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The Flying Nun - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: THE FLYING NUN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/1968-69
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 671 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Spanish and Portuguese language and subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Introduction:

Look! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's it's a nun??? That's right, it's a flying nun! Sally Field stars as Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun, the sitcom about the nun that has a bizarre ability due to some complicated physics to fly, whether she wants to fly or not. The Flying Nun was a sitcom that premiered in 1967 that was a fantasy sitcom kind of like Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie, except for the fact that nobody actually had "superpowers" in this show (in other words, the only forces that played a role on this show were laws of physics). But that didn't stop her from getting into the same kinds of situations that Samantha and Jeannie got into!

The second season contains all 26 episodes of the classic sitcom, and is flying in soon in a three-disc set from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season starts with "Song of Bertrille," where Sister Bertrille writes a song for a band in order to raise money for the convent. But how will the Reverend Mother react when she hears the song, which has been turned into a rock n roll song? There is going to be a wedding at the convent--a Jewish wedding--in "The Rabbi and the Nun." Harold Gould plays the rabbi. The Reverend Mother and Sister Bertrille have their personalities switched under hypnosis in "The Return of Father Lundigan," and Father Lundigan (played by Paul Lynde) thinks he is losing his mind when the Reverend Mother tries to fly! The convent needs a new organ (the instrument, not a body part) in "The Organ Transplant," and Sister Bertrille finds an organ for a great price--in fact, she gets paid for taking the organ away. But getting the organ to work right is going to cause a weekend of catastrophe at the convent!

In "Slightly Hot Parking Meters," Captain Formento has installed new parking meters in San Tanco, but somebody keeps stealing the coins from the meters, leading him to set up a plot to catch the thief--but what will happen when Sister Bertrille accidentally gets one of the marked coins? Carlos enlists the help of Sister Bertrille and her sister (played by Elinor Donahue) to convince his grandmother that he is happily married in "How to Be a Spanish Grandmother," but how will his grandmother react when she sees Carlos with another woman and Sister Bertrille's sister with her husband? Gavin McLeod guest stars in "A Star is Reborn." Alan Hale Jr. plays Sister Bertrille's uncle, who may just be a thief, in the two-part episode "The Great Casino Robbery." Dwayne Hickman guest stars in "The Boyfriend."

Jamie Farr plays a police officer in "Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters," where the sisters get into the bread making business to help solve some of their financial problems. In "The Convent Gets the Business," the nuns start a business that is run by Carlos' cousin--who has no clue what he is doing. Carlos has his entire family coming to live with him in San Tanco and just wants them gone in "Cousins by the Dozens."


Packaging:

The packaging on the set is pretty simple and very "convenient" so to speak. Like most other Sony sets that are new to DVD (meaning that their first season was released in the past year), the set uses double slim cases, which provides room for up to four discs in a slim outer box (although this season only has three discs). The outer box has a picture of Sister Bertrille and the other nuns on a red background. The back of the box has the usual information about the show itself. Inside the box, there are (as mentioned) two slim cases, with the first one holding the first two discs and the other one holding disc three. The artwork on the cases is just various different pictures of the sisters. The back of each slim case has the episode information (complete with episode descriptions) as well as little trivia factoids about the show.

The discs themselves have various pictures of Sister Bertrille, each being pictures that can be found elsewhere on the box art. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-9, Disc 2 contains Episodes 10-18, and Disc 3 contains Episodes 19-26.


Menu Design and Navigation:

There isn't much to the menus. Basically you get a no-frills main menu with Sister Bertrille (with a different color in the background for each disc) and options of Play All Episodes, Episode Selections, and Languages. All of these do pretty much what it sounds like they should do. And even though there are no scene selection menus, there are chapters that are appropriately placed throughout each episode, at every point where a commercial break should be.


Video and Audio Quality:

I was expecting a set that looked as good as the Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie sets (after all, all three shows are from the same studio and same era). However, I was slightly disappointed--but not TOO disappointed. The bottom line is that the video quality looks about the way you'd expect for a show that is almost 40 years old--a little rough but definitely watchable. The main problem that I noticed (and unless you are a perfectionist, this probably isn't going to bother you a WHOLE lot) is that the colors would vary in sharpness from episode to episode. The audio is in mono, and I think it sounds fine for the age of the show. If you are interested, there are Portuguese and Spanish audio tracks, as well as subtitles in those languages--on most episodes. For some reason, "Two Bad Eggs" is missing some of the Spanish audio track (but not all of it) and "It's an Ill Windfall" is missing the entire Portuguese audio track. Although this isn't going to really affect those that speak English, you have to wonder why these audio tracks are missing. The same thing happened on both of the I Dream of Jeannie sets as well on a few random episodes. Additionally, the episodes are closed-captioned for the English speakers that need that.

The episodes appear to be unedited, but while I am talking about edits, there is one strange thing I noticed on some of the episodes. You will notice on a few episodes that the Sony Pictures Television logo music AND the Screen Gems logo music plays on the closing logo (which is always Sony Pictures Television, the actual video for the Screen Gems logo is missing on all episodes). They must be using some strange video editing techniques at Sony. The disc breakdown and episode runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
1. Song of Bertrille (25:55)
2. The Crooked Convent (25:50)
3. The Rabbi and the Nun (25:54)
4. The Return of Father Lundigan (25:53)
5. The Convent is Condemned (25:56)
6. The Organ Transplant (25:50)
7. Two Bad Eggs (25:59)
8. All Alone By the Convent Phone (25:59)
9. It's an Ill Windfall (25:50)

Disc 2:
10. Slightly Hot Parking Meters (26:00)
11. To Fly Or Not to Fly (25:22)
12. How to be a Spanish Grandmother (25:55)
13. The Landlord Cometh (25:52)
14. Sisters Socko in San Tanco (25:53)
15. A Star is Reborn (25:43)
16. The Great Casino Robbery, Part 1 (25:33)
17. The Great Casino Robbery, Part 2 (25:43)
18. The Boyfriend (25:54)

Disc 3:
19. The Kleptomonkeyac (25:44)
20. The Moo is Blue (25:54)
21. The Breakaway Monk (25:54)
22. Happy Birthday, Dear Gaspar (25:55)
23. Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters (25:55)
24. The Convent Gets the Business (25:54)
25. Cousins by the Dozens (25:53)
26. The Lottery (25:44)


Special Features:

There aren't any special features, not even the usual Sony bonus previews (I couldn't find any, at least). Some commentaries or interviews would be nice, maybe original promos for the show too. Hopefully Sony can get this for the release of the final season.


Final Comments:

The set could use some special features, but in general, this is a pretty good set. This is one of those shows that have (for the most part) completely disappeared from syndication with a few brief appearances here and there, although I don't understand why. It is fun to watch and has the most basic elements of what could be considered a "classic" sitcom. The simple fact that it is a rare show makes it a great set to own. Hopefully Sony will get out the final season soon and hopefully it'll include some actual special features. But for now, fly (or walk if you don't know how to fly) to your favorite store (or better yet just click on the link provided at the end of this review) and pick up this set!


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

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 08/01/06

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