The Trap Door
Complete Collection

Starring: Willie Rushton (Voice)
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: U
Available 21 February 2005

Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions - where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, the overworked servant of The Thing Upstairs. But that's nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath The Trap Door. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out...

Oh dear! Oh dear! What have Universal done? They've released one of the best animated series of the '80s and done a truly, truly awful job in the process.

I, as I suspect all potential purchasers of this release, remember this series with great fondness. I bought the video many years ago and still watch it occasionally. With news that the entire collection (it only ran to two series) was to be released on DVD, I was quite looking forward to seeing what extras they were going to include.

Er... the answer is sod all! Not a featurette, an audio commentary - hell, not even subtitles for the hard of hearing... nothing. Oh, sorry... there is one extra. The opening titles to the show is included as an extra. Go figure!

Let me spell out to you why you should not waste your money on this release.

Firstly, the image quality is horrendous. I compared it to a VHS copy I own and I have to say there is very little difference. Universal obviously didn't go back to the original source material and produce a nice, crisp image. No, they appear to have transferred a VHS copy onto DVD. There are also plenty of scratches, dropout and all sorts of nasties lurking on the print used.

There is also no opening or end titles on any of the episodes. I can almost excuse them for not including them on every episode (although personally I would have preferred it if they had been included) but to not include it on the first episode is a little strange.

Then you have the option of watching all episodes or choosing which episode you watch... although that doesn't work either. If you decide to watch a single episode, you'll soon see that they are actually grouped into a collection of episodes. And the episode titles are not listed on this menu (They are simply labelled as 1-5, 6-10 etc.) so if you want to watch, for example Gourmet's Delight, there's no way of finding out which collection of episodes it is grouped in with.

But what really makes me angry is that Universal expect the unsuspecting public to stomp up £20 for this pile of rubbish.

This is such a shame, because produced properly (instead of being flung together in an afternoon) this release would have been fantastic. Classic episodes, classic animation, crap DVD. Go and find a video copy instead. Comedy god Willie Rushton will be turning in his grave.

Don't you purchase this DVD,
You're a fool if you do,
Stay away from this DVD,
Cos' it's a pile of poo!

Nick Smithson

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