Have mercy! If you’re one of those folks who doesn’t yet have Netflix but wants to see Fuller House, the modern update to Full House, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the Complete First Season in a 2-disc set that was released earlier this week. Here’s how they describe the series:
On Fuller House, eldest daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure, Full House, A Christmas Detour) is now a veterinarian and recently widowed mother trying to raise three boys on her own. She is joined by her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin, Full House, Walt Before Mickey) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber, Full House, The Skateboard Kid 2) and Kimmy’s teenage daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas), who move in to lend their support and help raise D.J.’s kids. The Full House original cast, including Bob Saget (Full House, Entourage), Lori Loughlin (Full House, When Calls the Heart), John Stamos (Full House, Grandfathered, Scream Queens) and Dave Coulier (Full House, Robot Chicken), make guest appearances throughout the series.
KSiteTV has been provided with a review copy courtesy of WBHE, so what’s the verdict?
The Episodes: Here’s the good part: All 13 episodes of Fuller House are included on this collection. They appear to be unedited from their Netflix versions, and of course the DVD set fits nicely next to your sets of the 7 or 8 seasons of the original series that are already sitting on your shelf.
I’ve gone on record as being one of those critics who actually loved Fuller House. It is exactly what’s on the package: A sequel to Full House, and it’s fun to revisit old characters like DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy Gibbler again and see what they’ve been up to. Most impressive is that several of these actresses haven’t even acted, and certainly not in comedies, in two decades, but they pick it up as if no time had passed as all. And the house is just like the original series, just with more detail for HD TV.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are MIA, but all of the shade thrown at them makes even this fun. But no, it’s not sophisticated; it’s Fuller House, and it’s fun. And, like the TV of yesteryear, there is even an opening title sequence, which is especially fun in the first episode when people re-create their old credits shots!
The Extras: How rude! There are no extras on this set. No “Back on the Set” documentaries that you know they filmed, no commentaries from creator Jeff Franklin… it’s a shame, because some of the original Full House DVD sets had some fun stuff within. Not this. You get the episodes. Considering one can watch this series on Netflix, it’s a shame there’s not a DVD exclusive or something, but maybe that’s part of the deal, that there can’t be. Either way, I was disappointed.
The Packaging: What sweet monstrosity is the cover art? Again, a huge ball was dropped here. I get it that the opening credits kind of have the characters on top of each other like this, but… yuck. I hate it.
Is It Worth It? If you don’t have Netflix and want to have Fuller House at your fingertips, sure. But I really do wish there were some extras.
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