Series Created by Jok R. Church, based on the newspaper feature “You Can With Beakman and Jax”
Starring Paul Zaloom, Mark Ritts, Eliza Schneider, Alanna Ubach, Senta Moses, and the voices of Alan Barzman and Bert Berdis
Released by: Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment
Rating: NR (suitable for all audiences)
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: If you’ve got kids, own it…
A little over ten years ago, a television show called Beakman’s World made its debut on American television. The idea was to answer science questions that kids sometimes have about stuff they see in their every day life. It used a series of simple science experiments that kids could also do at home to accomplish this. The format consisted of the zany Beakman (Zaloom) answering said questions with the help of his lab assistants Lester the rat (Ritts) and, in the case of this DVD, Josie (Ubach).
Speaking of special features, there really aren’t any. When you first look at the menu, it looks like there might be, but the item labeled “The Experiments” turned out to be nothing more than a scene selections menu that allows you to jump specifically to the experiment of your choice. The other thing that became obvious was that they just dumped (remastered) a VHS version of this collection of Beakman’s experiments onto a DVD. The first little tidbit of information that Beakman passes on to us is exactly what length of tape there is inside the VHS tape that we are watching right now. I couldn’t help but laugh. All in all, this collection of experiments last a little over an hour.
So, if you have never seen the show, of if you’ve got kids, you might want to pick this one up.