Tomorrow Jem and the Holograms hit the shelves in two DVDs. There is the Season one DVD with all 26 season 1 episodes and then there is the Truly Outrageous complete series set of DVDs with all 65 of the episodes of the series. I was given the season one set to review and Eva and I watched a couple of episodes together.
Jem was one of those shows that came out around the time when the Transformers and G.I. Joe were on the air. In fact they were a Hasbro product and the creation of the series was a collaboration of Hasbro, Marvel productions and Sunbow, the same team that did Transformers and G.I. Joe. So, yeah, I watched it. I always had a thing for Jerrica Benton’s little sister Kimber, the redhead keyboardist and songwriter of the band, the Holograms.
While the series was pretty formulaic in that the main issue each week was Jem/Jerrica Benton trying to keep anyone from finding out her secret while still running Starlight House and fighting to protect Starlight Music from the baddie, Eric Raymond and his band, The Misfits. Jem and her band would be doing something fabulous and then the Misfits would try to give them trouble. This was the overall theme for most of the series and then another band was introduced with a singer who had his eyes on Jem.
The series was fun, filled with music and had many cliffhanger type episodes. What I enjoyed was that the series had a true origin story beginning where we learn about all the characters and their motivations. It was a well put together show and it doing well in re-runs on the Hasbro channel, The Hub. A whole new generation of kids will get to see the Truly Outrageous life of Jem and the Holograms.
Here are some coloring pages so you can make your own Truly Outrageous Jem outfits.
The DVDs come out tomorrow and here is a press release with more info about them.
JEM and The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series!
Packed with All 65 Original Episodes and All-New Special Bonus Content to be available in a Collectible 11-DVD Box Set
ROCKIN’ ONTO HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES EVERYWHERE OCTOBER 11, 2011 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
JEM and The Holograms: Season One 4-DVD Set will be available to own on the same day!
America’s best-loved and truly outrageous animated pop star was Jem from the memorable 80’s pop culture series JEM and The Holograms. Best known for her iconic pink hair, star shape earrings, rousing musical numbers and trend setting fashion, Jem knew how to rock her glamour, glitter, fashion and fame and influenced a generation of viewers who grew up watching this animated series.
On October 11, 2011, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Inc., will release the long-awaited JEM and The Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series! 11-DVD box set, sparkling with all the episodes in the order they were intended and an exclusive extra DVD packed with bonus features, including archival material rarely seen by fans! Poised to present a hard-to-refuse offer for loyal fans, this uncompromising 11-DVD box set is collected in a specially designed box and will be made available in stores nationwide. Also available to own on the same day is the single season DVD debut of JEM and The Holograms: Season One in a 4-DVD box set.
The series “JEM and The Holograms” ran from 1985-’88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It is frequently credited with influencing fashion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launching the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups. The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to transform from co-owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem. Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jem sets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protégés.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the season one DVDs to review. My experience with Jem and the Holograms are 100% my own. My opinions of the series are as well and yes I did have a crush on Kimber.
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