The long wait is finally over…well…sort of. More than a decade after it ended its run on Nickleodeon, Rugrats finally started getting a proper in-store release courtesy of Paramount and Nickelodeon. The companies partnered to release the series’ first two seasons in store this week. This week is not the first time the series has been released. All nine seasons have previously been released via Amazon on Made-On-Demand DVD-R discs. Even with this in mind, this first true official release for the series’ first two seasons proves to be an impressive start for fans waiting years for the series to get any proper release. The seasons’ episodes largely support that statement despite one lingering problem. This will be discussed shortly. The sets’ packaging is another important element to discuss in examining these new releases. It will be discussed later. The sets’ average price point may seem insignificant to discuss, but in reality, it plays its own important part in their overall presentation, too. Each element noted here is important in its own right to the sets’ presentations. All things considered, these sets prove to be collections for which every Rugrats fan has waited and hoped.
Paramount and Nickelodeon’s newly released full season sets of Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2 are everything that the series’ fans have hoped for in a long-awaited proper release. That is proven first and foremost through the seasons’ episodes. Audiences will be happy to know that both seasons are presented here in the same chronological order in which they were presented in their original broadcasts. The only episode that is not included here is the series’ original pilot episode “Tommy Pickles and the Great White Thing.” Why this episode was omitted from Season 1 is anyone’s guess. In defense of Paramount and Nickelodeon, the Season 1 set released by Amazon and Nickelodeon back in 2009 faced the same issue. Considering this, one has to think the omission is linked to someone at Nickelodeon more so than Paramount or even Amazon. Keeping that in mind, the episodes presented in the first and second season of Rugrats in their new home release builds a solid foundation for these sets’ presentations.
The episodes presented in the first true official home release of Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2 are in themselves more than enough reason for audiences to own these collections. The episodes’ actual presentations are just as important to note in examining the sets’ overall presentations. Audiences (and especially true fans) will appreciate the fact that the episodes are presented exactly the same way as they were in their original broadcasts. The opening sequence is presented before every episode in both seasons along with each episode’s title sequence. The end credits are there, too along with the post credits sequence, too. Simply put, between the full episode listing in each season and the full presentation of each episode, these episodic elements build a strong, solid foundation for the first official home release of Rugrats’ first two seasons. They are not the only elements to consider. The sets’ packaging is important to discuss in examining their presentations, too.
The episodic elements incorporated into the first official home release of Rugrats’ first two seasons form a strong, solid foundation for the sets’ presentations. They are not, however, the sets’ only key elements to discuss. The sets’ packaging is important to discuss, too. That is because of the obvious attention to detail here, too. The sets’ packaging once again places each set’s discs on their own plates inside the ergonomic cases, which in turn protects the discs from scratching damage and saves space on DVD racks. Even more interesting to note is that this time out, Season 1 is spread across only two discs instead of the apparent three that were used in its Amazon release. Season Four is still spread across four discs, just as in its Amazon release. So overall what audiences get in the sets’ packaging is the same attention to disc safety and space saving as was used in their Amazon releases. Considering this, the sets’ packaging proves to be just as critical to their presentations in their new home releases as their episodes. It still is not the last of the sets’ most important elements. The sets’ average price point rounds out its most important elements.
The episodes presented in Nickelodeon and Paramount’s new home release of Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2 and their very presentations are unquestionably critical to the sets’ presentations. Collectively, they form a solid foundation for the sets’ presentations. The sets’ packaging builds on that foundation, strengthening it even more. While both elements are clearly critical both solely and collectively, they are not the sets’ only important elements. Their average price point rounds out their most important elements. The average price point of the series’ first season between Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon and Best Buy is $9.21. Season 2’s average price point is $13.65 when averaged between those same retailers. Considering that Season 2 is longer than Season 1, it is expected that its price would be a little bit higher than that of Season 1. Regardless, the fact that Season 1 averages below the $20 mark and Season 2 averages under the same price with four discs, it goes without saying that both sets are relatively affordable. For this critic in particular, buying both sets through Wal-Mart online proved the most economical. Luckily, having ordered them on a free-shipping weekend, their total price together was just over $20. Keeping in mind this relative affordability of Rugrats’ first two seasons in their first proper home release, the sets’ packaging, their episodes and related items, the whole of these sets’ presentations proves each season to be a must have for any longtime Rugrats fan. It leaves one hoping that the wait for the series’ remaining seven seasons won’t be as long as it was for these two seasons.
Paramount and Nickelodeon’s first-ever proper home release of Rugrats: Season 1 and Rugrats: Season 2 are collections that are musts for any longtime fans of the beloved series. Each season’s full episodic run is presented in its respective season save for the series’ pilot episode. That episode was missing from Amazon’s Season 1 release in 2009, too. The episodes are presented in these sets exactly as they were in the series’ original run on Nickelodeon, too, complete with opening and title sequences, end credits and even end slate sequence. It all collectively gives audiences the full experience that they got in the series’ original run. The sets’ packaging and average price point round out its most important elements, proving even more why every longtime Rugrats fan should own these sets whether they consider them re-issues or new releases. They are available now in stores and online. More information on these sets is available online.
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