Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Odd Couple - The Complete Series Seasons 1-5|
Actors: Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Al Molinaro
Genres: Comedy, Television
Genre: Television: Series Rating: NR Release Date: 18-NOV-2008 Media Type: DVD
There's no such thing as "better" when you tinker with nosta
J. Bryce | Toronto, Canada | 12/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These words were used in the opening credits of every Odd Couple episode ...
"On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Oscar Madison. Some time earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return.
"Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?"
... but you won't hear them on this set of DVDs! I've waited until the release of the final season to see if perhaps they only appeared in that one year. Not so - they've been completely edited out of the entire series. Surely that was part of the charm of the show - the expectation of hearing those words in the opening titles. In those few seconds the entire premise of the show is set up. Many other little things have been cut, clipped and altered in this DVD set and the other reviewers (on this listing and on the individual season listings) have touched on many of them. The one that bothers me is the complete removal of Pernell Robert's singing of "In Some Secluded Rendezvous" which is the whole punchline of the "Strike Up The Band or Else" episode during which, in the final seconds of the episode, he steals the theme song of Felix' band, The Sophisticados. It simply fades to black just as he's about to sing and that's the new ending of the show. That's all, folks. It just trails away to nothingness leaving us with a hopelessly lame ending never imagined by the original writers.
This original series gets my 5-stars but this DVD release gets only 4. I'm totally baffled and frustrated as to why anyone would want to edit these episodes. Don't they realize that customers are buying them to see exactly what they saw when these great shows first aired on TV? When you watch a comedy more than once you know what you're about to see and hear so there's an expectation on the part of the audience that the producers of the DVD have completely failed to realize. There's no such thing as "better" when you tinker with nostalgia.
The odd couple the complete series
Robert Cortes | new york city,usa | 01/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"i for one am disapointed with this boxed set of so called complete series.how the heck can you call it the complete series when it is severely edited. we who bought the odd couple boxed set were cheated."how can it be a complete series when its edited all to hell" to call it the complete series is fraud.complete series means complete series not an edited version. i read the actor from kentucky's review and he says we odd couple die hards are wining because we got cheated. well buddy im glad you are happy with your boxed set but know this. you got cheated and suckered out of you money when you bought your boxed set. fact is fact."COMPLETE SERIES MEANS COMPLETE EPISODES NOT EDITED EPISODES. AND THIS IS A FACT."
DdS | 11/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five stars because it is, after all, the Odd Couple.
But seriously? After waiting THIRTY THREE years to have all the episodes in a collection and spending over a hundred dollars for the privilege, you would THINK that Paramount would have the good grace (made a few profits lately, Paramount?) to include a freakin' BOX?
You'd be wrong. Five lousy pieces of cardboard, imprinted and glued together. That's all I'm asking for -- but nope. Here's your DVDs, shrinkwrapped (one facing the wrong way mind you), cheap as can be, now go away.
ODD COUPLE SEASONS 1-5
Dominick Postilio | 04/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"THEY ARE CUT,EDITED. DELETED SCEENS HOWEVER YOU WANT TO SAY.... IT'S A RIP OFF. I CALLED & E-MAILED PARAMOUNT, THEY SAID: THEY DID NOT KNOW THIS.
COME ON TELL THE TRUTH."