Okay, so I noticed Amazon.com is selling season DVD sets of Doug and Hey Arnold and 'best of' sets of Rocko's Modern Life.
Now before you piss your pants and mindlessly spend the $20-$30 they cost, read the fine print on their website:
"This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video"play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.
This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply."
These are 'Burn On Demand' DVDs. I've heard the video and audio quality is good, but I've seen the DVD menus on the site and they make the bootlegs looks gorgeous. There are zero extras on all of the DVDs and I guess that would be forgivable if they included a ton of episodes.
The $20 Best of Rocko 2-disc DVD set only includes SIX episodes.
I dunno about this kind of a release. After how they handled Ren and Stimpy, I was really hoping for some nice looking box sets with some audio commentary and maybe a featurette or two.
Seriously, WTF, Paramount? These are not some dinky little forgotten cartoons that had a small cult following. These shows were HUGE and they're regarded as classics. So why crap all over them with this sad excuse of a DVD release?
I'm sure a lot of people will be saying 'who cares, they're finally on DVD'. Yeah, I remember pooping my pants too when Blade Runner first came out on DVD, but that was a really shitty DVD. Thank goodness the Final Cut version came out in a sweet 4-disc set. And, hopefully, if Paramount is smart, they'll re-release these series in REAL box sets. If it means buying these crappy DVD-Rs to prove it, so be it. I'll buy them all, but if they think this is sufficient, they're living on the goddamn moon.