The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (All 5 Seasons)
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Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), wisecracking co-workers and nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowned for its top-notch cast and stellar writing, this groundbreaking series is now available in one special collectible box set, presented fully restored and uncut! All Episodes Digitally Remastered for Unsurpassed Video and Audio Quality!
Before The Dick Van Dyke Show, suburbia was never portrayed on television as a haven of sophistication. We never followed Ozzie Nelson to work. And we never, ever fantasized what Ward and June Cleaver did behind closed doors. But Your Show of Shows veteran Carl Reiner's groundbreaking series broke the staid, sitcom mold. Just consider Mary Tyler Moore's Laura Petrie, the ravishing wife of Dick Van Dyke's comedy writer, Rob Petrie. "I'm just a housewife," she proclaims in the episode "To Tell or Not to Tell," just before breaking into an incendiary bossa nova in the Petrie living room. In "The Return of Happy Spangler," she is jokingly identified as Jackie Kennedy. But the comparison is apt. She's got style (those capri pants scandalized the show's sponsors!), she's got grace, and when Moore came into her own as a gifted comedienne, she took her stock character to dizzy new heights. The Dick Van Dyke Show boasted a peerless ensemble, gold-standard writing, and characters who became icons: Son Ritchie (played by Larry Matthews), man-hungry Sally Rogers (Rose Marie), old school "human joke machine" Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), and tyrannical boss Alan Brady (Reiner).
Incredibly, the show was nearly canceled after its first season. Executive producer Sheldon Leonard championed the series, and CBS moved the Petries to follow the top-rated Beverly Hillbillies. The rest is television history. Unlike the high-concept Hillbillies, the more sophisticated Dick Van Dyke Show's appeal was in its more grounded situations and three-dimensional characters, each of whom were given ample opportunities to shine. Rob's deft and daft juggling of his glamorous career and harried home life inspired some of the best episodes, but at the heart of this series' timeless appeal was the palpable chemistry between Rob and Laura, as witness their sudden embrace at the moving conclusion of "The Square Triangle." A pop culture benchmark, The Dick Van Dyke Show is must-own television. --Donald Liebenson
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I only wish that the cast had not decided to "go out on top" after 5 years - I'm sure they could have squeezed out at least another high-quality season.
I do agree with another reviewer that the extra features (especially the running commentary for certain episodes) could be stronger, but the actual episodes are untouchable. And some of the extras are pretty special (e.g. a whole episode of a real game show that the cast guest starred on). Guaranteed laughs and some of the best moments ever seen in TV comedy (like the look on Rob's face when Laura says she told the nation that his boss is bald - or the look on their hosts' faces when Rob and Laura ruin their charades game at a house party). And I still can't believe Rob and Laura had to sleep in separate beds to please the censors!
Get this set - you won't regret it.
The blu ray set has all 157 episodes and the set is packaged wonderfully. Much better than the huge DVD version, the blu ray is compact and doesn't take up too much shelf space. There are 5 slipcases, one for each season, with 3 discs in each case, and each disc holds around 10 episodes with numerous extras. I want to mention the menus impressed me, easy to click through and slickly produced, it also plays a re-recorded version of the theme song which sounds fantastic.
The video quality is very good, I don't know much technical jargon but it's the best looking tv series I've ever seen.
The only drawback, and the reason why I've rated it a 4, is that it has no subtitles. For those who are hard of hearing subtitles are mandatory in order to follow a movie or show, regardless of how good it is. It's surprising to me because they went into so much detail to get this release perfect, but ignored something that's standard in most every other dvd or blu ray.
I was debating to get individual season sets but I thought I'd bite the financial bullet and go all the way.I'm sure glad I did.When I finally reached the last ep I wished there was more to see!
This series premise was a unique one in that it presented the day to day interactions of a fictional trio of writers working for a
fictional comedy TV star and focusing especially on the private life and tribulations of the head writer played by none other than the shows' star.
The fabulous idea(a masterstroke created by Carl Reiner) to its' dynamite cast of pros was a continual hit throughout its' five year run.The chemistry amongst the stars is evident throughout and only adds to its' appeal.From concept to cast it was a winner all the way.
Now down to the nitty gritty.As you have already noticed I've only given this four stars.Well the series on its' own is a five no question.However,the subtracted star is for two very good reasons.Firstly the special features in this set are spread out very thinly,in fact most of them land in the very last disc where we have two different areas filled with them.Previous to this some discs have two or three small items or none at all.An exclusion from this DVD set is some out takes/bloopers included in the VHS version,why I have no idea.Read more ›
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very good family show there needs to be more with same humor and morals.Published 5 months ago by J. R.
I have to praise Amazon and especially the person who prepared my purchase for shipping,vacuum wrapped job well done! Thank you.The package arrived in pristine condition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul
The box is pretty beat up in this order, which I thought would be like new, but the shows are just delightful and I'm enjoying watching with my Mom.Published 7 months ago by Sandy
Absolutely hilarious, totally love it! Not only is it an amazing show, but it comes in an adorable nostalgic tv box.Published 12 months ago by Allegra Fiorino
All I can say is WOW!!!!
If you are a fan of The Dick Van Dyke Show, as I am, you will be thrilled with this collection. Read more
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