Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Nice to See the Arthur DVDs Finally Have Great Special Featu
George Buttner | Dayton, Ohio United States | 12/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sorry, the above was sarcasm. There are no true special features on this DVD. In fact, if anything, things are only getting worse with the poorly designed look of the main menu for this DVD.
This is a Sony Wonder "Arthur" DVD release, rather than one of the OurTime Family Entertainment releases, which at least play at having special features. At least the story content on this DVD is fairly decent. There are three stories, as per usual:
"Arthur's First Crush" --- In which Arthur crushes on his new babysitter after he finds out that she's a teen who loves ice cream and is great at video games. Not nearly as bad as it might sound.
"1001 Dads" --- Arthur believes Buster is sad because his parents are divorced and he won't be attending the Father's Day picnic. A fairly serious story, but a lot of fun bits as well, including Binky dressing up as a Dad.
"What Is That Thing?" --- This one is just good fun. Arthur's friends find a mysterious "thing" and each put it to a different use.
There are previews for eight other "Arthur" DVDs on this and it has instant/continuous play. I guess that's sort-of like special features. There are close-captions and it appears to me as if the stories have actually been recaptioned for the DVD release. (I'm a big enough follower of the show to tell.) However, there are no other audio options.
If you haven't seen these episodes or don't have them on personal tape/DVD, then this release might be worth it. Otherwise, I'd say definitely don't pay for this --- I got it at the library."