Here we smurf again! Everything you need to complete your Season One episode collection is here, including exciting exclusives and extras you can only get on this DVD. Warner has finally released the second half of their two-volume Season One Smurfs DVDs, and BlueBuddies has the scoop on all 20 episodes - scroll down to smurf all about it!
Subtitles: English (episodes only - bonus material / trailer may not be subtitled)
BlueBuddies.com recommendation - 10/10
Get Ready for a Surprise!
The final 20 episodes of the Smurfs Season 1 have been released, in what Warner calls "The Smurfs Season One Volume Two". When it was first revealed that Season One was split into two DVD releases, it was considered a somewhat strange decision to break up a single season of a TV show. However, it turns out there are some benefits: a new case, new artwork, and a lower price point than what four discs would command.
Let's have a look inside...
Improved Quality. Finally, your Season One Smurfs DVD collection is complete. The remaining episodes are all here, and watching the fully restored shows is breathtaking. The artwork on the box is modern, which is different from the classic style of the episodes themselves. The Smurfs Season One Volume Two packaging consists of two parts: an outer box which has a 3D-raised effect, and a "book-style" DVD case which opens up like a book to reveal the two colorful discs inside. The cardboard, colors, and printing are all top notch. Papa, Smurfette, Vanity, Gargamel, Azrael and many other Smurfs are featured on the front and back of the box. Inside the "book" holder is a classic scene of Painter and Poet Smurf on a boat, oblivious to the fact that Gargamel is chasing them in the water behind.
The two discs are bright yellow and have Smurfs all over. When opening up the Smurf Season 1 Volume 2 for the first time, there is a lot of anticipation as to what you're going to see greeting you on the discs - who will be there?
This time, it's Greedy, Harmony, and three precariously balanced Smurfs on Disc One. Disc Two features a Smurf with a movie camera, a Smurf wrestling with old film stock, a laughing Smurf and Papa Smurf - reminiscent of a "movie" theme that may remind you of the Movie Smurf Series of figurines.
The Restoration. The episodes themselves look amazing, as to be expected. As a viewer, you're able to discern things you've never seen before in each show - backgrounds, details, colors - they look vastly superior to both the old Boomerang re-runs and the original broadcast. The quality is astounding.
The Menus. 16:9 widescreen menus are the order of the day, and the sides get cropped if you're using an older TV - so there are no black bars on either your tube television or new plasma / LCD screen. Best of all, you can hear the catchy Smurf song loop over and over - completely restored in Dolby Digital, of course!
The Shows. There are many enjoyable episodes included.
The discs start off with The Magic Egg, a gem that is a classic in it's own right. What happens when the Smurfs find a magic egg that grants their hearts desire? A monkey on the loose, cloned Papa Smurfs and a giant Clumsy Smurf, for starters. Be careful what you wish for, Smurfs!
Foul Weather Smurf is a fantastic adaptation of "The Weather Smurfing Machine". Anyone who's read this story will tell you it's great, and the animated version is no exception. Handy creates a machine that can control the weather - or can it?
The Purple Smurf is the stand-out of all 20 episodes, and is possibly responsible for a nightmare or two as well. All is well in the Smurf Village until a Smurf gets bitten by a poisoned fly and...well...let's just say G'NAP will forever be a part of your vocabulary after watching this. GNAP GNAP GNAP!
The bonus material on Volume 2 is a real treat - it's informative, it's entertaining, it's smurfy!
On Disc 2, a special called "I Smurf the Smurfs!" explains the whole 1980's Smurfs phenomenom. Featuring commentary from actresses Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) and Jo Marie Payton (Family Matters), Smurf writer Marc Zicree and many more, this Smurfs special is fun, captivating, and informative - the icing on the Smurfberry cake that is this great DVD collection.
Also included on Disc Two are trailers for Peanuts Holiday, Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Classic Christmas Favorites, The Wiggles, and Scooby-Doo Funland of Freaky Fights.
Not much room for improvement here. What you see is what you get - twenty lovingly restored episodes of the Smurfs, and a great bonus DVD special.
However, just as with Volume One, there are no commentary tracks of any kind. Time is literally running out to get the opinions and perspective of many of the original voice actors, as many have passed away and those that are still with us are getting older. Why is Warner not partaking of the opportunity to hear from the original actors?
Brainy Smurf Says...
There is nothing better! The only way to get high quality versions of The Smurfs episodes is by buying these discs.
Comparing these newly restored versions to the ones previously available (recorded off of TV re-runs, or downloaded from questionable sources) is like comparing color TV to black and white - this new restoration simply smurfs the smurf out of those old copies. Quite simply, if you want to watch the Smurfs, you need to get these discs. Buy it now now now!
Disc One: The Magic Egg / Smurfette's Dancing Shoes / Supersmurf, The Baby Smurf / The Fake Smurf, Paradise Smurfed / Sir Hefty / The Purple Smurfs, Haunted Smurfs / Sideshow Smurfs.
Disc Two: The Magnifying Mixture, Foul Weather Smurfs / Painter and Poet / The Abominable Snowbeast, Gargamel the Generous / Now You Smurf 'em, Now You Don't, The Fountain of Smurf / Spelunking Smurfs, A Clockwork Smurf, The Smurfs and the Money Tree / Special Feature: I Smurf the Smurfs! Memories of the Original Smurfs Era, Their Creation, and the Lasting Impact They've Made.
The BlueBuddies.com one-line review:
- It's the smurfiest!
Region: 1 (US / Canada) NTSC Disc Format: DVD9 Rating: USA - Not Rated / Canada - G Technical Rating: 10/10 Content Rating: 10/10 Overall: 10/10