An instant hit, the rural comedy was the ultimate fish-out-of-water story. The Clampett family strikes it rich in oil and move from their mountain cabin in the Ozark Mountains to the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills. ... more »Each hilarious episode revolves around the culture clash between the "uncivilized" Clampetts and the "civilized" culture of their elitist neighbors.« less
"With so many recent releases being comprised of incomplete and altered versions of our beloved classic TV shows, it's smart to wait and decide to purchase (or not) well after the release date. It seems that the firestorms of complaint following releases such as THE FUGITIVE SEASON TWO VOL. ONE have been noticed, at least for the time being. I must say that THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES OFFICIAL SECOND SEASON set is of far higher quality than I expected. Yes, this is the complete second season, with excellent picture (a bit grainy at times, but overall superb) and sound transfers of every episode...but most important, the episodes are complete and with the original music as far as I can tell. It's nice to see a good bit of bonus material here too; the original sponsor opening and closings are great segments that have been lost to time over the years. Some of the closing segments are continuations of the episodes themselves and extend the episodes by several minutes; for example, the third episode, "Granny's Garden", runs 29 minutes with the sponsor segments added back in. This is nice stuff, and really adds to the value!
Don't hesitate to order this fine DVD set. Just as companies should be boycotted when they mangle releases, they should also be praised and supported when they make the effort to do things right. I don't think anyone will be disappointed with THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES OFFICIAL SECOND SEASON, and I hope that this high quality is maintained as a standard in future releases."
Superbu | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having already owned these episodes as released by MPI from Paul Henning's personal 16mm prints, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Paramount's release.
I was thrilled to see that not only are the original sponsor openings and cast commercials included, but you have the option of watching with them INTEGRATED INTO THE SHOW via seamless branching! That's a feature even the "Ultimate Collection" couldn't boast... there, the sponsor clips were available only in a supplemental section.
The prints are much better here, too, with the exception of the opening and closing credits, which appear to be sourced from Henning's 16mm prints. Nonetheless, Parmount did a tremendous job on this release.
What a thrill to watch these episodes EXACTLY as originally broadcast. And what a trip, in our politically correct age, to see the Hillibillies actually smoking!
Thanks, Paramount, for not insulting our intellect by "deciding for us" what is or is not appropriate to watch."
Way better picture quality! Beverly Hillbillies fans rejoice
KS62 | Michigan, United States | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second season set from Paramount is sooooo much improved over the MPI Volumes 1 & 2. I can't believe i had something nice to say regarding Paramount.
I never thought i would see it this clear and that is viewing it on my large screen LCD tv which sometimes makes older shows seem a little more off or grainey. I also tested a disc in my player hooked up to my 36 inch glass screen tv and it seems nice and clear without any real noticeable grainey quality.
This is such an improvement over MPI and those horrible other sets that were out there prior. This was one of my very favorite shows growing up. I was so sad to think all we'd ever see are episodes in the previous quality of the MPI sets.
While the episodes are remastered the opening and closing credits are not. One feature is the option to view each episode with or without the original sponsor opening and closing. The sponsor opening extends the scene with all four driving in the truck while passing a truck or billboard with the Winston cigarettes or Kelloggs cereals logo on it. It also has extended theme lyrics mentioning one of the two sponsors. The closing is actually a short scene wrapping up the episode while having the Clampetts using one of the products in the scene. Unfortunately the sponsor closings are not remastered.
As far as the music, it plays the original theme song (with original vocalist) exactly as how we remembered it. Also i noticed that the regular intro music you would hear in the beginning of a scene is also the original music. So maybe the music that is altered pertains to performances of songs on the show or something along that line.
Seven of the episodes in season 2 have Sharon Tate wearing a black wig playing the part of Janet Trego, a bank secretary. In one episode "The Garden Party" she plays a guest at the party who dances with Jethro with her own blonde hair. She also appears in the "Elly Starts To School" episode as a "blink and you'll miss her" character named Mary. While it's nice to see her....it makes me sad at the same time.
If you are true fan of this show and was disheartened like i was with prior sets you'll want to pick this set up. I'm so glad i did!
Welllll doggies....it's time for me to have a heapin' helpin' of vittles in a Jethro sized bowl and set a spell with the Clampetts!"
While waiting for the Official First Season...
amysmusic | New Jersey | 10/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...there is much to enjoy about the release of this Official Second Season (1963-1964).
I did submit to Amazon to change the format in the product listing to "black & white" rather than "color" as they have it described at the moment, since this season was filmed entirely in black & white and perhaps not everyone would know that (or think the releasing studio had colorized these disks).
*EDITED OCTOBER 30: I see Amazon did finally change the format to black & white for this set, so that is good to know there is less likely to be any potential for confusion.*
Since there is as of today not a listing of episodes contained in this set, I thought I would type the titles of all 36 full-length episodes (especially as there is apparently some cross-over for those buyers of the various collections regarding episodes...).
Jed Gets the Misery 09-25-63 Hair Raising Holiday 10-02-63 Granny's Garden 10-09-63 Elly Starts to School 10-16-63 The Clampett Look 10-23-63 Jethro's First Love 10-30-63 Chickadee Returns 11-06-63
The Clampetts Are Overdrawn 11-13-63 The Clampetts Go Hollywood 11-20-63 Turkey Day 11-27-63 The Garden Party 12-04-63 Elly Needs a Maw 12-11-63 The Clampetts Get Culture 12-18-63 Christmas at the Clampetts 12-25-63
A Man for Elly 01-01-64 The Giant Jack Rabbit 01-08-64 The Girl from Home 01-15-63 Lafe Lingers On 01-22-64 The Race for Queen 02-05-64 Lafe Returns 02-12-64 Son of Lafe Returns 02-19-64
The Clampetts Go Fishing 02-26-64 A Bride for Jed 03-04-64 The Critter Doctor 03-11-64 Granny Versus the Weather Bureau 03-25-64 Another Neighbor 04-01-64 The Bank Raising 04-08-64 The Great Crawdad Hunt 04-15-64
The Dress Shop 04-22-64 House of Granny 04-29-64 The Continental Touch 05-06-64 Jed Incorporated 05-13-64 Granny Learns to Drive 05-20-64 Cabin in Beverly Hills 05-27-64 Jed Foils a Home Wrecker 06-03-64 Jethro's Graduation 06-10-64"
A Heapin' Helpin' of Country Hospitality
Terry Salomonson in Michigan (Real | Michigan | 11/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't have to mention how good this show is. The fact that many older TV programs don't get rerun as much as this program speaks volumes. Small note of interest. Original negatives are in 35 mm format. To make a transfer from the original negatives is expensive, not to mention valuable. After all, if the original negatives are destroyed or damaged, part of our film history is lost. Decades ago the episodes were transferred from the 35 mm masters to what is known as 3-quarter format, also known as broadcast quality. For decades the episodes have been on VHS and TV repeatedly referred to from the 3-quarter masters. This prevents any chance of damage to the original 35 mm reels.
Now some episodes have fallen into the public domain, so dollar store DVDs have put them available on disc but since the music is still copyrighted, they replaced the theme music with generic non-copyrighted music. Shame on them. Course, the consumers get what they paid for.
Good news and rejoice! This DVD set "The Official Second Season" was mastered from the original 35 mm masters! Yes, that means the quality is as good as it is ever going to get. All 36 episodes and with their original music score. After all, could we really watch these without that zingy "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed . . ." I bought one of the public domain DVDs once and not hearing the familiar theme song was distracting with each viewing.
This set not only has the superb transfer quality prints using today's technology from the 35 mm masters, but the extras are nice. Irene Ryan screen test as Granny, a clip from "The Stars' Address is CBS" (1963 fall preview show), the 1963/64 CBS Network Promo, and the Paul Henning Interview from 1969.
So buy this set and watch this bevy of backwoods bumpkins turn Beverly Hills upside down."