Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gumby Vol 1|
Actors: Dick Beals, Art Clokey, Ruth Egelson, Pinky Lee, Norma MacMillan
Director: Art Clokey
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television, Animation
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Recommended with regrets
R. Riis | NY | 05/05/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is disk one of the seven-disk box set and gathers 21 of the oldest Gumby shorts. Great material and highly nostalgic, but... (1) I realize that the original films are about 40 years old now, but a little more restoration could have been done. The picture clarity is fine but the scratches and spots could have been fixed without too much trouble. (2) The synthesized background score that is heard on many of these films was added in the 1980s. Did no one save the original scores? If so, couldn't/shouldn't they have been used instead? Those of us who remember growing up with Gumby in the 1960s will experience a little discomfort from an audio perspective. Those who grew up watching Gumby in the 1980s won't object, I suppose, but I think part of the considerable charm of these shorts has been lost. Rhino rarely puts its name on shoddy product, but there's been a slip-up here. This DVD is recommended with regrets."
Not the same Gumby we saw as kids. Dissapointing.
D. Martinez | 10/04/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you loved the original Gumby then don't buy this item. It will only break your heart. None of the original voices, music, or sound effects are used in this DVD. All the sound is re-recorded and has none of the charisma or excitement as the original sound I loved as a kid. I can still hear the original funky sound effects in my head, and when I heard the sound on this DVD, I was shocked and dissapointed that I had wasted my money. As far as I know, all the episodes are here and in good quality, however without the original sound it is not the Gumby I saw as a kid. DON'T BUY THIS ITEM."
Boomers beware ! Re-recorded audio track !
D. Martinez | 10/16/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"These are the first Gumby shorts from about 1956/57, with all their weird surrealism and goofiness. Unfortunately (and it's a BIG unfortune), the collection here has the awful re-recorded soundtracks from the early 1990s TV reissue, with uniform voice "talent", brand new intros (no classic theme), and new, more "modern" music score.
This is a fine introduction for the littlest kids, but grown up fans with grind their teeth to powder! Here's hoping Rhino re-issues this with corrections: WE WANT THE ORIGINAL 1950s SOUNDTRACKS (at least on a 2nd audio track)"
George Newnam | Fountain Valley, CA United States | 05/14/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I completely agree with the previous reviewer. I just got this Gumby DVD and was expecting to be thrown back into a nostalgic past but this new soundtrack completely ruins the experience. I wasnt aware this new soundtrack was made in 80's. I used to watch Gumby on television during the late 80's after school and I dont recall hearing this synthesized soundtrack. I think the picture quality is okay but I cant understand why they had to use this new music. I would suggest that if you must have a Gumby DVD just buy this Volume 1, do not get the whole box set, you'll only be dissapointed 10 times over. I hope someone re-considers and re-releases this set with its original soundtrack restored. It's a sad day in Gumby ville until then ;("