We all make mistakes. It’s part of who we are. Those are words spoken by the late, great Fred Rogers multiple times in PBS’ latest Mister. Rogers’ Neighborhood DVD, Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes. It is such a simple statement, yet so powerful in its simplicity, and is a statement that every person needs to hear every day. Now thanks to PBS, audiences of all ages can get that reminder in various different ways every day in the recently released DVD. Released through PBS Distribution Dec. 3, the DVD features five episodes of the timeless series that all focus on the issue of making mistakes. The presentation of the various ways in which mistakes can happen is key for the DVD’s presentation. It is just one of the important pieces of the DVD’s overall presentation to note. The episodes’ sequencing plays into the DVD’s presentation in its own key fashion, too. The DVD’s average price point is yet another important item to consider in the DVD’s presentation. When all three of the items are considered together, the whole of Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes proves to be a release that would be a mistake for audiences to not own.
PBS Distribution’s latest Mister. Rogers’ Neighborhood DVD Mister Rogers &Making Mistakes is a strong new release that families and educators alike will appreciate. That is due in no small part to the DVD’s overall content. The DVD features five episodes of the timeless series in which mistakes are made (and discussed) in a variety of settings. In one episode, Mr. Rogers sits down with a famed pianist and talks about the mistakes that he – the pianist – makes in practicing songs and that he even made throughout his life as he learned to play the piano. In another case, Mr. Rogers receives the wrong tape from Mr. McFeely. He was expecting a tape that shows how erasers are made, but instead, receives a tape showing how books are made. By connection, Mr. Rogers also discusses an error made in a book that he was reading. The Land of Make Believe segments feature their own lessons about making mistakes. Mr. Skunk, at one point, points out that it’s easy for him to accidentally make a foul-smelling odor when he is scared. He points out that he does not do it on purpose – even though in real life skunks do just that intentionally as a defense mechanism – and that it is embarrassing when it happens. Mr. Skunk is reminded by others that they understand, and that mistakes happen. Their understanding cheers him up. In an even heavier moment, Daniel Tiger asks one of his friends if he was a mistake. Taking on such thoughts and feelings was nothing new for Mr. Rogers, considering that he tackled during his time on television, issues, such as death, divorce and violent acts. Daniel is reminded by his friend that he is not an accident and is loved because he is who he is. Mr. Rogers then reminds his own viewers that everyone is different, and that is what makes them so great, stressing that no one is a mistake. This is a powerful moment and one that is certain to live on forever. Between these noted moments and others featured throughout the course of Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes, the lessons about making mistakes featured in this DVD make for more than enough reason for audiences to own the single-disc presentation. It is just one of the positives presented in the DVD. The sequencing of the episodes plays its own important part in the DVD’s presentation.
The sequencing is important to note in that all five of the episodes featured in the DVD are sequential. They are not just a handful of episodes pulled from the series. Audiences get to take in the full story of Audrey Duck and her poem’s reception thanks to this format, and the full week-long focus of making mistakes from Mister Rogers. This may not seem overly important on the surface, but looking at it on a deeper level, it proves very important. That continuity creates a feeling of completion among audiences. That sense of completion, in turn, creates a positive feeling in viewers’ minds. Yes, it’s mainly a psychological matter, but clearly key in its own right. It would have been so easy for those responsible for the DVD’s assembly to simply throw in some random episodes. Those individuals didn’t do that, though. They paid attention to the importance of fluidity of the episodes. That attention and thoughtfulness paid off for them and for audiences alike. The result is just as much enjoyment from the episodes’ presentation as from their content. Keeping all of this in mind, it makes the DVD’s average price point quite important in its own right, too.
The average price point of Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes is $7.62. That price was reached by averaging prices listed at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ online store. At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed at Books-A-Million’s website and at that of Target. Barnes & Noble Booksellers presents the least expensive listing for the DVD — $6.63 – while PBS’ listing of $9.99 is the most expensive of the listings. Best Buy’s listing of $7.99 is the middle ground for the listings. Regardless of which retailer one uses, PBS will benefit from the DVD’s sales. It features content that is appealing to audiences of all ages and formatting that makes it that much more appealing. All things considered, this compilation proves to be a presentation which it would be a mistake to not own.
PBS Distribution’s latest Mister. Rogers’ Neighborhood DVD Mister Rogers & Making Mistakes is another positive new offering from the company. It is a presentation that audiences of all ages will enjoy time and again with its lessons about making mistakes. Grown-ups will relate to the lessons just as much as children thanks to the very directed aim of the lessons. The fact that the episodes are featured in precise linear fashion adds even more appeal to the DVD, as it creates a sense of completion for audiences. The fact that the DVD’s price, both singular and at average, is less than $10 adds even more appeal. It means that the DVD is affordable to everyone, to say the very least. Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the DVD. All things considered, they make this release one that audiences would be mistaken to not own. More information on this and other Mister Rogers-related content from PBS Distribution is available online at:
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