The Little Rascals: Volume 1 & 2

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The Little Rascals have arrived on our beloved format and thanks to the folks at Artisan, they look and sound better than ever. Although I assume most readers have a knowledge of the rascals, the basic premise simple to explain even for non followers. This serial deals with a band of mischievous kids who always seem to find their way into trouble, even when they’re trying to be good. Led by Spanky and Alfalfa, these children always end up on the wrong side of the rules and most of the time they love every second of it. Some of the other more famous faces include the much sought after Darla, Buckwheat, their teacher Miss Jones, and my personal favorite, Stymie. No matter which antics the kids are up to this time, they’ll never fail to entertain even the most smug viewer. This disc is loaded with almost two and a half hours of hilarious episodes and Artisan has shown some serious care with these classics. The disc is light on extras, but I didn’t expect much and I doubt much could have been culled to include in any case. The episodes look terrific and sound very good also, which is more than enough reason to pick this disc up. The episodes included are Fly My Kite, Honkey Donkey, Beginner’s Luck, Reunion In Rhythm, Hook And Ladder, The First Round-Up, Teacher’s Beau, and Hearts Are Thumps. I think all are good choices, but I favor The First Round-Up as the best overall episode on the disc. I recommend this release as a rental to those who want to discover the rascals, but fans will want to slam down the cash and take this disc home forever.

Video: How does it look?

Each episode of The Little Rascals is presented in a full frame transfer, which retains the original aspect ratio of the series. This is the best I’ve seen these episodes look and aside from some expected age signs, I found little to complain about. Some debris is evident on the print along with some marks, but this is by far the cleanest these episodes have looked. The black & white transfers look excellent and no contrast issues at all emerge in these presentations. Simply put, this is best the rascals have ever looked on home video!

Audio: How does it sound?

This release uses a mono track and while some think mono is too limited, this is easily the clearest and smoothest these episodes have ever sounded. I was pleased to find the normal mono hiss absent and the track shows clarity at all times, especially in the musical numbers that sometimes appear. The music shows very little distortion and I found no real problems with this track, aside from some age issues which are unavoidable.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a photo gallery for most of the characters and some dog training tips. The photo album shows the actors from various stages in the series and makes for a very nice inclusion. The training tips is a featurette which deals with the movie dogs and the trainers who prepare them for the big time. There is also some footage from when the rascals attempt to train their own dog, with hilarious results.

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