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|The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series|
Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), wisecracking co-workers and nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all ... more »
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The TV-On-DVD Boxed Set To End All Boxed Sets!
David Von Pein | Mooresville, Indiana; USA | 03/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for a super-sensational, tantalizingly-terrific, and spectacularly-massive DVD set containing some of the greatest comedy moments in TV history, then look no further than this colossal 25-Disc DVD set containing every last episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", the multiple Emmy Award-winning CBS-TV comedy series which ran from 1961 to 1966.
This Complete-Series mega DVD collection houses all five seasons of the very funny and perpetually-entertaining Van Dyke Show, encompassing 158 total episodes, all restored and remastered by Image Entertainment and Paul Brownstein Productions, with each episode exhibiting darn-near perfect video and audio quality. And every single episode is complete and unedited. Not a single second of any show has been cut out. Average running time per episode is a shade more than 25 minutes.
All 158 shows have been bundled together here to form one gigantic and money-saving 'Complete-Series' collection. Each of the twenty-five discs gets its own individual "ThinPak" (slimline) plastic case. Each case has unique and nicely-designed cover art (featuring a different publicity still photograph on every one of the 25 cases). Additional photos grace the back cover of each case, as well as more Van Dyke Show pictures (and a complete "Scene Selections" list for each of that platter's 6 or 7 episodes) on the inside of every case. (These plastic cases are the "clear" type, so you can read the "Scene" listing on the inside front covers right through the plastic.)
The back of each of these slim cases provides quick at-your-fingertips info about each show on that disc -- such as: Full episode titles; Film dates; Original CBS-TV air dates; Brief episode descriptions; Plus some crew credits ("Written by" and "Directed by" notations). The 158 episodes are arranged here by "Production" (or "Film Date") order, instead of an "Air Date" chronology.*
* = With one (very wise) exception being Episodes 157 and 158. "The Gunslinger" was actually the last (158th) Van Dyke episode to be filmed; with "The Last Chapter" being the final episode that was aired, in June 1966. So, for proper continuity sake, Image Entertainment has flipped the order of these two episodes on the last disc of Season #5 -- with "The Last Chapter" being presented as the final show of the series.
More Packaging Notes -- The 25 individually-cased discs in this Mega-Set are placed side-by-side inside a large outer "slipcase" box.
Image Entertainment distributed five separate season-by-season "Dick Van Dyke Show" DVD boxed sets in 2003 and 2004, with each of those five sets featuring a 5-Disc slipcase box. However, those individual seasonal slipcases from each of the previously-released Van Dyke seasons are NOT included in this Mega-Set.
Many, many supplemental bonus features are also included on these twenty-five Digital Discs, including: Audio Commentary tracks for many episodes, along with cast interviews, original TV commercials, Emmy Award snippets, documentaries, featurettes, photo galleries, behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, Easter Eggs, trivia games, CBS-TV promos, and gobs of other little interesting extra tidbits besides! A 12-page booklet, packed with interesting info about the series, is also a part of this Dick Van Dyke Show bonanza too.
There are even full-length TV-show bonuses included on selected discs, including a complete episode of "The Danny Thomas Show" (which has Van Dyke Show character "Buddy Sorrell" popping up).
Other complete TV-show extras include the original "Pilot" episode for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (called "Head Of The Family"); plus a full-length 46-minute CBS-TV documentary made in the mid-1990s ("The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered"); and an absolutely-outstanding and ultra-fun-to-watch TV game show entitled "Stump The Stars" (aka: "Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz"), which has several Van Dyke Show cast members playing a lively charades game. Great, great fun!
If you want to know the full details regarding each and every little bonus extra you can expect to find on these 25 discs, you can seek out my extensive reviews for each of the separate Van Dyke Show boxed sets here at Amazon.com. If you type in "VAN DYKE SHOW SEASON" while searching under "DVDs" here at Amazon, you'll get a convenient and handy search result that places links to all five of the Van Dyke seasonal sets on just one webpage for easy reference.
Pull out any one of these 25 discs and you'll have some great shows, including all of Rob Petrie's inimitable physical comedy bits -- not to mention Dick Van Dyke's unsurpassed ability to act out a "one-way telephone conversation" (which always amazes me when I see him do this -- and there are many such "telephone" moments during the series). Then, too, via this amazing boxed set, you'll also get every one of Laura Petrie's (Mary Tyler Moore) "crying jags", plus all the standout "Rob & Laura dancing and singing" scenes. And don't forget about all those "Buddy insults Mel" gags (which must number in the hundreds over the course of the series).
Just suffice it to say that I love this television program. .... Its humor is timeless. The characters seem "real" and "non-phony". And the writing is remarkable. And you'll be able to see why when you pop in any of these wonderfully-restored Digital Versatile Discs.
"THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES" DVD collection is, without fear of argument, a "complete treasure"."
The Dick Van Dyke Show was to prime-time television ...
J. Lund | SoCal, USA | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"... what the Beatles were to pop music! Already available on DVD as separate seasons, this boxed set puts the entire 158 episodes under one roof. It's no exaggeration to state that THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW came as close to perfection as situation comedies could be. Any way that you want to look at it, this show was state-of-the-art! The cast was brilliant without exception, from the Petrie family (Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Larry Mathews) to Rob's co-workers (Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, Richard Deacon), their neighbors, and a who's-who of guest stars (Don Rickles, Greg Morris, Jerry Van Dyke, etc.) who contributed to the humor without upstaging the regulars.
Not to mention Carl Reiner, who not only was effective on-screen but very creative behind-the-scenes. He merely invented the show, for one. In fact, another ingredient that places the show on a pedestal is the quality of the writing. Amazingly, there is a consistency over the thirty-plus episodes (multiplied by five years) that makes me hard-pressed to think of even one subpar show in this series ("The Twizzle," maybe?). Sure, some shows stand out: the walnut episode, Alan Brady's wig disclosure by Laura, the "wrong baby" episode, and so on. Yet every show is a delight to watch again and again. The humor is genuinely witty and most of the topics are still relevant even today. In fact, I sometimes think that watching the way Rob and Laura realistically dealt with a wide range of human emotions (jealousy, etc.) and marital situations (misunderstandings, etc.) was probably an effective early form of marital counseling for many viewers.
Yes, the show is of its time: you'll find yourself dropped right in the center of the early-1960s, right on the brink of changing attitudes regarding gender, race, marriage, etc. Rob and Laura slept in separate beds? Yeah, right. Not to mention Laura wore the capri pants in the family. Yet the show's overall vision elevated it to timeless status. The series' style may be dated to the era in which it was created, but the substance remains relevant and laugh-at-loud funny even four decades after their original broadcasts. Other reviewers have remarked on all of the DVD extras, great video quality, etc. All of that is important, but the bottom line is the greatness of the show itself. It seems as if every t.v. show that ever existed is being reissued on DVD, moreso than anyone could possibly have time to watch. You'll want to make time for THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, though!"
Janet Boyer | Pennsylvania | 03/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I was too young to see the Dick Van Dyke Show when it aired originally, I've enjoyed the re-runs on satellite TV for years.
I bought a few of the "best of" DVD's from a department store and, much to my surprise, my 7 year old son loves the show, too! So when I saw the complete series out on DVD, I immediately put it on my Amazon WishList.
Once our tax refund came in, guess what I purchased?
My son and I LOVE this box set! There are 5 seasons, and each season has 5 discs which are in their own slim case (157 episodes in all). Each case features 6 or 7 episodes that are color coded. All the Disc 1's are blue/green, all of Disc 2's are red, all of Disc 3's are dark blue, etc. A black and white scene from one of the episodes are on the front of each case, as well. There's also a neat holographic insert that comes with the series.
I happened to see an episode on TV the other day, and what struck me was how much better the quality of the DVD's are! They really cleaned up the episodes for the DVD box set. I could tell a bit of fuzziness on the TV version.
Each episode is numbered and titled with original film/air dates and a brief synopsis...making it easy to find your favorite episodes. Although I haven't finished watching them all yet, my favorite is the one with Dick Van Dyke's real life brother...who plays Rob's brother Stacy in several episodes. The sleepwalking ones with the banjo are HILARIOUS. To this day, when I see them, I laugh so hard I cry!
Other great features are different vignettes, interviews and behind-the-scenes moments--such as Dick Van Dyke singing the theme song (you didn't know there were words to the song, did ya?), an interview with Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore about "the good ol' days", and other intersting show elements. (It was wild to see "Millie" as an older woman talking about the show...still having that whiny voice!)
Highly recommended if you're a fan of the show!"
I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
Patricia Cordes | cincinnati, oh | 01/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A classic, an absolute clssic ... it stands the test of time because it is a relevant 45 years later. A little dated in spots but who cares? Television of this calibre pratically doesn't exist anymore.
My husband and I, and our families, first watched Dick Van Dyke and company when it was on network television in the 60's. Believe me, my husband bears a striking resemblnce to Van Dyke with all the wonderful character traits of Robert Simpson Petrie included. (It took a while to find him, but I knew I was on the right track when he said he loved TDVDS, too. And he's a writer!!) We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Carl Reiner, his genius, and his beloved wife Estelle, for modelling a really good marriage. Forty years later we're still following the example. As we rewatch these gems we are amazed at how many of the mannerism and traits have become our own.
Catch phrases like "keys and parrots" and "I do? I don't?" and "He looked like Danny Thomas" and "Oh, Rob" were enough to start a giggle, then a full blown discussion of the show in question. We even had a dog who could have been "Horrible's" sister.
For an interesting read about "behind the scenes," reference "The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book" by Vince Waldron. It's full of all sorts of goodies like the fact that Laura (MTM) really did make that pool shot in "Hustling the Hustler" and it was only through the cast's professionalism that they kept in character so the shot could be used.
I could write on forever about this set but if you surfing here, you must already be a fan. Go ahead and spend the money ... it'd worth every single penny! Now, bring on the entire "Frasier." We'll buy that, too"