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Although Amazon.ca claimed that delivery of this dvd set may be between 1 to 2 months- I ordered it anyway. I'm very happy to say that (super saver) delivery had it here in my hands after only 1 week of placing the order.
This is the most comprehensive "Ozzie & Harriet" dvd set on the market, and boasts 100 episodes (many with original commercials in tact) on 12 dvds. Each dvd is in it's own windowed envelope with episode titles and airdates printed on each dvd. The 12 enveloped dvds are numbered, stacked, and housed in a thicker than usual dvd case, but quite necessary.
After sampling various discs, I can confirm that these are film prints, but are very watchable. Some episodes are edited, some aren't. This 2009 Mill Creek tribute to the Nelson family, is a fine edition to any die hard fan of the series. You can actually witness the passing of time, trends, styles and music as these 100 (b/w) episodes take you from 1952 to 1966.
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No complaints on this purchase. Quality is very good and I believe the episodes are all complete. There are rumours that all the Ozzie and Harriet shows will be officially released soon though I'll believe it when I see it. For now, this set is worth every penny.
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158 of 159 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Collection of Ozzie & Harriet Episodes on DVDAug. 6 2007
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Let me begin this review by saying that this isn't the best looking DVD collection of "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" on the market; that honor goes to The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet collection from Shout! Factory that was produced in cooperation with surviving members of the Nelson family, and which features the best looking transfers of the series as well as numerous extra features. That said, this set from Mill Creek Entertainment certainly gives you a healthy serving of the series' run (100 episodes of a series total of 435) and represents the largest collection of Ozzie & Harriet episodes available on DVD in a single collection. Incidentally, this is a greatly expanded version of Mill Creek's earlier Ozzie & Harriet Classics (4pc) collection of 38 episodes.
The episodes are not restored and very definitely of the audio/visual quality associated with public domain releases (which this collection is), but I've watched about half of the episodes in this collection and have to say that the vast majority of the episodes are highly watchable. A few of the episodes are syndicated versions running as little as 20 minutes (ironically, the episode titled "Be On Time" has the 20 minute running time), but the majority are full length versions, many of which are complete with original commercials and network IDs and running in excess of 29 minutes. By contrast, all of the episodes in the official collection from Shout! Factory are edited, syndicated versions running, on average, around 22 and a half minutes. Rick Nelson fans will be delighted to know that most musical numbers are included in this set. So in addition to seeing a great family comedy, you get a chance to see the evolution of one of rock & roll's early superstars. It also appears that the episodes are in chronological order, suggesting that Mill Creek actually researched the series for this release (atypical for most companies releasing public domain material).
The episodes are spread across 12 single-sided discs, with each disc containing eight to nine episodes and featuring a simple menu selection that allows you to either play all episodes or select the specific episode that you wish to view. Each disc is housed in its own cardboard folder; in turn, the 12 discs are housed in a laminated cardboard package that has a full listing of the episode titles on the back of the box. There are no DVD extras per se but, as mentioned above, the vast majority of the episodes contain original commercials and/or sponsor tags. It's fun to watch the Nelson family hawk products for Kodak, Quaker Oats and others. If there's a negative to this set, I suppose that it's the Mill Creek logo which appears briefly in the bottom right corner twice in each episode. The good news is that it's relatively unobtrusive and really won't detract much from your viewing experience. Viewers should also be aware that episodes from the show's 14th and final season were originally filmed in color; here they are presented in black & white.
The fact that Mill Creek has been able to assemble 100 episodes of this beloved family comedy series at a very affordable price is commendable. No other company has been able to bring this many episodes to the market in a single package. What makes this set even better is the inclusion of a number of episodes from the show's earlier years. Most of the Ozzie & Harriet collections of public domain episodes focus on the show's years from the 1960s when David and Ricky were in college, married, and later started their careers. There are plenty of those episodes in this set, but the inclusion of so many episodes from the 1950s when the boys were younger really distinguishes this set from the other Ozzie & Harriet collections that are available and, as such, makes this the definitive collection to own . . . . . at least until such time that someone issues something better.
This set is a must for fans of "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and to those who appreciate warm-hearted family humor from a simpler time. My rating on this is closer to **** & ½, just missing the full five stars due a few beat-up looking prints included in this set. But, rest assured, you will not be disappointed if you purchase "The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection."
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
"Flying Down to Lunch"Aug. 20 2007
R. L. Towler
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Wonderful set!, some episodes are better quality than others, but it's all still very watchable. A few have been edited, but most of them are not. I really like the commercials. Kodak; Quaker Oats, Aunt Jemima, Hot Point, Coke, and even Listerine!, Some of them even have the Nelson family members doing the ads! The Anita Bryant Coca-Cola commercials are a must see! Also, I thought I'd mention that the "Flying Down to Lunch" episode is actually the episode; "The T-Shirts" from Season 8. That said and done; I highly recommend this set to Ozzie & Harriet fans.
55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
The List of 100Aug. 5 2007
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I am looking forward to getting this.
Halloween Party The Ballet The Tuba Incident The Traffic Signal The Bowling Alley The Orchid and the Violet The Pancake Mix The New Chairs The Boy's Paper Route David's 17th Birthday Suggestion Box The Initiation Father and Son Tournament Be On Time An Evening with Hamlet The Bird's Nest The Odd Bolt The Pajama Game Music Appreciation A Ball of Tin Foil The Car Mix-Up A Day in Bed David Picks Up the Tab Ozzie's Double A Hairstyle for Harriet The Duenna The Reading Room The Jet Pilot The Editor Ricky the Drummer Ricky's Big Night Ozzie's Triple Banana Surprise Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream The Christmas Tree Lot Road Race The Old Band Pavilion The Top Gun The Bachelor The Magic of Three The Bridge Group A Cruise for Harriet Rick's Riding Lesson The Motorcycle Rick's Dinner Guests Jealous Joe Randolph The Exploding Book The Little Black Box The Sea Captain David the Law Clerk David the Sleuth Rick Gets Even David Goofs Off No News for Harriet His Brother's Girl A Sweater for Rick David's Almost In-Laws David Hires a Secretary The Girl in the Emporium The Girl Who Loses Things Safe Husbands Two Small Boys and a Dog Dave's Golf Story The Little House Guest The Manly Arts A Question of Suits and Ties Built-in TV Set The Dancing Lesson The Fraternity Rents Out a Room Dave Goes Back to Work The Barking Dog A Lamp for Dave and June Making Wally Study Lonesome Parents Little Handprints in the Sidewalk Rick and the Maid of Honor The Tigers Go to a Dance Rick Sends a Picture An Old Friend of June's Decorating Dave's Office Woman's Club Bazaar Dave and the Fraternity Lease Ozzie, Joe and the Fashion Models A Wife in the Office A Letter About Harriet The Ballerina A Bedtime Story Kris Plays Cupid The Petition Rick's Raise Breakfast for Harriet A Painting from the Past A Rose a Day Kris and the Queen The Prowler A Message from Kris Flying Down to Lunch The Ghost Town Trip Trap Waiting for Joe Dave's Other Office
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Great CollectionOct. 5 2007
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I recently purchased the Essential Ozzie and Harriet Collection and have to say that it exceeds my expectations. I have not viewed all 100 episodes but those that I did are very watchable and very funny. This is a 12 disc set and I had a problem with several of the discs that I received in the original shipment from Amazon. They made a high pitch spinning noise in my OPPO DVD player. I contacted Amazon customer service and they immediately shipped me out a replacement set. It was a real pleasure dealing them them. They really seem to care about their customers. I received the second set in two days and had similar problems with other discs. Mind you again all were watchable. I again contacted Amazon Customer Service and they offered to refund my money or ship a third set. I told them to standby and I contacted Mill Creek to discuss the problem I was having. The customer service people at Mill Creek were also excellent and immediately shipped out the three disc's that I was having a problem with. They solved the problem.
Both Amazon and Mills Creek showed that they really care about there customers and stand 100% behind their products.
I continue to watch the set several times a week and have enjoyed each episode. Some even have the original commercials in them. I highly recommend the set to any Ozzie and Harriet fan.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Nelson's at your pleasureSept. 13 2007
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This 12 DVD set of 100 hundred episodes "The Essential Ozzie and Harriet collection" is the single largest collection available from Mill Creek Entertainment. Prior collections available on DVD usually contain 4 episodes in one to four separate volumes. This is a fantastic buy in one book style package of virtually all the available episodes for a very small price.
As far as quality over quantity the official Nelson estate "The Best of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" 4 DVD set from Shout Factory should be your first stop, and is a must for any true fan or Ozzie & Harriet collector. That said, this product states on the rear of the package the "episodes have been digitally re-mastered." The sound is of excellent quality including for the musical performances. The vast majority of the episodes have good to very good video quality. Some of the shows have what I would call problems with the contrast-their faces are washed out too white. Their is a minimal amount of artifact or jittering of the video in a only few episodes. We obviously don't know how terrible the source material was for these video transfers so I surmise they cleaned them up the best they could without breaking the bank on any one episode. If these shows were truly digitally re-mastered it was only to a certain point dictated by budget issues most likely.
No special features or commentaries in this unofficial release of public domain episodes. It has a basic menu allowing all or each individual show to be played. The 12 DVD's are each in their own pocket slip case with art to match the cover and number 1-12 with the episodes printed on the back of each. The front box cover opens like a book with the 12 discs piled together in a single space inside. The back cover has all one hundred shows listed in order, but not by DVD so you are not sure which particular disc to go for without looking at the pocket cases inside.
The episodes themselves seem to be in chronological order with the first ones having Ricky and David as boys,then in college and then married as attorneys at the end. There are plenty of singing performances by Ricky. A particular delight is some singing and duets by Ozzie & Harriet together such as in "A Cruise for Harriet". The boys are featured doing many different activities as they grow older, such as David dressed up in black leather a la Marlon Brando racing motorcycles against his parents concerns in "The Motorcycle". The commercials for Hotpoint, Listerine, Kodack and especially Coca-Cola are fun must see vintage all by themselves. This box set with so many episodes will give the newbie fan or collector a real good picture into the life of the overall show as a whole-the longest running sitcom of its kind in TV history on ABC from 1952-1966 with a total of 435 episodes.