Later next month, PBS Distribution is bringing fans of PBS Kids’ hit series Arthur a special new present in the form of the series’ new DVD, Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday. The DVD’s release will come nearly a year after the special first aired on PBS Kids—Aug. 2, 2017. Why PBS would wait this long to release the DVD is anyone’s guess. That aside, it proves to be a presentation that the whole family will enjoy. That is due in part to the story at the center of the DVD’s main feature and its companion story. This will be discussed shortly. The bonus companion episode included in the DVD adds its own touch to the DVD’s presentation. Its average price point rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own way, as will be discussed here. All things considered, they make Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday a new Arthur DVD that was well worth the wait.
PBS Distribution’s new forthcoming Arthur DVD, D.W. and the Beastly Birthday is a DVD that was well worth the year-plus wait. That is proven in part to the story at the center of center of the DVD’s main feature. The story takes a page from the famed children’s book Where The Wild Things Are. In the case of this story, it’s D.W.’s birthday, but Arthur doesn’t want to get pulled into the annual celebration. That’s because every year, Arthur has to do everything that D.W. wants. So he gets her a card, not realizing it’s for a boy, and then goes to a show at the planetarium with his classmates as an excuse to avoid her birthday party. However, while he’s there, the Earth goes through a wormhole, aging everyone except for Arthur’s class by four years. Of course, the whole thing is a dream sequence, just like D.W.’s trip to Ukubonga, where Arthur’s friends happen to look just like the creatures from the aforementioned book. Both brother and sister learn their own valuable lesson in the process, obviously. What’s really interesting to note, in a deeper examination, is that considering this story, one could even argue that the classic Jimmy Stewart classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life was a partial influence, considering the whole thing happens as a result of two dream sequences – the realization of what life would be like, etc. Keeping in mind the dual influences in this story, and the story that results from those influences, what audiences get here is a story that will entertain audiences of all ages and also ensure said viewers’ engagement. Sure, it’s not fully original, but there is enough originality here that it makes the story stand easily on its own merits. To that end, the story at the center of the DVD’s main feature is reason enough in itself for this DVD to be in any family’s home DVD library. It builds a strong foundation for the DVD’s presentation. The companion episode Arthur’s Birthday strengthens that foundation even more.
The companion episode included in D.W. and the Beastly Birthday, Arthur’s Birthday strengthens the DVD’s presentation even more as it presents its own birthday-themed story that boasts its own identity separate from that of the DVD’s main feature. Taken from very first season of Arthur, this story sees Arthur having to navigate some difficult waters when it turns out that Muffy is having her birthday party on the same days as his. The problem comes when Muffy announces that anyone who doesn’t come to her party isn’t her friend anymore. Obviously the whole thing has a happy ending after a compromise is made. That lesson about compromise is in itself key to the episode’s whole from which the whole family will benefit in taking in. Add in the fact that this episode comes from the series’ debut season and that not even one season of the hit series has been released to DVD or even Blu-ray in whole to this day from PBS Distribution, and the episode proves even more ,a present in itself for audiences. Maybe PBS’ people will read this and take this to heart. A lot of people would like to see this series start getting proper full season releases from PBS Distribution. That aside, just having this episode included as a thematically complimenting piece is a bonus. Having a piece of the series’ origins adds to its positive. Having noted all of this, the bonus birthday episode is still not the last of the DVD’s positives. Its average price point rounds out its most important elements.
The average price point of Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday sits at $6.24. That price was obtained using the DVD’s listing at PBS’ online store and online listings from Target, Best Buy and Amazon. It didn’t seem to be listed at Wal-Mart’s online site. Even with this in mind, a 70-minute presentation between the two features at $6.24 is not a bad price at all. It’s actually quite affordable. And considering that 70-minute run time, it’s a price that will more than pay for itself as families will enjoy the DVD time and again whether together or if younger viewers watch by themselves. To that end, the DVD’s average price point proves truly critical in its own right to the DVD’s whole. When this is considered along with the content in the features and the features themselves, what audiences get here is a DVD that, again will is a welcome present in any family’s home DVD library whether on birthdays or other days.
PBS Kids’ new Arhur DVD, D.W. and the Beastly Birthday is a welcome present for any family whether on a birthday or other day of the year. That is due in part to the DVD’s main feature, which entertains audiences while presenting some valuable life lessons. Much the same can be said of the DVD’s companion Season One episode, Arthur’s Birthday. That episode is also a welcome look back at the history of Arthur since the series still has yet to get a proper full-season release from PBS Distribution. The DVD’s fully affordable average price point proves to be another positive to the DVD. Each element is key in its own way to the whole of this DVD. All things considered, they make Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday a welcome present for the whole family whether on a birthday or any other day. It will be available August 14. more information on this DVD is available online now along with plenty of games, printables, activities and more at:
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