People all over the world know about the Smurfs in way or another, as they were and continue to be one of the coolest things around. It was all thanks to Hanna-Barbera when they produced the animated film and series of The Smurfs that ran from 1981 to 1990, which captured many awards as well as the hearts and minds of millions. Now with the new live-action movie in theaters, they're more popular than ever, which brings us to this collection of some of the best episodes of the series on DVD. To help keep the smurfy party going, Warner Bros has released a handful of these classic episodes on The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure. While it does showcase some of the better parts of the series, only die-hard fans or newcomers will enjoy this below average release.
The disc features ten ‘Smurftastic’ episodes that include some memorable ones that really pushed the boundaries of 80’s television for kids. Episodes such as ‘Revenge of the Smurfs’, when the Smurfs get even with an army that stormed their village. To stories like ‘The Cursed Country’, where an evil master captures Smurfs to work in his diamond mine. And ‘The Ring of Castellac’, where the Smurfs help return a drugged duke to his rightful place. Those are just a few of the great stories that really helped make the show such a huge success. Sadly, that’s also where the smurfy goodness about this lackluster release ends.
The DVD makes it blatantly obvious it was slapped together in a hurry to coincide with the live-action film release. The picture quality here is just Smurfing sad, with no re-mastering of any kind to improve the aging transfer, which makes for faded colors and a slightly out of focus look in the picture. The mono soundtrack sounds dull and flat, though the dialogue and sounds manage to come out decent. To add to the sadness, there’s only two extra features, one called ‘Smurf Speak’, which teaches folks how to express themselves like the Smurfs do, by saying things such as ‘That’s Smurfarific’, etc. Then there’s the ‘Smurftastic Moments’ feature that showcases the top ten moments from season two of the show.
The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure is a lackluster Smurf up desperately trying to cash-in on the recent release of the popular blue heroes' live-action film. With only ten episodes spread across two budget-minded discs, you can't help but feel and see the laziness that was put into this piece of Smurf. To make matters worse the picture quality is atrociously bad, almost as if they haphazardly transferred episodes from an old VHS tape to disc. Hanna-Barbera's classic animated series deserves so much better, and I can only recommend this release as a rental or a bargain bin piece. But you're better off waiting for Warner Bros. to release re-mastered, complete season sets for your ultimate Smurfs fix.
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