Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series [Blu-Ray]
Cast: Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick (VOICES)
Release Date: June 11, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
TV’s first animated action-adventure series is about to take you on a breathless ride. All 26 episodes charting the fantastic exploits of brave and brainy 11-year-old Jonathan Quest are yours in a 3-disc set, as originally first broadcast in prime-time on ABC-TV during the 1964-65 season. Unlike the outrageous fantasy plots of cartoons that preceded it, Jonny Quest drew on science and detective-style logic to solve mysteries and apprehend sophisticated villains. Viewers were transported to exotic locales as Jonny’s dad, Dr. Benton Quest, tackled each new government assignment, aided by ex-agent “Race” Bannon, Indian boy Hadji, family bulldog Bandit… and, of course, his fearless son Jonny.
Get ready to relive the beloved adventures of the Quest family like never before with ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ on Blu-ray from Warner Archive Collection. Join our star, young Jonny Quest, along with his brilliant father Dr. Benton Quest and accompanied by dedicated bodyguard ‘Race’ Bannon, loyal friend Hadji and their dog Bandit as they set off on a series of thrilling adventures across the globe. Helping wherever needed, while fighting off devious plots from criminal locals to such notable villains as the diabolical Dr. Zin, but always looking out for one another as well as the innocent and having their share of fun and laughs along the way. Now, you can relive all 26 episodes from the original series with their original broadcast presentations restored and on Blu-ray for the first time ever in this new 3-disc collection.
‘Jonny Quest’ has always been a fairly popular character and fan favorite series throughout the years, and his appeal and fan base only seem to expand, with the series remaining a Hanna-Barbera favorite in many opinions due to its unique style, adventurous fun and lovable characters. While only receiving a single season during its initial broadcast run, its effect and appeal has certainly been timeless. Now, the series not only arrives home on Blu-ray with all 26 classic episodes in glorious high definition for the first time ever courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection, it also comes restored from the original broadcast versions and featuring the original unedited dialogue many have long been hoping would one day become available. The rear artwork of the release even includes the accompanying notice “Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series is Presented as Originally Aired. It is Intended for the Adult Collector and May Not Be Suitable for Children”. While some sites still claim to have found little tidbits that didn’t port over correctly, the result is still a treat in itself altogether, with the high definition video and audio presentations offering spectacular quality on each episode that look and sound better than most had probably ever hoped to see, accompanied by the pops, lines and other welcome elements of its source material and all. Any diehard Jonny Quest fans will probably want to at least strongly consider purchasing a copy of this noteworthy 3-disc Blu-ray collection if they haven’t already done so. It’s a rather wonderful release that should thrill the dedicated fans of this unforgettable animated classic.
Overall, Warner Archive Collection’s 3-disc ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ Blu-ray set brings home all 26 episodes from the show’s iconic original series, and with every episode remastered from the original broadcast editions and uncensored for the first time in ages. If all of that wasn’t enough, the series’ Blu-ray debut also brings every episode home with magnificent high definition video and audio presentations that do justice to the source broadcasts, complete with grain, pops and other welcome artifacts representative of the source material. This 3-disc ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ Blu-ray release from Warner Archive is definitely highly recommended for fans of the classic animated series. It’s an impressive little collection that doesn’t disappoint and will probably be a must own for any diehard Quest fanatics that haven’t already secured their copy.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation on all 26 episodes from new HD masters of the Original Broadcast Airings and utilizing the show’s original 1.33:1 4×3 Aspect Ratio. The video presentations looks magnificent as a whole and provide vividly colored and richly detailed presentations that are smooth and sharp, yet still retain plenty of the grain, pops and other welcome artifacts representative of its age and source material; holding up without issue on every episode and suffering no unexpected problems or faults throughout. Overall, these are wonderful high definition video presentations that look surprisingly great and should thrill fans of the series that have been anxiously awaiting its high definition debut.
The Blu-ray release includes a 2.0 dual mono DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 26 episodes of the original series, and as noted above are from new masters of the original broadcast airings and therefore featuring previously edited dialogue. These dual mono DTS-HD MA soundtracks deliver crisp, smooth and surprisingly clean audio presentations on every episode and with each taken from their original unedited broadcast editions. The soundtracks do an impressive job of balancing the music, dialogue, action effects and everything else and never allowing one element to contradict another. Overall, these are quite fantastic 2.0 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that deliver admirably across the board and should more than satisfy the show’s diehard fans.
Warner Archive’s Blu-ray release of ‘Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series’ includes a few fun extras, all of which can be found on the third disc. Included is ‘Jonny Quest Files: Fun Facts & Trivia’ which features popups and other fun info throughout the full ‘Double Danger’ episode of the series (running approximately 25 minutes), in addition to a retrospective look at the show and its impact in ‘Jonny Quest: Adventures in Animation’ (running approximately 15 minutes), along with the ‘Jonny Quest Video Handbook’ which features a look at characters, villains, gadgets and more from the show (approximately 17 minutes). A ‘P.F. Flyer Sneaker Commercial’ (1 minute) is also included.