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|Fame The Complete Seasons 1 2|
Actors: Gene Anthony Ray, Carlo Imperato, Albert Hague
Genres: Drama, Television
Audio: English: Stereo, Mono Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Full Screen: 1.33:1 — Disc 1: — Metamorphosis Passing Grade Tomorrow's Farewell Alone In A Crowd To Soar And Never Falter — Disc 2: — The Sell Out The Strike Street ... more »
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Good To Have 2 Seasons, But A Rip Off..
Andre Lieven | Ontario, Canada | 09/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While this was a good show, and I have no issues with anything to do with the show, this set displays a basic greed on the part of the company that has the rights; Note that the FIRST season was released some time ago, so for anyone who is a fan of the show, they likely already have season 1. Now, with this set, you HAVE to buy season 1 AGAIN in order to get season 2. That's a Rip Off."
Remember this show
Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 09/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before the retooling of Fame in the theater this fall. There was Fame on TV
This DVD set of the first 38 episodes (16 from season one, 22 from season two) of Fame is one of those shows that sparkles and ages well.this 1982 spinoff from the movie (1980) is well tooled for a TV audience.
What makes this show different from other movie adapted TV shows(MASH, Peyton Place, Beastmaster, Highlander) is this TV show is so akin to the 1980 film. It does not change this from the original styling of the film to fit a tv format
The cast was first rate actors. Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray and Lee Cureri reprise their film roles. Carlo Imperato is Danny the comic. Valerie Landsburg is Doris. Lori Singer as Julie. Carol Mayo Jenkins asd Sherwood. They as a cast blend together so well that you believe this show
There is a small feature of Fame now and then..showing a few scenes from the new movie as well as the old show, Debbie Allen plays the principal in the new movie
So this DVD set will not be available forever, so get this now
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"
Brings Back the Memories
T. Turner | San Jose, CA | 10/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am enjoying watching these episodes again. It brings back the early 80s in a big way. My friends and I would set aside Thurs. night as our Fame night. And I tell you, it's as good as it was back then. The episodes still deal with teen issues in a way that can be related to. Yes, it looks 80s. But if you weren't around, it's a way to see what it was like. Leg warmers, dancing, singing, feathered hair, and neon are some of the details you might have missed or never experienced. Welcome back to the early 80s, and enjoy a Fame fix. It's a great way to relax in the evening."
FAME TV SERIES: "GONNA LIVE FOREVER"
DEWEY MEE | ELLENSBURG, WA, | 05/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two years after Alan Parker's original 1980 film, writer Christopher Gore successfully adapted the "Fame" format into a TV Series. The Series is toned down a bit from the film-- the students don't use profanity and Season 1 student Montgomery (P.R. Paul) is now heterosexual instead of homosexual. Minor changes aside, an episodic TV series is actually the better medium to follow the students at New York's School For The Performing Arts and their coming of age stories. When I was 16, I loved music, musical theatre, and performing arts; so Thursday nights at 8:00 pm, from 1982-1983, NBC was the place to be for "Fame." I watched Seasons 1 and 2 religiously.
Most "Fame" episodes are actually mini-musicals; which, I suppose, brings comparisons to the more recent "High School Musical" franchaise and "Glee." While I strongly doubt "High School Musical" or "Glee" will be fondly remembered in future, "Fame" holds up remarkably well. Most of the musical numbers are well integrated into the episodes and staged in an appropriate "performance" context at the school itself. A few take place in other locations, like a music store or New York deli. I vividly recall Debbie Allen (as spirited dance teacher Lydia Grant) and her students dancing exuberantly around the streets of New York City in a number titled "Body Language." I also recall the "Othello"- inspired number "Desdemona" from the Season 1 episode "The Strike." Not surprisingly, the series generated several successful TV Soundtrack Albums.
Albert Hague, Lee Currerri, and the late Gene Anthony Ray reprise their film roles as music teacher Mr, Shrovsky and students Bruno Martelli and Leroy Johnson, respectively. Other principal cast members include Erica Gimpel as Coco, Lori Singer as Julie, Valerie Landsburg as Doris, and Carlo Imperato as Danny. Dancers Stephanie E. Williams and Michael De Lorenzo are also prominently featured in several episodes. Michael De Lorenzo is also recognizable as one of the featured dancers in Michael Jackson's classic 1984 video "Beat It." Morgan Stevens joins the cast in Season 2 as drama teacher David Reardon, replacing Michael Thoma as Mr. Crandall. The death of Mr. Crandall, and the effect on his favorite student Danny, is acknowledged in the touching episode "A Touch Act To Follow." Many episodes deal with a mixture of conflict and compassion between students and teachers. Mr. Shrovsky has many battles with his headstrong student Bruno Martelli, and Lydia and English teacher Elizabeth Sherwood (excellently portrayed by Carol Mayo Jenkins) are often at odds over Leroy. Hot-headed, stubborn Leroy is a dynamic dancer and Lydia's most talented student. But he is also almost functionally illiterate; a matter of great concern to Sherwood. Indeed, "Fame" is not all happy songs and dances. Episodes address such topics as teen-age runaways, censorship, racism and other forms of prejudice, students and teachers with developmental and physical disabilities, death, and suicide. But my favorite "Fame" episode is Season 2: "Not In Kansas Anymore", a fun and inspired tribute to "The Wizard Of Oz," with Doris as Dorothy, Leroy, Bruno, and Danny as the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion, Mr. Shrovsky as the Wizard, Lydia as Glinda, The Good Witch, and Miss Sherwood as the Wicked Witch. This episode includes a beautiful version of "Over The Rainbow," performed by Valerie Landsburg and Debbie Allen.
NBC cancelled "Fame" after Season 2, but the Series was quickly picked up in syndication and ran for three more years. I never saw the rest of the series and would love to! I hope the rest of the Series (Seasons 3-6) is soon made available on DVD; as "Fame" is extremely worthwhile and highly recommended!"