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The Munsters - The Complete First Season
The Munsters - The Complete First Season
Actors: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick
Directors: Charles Barton, David Alexander, Earl Bellamy, Ezra Stone, Jerry Paris
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2004     16hr 6min

Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/22/2006

     

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Actors: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick
Directors: Charles Barton, David Alexander, Earl Bellamy, Ezra Stone, Jerry Paris
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Horror, Classics, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Classic TV
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 08/24/2004
Original Release Date: 09/24/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 09/24/1964
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 16hr 6min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Movie Reviews

The Munsters Are Coming To Get You!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 06/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I grew up on both the Munsters and the Addams Family, so I've always had much love for both shows, but when it came down to it, the Munsters was always my top pick. Maybe it was the collection of "monsters" within the family, or Marilyn, or the family's crazy hot rods the Munster Coupe & the Dragula from legendary customizer George Barris, or just the comfort zone of the corny one-liners and family-oriented atmosphere. In any case, the Munsters is definitely classic in every sense and now it's here on DVD!

The set's package design is somewhat inspired. The outer box opens "coffin-style" to reveal the disc-holding "digipack" inside, as the flipped-open box top has the table of contents on it with only the episodes plus the unaired pilot listed. The episodes are spread across 3 double-sided discs. Here's a list of the season 1 episodes:

The Munsters Unaired Pilot
Munster Masquerade
My Fair Munster
A Walk on the Mild Side
Rock-a-Bye Munster
Pike's Pique
Lo-Cal Munster
Tin Can Man
Herman the Great
Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie
Autumn Croakus
The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster
The Sleeping Cutie
The Munsters' Family Portrait
Grandpa Leaves Home
Herman's Rival
Grandpa's Call of the Wild
All-Star Munster
If a Martian Answers, Hang Up
Eddie's Nickname
Bats of a Feather
Don't Bank on Herman
Dance With Me, Herman
Follow That Munster
Love Locked Out
Come Back, Little Googie
Far Out Munsters
Munsters on the Move
Movie Star Munster
Herman the Rookie
Country Club Munsters
Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights
Mummy Munster
Lily Munster, Girl Model
Munster the Magnificent
Herman's Happy Valley
Hot Rod Herman
Herman's Raise
Yes, Galen, There Is a Herman (aka My Friend Herman)

38 episodes plus the unaired pilot, that's ALOT of Munsters!

"
Entertaining, Inspiring, Heartwarming and Educational
Laura De Giorgio | Canada | 01/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have purchased this set as a gift for a friend who was mentioning for the past several months how much he'd like seeing these episodes again. As I read some of the reviews posted here, I was concerned whether these DVDs will play properly and was delighted that the set I purchased through amazon.com played perfectly.

Having seen these episodes for the first time now (with my friend) I found the series both entertaining and heartwarming and was happy that the episodes are also geared toward instilling ethics and moral values. Whatever challenges the heroes of these episodes may be facing, they always act with integrity, and even though the main character - Herman Munster looks like Frankenstein and is rather clumsy, his good nature makes him a very lovable character. He is a wonderful example of what makes a human being worthy of love and respect, regardless of the physical appearance and whatever quirks one might have."
Finally The Munsters on DVD!
pestcomics | Long Island, New York USA | 08/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am overjoyed at the prospect of owning The Munsters - The Complete First Season. This series has been and probably always will be one of my all-time favorite television shows. I can still remember growing up watching the afternoon reruns on WPIX from New York.

The Munsters was created by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, the same team that brought Leave It To Beaver to television. Beaver was the quintessential American family sitcom of the late 50's - early 60's. Connelly and Mosher helped to establish all those nostalgic family sitcom cliches we've all come to love (or hate) in Leave It To Beaver then they went on to totally parody them in The Munsters. The first season opening credit sequence of The Munsters is a great example of the way they parodied the typical family sitcoms of the time. You see Lily Munster, housewife and mother, sending her brood off for the day in the same manner June Cleaver and Donna Reed did. Lily hands each of her loved ones their packed lunches or school books as she pinches their cheeks or gives them a little motherly kiss.

Although The Munsters was considered much less sophisticated than its 60s creepy TV rival, The Addams Family, it is overall a much more entertaining series to me. Although the subversive quality of The Addams Family continues to make it an entertaining series to watch as an adult, I have to admit I didn't enjoy it as a child. The Munsters with its broad comedy and more obvious monster characters was much more fun to watch as a kid. It's worth pointing out that even though Morticia and Gomez Addams had a fiery sexual relationship on screen, Lily and Herman Munster may have been one of the only 60s TV couples to have been seen sharing the same bed (rather than the customary twin beds).

The Munsters - The Complete First Season contains all 38 first season episodes (yes 38 shows in one season!) as well as the original unaired pilot (in color I think). It doesn't appear that there are too many more extras in this set which is a bit disappointing. I would have loved to have seen episode commentaries by surviving cast members, documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, etc. Hey, maybe we will get some of those extras on the Second Season set?"
They're on DVD now!!!
Mymunster3 | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Munsters are an ageless classic. Though they only lasted 2 seasons on CBS, The Munsters are still around 41 years later to please their fans!

This complete first season set, features all 38 episodes from The Munsters first season on CBS. Also featured is the color pilot episode, "My Fair Munster", which features different people playing the characters of Lily and Eddie.

Some VHS tapes have been released in the past featuring this color pilot, but only the first 5 minutes of it. Well, rest assured, this color pilot episode is fully intact. It is the original first pilot of The Munsters, in all it's colorful glory.

Here's one thing you should look for, as you watch this set, take a look at the make-up change from the first 13 episodes. The Munsters are not as dark, and the sandy look in their faces, disappears. Not to return again, until the very beginning of the second season, because episodes from the early first season re-ran during the summer of 1965, so they had to had some extra darkness to the Munster's faces, until about 10 weeks into the second season.

Another thing to watch for in this Season 1 set, is that the first 13 episodes, were almost filmed in the dark. There is almost no light or contrast in the very early episodes like "Autumn Croakus," "Munster Masquerade," "My Fair Munster," and "A Walk on the Mild Side." It is not a DVD problem, it's just how the original early episodes were filmed, as to establish a light tone, and not have children scared away.

Also, take a look at Al lewis' widows-peak. It changes from episode to episode, and eventually is no longer drawn in with a pencil. They finally get him a widows-peak wig to wear in "Munsters on the Move."

The last three issues I would like to address, is space of episodes on the discs, B&W film turning sepia, and the picture quality of "Autumn Croakus," and "Lily Munster~ Girl Model."

There are 39 half-hour items on this set. If you have 3 double-sided discs, why not use the space appropriately? The episodes should have been spaced in this manner, seven episodes on Disc 1 A, Disc 1 B, and Disc 2 A, then 6 episodes on Disc 2 B, Disc 3 A, and Disc 3 B.

There is also a visible problem with some episodes turning sepia. Not all the episodes have their original rich B&W format. Some episodes have a yellow-brown tint that is visible by turning up the color on your television set. The only episodes with real B&W, are "Low Cal Munster," and "Love comes to Mockingbird Heights."

"Autumn Croakus," and "Lily Munster~ Girl Model," both seem to have some sort of video problems. In "Autumn Croakus," their is a huge lightning-bolt shaped film crack for one frame. It is big, and makes the whole picture jump. "Lily Munster~ Girl Midel," has a unique video problem. There are about five small black dots that stay in the middle of the screen for about the first 7 minutes. Then, they finally fade away and the picture gets better.


DVD info for The Munsters The Complete First Season
Spoken language: English
Captioning: English, Spanish, French (There is NO captioning at all for the Pilot episode)

DISC 1; SIDE A
Unaired Color Pilot "My Fair Munster"
Munster Masquerade
My Fair Munster
A Walk on the Mild Side
Rock-A-Bye Munster
Pike's Pique
Low Cal Munster

DISC 1; SIDE B
Tin Can Man
Herman the Great
Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie
Autumn Croakus
The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster
The Sleeping Cutie
Family Portrait

DISC 2; SIDE A
Grandpa Leaves Home
Herman's Rival
Grandpa's Call of the Wild
All Star Munster
If a Martian Answers, Hang Up
Eddie's Nickname
Bats of a Feather

DISC 2; SIDE B
Don't Bank on Herman
Dance With Me, Herman
Follow That Munster
Love Locked Out
Come Back Little Googie
Far Out Munsters
Munsters on the Move

DISC 3; SIDE A
Movie Star Munster
Herman the Rookie
Country Club Munsters
Love comes to Mockingbird Heights
Mummy Munster
Lily Munster~ Girl Model
Munster the Magnificent

DISC 3; SIDE B
Herman's Happy Valley
Hot Rod Herman
Herman's Raise
Yes, Galen, There Is a Herman


Don't forget to check out:

The Munsters The Complete Second Season
Munster, Go Home!
The Munsters' Revenge

... which are all on DVD!

~ENJOY!!!"