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The Best of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet


TITLE: THE BEST OF THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007 (Shout! Factory)
B&W /1952-1965
Color /1966
MSRP: $34.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 4 hours
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 66 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Featurette on Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Documentary on Rick Nelsonís singing career, Early radio show episodes, Vintage home movies, Trivia game


Introduction:

At long last one of THE longest running family sitcoms has finally arrived on DVD! Shout! Factory has issued the release of 24 episodes, titled THE BEST OF THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET. Ozzie and Harriet premiered on ABC in 1952, and went on to last for 435 episodes! Starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, who were also married in real life, also starring their two real-life sons, Ricky and David. Over the 14-season span, both boys would marry and they too would be included in the series. 24 episodes spanning the entire series were selected to highlight the Nelson family.


Episodes Included:

Be warned everyone! There are 24 episodes and I'm listing them all! "The Fall Guy" is the one in which Ozzie advises David to stand up for his rights. "David's Birthday" is the one in which David celebrates his sixteenth birthday. "David's Engagement" is the one in which David wants to get married. "A Ball of Tinfoil" is the one in which Harriet and Ozzie decide to get rid of old junk in the garage. "Captain Salty and the Submarine" is the one in which Ozzie enjoys a child's program. "Ricky, The Drummer" in which Ricky performs for the first time on the show, singing "I'm Walkin'." "Tutti Frutti Ice Cream" is the one in which Ozzie reflects on his high school days. "The Trophy" is the one in which the Nelsons enter the family decathlon. "Closed Circuit" is the one in which Ricky sets up a closed circuit television studio in the basement. "Top Gun" in which Ozzie tells the neighborhood kids about his great-grandfather. "Rick's Riding Lesson" in which Ricky takes riding lessons after meeting the pretty instructor. "David, The Law Clerk" in which David applies for the position of clerk in a law office. "The Circus" is the one in which David becomes interested in a girl who is in the circus. "His Brother's Girl" in which David finds himself attracted to Ricky's girl. "Rick Counts The Ballots" in which Ricky finds himself in charge of counting ballots for the Campus Queen Contest, in which his girlfriend is entered in. "The Newlyweds Get Settled" in which, while David and June are on their honeymoon, Ozzie and Harriet fix up Dave's apartment. "The Fraternity Rents Out a Room" in which Rick and Wally rent out a room in their frat house. "Making Wally Study" in which Rick and his friends enforce good study habits on Wally. "Publicity for the Fraternity" is the one in which Rick and his friends go on a campaign to get publicity for their fraternity. "The Swami" is the one in which Rick livens up a frat party by disguising himself as a swami and telling fortunes. "Rick and Kris Go to the Mountains" in which Kris unknowingly crashes Rick and Wally's poker party at a cabin. "The Ballerina" is the one in which Rick and his frat brothers put on a comedy ballet act. "The Prowler" (Color) in which Ozzie pretends to go on a fishing trip to get out of playing bridge. "The Game Room" (Color) in which Ozzie decides to buy a new pool table and convert the boys' old bedroom into a game room.


Packaging:

The main box is a nice shade of green in color, with the show logo present in huge letters. Underneath is all four Nelsons, smiling. The back of the box features three black and white photos as well as a great description of the series. The set itself is slip sleeve. There are two slip sleeve cases holding the four discs of this set. Also included in the set is a pull out pamphlet featuring a list of the episodes on the set, which disc they are on, as well as the original airdate and a great description of the episode. Each slip sleeve case features a gray background with a color photo of the Nelsons on the cover, one with the family in their early days and one with the family in the later years. Case 1 holds Discs 1 and 2 while Case 2 holds Discs 3 and 4.

Each disc is green and features a large single shot of a member of the Nelson family. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-6 and features Ozzie. Disc 2 features Harriet and contains episodes 7-12. Disc 3 features David and episodes 13-18. Disc 4 features Ricky and episodes 19-24. The special features are spread out over all four discs.

Joe Kearns ("Dennis The Menace"), Hal Smith ("The Andy Griffith Show"), Janet Waldo ("The Jetsons"), Don DeFore ("Hazel"), Mary Jane Croft ("Our Miss Brooks"), Hayden Rorke ("I Dream of Jeannie"), Ben Johnson and more!


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is pretty snazzy! It starts off just like the episodes due, with the announcer announcing "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" as the logo appears on the screen. However, it then fades to what looks like a wallpapered wall, with the logo in a picture frame, a vase of flowers underneath and on the right hand is a picture fame featuring short video clips of the series as the theme song loops in the background. There is a "Play All" option, which lets you play all of the episodes on that disc. "Episodes" takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes to play and "Special Features" takes you to a sub-menu that lists the special features on that disc.


Video and Audio Quality:

Video clarity is wonderful--crystal clear, for the most part, although the occasional fuzz and snow pops up. Chapter skips are available. Unfortunately, though, it seems the episodes are edited; only running 22 minutes in length when in reality they should be running 25 to 26 minutes in length! It looks like these are the edited prints that aired on the Disney Channel some years back, but without the opening intro segment from Harriet Nelson. Why Shout!, why?

DISC 1
1- The Fall Guy (22:27) with commentary
2- David's Birthday (19:34) with commentary
3- David's Engagement (22:10)
4- A Ball of Tinfoil (22:10)
5- Captain Salty and the Submarine (22:17)
6- Ricky, the Drummer (22:27)

DISC 2
7- Tutti Frutti Ice Cream (22:29) with commentary
8- The Trophy (22:09)
9- Closed Circuit (22:30)
10- Top Gun (22:16)
11- Rick's Riding Lesson (21:40)
12- David, the Law Clerk (22:31)

DISC 3
13- The Circus (22:35) with commentary
14- His Brother's Girl (22:32)
15- Rick Counts the Ballots (22:23)
16- The Newlyweds Get Settled (22:18)
17- The Fraternity Rents Out a Room (22:19)
18- Making Wally Study (22:19)

DISC 4
19- Publicity For The Fraternity (22:18) with commentary
20- The Swami (22:12)
21- Rick and Kris Go To The Mountains (22:15)
22- The Ballerina (22:11)
23- The Prowler (color) (22:13)
24- The Game Room (color) (22:19)


Special Features:

- Commentary
You can find audio commentary by David Nelson himself along with Ricky's youngest son, Sam Nelson, on the following episodes: "David's Birthday" (Disc 1), "Tutti Frutti Ice Cream" (Disc 2), "The Circus" (Disc 3), and "Publicity For The Fraternity" (Disc 4).

DISC 1
- Featurette: The Story of Ozzie and Harriet: The Road to the Show (8:50)
This is a fantastic featurette that chronicles the entire history of the Nelsons, leading up to the television series.

- Original Radio Episode (29:38)
David and Ricky play themselves for the very first time on this radio episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, "Dinner Invites" from February 20, 1949.

- Ricky Sings: "I'm Walkin'" (1:38)
Clip taken from the episode "Ricky, The Drummer"

DISC 2
- Doing Right by David - An Ozzie Nelson Short (4:15) From April 1937. A totally silent short featuring Ozzie Nelson and a baby David Nelson.

- Ricky Sings:
* "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" from "The Trophy" (1:47)
* "Believe What You Say" from "Top Gun" (2:06)
* "Trying To Get To You" from "Rick's Riding Lesson" (1:33)
* "Cindy" from "Rick's Riding Lesson" (1:59)

DISC 3
- "The Circus" Episode Promo (1:47)
A promo for the episode "The Circus"

- Nelson Family Home Movie: Practicing The Trapeze (6:39)

- Ricky Sings:
* "You Are the Only One" from "Rick Counts the Ballots" (duet with Linda Bennett) (2:33)
* "I'm Not Afraid" from "Rick Counts the Ballots" (1:39)

DISC 4
- Ozzie and Harriet Trivia Quiz (Extra Bonus feature runs 2:02)
After answering all 10 questions correctly, you get a special bonus feature. As to what that is, you'll have to answer all 10 questions correctly!

- David and Ricky Trivia Quiz (Extra Bonus feature runs 2:35)
After answering all 10 questions correctly, you get a special bonus feature. As to what that is, you'll have to answer all 10 questions correctly!


Final Comments:

Shout! Factory has once again done an impressive job! I wouldn't expect anything less of them! The set is polished and wonderfully appealing to the eyes. The menu design is fantastic and the episode clarity is wonderful! Not to mention the huge array of bonus features! Commentary, promos, featurettes and more! Unfortunately, it appears Shout! used syndicated or edited episodes as each episode runs a scarce 22 minutes in length when most episodes around that time frame ran 25 to 26 minutes in length! Such a disappointment for a studio such as Shout! which usually has top notch releases. On the other hand, this show is rarely seen these days for some reason despite having 435 episodes, so maybe the edited episodes will not be that of a bother to some, but it clearly brings down a great release like this. This set would have gotten a higher score if not for that.


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

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 04/26/07

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