Universal Studios Home Entertainment has come up short again. The once powerhouse studio, which made its name on the backs of its classic monster movies and the likes of Jaws, has suffered with the home release of its Curious George season sets in recent years. The studio has released the series’ 1st season along with seasons 6 – 8 on DVD, and while each set has presented the respective season in whole, each has suffered with its own negatives. The newly released 9th season (released Nov. 1) is not different. It presents the season in whole. But that is the single-disc season’s only positive. Just as with the series’ previous season sets, the live action segments that are included in the series’ compilation discs are nowhere to be found here. That will be discussed shortly. The lack of any bonus material puts the final nail in the DVD’s proverbial coffin. All things considered, the DVD’s nearly two and a half hour run time will keep young viewers entertained. But having the season in full is not enough to make the disc’s presentation a win.
Curious George: Season 9 is an enjoyable presentation in its own right. But in the grand scheme of things it is anything but a win for Universal Studios Home Entertainment. That is due in part to the fact while the disc presents the series’ ninth season in whole, it also lacks some key elements that would have otherwise made it complete. The first of those elements is the live action material included in the series’ compilation discs. The live action segments in question are lifted from the show’s original broadcasts. Maybe there were legal reasons for those segments not being included in this set (or the series’ other full season sets). But if that is the case then why were they included in the compilation discs, but not this or any of those season sets? One can’t help but wonder about that. Sure, it is a minor qualm, but one can’t deny that it should be noted. While it is a negative, this new set isn’t a total loss. The single-disc set does feature Season 9 in whole.
Curious George: Season 9 suffers from the lack of the live segments that are included in the series’ compilation discs. It seems like a minor qualm. But having those segments included in the collection adds so much to the feeling that audiences are watching the series on TV even though it is on DVD. To that end, that omission takes away plenty from the set’s overall presentation. While it clearly detracts from the disc’s presentation, the disc isn’t a total loss. Audiences at least get Season 9 in its entirety here. That is twelve episodes and more than two hours of family friendly entertainment. From an undersea adventure to open the season to helping the man in the yellow hat find some missing dinosaur bones to making valentines and more, Season 9 offers audiences of all ages plenty of fun. It’s just too bad that it is the only fun that audiences are offered. Staying on that note, this disc (again like the series’ previous season sets) is lacking in any bonus material.
Curious George: Season 9 offers audiences of all ages plenty of fun throughout the course of the set’s twelve episodes. Sadly, that is about the only fun that is offered. That is because there is no bonus material to be seen anywhere in this disc. Again, this is the same case as with the series’ previous season sets. Again, by contrast, the series’ compilation discs do present those extras, which include educational games to help drive home the lessons featured in some of the sets’ featured episodes. To once again not have those extras present takes away just as much as the lack of the show’s live segments, if not more. That being the case, this latest addition to Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Curious George offerings is largely another letdown.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s newly released ninth season of Curious George is a sad letdown of a new release. Much like the series’ 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th, season, this single-disc presentation could have been so much more impressive than it turned out to be. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Sure, it isn’t a total loss. But by and large, it proves to sadly be anything but a win for the series’ fans and for Universal Studios Home Entertainment. It is available now in stores and online now. More information on this and other Curious George DVDs is available online now along with lots of Curious George games and activities at:
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