Bakula's 'Quantum Leap' Released On DVDBy Christian
June 13, 2004 - 10:49 AM
The conclusion to "Zero Hour" may not air until September, but fans desperate to see more of Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer) dabbling in time travel now have another option: the Quantum Leap DVD release.
Universal this week released a box set containing all eight episodes from Quantum Leap's first season, which aired in 1989 and immediately turned Bakula into a star. Bakula revisited the series for this DVD release, as he recorded a personal introduction for each episode, and was interviewed along with co-star Dean Stockwell and creator Donald Bellasario for a new featurette looking back on the first season.
For many reviewers this featurette, entitled A Kiss With History: Remembering Quantum Leap, was the highlight of the set. "All three men fondly remember the show, and discuss its growth over the first season," wrote Jason Perez at the Home Theater Forum. "They also discuss the massive amount of preparation Scott Bakula had to do for each episode (which is something I never gave any thought to), since he was doing something vastly different every week."
Over at TVShowsOnDVD.com, reviewer Gord Lacey commented favourably on the DVD set's visuals. "I think Universal does a fairly nice job with their TV transfers, and Quantum Leap looks really nice. The episodes contain some specs of dust here and there; some scenes being worse than others, but they look good for the most part. Some episodes, such as the pilot, feature stock footage which is noticeably poorer quality and stands out like a sore thumb. There's the occasional line down the frame in a scene, or a slight flicker to the picture, but these are few and far between."
Another review appeared at DVD Talk, where reviewer went into great detail describing each episode on the set, and ending up highly recommending the DVD release. "Quantum Leap: Season One was only a partial season but it introduced the world to some great characters (Sam and Al’s exploits were always good for a laugh) and a scenario that allowed for a number of socially relevant issues to be intelligently handled. I expect future seasons to be even better; I’m just hoping to see more extras that fully utilize the DVD format to its fullest extent."
The Quantum Leap DVD set is now available at Amazon for $44.99, 25% off the list price.