Sesame Street: 20 Years and Still Counting
Arriving on DVD for the first time this Tuesday July 13, is one of the all-time most beloved Sesame Street retrospectives ever produced, "Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting".
Originally broadcast on April 7, 1989, this one-hour special is a delight and was the most in-depth look at Sesame Street's history at the time. The special is hosted by Bill Cosby, at the height of his illustrious career. Bill has made numerous appearances on Sesame Street and starred in the first season of The Electric Company. He blends wonderfully into the Sesame Street world and was the perfect choice to host.
The main menu on the DVD features a generic upbeat tune against a brightly colored background. Stills of different Muppets pop in and out of frame while video clips from the actual special are seen in the upper right-hand corner. There are three options: play, scenes and subtitles (English and Spanish).
As is common with specials of that era, the show is split between four main segments. Each segment concludes nicely with a newly performed Sesame Street song. The runtime of the special as presented here is 47 minutes, 19 seconds. "Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting" was dedicated to Joe Raposo, the musical director of Sesame Street who passed away several months before the special aired.
The special appears uncut as was originally broadcast with the exception of the 40 second credit roll over the "Sesame Street Theme" at the end of the special. Surprisingly, there is also no "Jim Henson Home Entertainment" logo at the end of the special as well. There are also no Lionsgate trailers for other DVD's as has been the case with their previous releases.
It's a minor quibble, but the edits between the show's commercial breaks aren't always clean. For example, halfway through the special you can still faintly hear the background music trail from some of the shows slate bumpers advertising sponsors "Clorox" and "OshKosh B'gosh" from the original broadcast. It's just a millisecond of audio but it's a mistake nonetheless.
Like with "Dog City: The Movie" released on DVD last month, Disney deserves high praise for allowing Kermit's scenes to remain uncut on this special. Hopefully, we'll see even more of this in the future.
We are delighted that the "Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting" special is now on DVD. It's a must-have. This is one of the three best Sesame Street retrospectives ever produced. (Our other favorites are the A&E Biography on Sesame Street and the 1999 TVLand special, "Sesame Street Unpaved".)
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