Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: Season 4
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Go ahead and pick this one up and MAYBE Classic Media will give us more in the "NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE".
(Released August 17, 2010 by Vivendi Classic Media)
Another Looong DVD Review by Joe Torcivia
Let's get this matter out of the way up front. The TWO ORIGINAL television programs from which this material is culled were titled: ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS, followed by THE BULLWINKLE SHOW.
If ever there were a show called "Rocky and Bullwinkle" - or "Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends" - it would have been something cobbled together for syndication.
And "cobbled together" may be the best way to describe the attempts to recreate a fifty-year old show with many different component parts. Same applies to the early Hanna-Barbera series.
It may actually be IMPOSSIBLE, by this point in time, to reconstruct a show like this in an exact duplication of its original form. Pieces are lost to history. Shows had differing content of "new vs. repeat" material, etc. And, frankly speaking, not everyone associated with such a project HAS ACTUALLY SEEN a show like this in its original state. They might be forced to go by hearsay and the inescapable "Things They Read Somewhere on the Internet".
Given this, I'd have to say that the producers of this series of DVD collections have done a fine job of creating something called "ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE AND FRIENDS" out of the remains of ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS and THE BULLWINKLE SHOW.
As is our custom in these reviews, we'll break it into CONS and PROS.
Authenticity of the Experience: Please refer to the opening paragraphs above.
Music Substitution: The original theme music, and that which heralds the start of the many of the component parts, has been substituted.Read more ›
For better or worse, they've kept the vignettes that originally introduced commercials - after the first five or ten repetitions of each, I would have been grateful for some editing. And there's the redundancy in the R&B features themselves, in the lengthy recap of the previous episode, even if aired in the same program.
But, the editors chose to keep the original material in its entirety, and I can't fault them for that. This holds an honored place in my collection, and I'll look forward to coming back again and again in years to come.
Rocky and Bullwinkle to me as a child were heroic. I used to really fret over their safety. Now I just smile at their innocence and knowing they always win.
Boring? Maybe. Just? Always.
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