HERE, at this post, I discussed my unexpected enjoyment of the first three episodes of the 1972 Hanna-Barbera animated series THE ROMAN HOLIDAYS on Warner Archives DVD.
That continued into episode four, “Hero Sandwiched”, the plot of which could easily have passed muster as a FLINTSTONES or a JETSONS. Gus Holiday becomes an “accidental hero”, and lets it go way-too-far to his head. Loved the news headline of his meeting with the emperor: “Nero Meets Hero”!
|Brutus is having fun too! "Laugh! Laugh! Guffaw, even!"|
The fun continued into episode five, “Switch is Which”, in which the usual “sit-comedy-of-errors” finds Gus and wife Laurie forced to switch places in order to land a demanding client for Gus’ boss “Mr. Tycoonius”.
We’re moving right along, hitting all the familiar beats such a plot would offer, when Gus says something to daughter Precotia that would require a humorous pause before continuing. Pause-performing Precotia plays her part perfectly, momentarily freezing in place but for an eye-blink or two for effect...
…And REMAINS FROZEN!
Normally, I tend to take that last hour-or-so in the evening, after the wife has gone to bed, to enjoy something on DVD, on the big-screen living room TV, as a wind-down before retiring. And, this night’s wind-down were these two episodes of THE ROMAN HOLIDAYS.
Now, what this means is that I was TIRED at this point, and didn’t fully realize what had happened.
Sure, Precotia had done “the humorous pause thing” – a sure fire laugh getter since Jack Benny, who probably stole it from the REAL Romans – but, through that delightful haze that signals the onset of sleepy-time, I momentarily failed to realize that the disc had FROZEN.
|Could "Mister Freeze" be responsible for this?|
And, that it had frozen in such a perfect spot – after the completion of a line of dialogue, and DURING the “pause reaction” that was expected to follow – that the disc-freeze failed to register perceptively, as quickly as it might otherwise have.
|MOVE, darn ya, MOVE!|
As I stared at the screen waiting for the action to resume, my ACTUAL thought-reaction was:
"I know this is a seventies-era Hanna-Barbera cartoon, but shouldn’t SOMEONE have MOVED by now?!”
THEN, it kicked-in! I ejected the disc and retried it twice more before reaching the unpleasant conclusion that I’d have to return the ROMAN HOLIDAYS set for a replacement.
|Okay! Something's WRONG, here!|
And so, for THE ROMAN HOLIDAYS, “all roads lead [back] to Amazom.com-icus”. But, before sending Gus and the gang on their (Appian) way, since the issue was with Disc One, I binge-watched Disc Two!
As Disc Two exhibited no issues, I will simply KEEP my present copy of that disc, and send the defective Disc One back with an unwatched Disc Two. …No sense risking additional issues with a completely “unwatched” replacement set.
After all, as THIS POST shows, the replacement isn’t always better than the original!
|Okay, Okay, Precotia... We get the gag! Now, cut it out!|
Anyone else do that, when returning a set with one defective disc? Share that, and any other defective DVD stories you may have, with us in our Comments Section, and make me feel better about my delayed (Roman) Holiday!
Or, as Brutus the Lion would say: “Whimper! Whimper! Sob! Sob!”
...Uh-Oh! She's back again!
No, Really! Stop! It's starting to get CREEPY, now!
Go away! Your empire fell! You're dust!
LEAVE ME ALONE! ...YAAAAAAAH!