Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
Release Date: October 2, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
We’re so excited! We’re so excited!
Missing your favorite pals from Bayside High? It’s alright, ’cause you’re SAVED BY THE BELL! Conduct your own class reunion with this Max-ed out collection of the iconic 90s Saturday morning sitcom. The adventures of Zack and his friends – Kelly, Slater, Jessie, Lisa, and Screech – were a cultural touchstone for a generation of teens. Now, you can relive the laughter, lessons, and love (Zack + Kelly 4EVER) all over again. From JFK Junior High to Cal U, Miss Bliss to Mr. Belding, Malibu Sands to Hawaii, and dance contests to “dearly beloved!”
With 118 episodes from all three series – Good Morning, Miss Bliss, Saved By The Bell & Saved By The Bell: The College Years, plus both movies and a locker full of special features, this Zack Morris megaset is a must-have for fans!
Get ready fellow fans of the Bayside crew, the ultimate ‘Saved by the Bell’ DVD collection is finally here. Now you can finally relive every unforgettable moment with your favorite blonde troublemaker Zack Morris, his goofy sidekick Screech and of course Kelly the love of his life, along with the rest of the gang. Relive such memorable events as their summer working on the beach, Jessie’s pill addiction, not to mention her evil stepbrother, plus Zack and Kelly’s first kiss, the moment Slater and Jessie decided to try dating each other, and a whole lot more. Every beloved Saved by the Bell moment from all three shows and both television movies is finally at your fingertips in one magnificent 16-disc DVD collection; it’s time to go back to school!
Shout! Factory’s new ‘Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection’ DVD box set is a definite treat for Saved by the Bell fans. As a huge fan of the show myself since watching it on Saturday mornings so many years ago it’s wonderful to finally be able to revisit every beloved moment with Zack and the crew starting with the junior year adventures from ‘Good Morning, Miss Bliss’ (which was reworked as Saved by the Bell for syndication despite its contradictions to the storyline) and through the gang’s four years at Bayside High, all the way into the short-lived but no less enjoyable ‘The College Years’ and of course the epic wedding event fans everywhere had been long-awaiting in the TV Movie ‘Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas’ (not to mention the amusing Hawaiian Style TV movie). And if that alone isn’t reason enough to be truly thrilled, this new box set also provides some noteworthy bonus content such as a Bonus Disc dedicated entirely to extras and even featuring some brand new bonus goodies created specifically for this release including a making of retrospective Documentary and more (see the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information). Altogether it should easily make this solid 16-disc DVD box set a must own for any fellow diehard fans of ‘Saved by the Bell’ who had been hoping to see the arrival of a collection just such as this for some time.
Overall, Shout! Factory’s new ‘Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection’ DVD set serves up a rather impressive 16-disc collection that finally compiles every ‘Saved by the Bell’ moment from ‘Good Morning’ Miss Bliss’ to ‘Saved by the Bell’ and on to ‘The College Years’; featuring all 118 episodes from all three shows, plus both TV Movies and all with generally solid standard definition video and audio presentations (especially for an older, low budget little show such as this). Add in some fun bonus content to boot including Documentaries, Audio Commentaries on select episodes and more and it all comes together to form one pretty great DVD box set that should truly thrill any fellow longtime fans of ‘Saved by the Bell’. Many of which will probably want to make a point of adding this definitive DVD collection of the show to your library whenever possible.
The DVD release of ‘Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection’ features a 4×3 presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio on every episode of regular series, along with every episode of ‘Good Morning, Miss Bliss’, ‘Saved By The Bell: The College Years’ and both TV Movies. The video presentations looks pretty great altogether, especially when considering the show’s lower budget and the age of the video sources. There is some interlacing, but if you make sure your player isn’t set to forced 24p playback it shouldn’t result in any problems and they provide sharp, clean and generally pleasing video presentations on every episode of all three shows, and of course on the TV movies, with no noteworthy faults to be found throughout. Overall, these are solid standard definition video presentations that should altogether satisfy fellow longtime fans of the series.
The DVD release includes a 192 kbps 2.0 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack on every episode of all three shows, as well as both television movies. These stereo soundtracks sound great and offer clean, sharp and smooth audio presentations on every episode of each show and both movies. They effortlessly balance the music, dialogue and other various audio elements and deliver more than adequate audio presentations across the board while making certain that no dialogue or other audio content ever becomes distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are consistently great and clean Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks that deliver in every way required of them and shouldn’t disappoint.
The DVD release of ‘Saved by the Bell: The Complete Collection’ includes some fun extras that fans should appreciate, and even a few brand new supplements created just for this release. Included on the set are ‘Audio Commentaries with members of the cast and crew’ on ten select episodes from the series, along with a Bonus Disc dedicated entirely to bonus content that features a number of enjoyable Documentaries and Featurettes looking back at the series and featuring interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus much more. They include the ‘Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved by the Bell‘ Retrospective Documentary (running approximately 52 minutes in length), along with ‘Bayside’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Saved by the Bell‘ (running approximately 5 minutes), ‘Saturday Morning: From Toons to Teens’ (approximately 10 minutes), ‘It’s Alright: Back to the Bell’ (17 minutes) and ‘The First of Its Class: From Sit-com to Icon’ (15 minutes). Also included on the bonus disc are 3 Photo Galleries; a ‘Saved by the Bell Photo Gallery’ along with Photo Galleries for the ‘Hawaiian Style’ and ‘Wedding In Vegas’ TV Movies. The release also includes a nice little booklet that features a full episode guide for the entire collection plus fun notes, facts and tidbits about the show.