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The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray

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Image Entertainment | 1961-1966 | 5 Seasons | 3950 min | Rated TV-PG | Nov 13, 2012

The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono


50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series

 (TV) (1961-1966)

The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray delivers stunning video and decent audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Welcome one of TV's funniest couples ever into your living room. You'll be laughing hysterically as you join Rob Petrie struggling with the ups and downs of work and home, aided and agitated by his lovely wife Laura. Adding to the fun are Rob's wisecracking co-workers Sally and Buddy, long-suffering Mel Cooly and hot-tempered boss Alan Brady.

For more about The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series and the The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray release, see the The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Carl Reiner
Directors: Jerry Paris, John Rich

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The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

When The Dick Van Dyke Show was first announced for Blu-ray, some questioned whether a black-and-white television show from the 1960s would reveal anything new in high definition. The screenshots accompanying this review should answer the question, but there's additional explanation. DVDS was shot on 35mm film, and the cinematographer for all five seasons was Robert De Grasse, A.S.C., who had been shooting films in Hollywood since the days of silents. De Grasse's feature film credits included Stage Door with Katherine Hepburn, The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple, and The Miracle of the Bells with Fred MacMurray and Frank Sinatra.

By the 1950s, De Grasse had made the switch to TV, where he worked on such programs as Amos 'n' Andy, Our Miss Brooks, I Love Lucy and The Bill Dana Show. The last was a Sheldon Leonard production, which is presumably how De Grasse ended up on DVDS. It turned out to be an ideal match. As the show's producer, Carl Reiner was notorious for his refusal to compromise on quality; the stories are legion throughout the extras on this Blu-ray set. As a cameraman, De Grasse couldn't help but light TV as if it were a feature film, even though the results would be viewed on 19" screens at a fraction of their resolution. (De Grasse would no doubt sympathize with today's cinematographers who see their work being consumed on tiny handhelds.) When he died in 1971, De Grasse couldn't have imagined that he'd miraculously "future-proofed" his work for the day when, fifty years after the fact, an enterprising Blu-ray producer and publisher could finally present it as De Grasse shot it.

Based on new scans from the camera negatives, the five seasons of DVDS are presented on fifteen 1080p, VC-1-encoded Blu-rays that are nothing short of spectacular. The source elements have been exceptionally well-preserved, with only minor and occasional damage to betray their age. When the rare flaw does occur, it's a shock, precisely because it is so rare. An example can be found just after time mark 14:00 of episode 14 (Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?), where scratches at the left of the frame make it momentarily appear that a waterfall has suddenly materialized in front of Mary Tyler Moore. (It quickly disappears.)

As in the very best theatrical b&w photography, shades of black, gray and white are finely differentiated to create a sense of depth and delineate minute details. Never before, even on Image's otherwise excellent DVD set of DVDS, could one make out the details of the pictures and posters stuck on the writers' room walls at the Alan Brady Show. The wardrobe and hairstyle details can also be seen with precision, and it's fascinating to compare them with those on Mad Men, where the same time period is being recreated, but through a prism of nostalgia. And, of course, the intensely personal, even intimate, comedy of relationships that is an essential element of DVDS plays even more effectively when the tiniest flicker of expression registers with perfect clarity.

On occasion, the enhanced resolution isn't the show's friend. Some of the make-up gags were limited by time and money, and they worked then, because the audience at home couldn't see how cheap they were. But we can see it now, and we have to make allowances. A good example is episode 93 (I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All), which is still hilarious. Salad, anyone?

Video noise is rare and minor, but it does occur, and it's always in the same place: wardrobe. Rob Petrie's clothing in particular favors fine checks and stripes that, in close-up, seem to pose a challenge even for Blu-ray's resolution. At DVD resolution, the noise disappears, along with the details of the patterns. Without examining the source material, it's hard to know for certain, but this appears to be one of those situations where the limitations of 2K resolution are exposed and the (still) superior abilities of 35mm film become apparent. Somewhere, Robert De Grasse is holding his light meter and smiling.

As noted, this is a new scan. The difference is obvious in direct comparison to Image's DVD edition, which shows less at the left and right of the frame. To allow readers to compare both the difference in aspect ratios and the improvement in detail, the last two images included under the "Screenshots" tab present the same frame from the Blu-ray and the DVD; the latter has been upconverted to 1080p by the same hardware used to capture the Blu-ray image.

The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

There's not much to say about The Dick Van Dyke Show's DTS-HD MA 1.0 soundtrack, except that it's generally in excellent shape. The mono mix followed (and arguably solidified) a pattern familiar from almost every major sitcom since that time, with voices clearly rendered, simple sound effects, music reserved for fade-in, fade-outs and major transitions and, of course, the laugh track. The dynamic range is somewhat limited, as one would expect from this era of broadcast television, but not so much that the track ever sounds harsh or fatiguing.

Most episodes were taped with a studio audience, and post-production ADR is obvious and noticeable when it occurs. That's one of the very few downsides of Blu-ray's increased sonic and visual resolution; during the original broadcasts, small screens, tiny speakers and NTSC resolution successfully hid the seams. Also, on occasion the volume will suddenly drop, then bounce back to its previous level after a second or two; these appear to be flaws in the source material, but they're sufficiently infrequent to be only a minor distraction.

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