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The Munsters: The Complete Series

Fred Gwynne , Al Lewis    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Season One
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

Season Two
The second and final season of The Munsters seamlessly carries on the sardonic picture of family life painted in the monster-comedy's first year. Family head Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) continues to vacillate between thick-headedness and intellectual posturing. His wife, Lily (Yvonne DeCarol), has her feet on the ground, even if her daughter-of-Dracula looks skew her idea of beauty and grace. Grandpa (Al Lewis), the irascible vampire, spends his time concocting mad inventions and criticizing Herman. Young Eddie (Butch Patrick) goes to school and acts like any other kid except, well, he isn't. And lovely Marilyn (Pat Priest) is still stuck with low self-esteem, convinced by her Uncle Herman, Aunt Lily and Grandpa that she's an unattractive woman who scares away potential suitors. In the opening episode, "Herman's Child Psychology," Herman disastrously attempts to convince Eddie not to run away from home by acting as if his son's behavior is no big deal. The very funny "Herman, the Master Spy" finds the big man taken aboard a Russian submarine, where the undersea comrades assume he must be some sort of strange fish. "A Man for Marilyn" concerns Grandpa's ridiculous effort to turn a frog into a handsome boyfriend for Marilyn, an experiment he assumes must have worked when a good-looking guy turns up at the Munster home. (The fellow is there because he assumes Marilyn is being held against her will by monsters.) "Big Heap Herman" is a particularly silly but enjoyable story about an Indian tribe that has been awaiting the arrival of a god who looks, of course, like Herman.

Along with seasons one and two on The Munsters: The Complete Series are a couple of post-TV series, theatrical movies of differing quality. In Munster, Go Home, Herman discovers he's the new lord of Munster Hall in England. Crossing the Atlantic with his family to claim his inheritance, Herman is met with hostility by the would-be heirs (played by Terry-Thomas and Hermione Gingold) and a plot to eliminate him from a car race. While the film takes something away from The Munsters by placing them in foreign territory, Munster, Go Home is still a lot of fun. Less so is the cheap-looking The Munsters' Revenge, a 1981 potboiler in which Herman and Grandpa are charged with crimes committed by robot monsters from a wax museum. Hard to watch and kind of greasy-looking, Revenge is instantly forgettable, even with Sid Caesar's participation. --Tom Keogh

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Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick. The lovable Munster Family took its short-lived, two-season run and made TV icons of Herman the undertaker, his wife Lily, warlock Grandpa, son Eddie and un-munsterlike" oddball niece Marilyn. Includes 70 episodes on 12 DVDs. 1964-66/b&w/29 hrs., 52 min/NR/fullscreen.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Enjoyment Aug. 8 2009
By Raymond A. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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What a BARGAIN !! Not only do you get all 70 episodes of this timeless series , that unfortunately only ran two seasons, but both full length Motion Pictures (in glorious colour !!) BUT...you also get the never aired series pilot, also filmed in colour ! The acting is supurb without being too campy like some series of the sixties (and some from the '90's !) The picture and sound quality of the DVD's is amazing, even though the sound is mono, it still seperates nicely through surround sound stereo systems. I would highly recomend this set to any one who loves good old "wholesome" family comedy. Also, buying the complete series box set is less expensive than buying the seasons seperately.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic corny sixties tv July 17 2010
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Just as I remember goofy and totally innocent fun. Fred Gwynne is the star and is as hapless as Herman.The later remake with John Schuck as Herman never had a chance and was just bad.
If your a fan of the tv from the sixties this is one of the most original ideas that they came up with. Totally worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars - All in one funny! May 2 2011
Format:DVD
Great dvd series, funny! Includes both seasons, and the tv movies which I didn't know it included before I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Munsters: The Complete Series Nov. 9 2012
By Ida M.
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I love this DVD collection of The Munsters. All of the characters are great, especially Fred Gwynn. His facial expressions are priceless, and he and Al Lewis are a fantastic comedy team. Watching the episodes brought back memories of enjoying The Munsters as a child. It's just pure, great family entertainment! Quite amazing that all 70 episodes were completed in just two years! Loved the extras on each DVD as well. Great information about the actors, the making of The Munsters, etc. This collection is definitely worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Munsters---The Complete Series Dec 27 2011
By JR
Format:DVD
A Must Have....worth every penny...
The Classic " MONSTER Family"...good clean fun.....
Their 2 seasons on air was cut short....too bad !!!
PLUS you get an added value of their 2 full feature Films.....WOW !
Growing up I hardly could wait for the next episode....back then you got ONE show a week...not like today...

Your purchase wont disapoint you.....Great Clarity on film...

If you have thought about your purchase.....Buy it now....it's on reduced sale !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SERIES / SET!! July 25 2013
By FETT1
Format:DVD
THE MUNSTERS...WOW!!!..How can this not be GREAT!! The series premiered in the mid 60's(when TV SHOWS ruled!!)
Great set ..mostly B/W episodes with the original pilot in color !
Also includes 2 of THE MUNSTERS MOVIES...MUNSTER GO HOME!! and MUNSTERS REVENGE....
If your a FAN OF THE 60 GENRE TV shows this is for you!I can't get enough of these shows ...
So go ahead and buy the series ..sit back and REMEMBER what GOOD 'ol TV SHOWS used to be like!

5 outta 5 :|)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Friendly Munsters! June 5 2013
By Leah-S TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
*PLEASE NOTE: I do not own this exact version, I own season 1 & season 2 not the "Complete Series" version. The DVDs I bought were sold separately, however, I still wanted people to be informed of the quality of the show because I believe it's still the same DVDs, only they are now sold in a different package & sold all together.

My mom used to watch this show as a kid & told me all about it, as the years went by I'd seen a few episodes here & there. When I heard they were releasing the series to DVD I knew it was a must-have for my collection. I love this show, it's a classic, I especially enjoy watching it around Halloween.

Season 1 & 2:

DVDs: They are double sided so the box set isn't too big, the episodes are shown in black & white as they originally aired. They may not be HD but they are still good quality.

This is a must-have for any Munsters fan, it's a truly entertaining show, all of the actors fit the characters so perfectly. I've seen some of the remakes & I'm not a fan, the original is by far the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Munsters! May 31 2013
By Tanya
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this because I had seen it on reruns. So I enjoyed it and got my 13 year old daughter hooked on it as well. LOVE IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for the whole family!
It's the Munsters! great to watch whenever. my young kids enjoyed it very much as well
Published 2 months ago by Philip Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy.
great series
Published 2 months ago by RAY RICHARDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great compilation
Published 2 months ago by Diomar Ferreira
4.0 out of 5 stars TRÈS BON SOUVENIR
J'AVAIS D'EXCELLENT SOUVENIR DE JEUNESSE DE CETTE ÉMISSION ET CE COFFRET M'A CONFIRMÉ MON IMPRESSION DE JEUNESSE. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Punching
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious - just as I remembered
Received quickly and in perfect condition. I now have my teenage daughter watching this and she loves it. Some of the old shows are the best.
Published 3 months ago by leprechaunlass
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
Loved to watch this seies again 30 yrs later. It was just as funny now as it was then. Laugh ot loud.
Published 6 months ago by Duke21
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
As a youngster I loved laughing at such strange characters living and working in their neighborhood, thinking they were perfectly normal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mikmi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Munsters
So sad that they only made 2 seasons,but after watching a doc.on Fred,doing the show almost killed him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mark dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Munster are a ghoulish goy!
The Munsters was always one of my favorite shows and still holds the audience in suspended animation! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. P. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The golden age of Sit-Coms. No relying on social issues or any of the other trash people find funny. Lewis and Gwynne great comedy team.
Published 9 months ago by Bruce Sparks
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