Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 25th, 2008
I was just a kid when Laverne and Shirley became a successful spinoff from Happy Days in the 1970’s, and while I remember that it was on often in our home I could not have recited any episodes from memory. Like most of my generation, I remembered the enigmatic opening rhyme from the show’s opening segment, and like most kids then I couldn’t pronounce it and still can’t; don’t even ask me to spell it here. The Cyndi Grecco saccharine ballad was a hit for a while, playing far too often during the summer pool months.
Laverne and Shirley began on Happy Days as dates occasionally for Richie and Fonzie. They were both bottle cappers at the Shotz Beer Brewery in
As I watched this fourth season, I couldn’t find one episode I recognized. There were some nice comedic moments in this release, however. I actually really enjoyed the season opening 2 parter, The Festival. Perhaps it’s because the show moved away from its stale environments and hit the road for an Italian festival in
Each episode of Laverne and Shirley is presented in its original full frame broadcast format. There’s a lot of wear evident in these prints. You won’t need to look far to find grain. Colors are a bit soft. It’s an old print, and not a lot of money was invested in any kind of restoration. What you get looks pretty much on par with the broadcast results, if you had had digital cable back then.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track is basically there to service the dialog, and it does. I didn’t catch any distortion, and again my expectations for this sort of thing are low to begin with. There’s nothing in the audio that will take away from your enjoyment of the shows.
Laverne and Shirley is OK nostalgic candy, but like any sweet, it doesn’t take very long before you’ve had your fill and suddenly it doesn’t taste that good anymore. The series hasn’t aged well and seems out of step today. If you’re just curious, there really isn’t anything here to warrant spending the money. If you have better memories of the series, you might want to consider buying and finding out if your memories match what comes out of your DVD player. “Plug that sucker in and see what it looks like.”