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Green Acres - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: GREEN ACRES - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005 (MGM Home Video)
Color
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 12 hours and 34 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

When it comes to classic TV, "Green Acres" is the place to be! Head back to Hooterville for the complete second season of this riotous rural frolic. Eddie Albert stars as Oliver Wendell Douglas, the esteemed attorney who trades the rat race of Times Square for farm livin' and fresh air. In turn, his elegant Park Avenue wife Lisa (Eva Gabor) must give up Manhattan's fashion stores for Hooterville's barn chores...all in the name of love! Together they bring a hilarious touch of class to America's most lovable country comedy. So say goodbye to city life, and hello to the simple life..."Green Acres," we are there!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season (1966-67) of Green Acres had several memorable episodes. Whenever someone in Hooterville digs a new well, someone else's water runs dry in "Water, Water Everywhere." The Ziffels decide to rekindle their romance with a second honeymoon and leave Arnold the Pig in the Douglases' care in "I Didn't Raise My Pig To Be a Soldier." In "You Ought To Be In Pictures," the locals try to boost business by inviting Hollywood to shoot a movie in their town. The Douglases finally have something to crow about when one of Lisa's chickens starts laying square eggs in "A Square Is Not Round." The locals are putting on a production of The Beverly Hillbillies, and Eb's set to star as Jethro in "The Beverly Hillbillies." Some notable guest stars included Linda Henning and Lori Saunders from Petticoat Junction in "Eb Discovers the Birds and the Bees," Bernie Kopell in "You Ought To Be In Pictures," Parley Baer and David Ketchum in "Kimball Gets Fired," and Doris Packer in "The Vulgar Ring Story."


Packaging:

This set has an outer box that has a window pane that displays a photo of Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Arnold the pig, wearing a hat while sitting on a mailbox, is in lower right of the box. The back of the outer box features a photo of Eb Dawson and another photo of Oliver and Lisa, and a smaller photo of Arnold standing on a director's chair. The main box, which looks like your standard movie DVD case, slides out from the top or bottom of the outer box. Episode titles, broken down by disc, are listed on the back on the box. Another photo of Oliver and Lisa is on the back, along with a photo of Hank Kimball. There is an 8-page booklet inside the case that lists the episode titles, original airdats, and fairly detailed summaries for all the episodes. There are small photos for each of the 30 episodes along with the writing and directing credits. The discs are just plain ,with no photos or logos on them as both of the discs contain episodes on both sides. Disc 1 - Side 1 contains 8 episodes, Disc 1 - Side 2 has 8 episodes, Disc 2 - Side 1 has 7 episodes, and Disc 2 - Side 2 has the final 7 episodes from season 2. I would say the first season digipak packing was nicer, with more photos then what they used for season two.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus have the same orange/yellow theme as the box. There is some instrumental music playing in the background that I don't recognize from the show. I think it would have been nice if they had included the memorable theme song on the menus. The main menu has an animated Arnold sitting on a mailbox that has Green acres written on it. Various photos of the cast are scrolled through on the right hand side of the screen. There is an "Episode Selections" and "Play All" button. When you select the episode selections option, it takes you to a sub-menu. The sub-menus have a lot of the same photos which are in the booklet and list the same episode summaries. There are no chapter stops within the episodes.


Video and Audio Quality:

These episodes are now over 40 years old. They generally look pretty good and, the colors look quite vivid. There is a lot of dust and debris in the episodes, but I don't know how they could improve the source material. Two episodes, however, are in particular are in poor quality in my opinion. "The Ugly Ducking" and "It's So Peaceful In the Country" look much worse than any other episodes in the set. I'm not sure how they look in syndication, but I would have hoped they could have found better master copies for these 2 episodes. The audio track is in mono, which is typical of 1960's sitcoms. The audio is at a good volume and it's easy to hear. I love Vic Mizzy's incidental music that was used in the series. There are no subtitles, but closed captioning is available. All episodes appear to be unedited, running over 25 minutes. They are presented in their original airdate order. For the closing logo enthusiasts, there is "This has been a Filmways Presentation Darling" closing by Eva Gabor. There is an Orion Pictures Release opening logo at the beginning of the peisodes.


Special Features:

There are no special features on this set, much like the first season release. It would be nice to see some old interviews with the cast or bloopers if they exist. I'm sure Vic Mizzy would love to talk about the music he did for the show.


Final Comments:

It has been over 14 months since the first season of Green Acres was released on DVD. I was never really a big fan of the rural comedies like Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, or The Beverly Hillbillies, but those who enjoy them will be interested in this set. This set is priced very affordably and is a good value with 30 episodes. The episodes generally look pretty good, and they are unedited so there is a lot of footage that hasn't been seen in syndication in many years. Hopefully MGM will release the other 4 seasons at a more rapid pace than just every year or so, as I'm sure Green Acres fans would like to have the complete series on DVD.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 3.9/5
Audio Quality: 4.1/5
Special Features: NA
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.0/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 03/03/05

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