As longtime readers of my blog might remember, way back in 2007, I wrote about an imminent release of Ruby Gloom on DVD in February 2008.
Well - I was only off by a year or so.
Two DVDs of Ruby Gloom are currently available from Amazon.ca: Grounded In Gloomsville and Misery Loves Company. These were released in March 2009.
There was a third title announced - Pet Population - but it appears to have been pulled at the last moment. Its original release date was June 2009.
I do have the two released discs, and they are great. 16:9 anamorphic widescreen, and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes.
Each disc contains four episodes. The first disc - Grounded In Gloomsville - has the first four episodes in order. The second disc has a more random selection of 4 episodes.
If you liked Beetlejuice (animated), Powerpuff Girls, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Pinky And The Brain, and/or Tim Burton movies, you'll dig these. The animated Beetlejuice is probably the closest match - Nelvana animated both Ruby Gloom and Beetlejuice.
Until this show gets released in the United States - whispers hint hint Nickelodeon - this is the best way to see them.
UPDATE 29-Feb-2012: Netflix has added all three seasons of Ruby Gloom to their streaming service. This is great news! However - you may still want to pick up the DVDs, since the Netflix versions are the 4x3 "square" format, and not the widescreen 16x9 of the DVDs. Also - the DVDs have 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, instead of the Netflix stereo.
UPDATE 04-Aug-2013: It looks like we're finally going to get a US DVD release of Ruby Gloom. Right now, Amazon.com has 6 titles available for pre-order with a release date of September 10th. There's not much details about the titles, but I'll link to them here: Gloommates, Grounded in Gloomsville, Tooth Or Dare, I Heart Rock & Roll, Welcome to Gloomsville, Happiest Girl in the World. Amazon is also listing Spanish editions of these six titles.
There aren't too many details on Amazon yet - just cover art and titles. There may be more details at the distributor's website: Phase 4 Films
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