Gomer Pyle, a naive country boy, leaves his home in Mayberry, NC to join the U.S. Marine corps. His perpetual wide-eyed innocence frequently gets on the nerves of his tough, loudmouthed sergeant. A successful spin-off from... more » THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.« less
"Note that season one is the only DVD containing the word 'Complete' in the title. Every other season has been butchered to remove many Jim Nabors's songs, to say nothing of changing other music, etc.
It is really hard, frankly, for me to watch these episodes, because I'm just waiting for the next editing massacre, as opposed to simply enjoying what should be great entertainment.
Edited, again, and it's not just the music
R. Pearrow | Montana | 07/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The history of these DVD sets since season one has had the episodes literally butchered when it came to the music in the show. Even a small snipit of Sargent Carter singing "The Night Was Meant For Love" in one episode, or a full version of Gomer singing "This Train is a Going Home Train", the cheapsakes that are producing these DVD sets of Gomer Pyle make even Season 4 a disappointment. However, in watching these episodes I'm finding that it's not just music that's cut; there is also dialog in scenes that's been hacked out. Because of the electronic graphic and CG era that we live in, I look forward to shows being released on DVD because there are no "bugs" in the corners of the screens, no animated graphics promoting upcoming shows, or any other distractions. The shows for the most part are the way they should be seen, uncut and commercial free. This is not the case with the Gomer Pyle DVD's including season 4. Dialog, music and other scenes cut because the production companies don't want to pay the royalties for the music included in the original releases. Why dialog is cut, I'm not sure. I was such a fan of this show, and really wanted a complete collection of the episodes, but I'm very disappointed in the results that have come about on my store shelves. If we continue to purchase these edited sets, the production companies will continue to put out these cheap imitations of the real show. I've written a letter to CBS with a formal complaint, but I know it will fall on deaf ears. But if more enthusiasts like us continue, maybe we'll make a difference. If you're an avid fan of Gomer, then this is the best we can get for now. I only wish they were complete episodes."
W. C. Greer | 07/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It is terribly disappointing to get these DVD's only to find they have been edited.
The entire point of purchasing the DVD sets/seasons is to watch the show in a clear, complete manner, without commercials. Also to avoid the constant nagging of station bugs (logos) in the corners, and if that weren't enough, now commercials scroll across the screen during the shows. It has become so bad, I no longer watch most TV. For TV shows I really like I'll purchase the DVD sets just to get away from the constant irritants.
Yet, we don't get the full shows. Dialog is cut, songs edited out, etc. All for the sake of saving a few cents per copy, and done only to avoid literally pennies in royalties.
Note to CBS: I would much rather pay a little extra per season and get the unedited, uncut versions. The show was timeless just the way it was."
classic tv fan | Gainesville, Florida | 09/06/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"After enjoying Seasons 2 and 3, I was very much disappointed with this latest collection. I agree with the comments of a previous poster, Dr. Juengling, about major changes in the situations and characters. Previously, Gomer was an intolerable clod who made problems wherever he went. This season, he is sensitive, intelligent and helpful while it is Carter who acts like a complete boob. I don't know what the producers expected to get out of reversing the relationship of their lead characters. It's comparable to switching the roles of Abbott and Costello and still expecting them to be funny. Also, Nabors and Sutton often seem run down in scenes. Sutton's performance, in particular, is no longer as sharp and energetic as it was in previous seasons. Old plots are recycled with less effect. The most obvious example is "Love and Goulash," which is a retread of the second season episode "Arrivederci, Gomer." The show was certainly missing Ronnie Schell. The camaraderie that Gomer enjoyed in the barracks when Ronnie Schell and Ted Bessell were playing his best friends is largely absent at this point. The earlier seasons depicted a good deal of interaction between the Marines in the barrack scenes. Now, though, Gomer usually spends his time in the barracks sparsely surrounded by non-speaking extras. This is especially evident in the episode "Leader of Men," when Gomer is put in charge of his unit and his fellow Marines respond to his repeated orders with nothing more than nods. It's like this is the Marine's special all-mute unit. The one improvement this season was the fact that more scenes were shot on location. Previously, Gomer's off base experiences were confined to a street set at the Desilu Studio. This set, which included a movie theatre, a diner, a hotel and a few shops, had gotten to be claustrophobic after three seasons."
Gomer Pyle soldiers on into Season Four!
Robert Badgley | London,Ontario,Canada | 07/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Gomer Pyle,everyone's favourite bungling Marine Corps PFC,comes back for more family fun and laughs in Season Four.The whole gang is back except for Ronny Schell who played Gomers' friend for most of the first three seasons.He was a stand up comic and because of the exposure he got on this show his career started to heat up so he wasn't available for this season. This Seasons' DVD set gets only a 3 1/2 star rating from me,which is unfortunately much lower than it should have been. You may or may not have noticed some controversy by other reviewers over whether previous seasons were complete or not.I can say without reservations that a few episodes in this season have indeed been cut. Two examples are "Gomer says Hey to the President" has been cut a full three minutes while "Gomer,the Privileged Character" was cut by about a minute.In the latter ep you can see when Gomer is about to go back on stage to sing a number the scene fades quickly out.In the former Gomer is in Washington to sing in a gala benefit and has a fine number with the actual Marine Corp band of the day.It looks as if it was shot live and as is;a nice number which highlights Nabors' fabulous singing talent.But it's the only singing number with Nabors we see.It seems a pretty sure thing that the three minutes cut out here involve his singing but,unlike "..the privileged character" ep, it's very hard to tell a which point it was cut. While I make no excuses for Paramount/CBS in cutting these numbers(that being the reason for my rating), I do know that things have changed drastically since the 1960s in obtaining permission/rights to air songs,especially from old shows and on DVD like this one.That they couldn't get the proper rights and/or that it would have been prohibitively too expensive to do so,are probably the primary reasons for their no-shows.It is so unfortunate too.What tantalizingly little we do get makes one long to see more.Because of his exposure on the show Jim Nabors' virtually launched his singing career from it and deservedly so.He went on to have his own TV show,released and sold quite alot of records and made many live appearances. In conclusion,if you can get past the singing numbers that are excised from a few of these eps,then you will certainly enjoy this Season Four of Gomer Pyle.It has been remastered and all 30 eps are here for you and your family to enjoy.As I have said so often,how many shows today can an entire family sit down to watch together without having to worry about the content,either in language or theme? None that I know of.It's also great to be able to watch humour any age group can understand and laugh together with.To say "they don't make them like this anymore",is to describe Gomer Pyle to a tee."