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Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 2
Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 2
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Best Of" Volume 2 = Walnuts, Baby Confusion, And Flashbacks, July 9 2004
This review is from: Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 2 (DVD)
This second volume in Image Entertainment's "Best Of" series of DVDs serves up four more memorable episodes from one of the greatest TV shows of all-time: "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
Watch the following four eps. in glorious restored and re-mastered Digital clarity ..........
1.) "Where Did I Come From?" (From Season 1; Air Date: 01/03/1962).
2.) "That's My Boy??" (From Season 3; Air Date: 09/25/1963).
3.) "It May Look Like A Walnut" (From Season 2; Air Date: 02/06/1963).
4.) "October Eve" (From Season 3; Air Date: 04/08/1964).
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These four episodes are, without fear of (much) argument, four of the all-time best that this great 1960s TV series has to offer. Each one resides in the "classic" drawer, IMO.
Image has even seen fit to include some bonus material here, which consists of: An Emmy Awards video clip; cast interview snippets; a 23-minute "Making Of" featurette focusing on the "Walnut" episode; a "Meet The Cast" section (which consists of text-only "mini-bios" for the cast members); and a cute extra called "The Ottoman Tripper", which is a 1-question trivia game. If you select the wrong answer to the question, you're taken to a film clip from the opening titles of the show where Rob trips over the living-room ottoman. A correct guess affords you a clip of Rob sidestepping the ottoman. A "Play All" option is also included.
NOTE: On Image's season boxed sets, three of these four episodes have Audio Commentary Tracks (all except the "Walnut" ep.). However, those star commentaries have *not* been included for this single-disc version of these episodes. So, if you want to hear any Commentary Tracks, you'll have to get the full-season sets.
Video quality is outstanding for these shows, with the Dolby Digital sound garnering equal praise.
Some additional info regarding this disc .............
Video Aspect Ratio -- 1.33:1 (Full Frame).
Audio -- DD 2.0 English Mono.
Subtitles? -- No.
DVD Region Code -- "Zero".
Insert Included? -- Yes.
Packaging -- Keep Case.
It's oh so very hard to pick a "Best" among these excellent "Best Of" volumes that Image Entertainment has released for fans of the show who want to collect just *some* of the great shows from Dick Van Dyke's series. But if I were *forced* (at gunpoint) to choose just one of the five discs to buy, I might just have to go with this "Volume #2". Four LOL-inducing episodes, all with a high re-watchability factor built into each one. You can't go wrong when you select any of the shows on this DVD!

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Material For Season 5; Another Nice Array Of Extras!, July 5 2004
Following is a complete listing of the BONUS FEATURES that are included on Image Entertainment's 5-Disc boxed set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show Season Five". The majority of this extra material is located on Disc # 5. ...............
>> 2 Audio Commentaries with Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke (for the episodes "Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth" and "The Gunslinger").
>> 1 Audio Commentary featuring the trio of Rose Marie, Larry Mathews, and Bill Idelson (for the episode "Dear Sally Rogers"). .... NOTE: The packaging for this set says that Ann Morgan Guilbert participates in this commentary. This is incorrect. It's Larry Mathews, not Guilbert, providing the third voice here.
>> Clip from the 1969 TV Special "Dick Van Dyke And The Other Woman" (Length -- 6:57). .... This bonus is priceless! It's not a song-and-dance clip with Dick and Mary, but instead a "look back" at "The Dick Van Dyke Show". A film clip is provided from the episode "The Impractical Joke", and you'll appreciate the excellent picture quality on these boxed sets even more after seeing this clip, which obviously hasn't been re-mastered or cleaned up too much.  But what makes this bonus feature priceless is an "outtake" from the fifth-season episode "You Ought To Be In Pictures", which is actually an "alternate take" of a scene in that episode. In this hilarious "alternate" version of the scene, Rob (Dick) deliberately goes way "over the top", as he overacts, cries, and carries on in baby-like fashion.  You'll be rolling on the floor after seeing this! 
>> Video footage from the 2003 "TV Land Awards" (9:36). .... This is a series of acceptance speeches made by the Van Dyke Show's cast members.  Carl Reiner steals the moment here, with several humorous quips, proving that his comic mind was still razor-sharp even as he approached the age of 81.
>> 1992 video clip from "Comic Relief" (6:12). .... This clip features Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams, along with the main cast members of the Van Dyke Show.
>> Sketch featuring Dick with "Mama" Cass Elliot (5:33). .... This comedy sketch (in color) comes from Cass Elliot's 1973 TV Special "Don't Call Me Mama Anymore".
>> Cast interview footage (snipped from the 1994 CBS-TV Special, "The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered").
>> CBS promo for "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (1971-1974). .... In addition to the 30-second color video clip advertising the show, this bonus also offers up some very interesting information about Dick's short-lived second sitcom, via a series of text screens (including cast lists). Very informative and well-done.
>> A "TV-Land" promo clip for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (0:30).
>> Emmy Awards footage. ... We get to see three separate awards dished up in these color clips from the Emmy telecast of May 22, 1966.  Picture quality is pretty good. Not perfect, but certainly good enough. (And check out the hairdo on Mary Tyler Moore!)
>> Don Rickles Remembers His 2-Part Episode (7:05). .... The two-parter in question, which had Rickles (as "Lyle Delp") robbing the Petries in an elevator (at "comb-point"), was actually from season four. But this "look back" by Rickles is included in the Season 5 set. Carl Reiner introduces this bonus segment, telling us it's kind of a "flashback" to the Season 4 DVD set. LOL!
>> Theatrical Trailer (in B&W) for "The Art Of Love", a 1965 feature film co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner (0:47).
>> Photo Galleries for many episodes (although there aren't as many here as in the other seasonal sets). .... Each of the Photo Galleries is on a "timed" self-running track, but each picture can be "paused" for a longer look.
>> Four-page collectible booklet, which includes Van Dyke Show facts, photos, and mini-bio pieces on Richard Deacon and Carl Reiner.
EASTER EGGS --- Several "Nick At Nite" TV promos are buried as "Eggs". There's at least one Egg on each of the five discs in this set. Go to any of the episode sub-menus and start scrolling down the various chapters.  With any chapter highlighted (it varies), click "Left Arrow" on the remote control.  If there's an "Egg" there, the "highlighted" area will move from the chapter title to the upper right-hand corner of the screen (where there's an artist drawing of Dick Van Dyke).  If you see a "glow" around Mr. Van Dyke's head, you know you've hit an Easter Egg.  Press "Enter" or "Play" at this stage, and be taken to the promotional clips.
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Image Entertainment and Paul Brownstein Productions have done a bang-up job of unearthing gobs of great bonus features to place on the five "Dick Van Dyke Show" seasonal boxed sets. About the only thing missing that would have been nice to have on these sets are the many bloopers and outtakes from the series. (Although the inclusion on this fifth-season collection of that previously-mentioned "alternate take" from one episode is certainly better than nothing.)
I have a poor-quality VHS tape that contains approximately 25 minutes of Van Dyke Show bloopers and outtakes, so I know that many bloopers *do* exist in the vaults (somewhere). Such deleted material would have capped off these DVD-on-DVD sets very nicely, IMO. But even without them, the totality of the bonus material included on the five boxed sets is really quite remarkable (considering the age of this TV program).
I believe, in fact, the only reason that the blooper reels were not presented as a part of these sets is because of Carl Reiner's own desire that they *not* be put on the DVDs. Carl has stated that he'd rather not have his famous Van Dyke Show cast be seen "out of character" while filming the episodes, which *does* happen often in the batch of outtakes I've seen via my VHS cassette.
So, it's only proper to honor Mr. Reiner's wishes on this matter, which obviously was done with regard to the final DVD products that have been placed on the market.
But, who knows, maybe Carl will change his mind about the bloopers some day in the future; and perhaps those very funny outtakes will one day end up on the DVD-Video format. (I'm hoping so; so I can replace that awful VHS copy of bloopers.) :)

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Image Completes Series With A 5th Impeccable Season Set!, July 4 2004
Image Entertainment's splendid final effort in its series of Dick Van Dyke Show full-season boxed sets provides viewers with all 31 episodes of the show's fifth and last season (1965-1966), meaning that all 158 classic Van Dyke Show episodes are now available on the DVD-Video format, via the five multi-disc sets distributed by Image Entertainment, Inc.
High praise must go to Image for producing 5 such fine DVD boxed sets, and for getting them onto the market so quickly.  Season sets #1 and #2 were both released on October 21, 2003, with subsequent releases occurring on February 24, April 27, and June 29 of 2004.  So, in just the short space of 8 months, every single episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show has been made available.
SEASON FIVE --- Most TV shows seem to go downhill in quality (writing-wise) with the passage of time.  I do not believe such a malady plagued Carl Reiner's baby, "The Dick Van Dyke Show".  There are many, many good-as-gold episodes to be found in the cast's swan-song season.  Such as: "Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth" (which is among my all-time favorite V.Dyke entries!), "You're Under Arrest", "The Curse Of The Petrie People", "Long Night's Journey Into Day", and the final episode of the series to be filmed -- a very funny Western spoof entitled "The Gunslinger". 
The overall quality of the writing and the acting in this series was consistently excellent, in my opinion, throughout the entire show's run --- from the perfectly-charming debut episode, "The Sick Boy And The Sitter" (aired October 3, 1961), right through to the final episode, "The Last Chapter", which originally aired on June 1, 1966.  (NOTE --- "The Gunslinger", as mentioned above, was actually the cast & crew's final episode filmed.  But "The Last Chapter" was the last show to hit the airwaves.)
The episodes on these five "Region Free" discs are presented in their original uncut form (with an average running time of slightly more than 25 minutes each, including all credits).
VIDEO/AUDIO QUALITY --- Excellent (again)!  Just like the four sets that preceeded it, the fifth-season episodes look just great on DVD.  A few minor blemishes pop up from time to time, but not many. Clarity is just marvelous for a show of its age. The DVD transfers for all five of these stellar Dick Van Dyke Show boxed sets were taken from the original 35-mm. films of the episodes.  Since the "original" film sources were used here, we see a lot better quality than if second-generation filmed (or taped) source prints had been utilized to create the Digital Masters for these boxed sets.  And this extra quality definitely shines through on each of these Image discs.
The audio is presented in its original Mono (2.0 Dolby Digital Mono), and merits good marks for clarity as well.  I have no trouble hearing any of the snappy dialogue at all.  Very good mono sound here.
PACKAGING --- In the previous tradition of these Image sets, the fifth DVD-on-DVD installment gives us a nice sturdy outer slipcase to hold the 5 individual ("ThinPak") plastic cases.  The outer slipcase, consistent with Seasons 1 through 4, is presented in the guise of an old-fashioned black-and-white TV set, with an area cut out of the "screen" portion of the television monitor which holds a removable lenticular (3-D type) "motion picture" card, showing an image from the Van Dyke Show.  Season Five's 3-D picture shows Rob & Laura Petrie dancing in the living room of the Petrie home. This image comes from the second-season episode, "Ray Murdock's X-Ray".
Each of the five separate slim cases housing the Van Dyke discs have different cover-art sleeves. Information on each disc's episodes is also shown on all the individual cases, with episode numbers, air dates, film dates, a brief program description, and chapter title listings.
A great deal of thought and care obviously went into the packaging design and presentation, and it shows.  The makers of these sets knew that many buyers (like myself) would want this classic TV series presented in a way so the sets would be deemed "collector's items".  And Image's attractive, user-friendly, and (above all) durable way of packaging these Dick Van Dyke Show sets have not disappointed.  The "collectability" feel is definitely there in each of these boxed sets.
MENUS --- Straight-forward and to-the-point.  Simplicity at its finest.  Which is just fine by me.  No fancy, slow-to-get-there, animated transitions from one menu to another.  The Season 5 Main Menu is structured the same as the previous sets in this series. Upon initial disc load-up, the show's theme song plays (one time), then stops. But even this can easily be quickly bypassed by pressing "Top Menu" on your remote. Each of that disc's 6 or 7 episodes are listed on screen right from the Main Menu (plus added options at the bottom of the screen for "Special Features" and "Play All Episodes").
Each episode has its own sub-menu, with chapter listing, plus an "Extras" area on some episode sub-menus, which will take you to any bonus features connected with that particular program.
There have been countless TV shows aired since the "boob tube" was invented, but there's one particular series that entered American living rooms from 1961 to 1966 that stands head and shoulders above 95% of the rest of the pack (in my opinion) -- and it starred a skinny "human waterfall" named Dick Van Dyke and a pretty, toothy, young actress by the name of Mary Tyler Moore.   "The Dick Van Dyke Show", created by Carl Reiner, shall forever remain one of finest programs in television history.  Very few shows can match it for its just flat-out "entertainment" value, nor for its high re-watchability factor.
And there's no better way to view "The Dick Van Dyke Show" than by watching Image's five exquisite full-season DVD boxed sets.  These season sets are essential for any fan of Classic TV.
Check out my separate "BONUS MATERIAL" review for this product for information on all the great supplemental features that are incorporated into this Season-Five boxed set.

Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 1
Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 1
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Banner Episodes, Including The First Show! Plus The Pilot!, July 3 2004
This review is from: Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 1 (DVD)
Image Entertainment has produced five single-disc "Best Of" volumes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" for fans of this timeless 1960s situation comedy who might not want to dive head-first into the more costly full-season DVD boxed sets.
Each one of these five separately-available DVDs contains four Van Dyke Show episodes. Now we all know that these type of "Best Of" dealies are not going to please everybody. Each fan has his or her own "favorites" list. However, in the case of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", it'd be hard to get a "bad apple", in my opinion. Nearly *all* of the 158 episodes during the program's 5-year duration on the air are "favorites" as far as I'm concerned. Overall, I think fans of the show should be pleased with the episodes that Image has selected from the Van Dyke Show archives for these five "Best Of" DVD-Video discs.
This first volume has the following episodes ...........
1.) "The Sick Boy And The Sitter" (From Season 1 [Premiere Episode]; Air Date: 10/03/1961).
2.) "Big Max Calvada" (From Season 3; Air Date: 11/20/1963).
3.) "Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth" (From Season 5; Air Date: 09/15/1965).
4.) "Dear Sally Rogers" (From Season 5; Air Date: 02/23/1966).
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Picture quality is virtually perfect for all the above episodes, thanks to the great-looking Film-to-DVD transfers used by Image and Paul Brownstein Productions.
There's even a batch of "Bonus" features on each of these "Best Of" volumes, making these value-priced discs even a better bargain! ..... Extra bonuses for Volume 1 include the complete "Pilot" episode for "The Dick Van Dyke Show", called "Head Of The Family" -- which stars Carl Reiner as Rob Petrie. There are also some interview clips with members of the cast and crew, plus a video clip (in color) from the 1966 Emmy Awards telecast.
Plus: There's a text "bio" feature ("Meet The Cast"), along with a trivia game ("The Ottoman Tripper"). In addition, this disc contains a "Play All" option, for continuous playing of all four episodes back-to-back.
More data about this DVD..............
DVD Region Code -- "Zero".
Subtitles -- None.
Aspect Ratio -- Full Frame (1.33:1).
Audio -- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English only).
Insert? -- Yes.
Packaging -- Keep Case.
So, if you have a hankerin' to watch Rob & Laura and the rest of the gang from "The Dick Van Dyke Show", but don't want to invest in the full-season sets, then pick up one or two (or better yet, all five!) of these nicely-done discs featuring "The Best Of The Dick Van Dyke Show"!

Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 3
Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 3
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 3 -- Yep, It's Another Winning DvD Compilation!, July 3 2004
This review is from: Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 3 (DVD)
Volume #3 in Image's "The Best Of The Dick Van Dyke Show" series of five single-disc DVDs digitally dishes up four more hilarious offerings from this landmark TV sitcom, which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966.
Included amongst this disc's episodes is "Never Bathe On Saturday", which is one of the funniest episodes of any comedy series ever (in my humble opinion that is). :)
Here's this volume's list of programs (with air-date information) ..........
1.) "One Hundred Terrible Hours" (From Season 4; Air Date: 05/05/1965).
2.) "Uhny Uftz" (From Season 5; Air Date: 09/29/1965).
3.) "Never Bathe On Saturday" (From Season 4; Air Date: 03/31/1965).
4.) "The Secret Life Of Buddy And Sally" (From Season 2; Air Date: 11/28/1962).
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A nice, funny assortment of Van Dyke Show entries indeed. These value-priced 4-episode "Best Of" discs are great for the Dick Van Dyke fan who doesn't want to necessarily collect *every* single episode via the also-available complete-season compilations offered through Image Entertainment.
These "Best Of" DVDs also contain some supplemental material, which is a pleasant surprise. Some interview footage is included here, as well as a short clip from another TV series starring Dick Van Dyke, "Diagnosis Murder", which has a "Van Dyke Show" tie-in.
Two additional "mini" extras on the disc are: "Meet The Cast" (text-only "biography" feature) and "The Ottoman Tripper" (trivia game).
Some more details & specs regarding this Best-Of volume:
"Play All Episodes" Option? -- Yes.
Subtitles? -- No.
Video Ratio -- Full Frame (1.33:1).
Audio -- 2-Channel Dolby Digital Mono (English).
Is There A Paper Insert? -- Yes.
Packaging -- Keep Case.
DVD Region Code -- "Zero".
If you get all 5 "Best Of" volumes, you'll have 20 of the finest sitcom episodes ever made. However, be forewarned --- purchasing these single-disc volumes will more-than-likely lead to the "I Want 'Em All" Syndrome. It's bound to happen after watching some of these well-written Van Dyke programs! You can try to resist buying them all (via the season sets), but it might prove futile. After all, a Van Dyke Show fan is only human ... right? :-)

Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 4
Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 4
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura's Funniest Crying Jag; Don Rickles' 2-Parter; & More!, July 3 2004
This review is from: Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 4 (DVD)
Are you ready for 4 more funny programs with the Petries and assorted neighbors and friends? If so, this 4th installment of "The Best Of The Dick Van Dyke Show" won't disappoint you.
The four episodes housed on this digital disc are ............
1.) "Oh How We Met The Night That We Danced" (From Season 1; Air Date: 10/31/1961).
2.) "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" (From Season 1; Air Date: 10/10/1961).
3.) "4-And-A-Half" (From Season 4; Air Date: 11/04/1964).
4.) "The Alan Brady Show Goes To Jail" (From Season 4; Air Date: 11/11/1964).
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The video and audio shine brightly on this 4-episode "Best Of" disc! The black-and-white images are crystal-clear, with very little "noise" or other video distractions.
Menus: An "episode" menu comes on screen right away. There are separate "Chapter" listings for each of the four shows on the disc. A "Play All" feature is also included on this disc.
In addition -- A few special bonus features are also present here. ..... TV footage from the Emmy Awards, cast interviews, and a nifty bonus featuring Dick Van Dyke singing the show's theme song. Plus -- A "Meet The Cast" section of text "bios" and "The Ottoman Tripper" (a cool trivia game that features a funny video clip after answering the quiz question).
Here are some more details about this disc ...............
Subtitles -- None included.
Video -- Full Frame (Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1).
Audio -- 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono (English).
Paper Insert? -- Yes.
Packaging -- Keep Case.
DVD Region Code -- "Zero".

Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 5
Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 5
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 5 Gives Us "Rosebud", A Boat In The House, And More!, July 3 2004
This review is from: Dick Van Dyke:Best of. Vol 5 (DVD)
Here come four additional "Dick Van Dyke Show" episodes for your edification and scrutiny. And you won't be disappointed. As with the other 4 volumes in this series of "The Best Of The Dick Van Dyke Show" from Image Entertainment, Inc., this fifth installment provides four excellent programs from the endearing TV situation comedy from the 1960s, plus a few bonus features tossed in for good measure.
Here are the episodes you'll see in Volume #5 ................
1.) "What's In A Middle Name?" (From Season 2; Air Date: 11/07/1962).
2.) "The Curious Thing About Women" (From Season 1; Air Date: 01/10/1962).
3.) "All About Eavesdropping" (From Season 2; Air Date: 10/23/1963). **
4.) "One Angry Man" (From Season 1; Air Date: 03/07/1962).
** = This episode is included in the "Season Two" boxed set from Image; but it actually aired during Season 3. It, however, was filmed at the end of the show's season-two production schedule. And, since the Image boxed sets of the series are arranged by "Production Order", it means "All About Eavesdropping" is included in the Season Two collection.
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Picture quality reigns supreme on these re-mastered DVD versions of these Van Dyke episodes, and a more-than-adequate audio signal is achieved via the disc's 2-channel Dolby Digital soundtracks (in original Mono).
Bonus Material ...... "Rehearsal Footage" and Emmy Awards footage. A "Play All" feature is also included, along with a text "bio" section ("Meet The Cast") and a short trivia game called "The Ottoman Tripper".
Plus -- There's an additional bonus hiding as an "Easter Egg" on this disc. It's an original TV commercial for "Kent Cigarettes", featuring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke on the set of the Van Dyke Show. To get to the Egg, go to the Chapter Menu for the episode "What's In A Middle Name?", and "Left Click" while the "Opening Titles" chapter is highlighted. This will take you directly to the hidden TV commercial, without another remote-control keystroke required.
More disc information .................
Video -- Full Frame (1.33:1).
Audio -- English Dolby Digital Mono.
Subtitles? -- No.
Paper Insert? -- Yes.
DVD Region Code -- "Zero".
Packaging -- Keep Case.
These four episodes are all winners in my DvD book. You'll find out why Ritchie's middle name is "Rosebud"; you'll see Laura's "curiosity" produce some hilarious results; and in the classic "Eavesdropping" episode, you'll see the funniest game of "charades" ever filmed!

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 5
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5th-Season Episode Guide! This Final Year Is Still A Winner!, July 3 2004
Here's a complete Episode Guide for Season Five of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".  Creator Carl Reiner and Company produced thirty-one programs during the fifth and final year of this smart CBS sitcom.  All of them look terrific in this multiple-disc DVD collector's set. 
This episode list reflects the order in which the programs are presented within this DVD collection, arranged in sequence by "Production Date" (the date of filming the show), which does not always necessarily match the "Air Date" chronology.
The original CBS-TV "Air Dates" are listed in parenthesis:
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THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW -- SEASON #5 (1965-1966):
128. Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth (First Aired: 9/15/1965)
129. Uhny Uftz (9/29/1965)
130. The Ugliest Dog In The World (10/6/1965)
131. No Rice At My Wedding (10/13/1965)
132. Draw Me A Pear (10/20/1965)
133. The Great Petrie Fortune (10/27/1965)
134. Odd But True (11/3/1965)
135. Viva Petrie (11/10/1965)
136. Go Tell The Birds And The Bees (11/17/1965)
137. Body And Sol (11/24/1965)
138. See Rob Write, Write Rob Write (12/8/1965)
139. You're Under Arrest (12/15/1965)
140. Fifty-Two, Forty-Five Or Work (12/29/1965)
141. Who Stole My Watch? (1/5/1966)
142. Bad Reception In Albany (3/9/1966)
143. I Do Not Choose To Run (1/19/1966) **
144. The Making Of A Councilman (1/26/1966) **
145. The Curse Of The Petrie People (2/2/1966)
146. The Bottom Of Mel Cooley's Heart (2/9/1966)
147. Remember The Alimony (2/16/1966)
148. Dear Sally Rogers (2/23/1966)
149. Buddy Sorrell, Man And Boy (3/2/1966)
150. Long Night's Journey Into Day (5/11/1966)
151. Talk To The Snail (3/23/1966)
152. A Day In The Life Of Alan Brady (4/6/1966)
153. Obnoxious, Offensive Egomaniac Etc. (4/13/1966)
154. The Man From My Uncle (4/20/1966)
155. You Ought To Be In Pictures (4/27/1966)
156. Love Thy Other Neighbor (5/4/1966)
157. The Last Chapter (6/1/1966) *
158. The Gunslinger (5/25/1966)
* = For continuity reasons, "The Last Chapter" is presented as the last episode on Disc 5 of this boxed set. It was the final episode aired during the series' original network run in 1966, and therefore is presented as the last program on this boxed set.
** = Two-Part Episode
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This fifth DVD set from Image Entertainment follows in the stylish and plush footsteps of each of its four foregoers, featuring cool packaging and tons of bonus features.  If you've got the other sets in this series, you're gonna want this one too...without a doubt!
Van Dyke Show Trivia & Tidbits (And Guest Star Info) ...................................
>> The show walked away with four more Emmy Awards for its fifth and final season on the air, running its final total to 15 Emmys won during the show's 1961-1966 network run.  The series copped at least one Emmy prize each and every year it was in production; and won a minimum of two of the coveted TV trophies during each of its last four seasons.
>> Character actor Richard Deacon ("Mel Cooley"), who sadly passed away at age 63 in August 1984, was one busy actor during several of the years he was doing the Dick Van Dyke series.  In addition to being an integral (and extremely funny) part of the excellent cast on the Van Dyke Show, Richard, at the same time, was also co-starring on another top sitcom of the era, "Leave It To Beaver", in which he played the rather snobbish and overbearing "Fred Rutherford".  He appeared in both shows from 1961 to 1963 (when "Beaver" finished up its successful six-year network term).  "Deac", as he was affectionately known, also made brief appearances in a whole slew of major motion pictures during this very same "Dick Van Dyke Show" time period, including "Lover Come Back" (1961), "That Touch Of Mink" (1962), "The Birds" (1963), and "Hud" (1963), among others.
>> The Dick Van Dyke Show didn't rely heavily upon the appearances of "guest stars" throughout the course of its five seasons. And, due to the caliber of its strong and highly-appealing regular cast members, they really didn't have any need to feature outside talent very often. In fact, in my opinion, the very best episodes shine the spotlight on ONLY the regular cast members (Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Carl Reiner, and Larry Mathews).
However, several guest stars would pop up in the episodes from season to season. In case you're interested, here's a fairly comprehensive list of the major "Guest Stars" who put in at least one appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show .........
Jerry Van Dyke, Don Rickles, Jack Albertson, Vic Damone, Sue Ann Langdon, Bob Crane, Everett Sloane, Richard Dawson, Robert Vaughn, Greg Morris, Howard Morris, Denver Pyle, Strother Martin, Edward Platt, Jack Carter, Ed Begley, Billy DeWolfe, Arte Johnson, Wally Cox, Michael Constantine, Godfrey Cambridge, plus show executives Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard.
In addition, many other veteran "character" actors were highly visible throughout the 158 episodes of the series (usually in smaller roles). Such as: Allan Melvin, Dabbs Greer, Johnny Silver, Bill Idelson (who played "Herman Glimsher"), Jamie Farr (who played the "Snappy Service" man), J. Pat O'Malley, Jesse White, Amzie Strickland, Madge Blake, Ken Lynch (who's almost *always* a cop every time you see him in any TV show), Sandy Kenyon, Peter Leeds, Will Wright, Ross Elliott, Lennie Weinrib, Henry Gibson, Jerry Hausner, Marty Ingels, Isabel Randolph, Bernard Fox, Herbie Faye, William Schallert, Joby Baker, Herb Vigran, Jane Dulo, Ray Kellogg, Charles Aidman, Barney Phillips, Doris Packer, Jackie Joseph, Burt Mustin, Ken Berry, Ned Glass, Doris Singleton, Valerie Yerke, Bernie Kopell, and Frank Adamo. Adamo, who also served as Dick Van Dyke's "personal assistant", logged more bit parts during the series than any other actor, often popping up as a delivery boy, a waiter, or a party guest, etc.
For five complete TV seasons, the flawless regular cast, along with all of the above guest stars and extra bit players, helped make "The Dick Van Dyke Show" the high-quality, humor-filled program that it was. And thanks to these fabulous DVD boxed sets, this endearing TV series can be re-visited again and again ... and again!

The West Wing: The Complete First Season
The West Wing: The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Martin Sheen
Price: CDN$ 14.99
39 used & new from CDN$ 2.23

5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Dramas Ever To Grace TV Screens!, June 19 2004
I, like many other people, am very glad Aaron Sorkin created "The West Wing". Seasons 1 through 4 of the series (written by Mr. Sorkin) represent, in my view, the best drama program on commercial television since ...... umm ...... give me a few months and I might be able to come up with something (but it won't be an easy assignment).
It would be extremely difficult indeed to come up with a TV series that had a rookie season as spectacular as "The West Wing". Each and every one of the 22 first-season episodes located on this 4-Disc DVD collection is truly memorable. Not a bad apple in the bunch, in my opinion -- which is remarkable for any series that was just getting its feet wet.
This tremendous batch of programs includes "Five Votes Down", "Enemies", "In Excelsis Deo", "A Proportional Response", and "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet". These episodes, and all the others in this 1999-2000 campaign, are so darn good, I felt like re-watching each one of them two minutes after viewing them via these DVDs.
The crafting of each episode is absolutely remarkable and worthy of high praise. The effort (and obvious care and precision) that goes into shooting just one scene is amazing. Take for instance one of the very first scenes ever filmed (for the Pilot; which is discussed by actor John Spencer in one of the very informative Making-Of documentary pieces contained on Disc 4 of this set) -- As Mr. Spencer explains in the featurette, the scene in question (one of those long, walking-the-White-House-corridors-while-talking-a-mile-a-minute type of scenes, a "West Wing" speciality) was originally written by Aaron Sorkin to be EIGHT different shots! But, instead, they filmed it as just ONE continuous "hallway walking" scene....and it's simply amazing.
The acting on "The West Wing" is equal to the excellent writing of Mr. Sorkin. Every character is drawn well and realized to their full potential by the great collection of actors and actresses that were assembled for this TV series. It's very difficult (I would imagine) for ANY "West Wing" fan to choose his or her "favorite" character on this show. They're ALL favorites. They're ALL that good.
We're not likely to see a TV program this well done for a long, long time. And it's a privilege now to be able to own these hall-of-fame-caliber shows on the DVD format.
These episodes look and sound just fine on DVD. Video is in the originally-aired television ratio of 1.33:1. (NOTE: Season Two's DVD set goes to Widescreen, even though that season, like this first season, was also originally shown in the Full-Frame (1.33:1) ratio. Season #2, however, WAS "composed" through the camera lens for EITHER a Full-Frame OR a Widescreen ratio presentation. And Season 2, just like #1, looks great on DVD.)
Sound comes from Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround tracks. Even though the shows are Full-Frame here, the Menus are anamorphic in nature.
A very nice bundle of Special Features is served up here, including Audio Commentaries for five episodes (in which Aaron Sorkin participates). Many other bonuses are located on Disc 4. Here's a look ...........
>> Two terrific behind-the-scenes Making-Of documentaries, entitled "The Primaries" (17 minutes long) and "The Inauguration" (29 minutes), which both give us interviews with many members of the cast and crew, including Mr. Sorkin and "President Bartlet" himself (Martin Sheen). Fabulous stuff here.
>> Two other shorter featurettes are "Capital Beat" (8 minutes), which includes interviews with real-life political "consultants", who helped put a true-to-life political face on the series. And "Sheet Music" (6 minutes), which talks about the show's music.
>> 4 Deleted Scenes (total run time of just over 5 minutes). These scenes can be accessed individually, or played back-to-back via a "Play All" selection.
>> "Gag Order" -- A three-minute gag reel of bloopers and assorted oddball on-set happenings. There are a couple really funny screw-ups presented here. But this is way too short. It leaves you yearning for more. But -- it's fun while it lasts.
>> "The West Wing Suite" -- This is a montage of some scenes from Season 1 of "The West Wing", with appropriate musical accompaniment. But I'm not entirely sure what purpose this bonus is supposed to serve here. It's nice, I guess, as a kind of "trailer" for Season One. It has a running time of just under 2 minutes.
>> "Off The Record" -- This bonus segment (of 3.5 minutes duration) is a collection of outtakes from the four featurettes/documentaries on the DVD.
>> Easter Egg -- There's a nifty little 2.5-minute "Egg" hidden on Disc 4 (the "Special Features" only disc). It highlights "Manny: Head Of Security", who is in charge of keeping people off the West Wing set when scenes are being filmed. This is a really fun Easter Egg, which also shows West Wing actor Richard Schiff having fun with "Manny" while riding around aimlessly on the studio lot in a golf cart-like vehicle. Kind of neat.
You access the "Egg" by hitting your remote's Left Arrow key followed immediately by the Right Arrow key from any of the eight Special Features Menu choices on Disc #4. After performing this "Left then Right Arrow" combination you'll see a "Star" come on the screen. Pressing "Enter" or "Play" with the star on the Menu screen will access the "Manny" Easter Egg.
Overall, it's a pretty satisfying batch of supplements offered up for this boxed set. But, in the end, this DVD collection would have been worth the price even if the 4th disc of bonus materials was excluded altogether. For it's the twenty-two magnificent episodes themselves that are truly the stars here.

Exorcist [Import]
Exorcist [Import]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Telling You That Thing Upstairs Is Not My Daughter!", June 10 2004
This review is from: Exorcist [Import] (VHS Tape)
Many people rank 1973's "The Exorcist" right up there as one of the "best", the "scariest", and the most "disturbing" motion pictures of all time. And rightly so, in my opinion. All of these adjectives do indeed apply to this landmark horror film.
"The Exorcist" started scaring the living daylights out of movie-goers when it premiered in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, December 26, 1973. It's a movie that possesses that magic combination of elements to "unsettle" almost anyone watching it. I imagine even those who think they are "immune" to being scared by simply "a movie" find themselves getting a shiver or two during some of the classic and well-remembered scenes that are in this film.
In my view, some of the most chill-inducing scenes in the movie are BEFORE Regan becomes fully "possessed" by evil forces. E.g.: There's a scene in which Regan's mother (played by the fabulous actress Ellen Burstyn) enters Regan's frigid bedroom and tucks her daughter in. The camera stares directly into Regan's sleeping face as Miss Burstyn leaves the room. Then we see that Regan wasn't asleep at all, as her eyes suddenly open and she peers directly at us (the camera). An eerie scene to be sure, as we begin to wonder what forces are lurking within this cute, innocent little girl.
It's that always-disquieting element of the "unknown" that makes this movie so powerful and nail-bitingly suspenseful. First-time viewers just don't know what to expect next, which is certain to make them squirm in their seats even more.
The part of "Regan MacNeil" was performed flawlessly by Linda Blair (her third movie role). Linda, who played a 12-year-old in the film, was actually 13 (and later 14) during the course of the long 204-day shooting period. When the film finally opened in theaters the day after Christmas 1973, it was less than a month shy of Linda's 15th birthday. But, as things turned out, the protracted and grueling production schedule was more than worth it -- considering the outstanding final results on screen.
Director William Friedkin did a masterful job of unfolding the plot in a natural and well-paced manner. It doesn't in any way feel "rushed". Everything about this production seems "right" -- from the excellent cast, to the atmosphere created within the MacNeil house (which is downright bone-chilling once you get into that bedroom), to the "Georgetown" setting. It's all just perfect.
This review is for the "25th Anniversary Special Edition Widescreen Boxed Set" (VHS Edition), which includes a great package of neat stuff. In addition to a nice-looking Widescreen (1.85:1) version of "The Exorcist", this deluxe set also includes the following collectible items:
>> A terrific 52-page full-sized book (softcover) entitled "The Exorcist: The Making Of A Classic Motion Picture". The photo of Regan on Page 2 (opposite the Table of Contents) is enough to give you the creeps right off the bat. Many other high-quality photographs are included in the book, mixed in with the intriguing text, text which gives the reader an outstanding insight into the movie's creation and filming. This is one of the best "Making Of" books you'll ever run across.
>> A Soundtrack CD. (Unfortunately, however, the film's main theme, "Tubular Bells", is not included on this Compact Disc. Very curious indeed. I can't help but scratch my head regarding this odd omission.)
>> A set of 8 "Lobby Cards" (with "#1" being my favorite; they're numbered [1 to 8] at the very bottom of each card, along the white border).
>> A "Senitype Film Frame" (and an enlargement), featuring a classic image from the movie.
All of these items are housed in a very sturdy two-sectioned collector's box (with inner tray and matching slipcase). Overall, a very handsome set.
This "Limited Edition" deluxe boxed set (which was originally released in 1998, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the movie) also was produced in a DVD version. That anamorphically-enhanced Widescreen DVD variant offers up (naturally) a better-quality picture than the video on the VHS version. However, the VHS isn't too bad either, format limitations considered. The VHS audio is presented in Dolby Surround Stereo.
The VHS version runs for approximately 177 minutes, with the film itself lasting 122 minutes. The cut of the movie on this VHS tape is the "original theatrical cut", as opposed to the longer, 132-minute "Version You've Never Seen". The 55 minutes of bonus material consists of: 3 Original Theatrical Trailers for "The Exorcist", an "introduction" by Director William Friedkin, plus a behind-the-scenes documentary, "The Fear Of God: The Making Of The Exorcist". This is a top-notch featurette that is well worth seeing, which includes the likes of cast and crew interviews, screen test footage, and some outtakes not previously seen. All of the extra features are shown before the movie on the VHS tape version.
Warner Home Video allows us to bring the terror of "The Exorcist" right into our homes via this attractive deluxe boxed set. This is a most worthy addition to any horror-film library.

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