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Sid and Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits - family and children's DVD / television series DVD review
SID AND MARTY KROFFT'S SATURDAY MORNING HITS Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 stars
  Distributor: Vivendi Entertainment
DVD release: 30 November 2010   Runtime: 154 min. (1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - English), Single episodes (H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Bugaloos, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Wonderbug, Bigfoot and Wild Boy)

H.R. Pufnstuff (*Show Biz Witch* episode) from *Sid and Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits*I feel torn about this collection of Sid and Marty Krofft's Saturday morning stuff. Prior to reliving the memories, I was thinking, "Oh, amazing! I haven't seen any of this since I-don't-remember-when!" After seeing it, I'm thinking, "That's what I accepted as entertainment back in the day?!?".

Back in the day, I LIVED for Saturday mornings. I was partial to Bugs Bunny/Road Runner and Scooby Doo, but I'd watch Superfriends and anything else that came on until my mother told me to go out and get some of that dreaded fresh air. <shudder>

On the tail end of the cartoons came the Krofft Brothers' and other live-action stuff - H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. Honestly, they were all pretty weak in the story department, and the kitsch factor can only take you so far. While it was fun to see these brightly-colored monstrosities again, I'm thinking that I really should have opted for the fresh air way back when.

I remember liking Electra Woman and Dyna Girl because of the awkwardly enormous wrist devices they wore, loaded with toggle switches and flashing lights and a big viewing screen. Nowadays it seems like too much bulk, but back then bigger meant better, and nobody seemed to notice these gigantic devices on their forearms while they were in their Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson daytime roles.

Amazing appearances on this set include Big Mouth Martha Ray, Johnny Whitaker, Billy Barty, character actress Mary Wickes, Wicked Witch/Maxwell House spokeswoman Margaret Hamilton, horror star Sid Haig, Butch Patrick, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Moll, Deidre Hall and Billie Hayes.

These were not great shows, but it was good to see them again, and this small collection is the perfect format for a sampler of my youth. Now let's make with the Hanna Barbera, and I promise I'll go out for some fresh air.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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