Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Petticoat Junction - The Official First Season|
Actors: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Lori Saunders, Mike Minor
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 12/16/2008 Run time: 974 minutes Rating: Nr
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Full length episodes, all original Curt Massey music.
Mark R. Hansen | Manitowoc, WI USA | 12/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I almost didn't purchase this set due to the negative comments before the release, but really wanted the 2nd half of the first season that wasn't on the other DVD set. After watching the first 8 episodes, I thought I'd let other skeptics know that these episodes are full length with Curt Massey's original music score. Also, in the episodes I've seen so far, there are no
product placements on the end credits. Don't worry, there isn't a black box
covering up that bar of soap; it's just not there. If you select special features on the main menu, you can select play all episodes with a brief intro by Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo) or Pat Woodell (Bobby Jo) or both of
them in some cases. Now let's not keep the Petticoat Junction fans waiting, please release the rest of the seasons in a timely manner!"
No TVLand edits on this set
joseph Corey | Raleigh, NC United States | 12/12/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Contrary to the rumor, there are no TVLand edits on the Petticoat Junction Season 1. All the episodes are about 25 minutes and 30 seconds long. Not sure what's been changed musically since they never reran this show around my area. But they didn't snip out major moments like they did on Gomer Pyle."
Classic 1960s TV
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 12/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Petticoat Junction" was commissioned by CBS-TV in 1963, following the success of "The Beverly Hillbillies" in the previous year. Producer Paul Henning reproduced the formula of his hit, except instead of having hicks come to the big city and lock horns with smarmy city-slickers, in "Petticoat" the city-slickers came out to the country and got charmed or bamboozled by the locals. The comedy wasn't as broad as on "Hillbillies," and the show was greatly enhanced by an ensemble cast that included great character actors such as Edgar Buchanan, Frank Cady, Charles Lane and Roy Roberts. (Old-school country music fans might also appreciate the presence of cowboy singer Smiley Burnett in the role of train engineer Charley Pratt...) "Petticoat Junction," which ran seven seasons and lasted for years in syndication during the next decade, isn't what you'd call great art, but it was a fun, well-produced show, and you might be surprised by how well it stands up, several decades later. This first collection, with five discs worth of vintage episodes, will give you a glimpse of what television comedy was like, way back in the Kennedy era. It was a simpler time, and looking back at it can be a fine tonic. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)"
PJ Fans: The Real Deal is Finally Here!
Mark A. Bystrom | Stevens Point, WI. | 01/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Compared to MPI Home Video, CBS/Paramount has been "movin' kinda slow" with their own Petticoat Junction DVD release. However, fans can now be very happy with this official and complete set of episodes from the non-syndicated first season. Working from 35mm material, CBS/Paramount delivers picture quality clearly superior to the MPI release (which was transferred from 16mm prints). Image brightness, contrast and overall sharpness are much improved in this set, which can't help but add to our enjoyment of the episodes.
The MPI release is still valuable for the excellent documentary "The History of Hooterville," which contains enough interesting information and varied participants (including 100-year old Charles Lane!)to justify repeat viewing.
Let's hope the entire series will be available before too long. However, if CBS/Paramount stays true to form, this release may be the only one to contain any extras. But even if that turns out to be true, simply seeing the un-edited episodes themselves, after so many years, is one of the blessings of living in the age of DVD."