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Fraggle DVD coming this summer in the US

First Fraggle disc, "Where It All Began", will test the market for future releases

By Phillip Chapman
June 18, 2004

"Dance your cares away. Worries for another day. Let the music play. Down at Fraggle Rock."

Since DVD debuted in 1997, fans have been waiting for the day to watch Fraggle Rock in glorious hi-resolution.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the first US Fraggle DVD will be released as soon as late July, and it will contain two early Fraggle episodes ("Beginnings" and "Let the Water Run"). No extras are planned outside of some promotional trailers for other discs from HIT's library. The working title of the DVD is "Fraggle Rock Where It All Began".

If this DVD sells well, HIT will continue to release future discs or possibly even box sets of the entire series. While the release date and suggested retail price has not yet been announced, the disc will likely have a suggested retail price of $12.99-16.99. The disc will have a runtime of 50 minutes, with the two episodes at 25 minutes each.

Even if you were longing for Fraggle Rock season-by-season box sets, purchase this disc when it is released so that HIT can see there is a demand for the entire Fraggle series on DVD. The more titles HIT sells, the more likely we will see more Fraggles on DVD in the future. Cast your vote in a Fraggle DVD poll on our forum.

In "Beginnings", Gobo's Uncle Matt discovers the opening to Outer Space and sets off to explore it, leaving Gobo behind to explore Fraggle Rock and pick up the postcards Matt will send. In "Let the Water Run", Red's Swimming Extravaganza is canceled when the pool goes dry and there's no water to fill it.

The Jim Henson Company and HIT Entertainment established a worldwide distribution and production venture on April 1. HIT acquired the rights to distribute Henson Family Classics such as Fraggle Rock, The Hoobs, Mopatop's Shop, Mother Goose Stories and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

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