The Munsters: The Complete First Season [Import]
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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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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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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.Read more ›
I love the Munsters and think they are a much more interesting TV family then the boring TV families from Leave it To Beaver, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show, etc, etc, etc!
btw: Marilyn was played by two different actors in the first season First by Beverly Owen and than by Pat Priest and as much as I like Pat Priest I wonder why she replaced Beverly Owen and whatever happed to Beverly Owen.
I still will get The Munsters on DVD because the show is great, but it is painful to think of how expensive the next DVD will be(...).
Most recent customer reviews
With Canada long winter months nothing better that a great old fashion TV show to watch. The Munsters are a very funny family that you can watch for hours.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this very much. Replaced my double sided discs for single sided discs.Published 6 months ago by Larry S
One of the best old sitcoms out there. Gotta love Herman's innocence. Wish this series back in it's day had been longer.Published on Oct. 31 2013 by Herman Munster
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