Paramount Studios presents
Blue's Clues: Classic Clues (2003)
"We are gonna play Blue's Clues,'cause it's a really great game!"- Steve (Steven Burns)
Stars: Steven Burns
Director: Bruce Caines, Alan Zdinak
MPAA Rating: Not RatedRun Time: 01h:36m:41s
Release Date: 2004-01-27
DVD ReviewIt's always nice to make new friends, but nobody knows you quite like your old ones. If the little kids in your house are already prepared to start reminiscing about the old days, they can do so with this disc—what's "classic" about these episodes of Blue's Clues is that they feature our buddy Steve, before he went off to college and passed the baton to his little brother Joe.
The formula is tried and true by now: we and Steve are hunting for three clues, marked by paw prints, and then we've got to use them to figure out the secret. Class is in session in the first episode, as our favorite canine is playing teacher at Blue's School—where will the school bus be taking the whole gang later today? Play along and find out. Next, all the old games and toys seem a little tiresome, so imagination is the order of the day for Something to Do Blue—the order is a little odd on the disc here, actually, as the second episode would lead more logically into the first. Also in these two, you'll see some intimations of Steve and college, no doubt in an effort to alleviate little kids' separation anxiety.
The second two installments are labeled "bonus episodes," but they're pretty much more of the same. It's poetry hour in the first of these, Rhyme Time, as Blue, Steve and the rest of the crew try their hand at some pre-school doggerel, with great success. There's a looser vibe in this episode than in some others; only the most rigid little kids are likely to object to this. Finally, Steve gets his Señor Wences on in Puppets—he's sporting a handsome sock puppet conveniently named Sock Puppet, and he encourages us to play along, even if our hands are sockless, by creating a hand puppet called Handy.
In all, these are just what we've come to expect from the gang at Blue's Clues, and the junior detective squad members in your home won't be disappointed.
Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B+
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Image Transfer Review: Colors are saturated and brassy, and the transfer is a clean one.
Image Transfer Grade: B
Audio Transfer Review: Some of the audio edits are a little too blatant—you can hear old bits of music track being laid down, and the ambient noise level tends to jump around. But it's all perfectly clear.
Audio Transfer Grade: B-
Disc ExtrasStatic menu
Scene Access with 4 cues and remote access
4 Other Trailer(s) featuring Rugrats Go Wild, Dora's Private Adventure, Jimmy Neutron: Sea of Trouble, Charlotte's Web 2
- Blue's Poetry Class game (see below)
Extras Grade: C
Final CommentsMake new friends, and keep the old—Joe is silver and Steve is gold.
Jon Danziger 2004-01-29