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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street 40 Years DVD Box Set

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

  2. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe New Member

    The DVD box set is so well put-together.

    This isn't something they just threw together at the last minute. The production values are there!

    I love how they show the set being built.

    And all this other behind-the-scenes stuff I've wondered over the years was answered, like: "How does Carroll operate Bruno?" Well you see him put the costume on and see.

    It's truly a gift to see the Muppeteers perform their characters, and esp. how they design and build the characters.

    If you're a Muppet fan, the bonus features for this set alone make the purchase worthwhile.
  3. MuppetDude

    MuppetDude Active Member

    My favorite bonus feature? The making of "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree." It made puppetry look so much fun. (And it is!) It also made me miss Brian Muehl performing with the Muppets.
  4. BIGMuppetFan

    BIGMuppetFan Member

    Last night I just finished Disc 2 but I still have not watched any of the Bonus features yet, I plan on watching them today when I get home from school.

    I have to say I am pleased with the clips they have shown on both discs, I was a little upset when on Disc 1 they did not have C is for Cookie, What's the name of that song, or Sing, Then when I pop in disc 2 I was so pleased when I saw them included in the set,

    You know what's funny, My Family and I have been going around singing some of these songs, like we heard them for the 1st time, its obvious we heard these songs many times before but it was just funny to hear us sing these songs again,

    That's the power of sesame street for you

    I will come back and report on what I think of the Bonus features later! :)
  5. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder, when the box refers to the book as "limited edition", does that mean that the DVD set is also limited edition, or will it eventually be sold without the book and in a smaller box (and without the "limited edition book" being advertised on the box)?
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Do the words corporate buzzword ring a bell? Limited Edition basically means that their supplies are not infinite... so technically, everything is limited edition.
  7. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Frank was wearing the same headband he wore on TMS.

    I also loved seeing the shooting of Honker Duckie Dinger Jamboree!
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Though many of these videos can be viewed for free at sesamestreet.org, I must say that the picture quality is better watching most of these on a TV screen or laptop than it is watching in fullscreen at sesamestreet.org.

    I know that the review mentions that "bring your own can night" involves Oscar and Bruno at a movie theater, but after watching it many times, it's never directly stated if this was a movie theater. It could have been a regular theater, or a sporting event, or a dance club/ ball room. I noticed that Oscar was wearing a black tie and white tuxedo... thing (what would you call it?) while Bruno was wearing a flower on his shoulder... I guess that could cancle-out the theory of it being a sporting event, and the fact that Buffy brought Cody would cancel out the place being a ball. Also, if it were a movie theater, wouldn't there have been posters on the wall?
  9. Amy

    Amy Member

    I got the gigantic coffee-table book and dvd set.
    I haven't watched Disc 2 yet because quite frankly, I'm only interested in the pre-'90 stuff anyway ;)
    It still boggles my mind how meticulously the curriculum is constructed which underpins each show or skit.

    While I thought there were a LOT of classic skits left off Disc 1, it's good to know that it was probably to avoid doubling up with material already on the Old School DVDs (which I also have).
    But some more of Joe Raposo's little film clips would have been great, like the one with the fish or the giraffes.

    But overall, very good. David and his rakishly-tilted Gilligan hat will NEVER be uncool.

    I thought the book was excellent - I was reminded of a skit I had totally forgotten about: Bob, Maria, David, Gordon and Mr Hooper singing 'Water' with Judy Collins.
  10. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    You have mentioned that you're more of a Jim Henson fan than a Muppet fan, so I must ask... Did you like both of Jim Henson's film inserts that were included (Henson #1 Song and Henson Queen of Six)?
  11. Amy

    Amy Member

    Absolutely! Both very familiar, near and dear to my heart. King of Eight is already on the Old School set. With the number ones, it's fun playing 'Spot the Brian'. ;p

    The Disc one also includes the Phillip Glass-scored 'geometry' animation, but not the whole thing, just the first part. Shame they couldn't have played the sequence in its entirety.
  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There was a review posted here: http://www.alamosanews.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=14856&page=74

    One thing is weird... The writer thinks that Elmo started out as green, and that the green Elmo became Elmo's mother when he became red. Huh? This DVD doesn't have any such evidence of this... Maybe she mistook Elmo for Grover, who was originally green (though I think he looked more black than green), and whom the original green puppet was reused as his mother in one appearance, but this DVD doesn't have any green Grover sketches, nor does it have the one where the original puppet was reused as Grover's mommy (it also doesn't have any clips with his mommy).
  13. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    There were at least six different "Geometry of Circles" segments. This set only has one of them.
  14. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    I know I am late posting here, but I just wanted to say that I LOVE this set! Granted there were some overdone bits and songs, but there were some true gems on here too. I don't remember Henson 1, and it was great to see "If I knew You were coming..." with Ernie and Cookie again. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing C-3PO and R2-D2 again as well as Fonzie and Diana Ross, so many memories I only wish there could have been more.
    All in all, fantastic set and I hope we can see more old school stuff come to DVD.
  15. jeffkjoe

    jeffkjoe New Member

    In my 38 years of watching and learning everything about SS, I never knew that Baker #1 ever existed prior to this DVD set.
  16. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    One thing that I find sort of odd: Both here, and in the season one classic cuts on Old School: Volume 1, Rubber Duckie is the second clip included (well, thrid if you count "Sesame Street Open" on this set). Based on it's popularity, I would have expected Rubber Duckie to be first.

    And I just noticed that the ending of "talking loud/ talking soft" is cut.
  17. scarletjul

    scarletjul New Member

    I finally opened my DVD set yesterday. I was trying to be good and save them for a day when I needed cheering up and yesterday was the day.

    Anyhow, I've only watched some of the clips from the first disc but so far I'm very happy. The set is put together very well and I think they included a good selection of clips. I used to have Maria and Luis's wedding on VHS when it was aired in the 80's, so it was great to have some of it preserved on DVD. And though Mr. Hooper is a little before my time, (I only really remember him from the Christmas special) I still teared up during "Just Because." Seeing Telly's first appearance was awesome, btw.

    As for "If I Knew Your Were Coming," I don't think it clicked for me before how old Cookie Monster is.

    I have the dvd of "Put Down the Duckie," so I would've preferred a different clip than "Sing Your Synonyms" but I know it is a classic. Same goes for "Put Down the Duckie" (though, since it's a favorite, I wanted it on this disc, too.)

    Honestly, though, I'm not complaining - I think the DVDs are really great and I hope Sesame Workshop continues to release these classic DVDs in the future. :wisdom:
  18. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Active Member

    I'm one disc into the set now, and loving it! I really loved seeing "If I Knew You Were Coming..." I don't know if I'd ever actually seen this. I had the song on an old 8-Track when I was a kid, but it was Cookie Monster and the Count. I tracked that down on CD years ago and we used it at our wedding as our "cake cutting" song. So it was very neat to see it on screen!

    I'm also really loving the behind-the-scenes stuff. Very surreal to see Jim Henson and Frank Oz doing the Ernie and Bert Snowman bit just with scripts. Kinda blew my mind a little!
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I've never seen any of those episodes, and I haven't watched any youtube clips from those episodes, so this DVD was the first time I saw any of the hawaii storyline scenes. I often look at the episode pages at Muppet Wiki, and when this was released it had been a long time since I last looked at those pages, couldn't really remember the sequencing order, and thought that Snuffy landing was actually followed by the "Mr. Hooper surfs" scene, epecially since there was a fade between scenes (not fade to black). But looking at those pages again, I see that not only were those scenes not originally shown back-to-back, but they weren't even in the same episode.

    Usually when we get releases like this and I think of what sould have been included, I normally think "it should have had this instead of that", instead of "it should have had more" (though I think my personal wishlist for the set, prior to the announcement of what was included, had more clips). But this is a rare case where I wanted more... I'm glad that the scene where Snuffy landed was included, but I was hoping for a scene with Buffy (though Buffy does appear on the set, with Cody, in the "Bring Your Own Can Night" clip), and maybe some scenes involving Mount Snuffleupagus.
  20. scarletjul

    scarletjul New Member

    I finally got around to watching some of Disc 2 yesterday. I was still watching SS regularly in the early 90's, into the beginning of the "Around the Corner" phase, so I was happy to see things like "Monster in the Mirror" and "What's the Name of that Song?" Though, since it's been forever since I've seen the celebrity version of "Monster in the Mirror," I kinda wanted that version, instead.

    I really would've liked more as well, especially in the street stories. As I think someone posted earlier, you just get little tastes of what the general story line was like. I would have loved to see more of the Hawaii story, as well as the birth of Gabi. I would especially have liked to have seen them rebuild the nest in the hurricane episode - I've never actually seen the hurricane episode and I always wanted to.

    That said, I am happy with a lot of it and maybe they'll release a part two someday. :insatiable:


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