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Blu-Ray | Warner Bros. | 1960-2015 | 4217 mins | Rated G | October 27 , 2020
Director: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone
Starring: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Don Messick, Gerry Johnson
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1, 1.77:1, 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1, 1.78:1, 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
| Film Synopsis |
The Flintstones: The Complete Series is boulder-sized fun for the whole family. Fans of all ages will crack up at the misadventures of the Flintstones and Rubbles, who consistently find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Living in the suburbs in the town of Bedrock, Fred Flintstone is a devoted husband who is employed at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company. He is married to Wilma, a smart, strong-willed red-headed beauty. Their next-door neighbors and friends are Barney and Betty Rubble. The four of them are always involved in variety of hilarious shenanigans of every-day living. Although they live in pre-historic times, they have modern conveniences but they are made from stone age materials and mainly powered by animals. Since the stone age, The Flintstones has delivered entertainment that never shales to delight each new generation. And now, all 166 episodes are available for the first time in high definition. So grab a Bronto burger and Cactus Coola, and settle in to watch the first primetime animated television series and celebrate 60 years of history in the making.
| Video |
The Flintstones comes with a brand new 1080p HD transfer in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The colors have not looked any better than this release. The detail is quite good. The colors pop right off the screen with the oranges, purples and many more. Blacks are quite deep, getting near natural levels.
| Audio |
This Flintstones set comes with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track that sounds excellent even though it would have been nice for an upgrade to 5.1. Vocals are clear. The music and various sound effects come through nicely.
| Special Features |
The Flagstones: The Lost Pilot - A quick clip of the lost pilot that has not been cleaned up whatsoever, visually speaking.
How To Draw Fred Flintstone - Hanna and Barbera give a lesson on how to draw the titular character.
Carved In Stone: The Flintstones Phenomenon - A series of vintage interviews and images with people who worked on the series.
Songs of The Flintstones Album - An audio-only extra that plays music from the series over a ton of images of the show.
All About The Flintstones - Another vintage featurette that focuses on Hanna and Barbera, their work, and personal lives with a couple of small bits of interviews with the duo.
Wacky Inventions - A fun look at some of the sillier prehistoric technology the show infused.
Bedrock Collectibles: Collecting All Things Flintstones - All the toys and merchandising are focused on here from the series.
The Flintstones: One Million Years Ahead Of Its Time - Another vintage set of interviews with even more people who worked on the show who discusses being a part of the animation and crew.
First Families Of The Stone Age - Vintage interviews of the crew discussing the Rubbles and Flintstones and their family dynamics.
Hanna-Barbera's Legendary Music Director Hoyt Curtin - Quite a few people discuss the musical contributions and genius of Hoyt Curtain.
The Flintstones Meet Pop Culture - Stephen Baldwin out of nowhere shows up and discusses some of the funnier moments of the series while parodying other films and tv shows.
The Great Gazoo: From A To Zetox - Earl Kress talks about the iconic character.
The Flintstones And WWE: Stone Age Smackdown! - In 2015, WWE and Hanna-Barbera teamed up for some collaborations, one of them being with the Flintstones where John Cena, The Bella Twins, and Daniel Bryan mixed it up with The Flintstones. This was a standalone release in years prior to 1080p, but in this set, it has reverted to standard definition as well as a 2.0 mix instead of the DTS-HD 5.1 track.
The Man Called Flinstone - The original 1966 Flintstone film is included which again has been released in a standalone Blu-ray in 1080p HD. However here, it comes in standard definition.
| Overall Reaction |
The Flintstones premiered on the ABC Television Network on September 30, 1960. The original series ran for a total of 167 episodes over 6 seasons, and spawned a theatrical feature in its final season as well as countless spinoffs over the last 60 years. The Hanna-Barbera produced show is now available on a stunning 10-disc Blu-Ray set that features all six seasons (167 episodes) and two bonus movies, 'The Flintstones WWE: Stone Age Smackdown'! and 'The Man Called Flintstone'. This is the best The Flintstones has ever looked with a 1080p HD transfer and the 2.0 mono track. Warner Bros. has restored the series beautifully. This Blu-ray is highly recommended.
FUN FACT: The song “Meet The Flintstones” did not originate until the 3rd season with the redone opening credits.
Summary (out of 5)
Film: 4.0 Video: 4.5 Audio: 3.5 Extras: 4.0 Overall: 4.5