Hub, Shout! Factory has completely discarded the Rhino DVD masters and gone back to the old 1" broadcast masters. This works even better for Jem, because in addition to re-take issues, the Rhino Jem DVDs had horrific color timing, with Pizzazz's hair being a dull pea green instead of the loud neon green seen originally, and on the doll itself. However, three episodes ("The Beginning", and the first two episodes of Starbright) use versions of the episodes from earlier airings, so there are some extended scenes missing. Most likely, it's because the masters for the final versions of those episodes have the much-reviled "Jem Girls" opening instead of the original version of the theme song. Additionally, the opening and end credits for one episode, "Alone Again", look terrible, and there is dropout of the picture in one shot during the first song. These issues could have been quickly fixed, and are easily the biggest negative features of the whole set.

The sound is a stereoized version of the original mono, which has none of the issues the 5.
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GRATEFUL PRAISE for BRIAN WARD and Shout Factory!!

I URGE EVERYONE with questions, concerns, and complaints about as well as praise for the Jem complete series set to visit the "Truly Outrageous World of Jem" KJEM online radio show website at [...]

Show hosts Craig and Amy welcomed Shout Factory producer Brian Ward for a lengthy and GRATEFUL interview about the creation of the Jem set a couple of nights ago. You can listen to Part 1 of this great interview by selecting it from the past shows list. All your questions will be answered by listening to this show. I'm sure Part 2 will be posted soon. As an original fan of Jem since '87, I teared up just listening to Brian's stories of the Jem project and the pride he took in producing it.

I received my dvd set the day of release from Amazon. I love the packaging (especially the iconic cover image) and the special features. The set is well-organized and colorfully worthy of the world of Jem. I am particularly pleased with the video jukebox as it plays the videos seamlessly with quick fade ins and outs rather than the glitchy way the Rhino set played them via search for chapters. AND the special feature documentaries are fantastic tributes to Jem.

As an owner of the Rhino sets, I admit I was surprised and a little disappointed at the obvious difference in quality of the Shout set. It's NOT bad but is different as it came from video masters rather than film as Brian explained. The colors sometimes appear either overexposed or faded and the image is often slightly blurred.
Eagerly searching for answers regarding the quality, I discovered a thread about the Jem set on Shout Factory's message board ([...]) and read every posting last night.
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