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The Munsters: The Complete First Season

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  • Actors: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest
  • Directors: Charles Barton, David Alexander, Earl Bellamy, Ezra Stone, Jerry Paris
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Aug. 24 2004
  • Run Time: 966 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CX1LG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,904 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It has its own stormy weather and fire-breathing housepet named Spot, but the mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Heights is otherwise like any other American sitcom home. This is the address of the Munsters, the family that for two seasons, 1964-66, found a permanent place in pop culture--if not "monster" success. Developed by Leave It to Beaver team Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, the series was a standard sitcom (complete with the same awful canned laughter), except that the Ward Cleaver character was a reanimated corpse.

Dad Herman (Fred Gwynne) was a Frankenstein's monster, mom Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo) and Grandpa (Al Lewis) were vampires, and son Eddie (Butch Patrick) a little wolf-boy. Munster niece Marilyn was inexplicably normal, which prompted much worry from the other members of the family (she was played in early episodes by Beverly Owen, who left to get married, and then by Pat Priest). The plots revolve around typically tortured sitcom situations: Herman must lose weight to fit into his old Army uniform, Herman has insomnia, Herman takes dance lessons from a crooked instructor. (As that list would suggest, 6'5" Fred Gwynne's wonderfully agile slapstick and Borscht Belt comedy made him the center of the show.)

What distinguished The Munsters from Father Knows Best was the Universal horror-movie lineage and the ghoulish one-liners (the latter growing a bit tedious after a while). The three-disc DVD has all 38 first-season episodes in excellent transfers, a 15-minute pilot with different actors as Lily and Eddie, and no extras or commentaries. High points include "Hot Rod Herman," which features the tricked-out Munster Koach and Drag-u-la (boss wagons both), and "Eddie's Nickname," the one where Grandpa gives Eddie a potion that causes the boy's beard to grow (a weirdly memorable image, if you're a kid). The show was either pure kiddie farce or a radical comment on the absurdly unreal world of sitcoms. Either way, if you grew up with them as an alternate TV family, you can't help but have warm feelings for the Munsters, as clammy as they are. --Robert Horton

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By Welt on July 6 2004
Format: DVD
I always preferred 'The Munsters' to 'The Addams Family'. Both have their own certain charm, though.
We're finally treated to the complete first season of 'The Munsters' on DVD. Personally, I can't wait. The nostalgia that bleeds from this show can only be rivaled by the likes of the original 60's Spider-Man cartoons and the original Star Trek. What to expect of this short-lived 60's sitcom is, corny gags, cheezy sets, inept and silly plots, annoying laugh-track that snickers at anything, goofy endings and ridiculously hammy acting.
Would you really have it any other way?
The cast is quite perfect, though. The bulky, dopey, sensitive, half-wit Frankenstein, Herman. The sultry yet prudish, Lily. The sneaky, sarcastic and "brilliant" mad-scientist, Grandpa. The innocent and always curious werewolf-child, Eddie. And the frightfully normal teenage prom-queen, Marilyn (who is shunned and dubbed a freak for being so ordinary and pretty).
All in all, 'The Munsters' is just pure fun. Grab this DVD if you're into it. If not, then go run to your precious 'Addams Family'.
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One of my favorite shows as a kid - and really never equaled, thanks to the cast - it looks like "The Munsters" Season One will finally be coming to DVD on August 24th!! The SciFi Channel's official website is reporting that season one is going to be released in time for the "Munster" 40th anniversary, and not only will include all 38 episodes from the show's first season, bu t also the previously unaired pilot! This could mean a high pricetag - suggested retail is $59.98 - but for me this is one of the best DVD-TV releases ever, and if I have to sell blood to Grandpa myself, I will get mine the first day out!
The show - for those of you who've been under a rock - is about a weird family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane named Munster, which consists of father Herman (a Frankenstein's monster), his wife Lily (a vampire), her father the Count (Count Dracula, that is), Lily and Herman's son Eddie (a wolf-boy), and Lily's "homely" niece Marilyn (who is gorgeous, but " homely" in their monster world).
Should the episodes be on the disks as aired, here's what should keep us in stitches for hours:
1. Munster Masquerade
2. My Fair Munster
3. A Walk on the Mild Side
4. Rock-a-Bye Munster
5. Pike's Pique
6. Low-Cal Munster
7. Tin Can Man
8. Herman the Great
9. Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie
10. Autumn Croakus
11. The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster
12. The Sleeping Cutie
13. Family Portrait
14. Grandpa Leaves Home
15. Herman's Rival
16. Grandpa's Call of the Wild
17. All-Star Munster
18. If a Martian Answers, Hang Up
19. Eddie's Nickname
20. B ats of a Feather
21. Don't Bank on Herman
22. Dance With Me, Herman
23. Follow That Munster
24. Love Locked Out
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Critic TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So many of the previous reviews are done in anticipation of the DVD release, but not much has been said about the set itself. What you get is the Munsters in their original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with the unaired pilot in color and the first 38 episodes of the show in glorious Black & White. Other than a few minor problems, the set is well done and Universal Studios should be commended for giving us the Munsters Season One on DVD.

The sound in Dolby Digital 2.0 is very clean and well done, considering that this show is over 40 years old. The picture quality is superior to any of Munsters episodes I have seen in any previous format before. However there are some very minor specks and debris in some episodes, but really nothing to complain about. There are also a number of scenes in various episodes where the picture contrast is on the dark side and it's hard to make out some of the images or fine detail in the scene. Overall these minor problems do not take away from the great quality of this set.

The packaging is well done with nice artwork throughout. One major drawback is that the 38 episodes are on dual sided discs. While I'm not a big fan of this format, it does keep the cost down. In my opinion after seeing the original pilot in color, I think the Studio made the right choice to film the show in Black & White. Overall the Munsters Season One is hilarious and quirky fun for the whole family and the characters are just as loveable today. There's really nothing to think about if you're a fan of the show, grab your set today!!

This three-disc Dual sided DVD set has all 38 first-season episodes with remastered transfers, and includes the 15-minute pilot with different actors as Lily and Eddie, unfortunately there are no extras or commentaries.
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i have been a Munsters' fan for as long as i can remember. when i received news about the long-awaited DVD release of the 1st season, you can imagine my excitement. there is only 1 thing that is bothering me about the 1st season release. i wonder if Universal is going to correct the spelling error on the cover of the box - "THE COMPLETTE FIRST SEASON". nevertheless, i can overlook something as small as that, as long as i have my Munsters' on DVD that's all that matters!!!!
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