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(aka "The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series")

 

Directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna
USA 1962 - 63'

 

"Meet George Jetson...Jane, his wife... daughter Judy...his boy, Elroy..." The catchy theme tune for The Jetsons ideally captures the lighthearted essence of the show, a futuristic counterpoint to The Flintstones that reflected the space-age optimism of the times. The Jetsons were the very first family, animated or not, to have a big-screen home entertainment system decades before it became a reality. They also had flying cars, floating cities and androids, all commonplace scenery in today's most popular sci-fi blockbusters. Now this beloved series teletransports onto Blu-ray, all 24 hilarious Season One episodes - plus soaring extras!

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While the Flintstones lived in a world which was a comical version of the "stone age", with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a comical version of a century in the future, with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions. The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with prime time reruns continuing through September 22, 1963. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.) In contrast, The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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TV Premiere: September 23rd, 1962

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Review: Warner Archive - Region FREE  - Blu-ray

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Distribution Warner Archive - Region FREE  - Blu-ray
Runtime  0:26:03.812 X  24
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 48,440,321,789 bytes

Disc Two Size: 47,703,004,949 bytes

Disc Three Size: 46,048,088,173 bytes

Episode Sample: 6,001,152,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Episode Sample Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2021 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2021 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Warner Archive

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 48,440,321,789 bytes

Disc Two Size: 47,703,004,949 bytes

Disc Three Size: 46,048,088,173 bytes

Episode Sample: 6,001,152,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Janet Waldo on Rosey the Robot
Audio Commentary by Janet Waldo on A Date With Jet Screamer
Featurette: The Jetsons: The Family of the Future (8:43)
Space Age Gadgets (4:51)
Rosey Robotic Maid Tribute (3:34)
Nuclear Family Album (2:41)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 10th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 5 X 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Warner Archive Blu-ray (September 2019): Warner Archive have transferred the original TV series The Jetsons to Blu-ray. This is the 1962-63 episodes not the second and thirds seasons from 1985-87. These first 24-epiodes are house on three dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrates. Colors are vibrant, rich and deep and contrast is well-layered. There is no noise, damage or compression artifacts. It looks bright and impressive in 1080P. The original advertisements are included.

On their Blu-ray, Warner Archive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. It is another advancement in the film's audio and memorable snappy score by Hoyt Curtin (Jonny Quest), sounding a bit deeper with more consistent dialogue. Warner Archive offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Warner Archive Blu-ray has the same extras as their DVD sets. There are audio commentaries by Janet Waldo (the voice of Judy Jetson!) on 2 episodes; Rosey the Robot and A Date With Jet Screamer and they are fun, with gaps - she talks of rehearsals etc. There are also three featurettes on the final Blu-ray: The Jetsons: The Family of the Future running 9-minutes, Space Age Gadgets for 5-minutes and Rosey Robotic Maid Tribute for 3.5 minutes. There is also a "Nuclear Family Album" with images and text describing each of the family characters.

The Jetsons is overload with nostalgia value. The futuristic jokes and plots are always amusing. Favorite episodes include The Coming of Astro, The Flying Suit (George thinks that Elroy has invented a flying pill that actually works), Uniblab, Las Venus (George and Jane go on a second honeymoon), Test Pilot (reminiscent of Ealing's The Man in the White Suit), and Miss Solar System (Jane enters a beauty pageant - George is one of the judges).  Great to own on Blu-ray with 8-episodes per disc. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 

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