TITLE: THE DORIS DAY SHOW - SEASON FIVE
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007 (MPI Home Video)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 11 hours, 30 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English subtitles
Special Features: Commentaries on “Hospital Benefit” and “It’s a Dog’s Life” from Doris Day; Humane Society PSAs; Vintage Easter Seals spots; French episode; Movie Trailer
The last day is upon us--the last DORIS Day, that is--as MPI brings us the Season Five of The Doris Day Show! The series that started out as a show about a single mother and her two sons living with her father on a farm and ended with her being a single woman with no children living in San Francisco and working at a magazine is back for one last season. But this time, nothing has really changed from the previous season, and everything has pretty much stayed the same. She still works at Today’s World with the same co-workers from the fourth season and still lives in the same apartment. Like they say, que sera sera, whatever will be, will be!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season begins with “No More Advice, Please,” where Doris has to spend time with a novelist as part of her job. Will her boyfriend Peter understand? Doris hits the airwaves--on the radio--as she takes a job as a late-night radio personality in “Just a Miss Understanding.” Doris’ boss gets arrested just when he is about to possibly be named Man of the Year in “Peeping Tom.” Is Doris’ boyfriend cheating on her? Maybe, find out in “Forgive and Forget.” Doris learns a lesson about co-signing for a loan in “Debt of Honor.” Sid Melton and Ed Begley Jr. Both guest star in the episode.
Doris’ neighbor Mr. Jarvis becomes her landlord in “The Co-Op,” and we all know (well at least those that have watched the previous seasons) how THAT will work out. Dick Van Patten guest stars in “Anniversary Gift.” Today’s World may be getting a new boss in “The New Boss,” and her name is Doris!
Andy Griffith guest stars in “The Hoax.” It is time for another fashion show (in which, for whatever reason, Doris is the one and only model) in “Hospital Benefit.” In “It’s a Dog’s Life,” Doris rescues some dogs, but will her landlord allow pets? Cy is happy because his ex-wife may be getting remarried (and relieving him of alimony payments) in “A Small Cure for Big Alimony.” Doris will do anything--even risk arrest--to save her uncle in “The Magnificent Fraud.”
Doris may be ending her day pretty well when her boyfriend Jonathan proposes to her in “Meant for Each Other.” Doris and Jonathan go to Big Sur (but so does Jackie and HER boyfriend) in “Welcome to Big Sur, Sir.” The series ends with “Byline, Alias Doris,” where Doris writes articles for one of her co-workers.
The packaging is pretty much the same as it has been, a four panel digipak with the episodes and airdates listed on the digipak. It is a very simple design and consistency is always nice. There are four discs once again and each disc has a picture of Doris on it. Discs 1-3 contain 7 episodes each, while Disc 4 contains 3 episodes and all of the bonus features (except for the commentaries)
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu design isn’t much different than it has been in the past. Basically, the main menu has a picture of Doris and some mysterious music playing in the background, and gives options of Play All, Episodes, and Subtitles. Additionally, Disc 4 has the Bonus Features option. These all do what they sound like they do, but there is one MAJOR improvement this time. When you go to the Episodes menu and play the episode, you are returned to the main menu after the episode plays instead of going to the next episode. Also, on the two episodes that have the commentaries, the commentary is listed underneath the episode on the menu.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality has been an issue of concern on most of these Doris Day sets that have been released, but for whatever reason, the quality is actually pretty decent this time. That isn’t to say that everything is perfectly clean and clear; after all, these episodes are over 30 years old and MPI is not in the business of fully restoring everything they put on DVD. But aside from some grain here and there, a slightly dark picture on some episodes, and slightly low audio quality here and there, the video and audio is pretty good this time. The runtimes for all of the episodes are consistent, checking in at around 24 minutes even for each and every episode (with only a second or two of varation for each episode), except the first five on Disc 1, which run at 23:25.
A Doris Day DVD set wouldn’t be complete without special features, and this set doesn’t disappoint! We even have commentaries from Doris Day herself this time, which can be found on Disc 3 on the episodes “Hospital Benefit” and “It’s a Dog’s Life.” It is very nice to have these commentaries, especially considering that Doris Day has been largely living out of the spotlight these days. She is joined by the DVD producer Jim Pierson for these commentaries.
The set includes two new PSAs from Doris Day for the Humane Society (2:01), but don’t get your hopes up about seeing Doris Day herself in these promos, because they are radio PSAs. So, we only get to have audio. If you want to go even more vintage to see Doris in a promo spot, there is a theater spot for her promoting Easter Seals (1:15) that appears to be from her very early career days.
For the Francophiles out there, you can watch an entire episodes of the series in French on the set. The episode “Follow That Dog” is featured on Disc 4 in French as a bonus feature.
Just like most of the other seasons, there is a fashion show episode in this season, and once again, there is extended footage from the fashion show that was not included within the episode. In fact, you’ll find 32 minutes worth of outtakes from the “Hospital Benefit” episode in this set... that is more than an episode worth of outtakes!
Finally, there is a movie trailer for the movie “Teacher’s Pet,” which starred Doris Day and Clark Gable. It is fun to watch these old movie trailers, as they told you so much about what the movie was about without spoiling the film.
Usually, shows fall off toward the end of the series, but honestly, I am impressed with the episodes in this season. In fact, I think this is probably one of the best seasons of the series, and believe that the show could have only gotten better had it continued for another season or two--but we will never know.
Who would have ever imagined that we would see all five seasons of this show released before many much more popular shows have even had a chance to see a second season? And who would have ever imagined that all five releases would have been so nicely done? MPI did a great job with this, and we should all be happy for that. None of the sets have really left anything to be desired, and I really can’t think of any “missed opportunities” as far as bonus features as I can for most sets, aside from the fact that it would have been nice to have commentaries from Doris Day herself on some of the other releases. Whatever will be, will be, and this set ends a great “day.”
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 11/27/07
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