Release Date: March 6, 2012 (CBS Home Entertainment)
Packaging: Amaray Case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 8
Running Time: 205 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Mono
Subtitles and Captioning: English subtitles
Special Features: None
One of America's classic pair of "odd" roommates returns to DVD with Fan Favorites - The Best of The Odd Couple! The single disc release from CBS Home Entertainment contains eight episodes of Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) and Felix Unger (Tony Randall) constantly pushing each other to the edge. Felix is the neat freak who wants everything perfect in the apartment who is always driving Oscar crazy, while Oscar is the ultra-slob who is always driving Felix crazy. The two friends come together after their relationships with their respective wives fall apart and they have nobody else to turn to except each other. So despite all of their differences, can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Find out in this release!
The release begins with "The Blackout," where $50 goes missing during poker night, and Oscar is the prime suspect, so how will he prove his innocence? A robbery leads to an even bigger nightmare when Oscar and Felix move in to a "maximum security facility" (and no, it isn't a prison, though it had might as well be) in "Security Arms." In "I'm Dying of Unger," a trip to a secluded cabin for Oscar to get some work done turns out to be highly anti-productive when Felix tags along. Oscar and Felix go on a classic game show in "Password," where Betty White and husband Allen Ludden guest star. Felix and Oscar's styles in redecorating clash in "Take My Furniture, Please." In "The Murray Who Came to Dinner," Felix and Oscar may be getting a third roommate when Murray the Cop's wife kicks him out. Oscar's new girlfriend can't stand his sloppy habits in "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible," so how will Felix help him out? Everybody is trying to help Felix sleep in "The Insomniacs."
The episodes on the DVD are presented as they were in their original season set releases, which includes a disclaimer that some music has been changed for the release. The last episode definitely seems much shorter than the rest, but I don't know what, if anything, has actually been replaced or is missing. Runtimes are as follows:
"The Blackout" (25:50)
"Security Arms" (25:35)
"I'm Dying of Unger" (25:55)
"Take My Furniture, Please" (25:39)
"The Murray Who Came to Dinner" (25:50)
"Cleanliness is Next to Impossible" (26:03)
"The Insomniacs" (24:47)
The DVD is packaged in a standard DVD case, with a photo of Felix and Oscar on the cover. On the back, there is a brief description of the episodes, along with a few episode snapshots and a listing of the episodes. The episode titles, along with brief descriptions and airdates, are also printed inside the case. The disc has just the standard and generic CBS style artwork, the series logo on a gray background. The titles of all of the episodes are printed on the disc.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has the exact same artwork as the cover art... except they reversed the photo. All that you can do from the main menu is select an episode, or turn on subtitles. Once you select an episode, it plays right away, and chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
For the most part, the episodes on the set look and sound fine. The series definitely isn't the greatest looking of all series from the era, but it does look pretty good, with no real problems to report. There really aren't any issues with grain and debris on the DVD, so that is nice. The mono audio is a bit unimpressive, but it is good enough for the series. Each episode contains English subtitles.
There are no special features on the DVD at all. Perhaps it would have been nice to have some sort of episode introductions, as were included for every episode on the release of the first season.
Once again, fans have an option to purchase all of the episodes in complete seasons, or to simply go with this "best of" collection with the eight "best" episodes of the series. If you are a casual fan, or have never even seen the series, this disc may be the way to go. However, I do somewhat disagree with some of the choices made for this release. There are certainly some better episodes out there than some of the ones included on here, although the episodes on this release are definitely all good ones. This is one of those series that has many great/memorable episodes, so picking just a handful is difficult for this series. And by the way, as the episodes on this DVD demonstrate, two divorced men can't share an apartment without driving each other crazy--but they deal with the craziness and move on every single time.