Great transfers...a must buy, in spite of some misgivings
Yarby | Medina, OH United States | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, first, I have to admit that I haven't made it through all 37 shows in this set, so all I can say about the transfers is....so far, they are excellent. Other non-studio companies packaging television programs would learn a lot to follow the lead of Rhino. They include all intro and outro sequences, and are the full program, as originally broadcast.
The one thing that distracts from this being a 5 star set is the packaging. This is the worst packaging job I have seen yet of a season set. The single DVD plastic keep-case, with a hinged 2-DVD insert is just plain cheap. Not only that, it promotes the damage of the discs...including the fact that one of the dual-sided discs rests on the mount for the third disk (which is stored on the back flap of the case).
The insert is a simple cardboard one....no booklet detailing the different episodes, or giving any additional information. Just a list of the shows.
Also, a menu of the episode selections would have been greatly appreciated. The only choices on the main menu are "Play All" and "Scene Selections". In order to choose an episode, you must page through the "Scene Selections" and choose the beginning scene of the desired episode.
Another note....when an episode concludes, the viewer is not sent back to the menu, but instead, the next episode starts playing.
Rhino really gets an "A" for releasing this show, and for it's video transfers (not only the quality, but that they are in their entirety).
Unfortunately, they are prevented from getting 5 stars by their poor menu programming, and the packaging which doesn't protect the disks.
Still, if you are a fan of classic TV, this set is still well recommended.
TV's Favorite Martian - Season 1 DVD!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 08/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before Mork (Orkan) and ALF (Melmacian) came to Earth and moved in with their humans, L.A. Sun reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby) took in a Martian (Ray Walston) as his "Uncle Martin". The series ranks up there with Mr. Ed on the laugh-o-meter. Viewers who only know Bill Bixby from his more dramatic role as Dr. David Banner from TV's The Incredible Hulk will be floored by Bixby's incredible sense of comedic timing. The show also received solid support from Pamela Britton as Tim's befuddled landlady Mrs. Lorelei Brown and Alan Hewitt as L.A. cop Bill Brennan. Unlike previous Rhino "Martian" DVDs, this Rhino Home Video release of My Favorite Martian: Season 1, features all 37 original, uncut episodes on 3 discs. Rhino was even able to track down the uncut pilot for the set. Here's a list of the season 1 episodes:
My Favorite Martin The Matchmakers There Is No Cure for the Common Martin Russians "R" in Season Man or Amoeba The Man on the Couch A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine and Peaches The Awful Truth Rocket to Mars Raffles No. 2 The Atom Misers That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin How to Be a Hero Without Really Trying Blood is Thicker than the Martian Poor Little Rich Cat Rx for Martian Going, Going, Gone Who Am I? Now You See It, Now You Don't My Nephew the Artist Hitchhike to Mars Uncle Martin's Broadcast An Old, Old Friend of the Family Super-Duper Snooper The Sinkable Mrs. Brown Martin and the Eternal Triangle Danger! High Voltage! If You Can't Lick Them Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin How Are You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Pharmacy? Miss Jekyll and Hyde Who's Got the Power? Oh, My Aching Antenna The Disastro-nauts Shake Well and Don't Use A Nose for News Uncle Martin's Wisdom Tooth "
Rhino gets it and let's hope it's catching
Gord Wilson | Bellingham, WA USA | 05/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino did a great job with this black and white 1963 show. (The third season was in color). It's on two two-sided discs and one one- sided disc in a single width DVD package. Given deluxe packaging like Futurama and The Simpsons, it could have been five one-sided discs in a slipcase. But no one thinks retro TV will sell, so it's packaged less expensively to appeal to a lower market niche. That's why shows like Burns and Allen, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Petticoat Junction are hard to find except in budget, no-frills versions, often without the original themes (since the DVD manufacturer didn't license them).
Enter Rhino, one of the few companies with any sense of how to make good DVDs and with any interest in black and white TV. Rhino gets what TV execs don't: we really aren't watching their highly- rated new shows. We really don't care about the Nielsen ratings. Many of us don't have cable, and we really are buying these retro DVDs. And we do want deluxe packaging and well-done transfers. Thanks to Rhino for preserving TV history. They even have the pilot, which got this show off to a good start. However, it immediately sinks to same old sitcom fare, only slowly beginning to develop the show from the characters, and only later hit its stride. But this was arguably the first fantasy sitcom (Unless you count Topper), preceding Jeanie and Bewitched. Like so much of the memorable TV of the time, it was filmed at Desilu Studios, produced by Sheldon Leonard and bankrolled by Danny Thomas and Andy Griffith.
Sitcoms then were not the anything for a laugh shows they later became, and the shows writers ponder profound questions and dabble in drama. Tim and his alien uncle wrestle with the problems of the day, offer the occasional insight, and rebound with unsinkable optimism. Pamela Britton is outstanding as supporting actress, with far better chemistry than the "crackpot neighbor" foils for Bewitched. Early on Bill Bixby and Ray Walston are both stiff and awkward, and we are very much aware that they are acting, but as they settle into their roles, an easy camaraderie develops. Everywhere abounding with joy and good humor, this buoyant show echoes the underlying theme of early '60s sitcoms, in the title of an earlier show by Fulton Sheen, that "life is worth living.""
Greg M. Davis | New Jersey, USA | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My Favorite Martian is one of my favorite shows even though I am 13! Yet, ever since it went off the air on TVLAND, I haven't seen the show since! Thanks to Rhino, we will finally be able to take this masterpiece to our classic tv collections! My Favorite Martian is perfect for all ages and fits most genres like comedy, family, science-fiction, and much more! When this dvd set comes out in Sept. I will be one of the first people in line to get this! When you buy this, believe me, you will not be dissapointed!!"
BLAST FROM THE PAST
The Critic | Windsor | 12/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Martians are coming! The Martians are coming! well one for sure. I've purchased DVD's from the Rhino label in the past and have been very disappointed with their level of quality. After much deliberation I finally bought season one of "My Favorite Martian on DVD from Rhino. I must admit that Rhino did and excellent job with this one. All 37 season one episodes are presented in beautiful black & white, no colorization here. The video transfer is really clean and crisp and the sound is decent albeit in mono. In my opinion the packaging is really kind of cheap for this 3 disc set and Rhino didn't include any kind of episode booklet to accompany the set. I don't think Ray Walston ever got the recognition he deserved as an actor and season one reminded me of his ability to act. Season one is still funny after all these years and it's a treat to finally own it on DVD. Thanks Rhino!
DVD Episodes: Episode 1: My Favorite Martin Episode 2: The Matchmakers Episode 3: There Is No Cure for the Common Martin Episode 4: Russians "R" in Season Episode 5: Man or Amoeba Episode 6: The Man on the Couch Episode 7: A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine and Peaches Episode 8: The Awful Truth Episode 9: Rocket to Mars Episode 10: Raffles No. 2 Episode 11: The Atom Misers Episode 12: That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin Episode 13: How to Be a Hero without Really Trying Episode 14: Blood Is Thicker Than the Martian Episode 15: Poor Little Rich Cat Episode 16: Rx for Martian Episode 17: Going, Going, Gone Episode 18: Who Am I? Episode 19: Now You See It, Now You Don't Episode 20: My Nephew the Artist Episode 21: Hitchhike to Mars Episode 22: Uncle Martin's Broadcast Episode 23: An Old, Old Friend of the Family Episode 24: Super-Duper Snooper Episode 25: The Sinkable Mrs. Brown Episode 26: Martin and the Eternal Triangle Episode 27: Danger! High Voltage! Episode 28: If You Can't Lick Them Episode 29: Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin Episode 30: How Are You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Pharmacy? Episode 31: Miss Jekyll and Hyde Episode 32: Who's Got the Power? Episode 33: Oh, My Aching Antenna Episode 34: The Disastro-nauts Episode 35: Shake Well and Don't Use Episode 36: A Nose for News Episode 37: Uncle Martin's Wisdom Tooth "