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We're not sure how
this slipped by us, but thanks to Cousin Kate on the Forums we're now aware that
there has been a release of the Seasons 1 and 2 DVD in Region 4
(Australia). This is wonderful news, as there are a number of Aussie fans
who love the series! Cousin Kate was quite surprised to come across the
region 4 DVDs just recently, and it surprised us as well because we had no idea
any other region releases had been made! A bit of searching online
indicates that the release was sometime in September. And not only that,
but Amazon.co.uk lists a region 2 version as well out of the Netherlands!
So Cousins, if you know of any other releases in your countries, be sure to let
us know so we can pass the word on to our international readers!
And the reviews
just keep on comin'!
nice review for the DVD:
And one found by smadavid
from our Forums:
review of the DVD
And another great
review found by Cousin John:
Review of the DVD
on Mark Leslie's Blog
let's not forget John's own review on Amazon!
the reviews are in!
thanks to Cousin John in the Forums for alerting us to some interesting DVD
reviews! The last one, in particular, is a must read! Go on with
Cinema Laser DVD review
Talk review by Francis
Talk review by Ian
New England DVD review
Movie News DVD review
February 12, 2008
Strangers DVD ringing up strong sales after one week!
the Bestsellers in Movies & TV list on Amazon.com February 10, 2008, the new
Perfect Strangers DVD is listed as #21 on the overall list! Under
TV Series, it's at #18. Under Television: General it is listed at #
15! And as for 80's Television, we're #1!! For some odd
reason the DVD isn't showing up in the listings for best selling comedy series
or classic TV, but maybe it hasn't been properly categorized to show up in these
areas yet (Perfect Strangers isn't even listed in the TV Shows under
these categories). Hopefully sales will continue to be strong in coming
weeks and send a message to Warners Home Video that fans want the entire series
released on DVD!
Was it worth
the wait? Well, course it was, etc.!
have been waiting a long time for Perfect Strangers to be released to the
home video market in ANY format! Amazingly, the show has never been
official released by Warners Home Video on videotape or DVD . . . until
now. For the first time, fans can go to their video store (online or off)
and buy the first two seasons of the series. And this is especially
important because the show has never really received the recent syndication run
it deserves, so it's been a vast desert for PS fans for far too long.
with the release of the first and second season on DVD, fans can finally quench
their thirst! For this review we are going to keep firmly in mind that ANY
release at this point is nothing short of fantastic. Considering that many
fans have not had an opportunity to even see the show (especially uncut!) since
it's original run on ABC, we are grateful to Warners Home Video for finally
listening to the wishes of Balki's and Larry's fans and making the first two
seasons available to us.
good news is, this set delivers in that respect big time! A quick look
through all the episodes indicates that they are absolutely uncut and unaltered
from the way they were seen during their original broadcasts. Amazingly
enough, none of the songs seem to have been tampered with or removed, which
means we can enjoy the Cousins belting out songs as they were meant to be
seen! (On more detailed viewing we will let you know if there have, in
fact, been any changes to the episodes, but it doesn't appear so.)
quality of the episodes is very good, much better than has been seen anywhere in
recent years. While it doesn't seem the film masters were used to make the
transfers, the quality is actually pretty close to the original broadcasts
(there are some episodes which for some reason just seem more unfocused than
others, particular scenes in Hunks Like Us and in A Christmas Story
where the original footage was zoomed in at on for dramatic effect at certain
moments). But these versions are certainly clearer than what fans have had
to watch for years. (Already, just zooming through the episodes, we've
been able to make some additions to our episode outlines now that the details
are so much clearer to us!)
for the set itself, it's nicely packaged. The outer sleeve is the same as
we've seen since the set was announced. The back cover (above) is nicely
laid out as well. The only concern we have is the sheep on the spine with
the number 1 on it is missing. We hope this doesn't mean Warners has
already made their decision about any subsequent releases! (Oh, po po!)
sleeve holds two DVD shells, each containing two discs (seen above). The
title of the episodes, writers and original air dates are listed on the
*outsides* (which makes them MUCH easier to read than the DVD sets which include
the information *behind* the DVD holders). The synopses of the episodes
are simple enough to be able to find one's favorite episodes. One big
question we anticipate from fans is why some of the episodes are in a different
order than listed on this site (and with different air dates?) Warners
Home Video used the original Warner Bros. list which showed the dates which the
episodes were originally supposed to air on ABC. The dates on this
website are the actual dates and order which the episodes eventually
aired. (Cousin Pavan of SitcomsOnline.com did some amazing research to
back up our information). We did alert Warners to this before the DVDs
were made available but it's likely they didn't have a chance to change
anything. We respect their decision to go with the list they had, but we
will keep the dates as they are on our site and maintain they are correct.
both covers the artwork is the same for both, with a lovely photo of Larry and
Balki plus the cast list for both seasons. We were disappointed to see
Belita Moreno omitted from the cast list (after all, she is an important part of
discs themselves are really nice, featuring not only Larry and Balki (and how
nice to see Larry on disc one!) but Jennifer and Mary Anne on discs three and
four! The choice of green and purple still seems an odd choice for this
series, but the artwork overall is fun and light-hearted which makes it actually
work very well.
discs themselves, when played, offer no animated menus or anything fancy.
In a way this is nice . . . animated menus can be fun but sitting through them
over and over can get very frustrating upon repeated viewing. This gets
straight to your choices, no muss and no fuss. And the photo used on the
menu is nice. There also don't seem to be any previews of other Warners
products on the discs. Subtitles are available in English and French and
the English subtitles are done very well. It's nice to see that the theme
song is complete on episode one (as originally shown) and that even the
different title sequence shown before Hello, Baby is also the same as
this is a wonderful set and fans will be very happy, especially those who have
not been able to watch the show for many years (if ever before!). It's so
important this series be made available for people to rediscover and appreciate
in its truest form.
for the die-hard fans . . . this really is a bare-bones release. There is
really no information on the cover, sleeves or discs that explains anything
about the history of the show or offers any insight into the making of it
whatsoever. It's just the episodes, nothing more. The lone promised
special feature, the Dance of Joy montage, is a total disappointment. It's
essentially just a bunch of clips put together in a hodge-podge manner and with
no clear connection. Many of the clips have *nothing* to do with the Dance
of Joy, and nothing is altered, edited or done creatively. It's pretty
much as if someone just put together seven minutes of their favorite jokes with
nothing to connect one to the other (adding a little unrelated music to the
Dance of Joy for effect). Long-time fans who were looking forward to
something new will not find it here. With so much material out there to
have only this montage is a real shame.
that, rest assured that this set is absolutely worth picking up! And it
whets our appetite for even more releases, which means you should not only get
one for yourself but one for all of your friends, family, casual acquaintances,
sheep, etc.! If it's any incentive, we know for a fact that Warners Home
Video has a copy of the unaired pilot episode with Louie Anderson! If we
want *any* chance of seeing it, this set has to sell well so there will be a
chance of future releases! The third season includes some of the best
episodes of the series and deserves to be released as well! So go on with
you and get buying . . . you won't be disappointed!!
Pavan's DVD review for SitcomsOnline.com is now up as well! Check it out!
This is the week
we've been waiting for! The release of the first two seasons of Perfect
Strangers happens today! Because we were not able to obtain a preview
copy of the set, we will be watching and discovering all it has to offer at the
same time you are! But check back, because sometime this week we will put
up our review of the set! Get out of the city!
Hold on to your cats!
Warner Home Video has announced that they will be releasing the first and second
seasons of Perfect Strangers on DVD with the release date of February 5,
2008 (moved up one week from the previously announced date of February 12th!)
Fans have been waiting
forever for the series to finally get an official release (to date the series
has never been released on VHS or DVD and is listed as the eighth most requested
unreleased program at TVShowsonDVD.com!) A previous "best of"
disc idea was scrapped by the company a while back, but this release is exactly
what fans were yearning for . . . the start of what will hopefully be a season
by season release of the entire series.
Combining the first and
second seasons makes sense, as the first season was a six-episode replacement
series that began airing in March 1986. According to the WHV press
release, this DVD will retail at $29.98 (suggested retail price) and will be
comprised of four discs with 20 episodes total and some promised bonus material
(including a Dance of Joy montage).
We have learned the disc by
disc breakdown of the episodes on this release (as always, this specific lineup
is subject to change):
Knock Knock, Who's There?
Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Hunks Like Us
Ladies and Germs
Babes in Babylon
Falling in Love is...
Two Men and a Cradle
Can I Get a Witness?
The Rent Strike
A Christmas Story
Dog Gone Blues
Since I Lost My Baby
Trouble in Paradise
Tux for Two
Ten Speed and a Soft Touch
Snow Way to Treat a Lady (1)
Snow Way to Treat a Lady (2)
Up on a Roof
Get a Job
We will be bringing you more information
about this exciting release as we receive more information about it. In
the meantime, you can pre-order the set from Amazon.com using the link at the
top of this page!
We strongly suggest pre-ordering so we can send a clear message to Warner Home
Video that we appreciate their putting the show out for us at last!! Word
has it that pre-sales are already going amazingly well already, so keep up the great
work and don't forget to spread the word!!
You can also read the
complete press release at TVShowsonDVD.com!