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Get Smart - Season One (HBO Video)


TITLE: GET SMART - SEASON 1 (HBO HOME VIDEO)


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008 (HBO Video)
Color/1965-1966
MSRP: $24.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 750 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: Audio Introductions by Barbara Feldon for all episodes, Commentaries for two episodes


Introduction:

It’s time to answer that ringing shoe, because Get Smart is finally available on DVD on a wide retail release! Season One of Get Smart contains all 30 episodes of the 1965-1966 season on a four-disc set, complete with audio introductions and commentaries. The spy-spoof series, inspired by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, tells the story of Maxwell Smart and his fellow agents, out to be the best spies they could possibly be.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Can the Statue of Liberty be saved from destruction? Find out in the pilot episode, “Mr. Big.” Frank DeVol guest stars in “Diplomat’s Daughter.” Polly Dollys are the latest toy craze in the spy world in “Our Man in Toyland.” The Indians want their land back, and threaten to use a bomb, in “Washington 4, Indians 3.” The Chief has been kidnapped by KAOS in “Satan Place,” so how will Max save the day? There are too many Chiefs, or at least too many people that look like him, in “Too Many Chiefs.” In “My Nephew the Spy,” Max finds a shoe store that is a KAOS communication center... will it be safe for him to take his shoe off?

Max has to protect a king that must remain fat to remain in power in “Survival of the Fattest.” In “Double Agent,” Max is out to be recruited by KAOS, but why? Whoever heard of exploding paintings? Well you will in “Kisses for KAOS.” Leonard Nimoy guest stars in “The Dead Spy Scrawls.” Max has to pretend to be crazy (if you can imagine that) in “All in the Mind.” In “Dear Diary,” a retired agent goes missing, but so does his diary. Ted Knight guest stars on “Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain.” Max’s life may be in danger when he gets on a boat and falls off in the two-part episode “Ship of Spies.”


Packaging:

The packaging is very simple, but very much functional. Basically we have an outer case with a picture of Maxwell Smart on the cover and all of the show information on the back, and inside there is a typical Amaray style case with another picture of him on the front of it. Inside, you’ll find the four discs, with no real artwork or anything. There is an episode list inside with all of the original airdates that also includes “Top Secret Memo” that discusses the series itself. Discs 1 and 2 each hold eight episodes, while Discs 3 and 4 each hold seven episodes


Menu Design and Navigation:

When you put the disc in, after the typical FBI warnings and production company logos, you’ll get a menu that plays the theme music and gives you options of Play All, Episodes, and Commentaries. All of these are self-explanatory. When you select an episode from the Episodes menu, you’ll get a menu that has Barbara Feldon’s audio introduction. You can play the episode immediately if you’d like, but if not, it will play as soon as her introduction is finished.


Video and Audio Quality:

To say that the video and audio quality on this set is perfect would almost be an underestimate of how great it is. In all honesty, it looks about the best that I’ve seen any series this old look on DVD. In fact, the first episode (which was filmed in black and white) is so clean and crisp that it almost looks like a modern day spoof of an older show that was converted to black and white. The color episodes look absolutely amazing, with vivid and sharp colors throughout and very little grain anywhere. The audio sounds great, being presented in Dolby Digital mono. The DVD set, like so many other DVD sets out there, says that the episodes are digitally restored and remastered--you can believe it on this set. The episodes all appear to be unedited, with runtimes as follows:

Disc 1
1. Mr. Big (25:34)
2. Diplomat's Daughter (25:20)
3. School Days (25:21)
4. Our Man in Toyland (25:18)
5. Now You See Him, Now You Don't (25:15)
6. Washington 4, Indians 3 (25:22)
7. KAOS in Control (25:14)
8. The Day Smart Turned Chicken (25:14)

Disc 2
9. Satan Place (25:23)
10. Our Man in Leotards (25:23)
11. Too Many Chiefs (25:13)
12. My Nephew the Spy (25:18)
13. Aboard the Orient Express (25:22)
14. Weekend Vampire (25:16)
15. Survival of the Fattest (25:24)
16. Double Agent (25:19)

Disc 3
17. Kisses for KAOS (25:24)
18. The Dead Spy Scrawls (25:23)
19. Back to the Old Drawing Board (25:20)
20. All in the Mind (25:23)
21. Dear Diary (25:23)
22. Smart, the Assassin (25:23)
23. I'm Only Human (25:12)

Disc 4
24. Stakeout on Blue Mist Mountain (25:23)
25. The Amazing Harry Hoo (25:23)
26. Hubert's Unfinished Symphony (25:24)
27. Ship of Spies, Part 1 (25:22)
28. Ship of Spies, Part 2 (25:23)
29. Shipment to Beirut (25:22)
30. Last On in Is a Rotten Spy (25:24)


Special Features:

The original Time-Life release for the first season was loaded with special features, but this set is by no means left in the dark! The retail release was intended to be a value version of that release, but actually, fans will find that every episode still has an audio introduction by Barbara Feldon and some even have commentaries! “Mr. Big” has two commentary tracks, one by Mel Brooks and the other by Buck Henry, and “Kisses for KAOS” has a commentary by Barbara Feldon.


Final Comments:

I’ve never really watched this show before aside from an episode every once in a while, but I’m finding myself enjoying the series much more than I remember it. And it doesn’t hurt that HBO has put together a GREAT DVD set here. For a series this old, it is hard to ask for better video and audio quality, and the special features are pretty good too. While there is a “better” version of this out there with more bonus features, many fans will be satisfied with this slightly stripped down (but much cheaper to own) set. So pick up your shoe phone today and tell all of your friends to “get smart” and pick up Get Smart on DVD!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 08/06/08

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