Jem and the Holograms DVD Review
Several years ago, Jem and the Holograms was only available in volumes and for more than I was able to pay considering how many volumes were produced, and how much eat set cost. By the time I was considering purchasing it, they were out of print and used copies were selling for an exorbitant amount
As of October 11, 2011, Jem and the Holograms is once again available for purchase thanks to Shout! Factory in a shiny new set that contains all 65 original episodes, plus some “truly outrageous” bonus features! You can buy the 3 seasons separately, but at $56.99 on Amazon.com for the entire set, why not just buy the whole thing all at once?
I was only 3 when Jem and the Holograms was in its first season, but I remember knowing who Jem and her friends were (and the Misfits, of course) when I was in kindergarten. By that time, the series had already ended, but the dolls were still popular and two of the girls in my kindergarten class even had a Jem birthday party.
Most of my memories of Jem and the Holograms are of watching episodes out of order based on availability from Blockbuster Video. For the first time ever, I have been able to watch Jem and the Holograms in order, from Season 1 all the way to Season 3. It’s like I’m watching it for the very first time, because I only really remembered Jem/Jerrica, and her star earrings. (One of the Jem dolls had star earrings that lit up if you pressed a button somewhere on her.)
Jem and the Holograms is about Jerrica and Kimber Benton, whose father passed away and left them an extraordinary legacy. For years, he secretly developed a computer he named Synergy that was able to project holographic images. Using Synergy and controlling her via a pair of star earrings, Jerrica transforms herself into Jem, the lead singer of Jem and the Holograms, and puts together a girl rock band whose proceeds are used to fund the Starlight Mansion.
Jem and the Holograms get to travel all over the world to share their music, but another girl rock band named The Misfits always tries to ruin their shows or compete against them for awards. Their manager, Eric Raymond, also attempts numerous times to become the owner of Starlight Records. Meanwhile, Jerrica works super hard to keep her secret Jem identity from the world, and also from her boyfriend Rio, who also has feelings for Jem.
It was truly magical to watch Jem and the Holograms from beginning to end. The story lines are so adult, that it’s hard to even imagine that kids would be interested in watching it. There were even several episodes that had me bursting into tears because of how touching the stories were.
I love everything about this box set. The discs are designed to look like records and each season is a different color that relates to the series. The box is metallic and shimmery, and really stands out against the rest of my DVD collection.
It was also really cool to watch through the Bonus Features and put names and faces to the voices behind Jem/Jerrica, Pizazz, and Rio. In the interviews, they talk about what it was like to record the voices and form friendships with their fellow cast members. There is also some great interview footage with Jem’s creator, Christy Marx about how she came to work on the Jem project.
My favorite bonus feature had to be the Jem toy commercials, though. I only knew about some of the dolls and didn’t know that there was also the Roadster, a keyboard/stage/cassette player, and even a doll of Synergy herself.
If you’re a child of the 80’s, then this DVD set is definitely a must have!
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*