Sigmund & the Sea Monsters: Season 1
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The visual/audio quality is exactly the way it should be. Sure, I'm a collector of old show but if this looked like it was made yesterday with overdone cleanup I'd be oddly disappointed. Not to say it looks bad, it just looks like 1970s TV on your 42" plasma. That's a good thing. ;)
I really like that packaging for the same reason. THIS is how it should have looked when Rhino did it, but they chose a minimalist approach with just Sigmund on the front. Here we get something with over-saturated color like the 1970s really was. Perfect! Awesome job. The packaging isn't quite as good as what they did with Pufnstuff (loved that big shot of Witcheepoo on the back!) but it looks like it belongs in the 1970s.
I've only viewed 1 extra so far, the "commentary" from the first episode by Sid Krofft is actually more like interview material played over the episode. It's informative and Sid seems like a super person. He seems to want to defend their creations endlessly but he really need not to that... folks like me, even at 45, still adore this stuff.
So, I bought Season One, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I haven't watched all the episodes yet, but those I've seen were entertaining.
The boys bring a little sea monster home, who's been mistreated by his family. The family is nevertheless desperate to get him back, because they like to have him clean the cave, and take all their abuse. Sigmund's two brothers are stupid, and mean. His mother is batty, and mean. And the father is Archie Bunker-esque - and mean. Nearly every episode he sends the brothers out to try to bring Sigmund back from the boys' place. (They have him hidden in a building in their backyard they use as a hangout. It's right by the beach.) And, every episode the boys struggle to keep Sigmund hidden from their housekeeper (who watches after them while their parents are away - which they always are), and sometimes from her Sheriff boyfriend or snoopy neighbors. It's all pretty predictable, but entertaining nevertheless.
Billy Barty is Sigmund, and plays him sympathetically. How can you not like the little guy and hope he can escape the clutches of his vile family?
Johnnny Whitaker ends every episode with a song, each of them quite earnest. (He actually released an LP of songs from the show.)
It's fun to revisit shows from childhood, and if you have fond memories of sitting in front of the TV on Saturday mornings watching Sigmund, or any of Sid & Marty Krofft's other shows, you'll probably enjoy this DVD.
The episodes included songs as part of the plot development, the character(s), generally Johnny, would sing a song about what he was thinking or feeling about something going on in his life, from things that made him happy to anxiety about girls.
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I always loved watching this. I Bought it for my granddaughter and she loves itPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say about this show? It is absolutely amazing. Despite its the only show to have 2 seasonsPublished 6 months ago by SteamBoy
Yes this kids TV show brought me back to when I was a young kid, I gave this as a Christmas gift to my granddaughter which she enjoyed very much.Published 18 months ago by Noe Figueroa
The Sid and Marty Krofft shows were somewhat of the pinnacle of early live action Saturday mornings (although that's not really saying much, if you ever catch an episode of the 70s... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Red Wood
watched this when i was a kid , wanted my son to see good shows like i did , get this for your kids and off the game system's .Published on January 22, 2014 by charles heishman