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Old 01-15-2014, 01:51 AM   #1
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Default Hazel - The Complete Fifth and Final Season DVD Review

Hazel returns to DVD one last time in Hazel - The Complete Fifth Season! But this time, she is coming alone (although Harold is still with her), as George and Dorothy Baxter move to Baghdad for a new job for George, and Hazel becomes the new housekeeper for George's brother and his wife. The reason for this change? The series was canceled by NBC, but CBS decided to pick it upů except they wanted a few changes to reach a younger demographic. Now, all 29 episodes of this "new" Hazel are available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

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Old 01-15-2014, 08:04 AM   #2
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Lynn Borden is insanely hot as Barbara Baxter. Great to have her season released...!
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Lynn Borden is insanely hot as Barbara Baxter.
LOL I agree with you wholeheartedly on that.

Excellent review by skees53, nice job. Glad to see that all the episodes seem to be uncut this time, all running over 25 minutes. The sheepdog episode is shortest, running 25:09, if this episode has an edit it's very minimal, so I won't complain. If the audio and video quality is a bit below par, I can deal with that, it's just great that this season is out on DVD with the complete episodes. I never expected Shout Factory to put effort into restoration of the Hazel episodes anyway. Thanks to Shout Factory for completing Hazel on DVD, I should have my season 5 set soon, it has been shipped and is on the way.

I am curious to find out if the episode opening titles will utilize both the umbrella and telephone openings, also if the Screen Gems logo appears at the end of the episodes.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:45 PM   #4
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I haven't gotten my set yet, but I have all the others. I have never quite gotten why Shout wasn't given access to the Columbia/Sony vaults where the original films are. If you've seen Shout's release of Kojak and marvel as I do at the absolute pristine condition of the Kojak films then I don't get why Columbia couldn't do as Universal did with Kojak and allow Shout access to the vaults rather than video copies. As for the Columbia studio films, I just know Hazel must exist in those Sony vaults in the same pristine condition as their vaults reveal with Gidget, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. Hazel comes from the same time period, I know that the Hazel masters couldn't have deteriorated so much while the same time period masters of Gidget & Bewitched look perfect. I sure wish Sony would do the right thing and release the entire Hazel series in a 'straight from the pristine vaults' version. Even though I have all the commercial releases and at least 6 different sets of Hazel recorded I'd buy the pristine vault collection of the complete series set. Will this ever happen? Reality intrudes, probably not.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:31 PM   #5
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Yay, got my 5th season DVD today. I have to take a break now from watching Mary Hartman and start watching some Hazel episodes. LOL
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Default An Ann Jillian mention would have been nice for season 5 review

Though I enjoy all the reviews here, I feel they usually are reviews of the series instead of the DVD set released, such as the poster who asked about opening titles/credits,studio logo ends, etc.

What was sorely missing yet one of several episodes mentioned is the part of the secretary who was played by a very young & lovely Ann Jillian, who went on to fame in the ABC & first run syndicated series "It's A Living" a most requested series for DVD or reruns on these boards.

Ann is featured in at least 8 or so episodes from Hazel season 5.
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So far I've just watched the 1st episode on disc 1, it has the telephone opening and the Screen Gems S from hell at the end. Very cool. As skees mentioned, the video quality is a tad on the dark side. Will be watching more episodes soon.
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Have watched a few more episodes, so far all of them have the telephone opening credits, so maybe Shout Factory utilized this opening for all 29 episodes. Picture quality is good but a little dark, colors tend to be faded and pale, but I haven't noticed any audio problems, sound seems mostly crisp and clear. The sheepdog episode does not have the Screen Gems S from hell at the end, that probably explains the slightly shorter run time.
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My favorite opening from that season is the one with Hazel offering umbrellas, as it looks like rain. I hope that's on there...!

Ann Jillian to me is unrecognizable in those shows, at least as most of us have come to know her -- I mean she was lovely, but looked quite different than the average fan might expect. Certainly a "plus" that she appeared though, regardless...!
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My favorite opening from that season is the one with Hazel offering umbrellas, as it looks like rain. I hope that's on there...!
So far I haven't seen it, I have yet to watch all the episodes, but I suspect Shout Factory used the telephone opening for all 29 episodes.
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OK, I scanned thru the beginnings of all the episodes, and as I suspected, all 29 episodes have the telephone opening credits. This is a minor blemish, of course it would have been better if they had the telephone openings on the episodes of discs 1 and 2, and the umbrella openings on the episodes of discs 3 and 4, but it is what it is. I'm just glad to have this season on DVD with the uncut episodes. Season 5 is a good season, not quite the same without Don DeFore and Whitney Blake, but Ray Fulmer and lovely Lynn Borden filled the void well.
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OK, I scanned thru the beginnings of all the episodes, and as I suspected, all 29 episodes have the telephone opening credits. This is a minor blemish, of course it would have been better if they had the telephone openings on the episodes of discs 1 and 2, and the umbrella openings on the episodes of discs 3 and 4, but it is what it is. I'm just glad to have this season on DVD with the uncut episodes. Season 5 is a good season, not quite the same without Don DeFore and Whitney Blake, but Ray Fulmer and lovely Lynn Borden filled the void well.
That surprises me about the "umbrella" opening being missing. Up til this season, they've been very good about having the right opening for each episode. Well, at least Season 5 was released!
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That surprises me about the "umbrella" opening being missing. Up til this season, they've been very good about having the right opening for each episode. Well, at least Season 5 was released!
Yea, I don't know what happened there, someone from Shout Factory would have to explain why the same opening was used for all the episodes. But as you said, at least the season got released. I still have my season 5 recordings from Antenna TV, maybe I'll hang on to those because several of those episodes have the umbrella opening.
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I was hoping they'd have both, but I still have the umbrella opening on my VHS tapes and mpg's. Actually I prefer the telephone opening, visually and musically. The percussion is stronger and it has more of a punch to it.
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I was hoping they'd have both, but I still have the umbrella opening on my VHS tapes and mpg's. Actually I prefer the telephone opening, visually and musically. The percussion is stronger and it has more of a punch to it.
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