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The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series Blu-ray Review

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“The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series” zips to Blu-ray.

It’s hard to believe the original run of Hanna-Barbera’s “The Jetsons” on ABC Primetime only lasted 24 episodes from 1962-1963 considering how much of a pop culture fixture the animated series has become. Alas, that is the truth. The series, as I’m sure everyone knows, revolves around the titular family comprised of George (the father/husband), Jane (wife/mother) and their two children Elroy and Judy. While much of the series involves George’s bumbling adventures, there’s a whole host of plots about the sassy maid Rosey the robot, a pop star, car shopping, the family dog Astro, scout troop trip, George’s temperamental boss Mr. Spacely, a flying suit, Elroy on TV, George’s grandpa, George’s work life, a shrunken George, a beauty pageant, Cogswell, and Jane’s taxing duties.

It seems so simple now, but back in the 60’s, “The Jetsons” was a clever family sitcom with a futuristic twist. Not only did the sitcom tackle everyday problems like work and traffic, but it also presented a unique vision of the future. Sure, some things are dated and the corny laugh-track filled jokes aren’t always the best, but nowadays it’s fascinating to compare the things that came true (3D TV, robotics, machine dependency) and the things that still haven’t happened yet (flying cars and jetpacks immediately come to mind).

I couldn’t end this review without talking about the sounds. From the iconic theme song that perfectly sets up the show to the sound FX which still come to mind in such a vivid fashion, the sound is truly an iconic part of the series.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? While a tad fuzzy, this hi-def upgrade is easily the best available home video release due to the super sharp colors.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a clean and satisfactory 2.0 track.

Extras:
* Commentary by the late Janet Waldo (who voiced Judy) on episode 1, 2. The commentary is sometimes sparse but she is passionate when she does talk.
* “The Jetsons: The Family of the Future”- An archival featurette about the series
* “Space Age Gadgets”- A featurette about the tech/gadgets in the show.
* “Rosey the Robotic Maid Tribute”- The title says it all
* “Nuclear Family Album”- Character profiles

November 27, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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