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The Andy Griffith Show [Import]
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This 2 dvd set is double sided, so there are 16 total episodes. The theme music on MOST of the shows is original, which really surprised me--and pleased me. The picture quality is good enough to get by.
Some good special features would be nice; this only lists a short history of the show & actors. No subtitles. On about 6 of the shows, the introduction music seems to be the same "tune" as the ending music. I don't know if this was originally what was done on the show, or if the DVD producers did this...but I hardly noticed it in any case. BUT...on two of the shows the theme music was altogether re-made (and poorly done, might I add!) This is contrary some of the other reviews I've seen...they've not watched all the episodes. Also, the picture quality, especially at the beginning & end, is ever so slightly sub-par. Again, this could be because of the master tapes, but the other dvd I own has better picture quality on the same episodes...you have to wonder.
So...is this the Andy Griffith show DVD you've always been wanting? ... NO!
Is there anything better currently out there on DVD? ... NO!
Will you be making a wise decision if you buy this set? ... ABSOLUTLEY YES YES YES!
Sound and picture quality on these discs is very good. There are no major scratches on the film prints as seen on some other DVDs. Every episode is complete and uncut. The original theme music is used on every show and there are no company logos embedded on the image to distract you as on other discs. Basically, you get all 16 public domain episodes, uncut, with decent picture and sound quality in one 2-disc set. They are simply the best DVDs of these episodes currently available...
Anyway, I've looked forward to TAGS on DVD and recently my wife purchased this 16 episode 2 DVD package for me. My version does not have the original theme song during the opening and ending credits but rather some poorly done replacement tune. This is a real downer as I, like everyone else, enjoy the original theme song. It helps set the mood for TAGS. However, the shows themselves are fine and the picture quality good. It also has the complete shows.
My version of this DVD has some retro commercials in between some of the episodes. It also has some old cartoons such as POPEYE between the episodes. I rather enjoy these old commercials and cartoons. It reminds me of my childhood when I would watch TAGS in the afternoon in syndication followed by the afternoon cartoons.
So while I eagerly await a boxed set of season by season episodes of TAGS along with the original theme this DVD will tide me over.
Boy, was I disappointed. What a let-down! The video quality is poor, but the most disappointing thing of all is that the original theme music has vanished!!! I sat in disbelief as I saw Andy and Opie walking and skipping stones to some campy, MIDI-generated, "we're not going to waste money to buy the original music" theme song. The show's contents are, in my opinion, heavily damaged by this musical compromise. To me, it isn't worth owning. I gave my copy away.....
It seems that some people are completely satisfied with "collections" like these, noting that "the music doesn't matter, it's the shows that count." I say this: The theme music is an INTEGRAL part of the mood of this whole series, as many people will attest, and therefore IS the show.
C'mon, if relatively new shows like "Friends" and "Mad About You" can be released properly (i.e., entire uncut seasons in a set), why can't we have a GOOD, definitive collection of this perennial classic?
By the way: in retrospective, I would gladly have paid a couple of dollars more for this set had I known that the original theme was intact!
Most recent customer reviews
Although I own all the realesed seasons of the Andy Griffith Show and plan to get them all , this still a great collection of episodes put together and is a great introduction to... Read morePublished on March 18 2006 by Mark A. Wallace
Dismal picture quality (it looks like it was literally recorded off the air by somebody using a consumer DVD recorder). WAIT until somebody decides to release quality sets. Read morePublished on June 19 2004
This set was good, but I'm waiting for Paramount to release Andy Griffith on a per-season basis. I read that the entire Season 1 will be released October 12. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by KenZ
The Andy Griffith Show is a good classic sitcom with a terrific cast. Andy Griffith is great as Andy Taylor sheriff of a small town in North Carolina, Ron Howard (Actually he was... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Calinira
Anyone who would release these three episodes and title them "The Best of the Andy Griffith Show" should have their head examined. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by mm6189
This particular DVD set is NOT of very good quality. But being a true TAGS fan, I'll take what I can get. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003
Ok, I am one of the biggest fans of the Andy Griffith show. And I'm even more of a fan of Don Knotts. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
You only have to read two reviews to know what this is--a piece of garbage.
It is truly a shame that whoever owns these shows doesn't clean up THE ORIGINALS & release them... Read more
This is definitely better than the other sets out there-the theme music is original on all but two of the episodes, and source material is clean. Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by Edwin Graf Diemer
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