The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete First Season Blu-ray
Posted January 12, 2013 10:41 PM by Webmaster
With the 2012 release of The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series earning accolades from longtime fans, Image Entertainment is giving newcomers and more frugal TV aficionados a chance to experience the classic antics of Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore with the 3-disc Blu-ray edition of The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete First Season. The first of what will presumably be five individual season releases arrives on Blu-ray on April 9, 2013.
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. Winner of fifteen Emmy Awards, this groundbreaking series is consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all-time and renowned for its top-notch cast and stellar writing. Now enjoy the first season's thirty episodes (1961-1962), each digitally remastered to its original full-length version.
Get ready to laugh out loud with such classics as Rob and Laura balancing a career-building cocktail party with caring for a sickly son in the series' first episode, "The Sick Boy and the Sitter." Then in "My Blonde-Haired Brunette," where insecure Laura disastrously dyes her hair. Or when Rob's shy brother (Jerry Van Dyke) makes an appearance as a sleepwalking Jekyll and Hyde in the hilarious two-parter "I Am My Brother's Keeper" and "The Sleeping Brother."
The 3-disc set features a DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track and a variety of special features, among them:
Audio Commentaries: Episodes 19 and 29, with Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke
Head of the Family Original Series Pilot Episode
Interviews with Cast and Directers
Emmy Award Telecast Clips Honoring The Dick Van Dyke Show
Original Commercials with the Cast and Network Promos
Original Network Promo Spots
Photo Galleries: Episodes 1-6, 10-12, 21 and 23-30
And with anything made prior to the 80's, you're looking at seeing entire scenes, not just a couple of minutes, that now have to be cut from broadcasts to accommodate the commercial time. A half hour program ran 26 minutes, and an hour long show was 53 minutes long before the FCC lost it's right to regulate the amount of commercial time. Today those same slots can allow as low as 19 minutes or 40 minutes of actual programming. Broadcast classic Star Treks are now cut by 20-25%, these shows the same. It's a wonder they even work that way. This is the way to see these, definitely.