Ed, Edd n Eddy tells the story of three best friends, who band together to tackle life’s most daunting challenge – puberty. Though they have the same first name and live on the same cul-de-sac in the suburbs, the three youths have very different personalities, which contribute to the confusion, contradiction and just plain awkwardness that defines growing up.
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Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Complete Series comes to DVD in a 10-Disc set with a 480p transfer that is passable in lieu of an HD option. The animation style is one of the unique aspects of the series, and the pulsating line detail leads to some expected blurring along edges. These discs lack the definition that a Blu-Ray would provide, but it does avoid an abundance of digital anomalies such as overwhelming artifacting and digital noise. This is a show replete with vivid colors throughout most of the run, but it cannot match the vividness a high definition presentation affords. The discs could use deeper black levels as the image is not completely free of crush. Since we will probably be waiting forever for a high definition release, this DVD set gets the job done well enough to satisfy.
This release boasts a Dolby Digital 2.0 track that never truly wows, but thankfully never turns into a major mess. Dialogue is rendered clearly with no issues of clipping during more active moments. There is a fair amount of weight in the featured channels during the chaos of certain outlandish situations, but this is not a show known for being an action showcase. The music is showcased with a pleasing fidelity and clarity. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has done a fine job with this audio track considering the limitations of the format. There are English, French and Spanish subtitles provided for the first two seasons, and English SDH for the final three seasons.
- How To Make An Ed, Edd n Eddy Cartoon: A humorous nearly four-minute piece which shows how a story goes from idea to fully fleshed out cartoon.
- Interview with the Creator: A nearly three-minute interview with Danny Antonucci in which he discusses the design of the show, the influences on the characters, the elements of his personality that are in each character and more.
- 28 Days Later: A 30-second parody featuring characters from the Cartoon Network universe.
- How To Draw Eddy: A five-minute tutorial on how to draw Eddy.
- Crybaby: A minute-long collection of Jimmy being more than a bit vulnerable.
- Behind The Ed’s with the Show Creator: A ten-minute featurette which takes a look at the development of character movement, the line movement in their animation, the theme song, the varied colors of the tongues, advice for young animators and more.
- I’m Not Coming In Today: A pretty cool two-minute kind-of music video with the gang.
- Ed’s Origami: An 18-second origami promo for the show.
- Draw Ed: A nearly four-minute tutorial on how to draw Ed.
- The Good The Bad & The Ugly: A minute-long water fight showdown
Ed, Edd n Eddy is one of the more underappreciated gems from the transitional state between the late ‘90s and early aughts. The show had a wicked cleverness and manic energy which adults could truly enjoy right alongside the youngest audience members. The show did not have the longevity of some of its peers, but the quality remained very high over the five wonderful seasons we had it in our lives. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided a DVD set with an agreeable A/V presentation that should please fans, not to mention a few legacy special features. With the inconsistent nature of how these seasons were initially dispatched on DVD, it is a blessing to finally have the entire run in one package. Recommended
Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Complete Series is currently available to purchase on DVD.
Note: Images presented in this review are not reflective of the image quality of the DVD.
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has supplied a copy of this disc free of charge for review purposes. All opinions in this review are the honest reactions of the author.
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