This DVD box sets contain episodes twenty-seven through forty-five of Jem. Unfortunately, Rhino lost the rights to release Jem on DVD after this volume, so the final set with the remaining twenty episodes was never released. Of course, this means that once again, episodes featuring The Stingers (a third band introduced right near the end of the series) were not released; these episodes were also never released when Jem episodes were being released on VHS tapes.
This DVD set contains three discs. The first disc contains seven episodes. For bonus features, there is commentary on episode twenty-seven ("The Talent Search Part 1") by series creator Christy Marx and on episode thirty-three ("Father's Day") by story editor Roger Slifer. This disc also contains the "Play Songs" features, which allows the viewer to see the "music episodes" from the episodes as stand-alone pieces.
The second disc contains seven episodes. For bonus features, there is commentary on episode thirty-four ("Treasure Hunt") by Christy Marx and the "Play Songs" feature. The third disc contains five episodes. For bonus features, this disc contains commentary on episode forty-one ("KJEM") by Christy Marx, interviews with Britta Phillips (the singing voice for Jem) and Roger Slifer, excerpts from the Jem production bible (which is what the writers referred to for character descriptions and other information when writing the scripts for the series), and the "Play Songs" feature.
I enjoyed this set, but was very disappointed that in the end, we didn't get a complete release of the series. However, I would recommend both this set and the DVD set of the first and second season of the series to anyone who enjoys Jem (since this is currently the only way to own any episodes the series on DVD).
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.
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Lesley Muir Aeschliman (ljaesch)
I'm a freelance writer whoserves as the Anime editor at BellaOnline; I have also had work published at Associated Content. I also maintain two blogs: AeschTunes and Lesley's Musings... on Manga. … more
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