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Sesame Street Old School Volume 2 [DVD]
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2009
My daughter absolutely loves this DVD and at 23 months she now just as obsessed with Sesame Street as I was at 10! We watch it almost daily and the fact that it's from the 70s doesn't distract from the learning. The best thing as a parent is that fun you can have at comparing childhood in the 70s with nowadays and it's always fun to point out what you can't do now due to health and safety risks - look out for the children playing with old pieces of metal and the playground with no padding on the ground! I would recommend this DVD over and over - and I have!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2009
Old School Sesame Street Vol. 2 is a great purchase if you grew up with the show. These were really some of the best years of the show where it was really hitting its stride. The disks contain around 5 complete episodes and a series of highlights from other shows also. You only wish they could issue more episodes from these years as only 5 episodes leaves you wanting more. There are however some great numbers from Bob, Luis, and all the muppets of course. Best of all, it's an elmo-free zone and Mr. Hopper isn't dead yet!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2010
This is absolutely fantastic. I bought it for my son's second birthday and he loves it. Although it comes with a disclaimer explaining that it is not suitable for today's children - I think it couldn't be more suitable. Having watched it just a few times he has learned to count to 12 and now recongnises some letters and has grasped the concept of letters in general to the point where he can spot his own name written down.

I bought it as I thought that he would like it but my husband and I actually enjoy watching it with him - it is so well researched and well made.

I don't like my son watching television very often but, having said that, this is one of the best things we have bought for him.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2009
Purchased Vols 1 and 2 of the old school which covers 1969-1974 and 1974-1979. The educational aspects of the episodes are more engaging that the newer Semsame Street productions. They focus almost exclusively on practical concepts, numbers, letters and spacial arrangements with humor rather than folding in death, divorce and other odd (and not necessarily normal for a young child and possibly even inappropriate) concepts in newer Sesame Street. They are also extremely joyful and optimistic. If Sesame Street would produce proper and complete early season box sets - rather than just the 5 premier episodes with bonus material, we would certainly buy it. The Workshop should utilise their archives to release complete season sets; they would make a fortune. Without having complete episode sets, Vols 1 and 2 will have to do - they are fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2010
This was bought for my child's second birthday. The first time I played it she wasn't interested in it. Understandable, as it is very different from today's CBeebies programmes but before long it became something she asked for everyday and total silence from her whilst it played. It actually got to the point where I had to hide it, as I couldn't face seeing it again ;-)

But it wasn't long before it came out again as she adores it. She's now had it for 6 months and is still never bored of watching it. There are bonus features from series 6 and 7 and ways to access their favourite bits of the episodes too. It has taught her numbers and the alphabet already, without help from me!

It has a caveat at the beginning saying that it is intended for adult viewing and may not suit the needs of today's pre-school child. What total nonsense!

I really would recommend this, it makes my daughter and now my son who is 13 months mesmerized! I really hope they release more of the old Sesame Street, as it would be something I would purchase without hesitation for my children and of course it makes me smile too as I remember it as a child myself.

Enjoy
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2010
The episodes are everything I remember as a child, although the dvds are put together in a bit of a confusing way. There are 3 dvds in the package, but the episodes on them are not placed in any particular order. It becomes slightly confusing because there are 2 episodes per dvd, plus some bonus features. The content is there, but it is confusing to find it, and I find myself repeating dvds because they are just labelled 1, 2 and 3, and not by episodes, or months or any other category. There's 7 hrs. of playing time on all the cds, but looked at as a whole, it doesn't seem to be all that much.
There should be a booklet in the dvd pack with a list of skits in order of their appearance, including which episodes are on which dvd. The way you receive the dvds, you don't know what's on each dvd, and then when my kids ask for a certain skit from a certain episode, I have NO IDEA where it is.
The sound quality is good, as is the picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2010
I'm a Muppet Fan from the first hour. Okay, not from the very first hour, but I think since 1979. I thought I'd seen everything from Sesame Street respectively the Muppets, I was disabused. If you're a Muppet Fan as well and you like Ernie, Bert, Bibo and the very funny Grover, is this the right choice to take you on a Trip into the Past. The Quality from Old School (Volume 1 or 2) is not the Best, but hey, in 1969 - 74 there was no 3D SuperAvatarTransformersHighDef. This is a DVD where the old guys can revel in ancient times and for the young one's there is a lot to learn without getting bored.

buy recommendation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2011
These DVD's are a real trip down memory lane for parents, but also fantastically educational for today's children. The dvd's have a disclaimer to say they are not relevant for today's pre-schoolers, but this is nonsense. They are wonderful and teach children basic literacy and numeracy in a fun and non-patronising way, unlike many 'modern' programmes. My son is 3 and loves watching these dvd's, and the characters really appeal to him, in the same way that they did to thousands of children a generation ago.
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on 3 February 2012
My two year old daughter calls this collection the Cookie Monster disc, even though Cookie Monster appears very rarely.
I was never a great Sesame Street fan, perhaps I was too old for it, and discovering it now, it seems very dated - the clothes, the animations, the scenarios, the songs, BUT, the content is ideal for my daughter. English being her second language (and American English her third) the 'learn by seeing and hearing' method is working for her. She is learning her alphabet and counting songs.
There are also some live action video clips that should be archived - the kids at the farm; the backwoods hicks who get together and in a few hours have built a log cabin, from cutting down the trees, using horses to draw them to the site, and splitting logs to make roofing shingles; and the postman who rides his horse 18 miles three times a week to deliver mail to remote homesteads (I wonder if any of that still exists in the US).
Dated, but still current.
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on 9 April 2014
I brought this for my two toddler sons as I had fond memories of sesame street - the disclaimer at the start of the DVD states that this is not educational and aimed for those seeking nostalgic viewing. Totally agree as my two sons did not really find it inspiring and though the puppets drew their attention; far too brief and more 'talky talky' with the 'adult residence' in the programme. Maybe as my sons get slightly older (they are under 3) they may appreciate the themes more.
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