Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just in Time the Holidays -- Get Pee-wee's Playhouse, The Complete Series on Blu-ray or Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD Now (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Pee-wee’s PlayhouseThe Complete Series
Bring Home This Highly Anticipated 8-Disc Blu-ray™ Box Set
Featuring All 45 Wildly Entertaining Episodes and the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

All Remastered in Spectacular High-Definition!

"Experience Pee-wee’s Playhouse like never before! All 45 wacky episodes, plus the Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, have been meticulously remastered from the original film elements — and now you can see this ground-breaking series for the first time in beautiful high-definition! "


In addition to purchasing the complete series on Blu-ray, fans of Pee-wee's Playhouse can also purchase Pee-wee’s PlayhouseSeasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set.  I was recently sent this DVD set and have been having a blast watching some of my favorite episodes of this hit show from my childhood.  Even with all the negative events that surfaced about Paul Reubens (AKA Pee-wee Herman) since the show, you can't forgot what a phenomenon this show was back in the late 80's and how many families were tuning in to watch the show.  This was truly a cult television show and one that is still enjoyed today.  And, now with the recent release of the complete series, as well as the individual seasons from Shout! Factory, those who grew up in the 80's can relive their childhood, while also introducing this cult television series to their children.

While my girls are still a little to young to watch Pee-wee's Playhouse, when they do get older I will share this with them, as I love to show the what I used to watch as a kid, so that they can see how far we have come content wise, as well as see how shows from yesterday remain valid in today's day and age.

Were you a fan of Pee-wee's Playhouse?  If so, who was your favorite character?  Cowboy Curtis, Reba the Mail Lady, Conky, Globey, Chairry, or even Pterri.  

I loved them all, and have been having a blast seeing all these characters from the show in the over 9 hours of viewing content that you get when you purchase the Seasons 1 & 2 Special Edition DVD set.  Each of the episodes have been digitally remastered, for the first time.  And, in addition to the full-length episodes, fans of the show will also love watching the bonus material including interviews with the cast and crew and more.

With the holidays fast approaching, the new Pee-wee's Playhouse Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set and the individual or Special Edition Season 1 & 2 DVD sets would make for a great gift idea for fans who grew up watching and loving this show.  Heck, why not add this to your wish list, as you can never get enough Mecka-lecka hi....Mecka-Hiney ho! Right? :-)


"Scream along to the secret word with Pee-wee Herman and his pals: Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Reba the mail lady, Captain Carl, Magic Screen, Conky, Globey, Chairry, Pterri, Randy and all the rest. Pee-wee’s PlayhouseThe Complete Series Blu-ray box set, with special bonus content, recently debuted on home entertainment shelves on October 21, 2014 from Shout! Factory.  Also available to own that same day is Pee-wee’s PlayhouseSeasons One and Two in a high-definition 4-DVD set.  Mecka-lecka hi, Mecka-hiney ho!

Winner of an amazing 22 Emmy® Awards, Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a cultural touchstone for a generation, and its visually dynamic design and offbeat sense of humor were a genuine phenomenon.  Whether reliving childhood memories or introducing this beloved series to a new generation, the newly re-mastered Pee-wee’s Playhouse will take you back to being a kid.  This is an essential Blu-ray collection for loyal fans and collectors.

TV Guide named Pee-wee’s Playhouse #10 on their list of THE TOP 25 CULT TELEVISION SHOWS EVER!  For over 25 years, the enormously popular Pee-wee Herman and innovative television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, created by, and starring Paul Reubens, has captured a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers, young and old.  Since its initial premiere on CBS in 1986, this highly acclaimed children’s program became Saturday morning appointment viewing for kids in the ‘80s and ‘90s and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist ever since.

Pee-wee’s Playhouse is an educational, artistic and entertaining show that teaches kids strong ‘life lessons.’  With its innovative production design and Reubens’ rich original characters and humor, Pee-wee’s Playhouse is a magical place that sparks creativity and imagination—and brings joy to children and adults alike. Parents and grown-ups have always enjoyed the show’s many double entendres. The series features beloved regulars Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Reba the Mail Lady (S. Epatha Merkerson), Miss Yvonne (Lynne Marie Stewart), Captain Carl (Phil Hartman), The King of Cartoons (William Marshall), Jambi the Genie (John Paragon), Ricardo (Vic Trevino) and Mrs. Rene (Suzanne Kent). And of course, Chairry, Pterri, Conky, Magic Screen, Clocky, Cool Cat, Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby, Penny, the Dinosaur family, and the rest of the gang!

Pee-wee’s PlayhouseThe Complete Series Blu-ray box set contains OVER 4 HOURS of brand-new interviews with the cast and crew, plus never-seen, behind-the-scenes footage—all part of TEN FEATURETTES, including:

Building the Playhouse
Opening the Playhouse
Writing for the Playhouse
The Look of the Playhouse
Music of the Playhouse
The Cast of the Playhouse
Puppets of the Playhouse
Animating the Playhouse
A Very Merry Christmas Special
Fans and Memorabilia of the Playhouse

These featurettes include interviews with actors Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Reba the mail lady), Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne) and John Paragon (Jambi the genie). Mark Mothersbaugh and Danny Elfman explain the music of the show and the Emmy® award-winning production design team of Gary Panter, Wayne White and Ric Heitzman explain how the sets and puppets were imagined and produced. Animation Supervisor of all 5 seasons of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Prudence Fenton (Liquid Television) talks about all the types of animation used in the program and animators Peter Lord and David Sproxton (Wallace & Gromit) discuss their contributions. Ve Neill, the multi-Oscar® winning make-up artist talks about designing the make-up ‘looks’. Two of the shows writers talk about how the scripts were created. Other cast and crew explain, in fascinating detail, stories from the production ofPee-wee’s Playhouse. If that weren’t enough, many of the shows puppeteers and voice artists are interviewed about how the puppet characters were brought to life."


Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series on Blu-ray is now available at Amazon for only $94.79.

Looking for the DVD format instead?  Then, pick up the 

Pee-wee's Playhouse: Seasons 1 & 2 (Special Edition, 4 DVD Set) of the show, also available through Amazon, for only $24.99


About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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