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Get Smart - The Complete Series (The Complete First Season)


TITLE: GET SMART - THE COMPLETE SERIES (THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON)


Info: (applies for Season 1 only)

DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006 (Time Life/HBO)
Color/1965-66
MSRP: $199.96
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: approx. 14 hours
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 2 hrs
Languages: English
Subtitles: Not available
Special Features: Audio introductions by Barbara Feldon; commentary by Mel Brooks, Buck Henry and Barbara Feldon; bloopers; promos; commercials; The Secret History of Get Smart featurette and more!


Introduction:

Agent 86 reporting for duty! For the first time available on DVD, GET SMART - THE COMPLETE SERIES (5 seasons) is now available on DVD in a spectacular collector's set from Time Life and HBO. GET SMART was a wildly popular NBC comedy that ran on the series from 1965 - 1969 before moving to CBS that fall, for its final season, running until 1970. The series stars the late but great Don Adams as CONTROL Agent Maxwell Smart. Co-starring is Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 and Edward Platt as the Chief.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Memorable episodes this season include: "Mr. Big," "Diplomat's Daughter," "School Days," "Our Man in Toyland," “Kisses for KAOS," “Ship of Spies, Parts 1 and 2,” "Last One is a Rotten Spy" and so many more!

Guest stars this season include Robert Karavelas, Vito Scotti, Victor French, King Moody, Leonard Nimoy, Dick Gautier, Ellen Corby, Maudie Prickett, and Alice Ghostley!


Packaging:

The seasons are packaged individually but come together in a larger collector's set. Time Life basically re-created the famous phone booth that Smart disappears into during the opening credits. You flip down the first part, open the second part and then open the phone booth doors to reveal the sets.

The first season set is pink in color and features a large picture of Don Adams as Smart on the cover. There's a little clear casing that goes over the cardboard flip-fold set. There are five discs in this set.

The discs themselves have a plain background design, for this set they use pink. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-8. Disc 2 contains episodes 9-16. Disc 3 contains episodes 17-23. Disc 4 contains episodes 24-30. Disc 5 contains all the bonus features included for this season.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu immediately pops up and you see a few video clips from the show playing with the menu selection options on the bottom. Each disc has a different colored menu but a similar design. There is a Play All option, which plays all of the episodes on the set. There is also an "Episodes" selection which takes you to another menu (this is all "animated") that lists the episodes you can watch on the disc. The last selection is "Commentaries" which takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes with the commentary on that particular disc and you can choose the episode that way with commentary.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video itself is fantastic! Much better than I would have expected for a series around 40 years old! The audio is crisp and clear and the video quality is also crisp and the colors are as bright as they can be. Episodes are uncut, running 25 minutes in length. Each episode does indeed have a chapter skip! Episode run-times are listed below.

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)

DISC 5
(All Special Features -- running times are listed below)


Special Features:

All of these special features can be found on Disc 5! Again producer Paul Brownstein (also produced DVD sets like Odd Couple and Dick Van Dyke Show) comes up big and fins rare and fun material.

* Buck Henry Interview (22:38)

* Featurette: "The Secret History of Get Smart" (16:56)

* "The Bill Dana Show" from 1964 (6:49)

* Commentary by Bill Dana on "The Andy Williams Show" from 1965 (5:06)

* Top Brass Hair Care Commercial, 1964 (1:02)

* NBC Fall Season Preview, 1965 (10:06)

* Get Smart Show Promo #1, 1965 (0:24)

* Get Smart Show Promo #2, 1965 (0:12)

* Bloopers (2:14)

* Get Smart Reunion Seminar, 2003 (1:00:14)

* Interactive Bonus Feature


Final Comments:

WOW! What an amazing release! I have been anticipating this set for years on DVD and to finally have it -- the COMPLETE series is truly amazing. I have to give out kudos to Time Life and HBO for making this available! And also major kudos goes out to Barbara Feldon for her audio introductions on EACH AND EVERY bonus feature (Paul Brownstein is amazing) and episode! Wow! I don't even think I HAVE to say this but you HAVE to go out and get this set!


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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 12/20/06

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