TITLE: THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: approx. 655 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx 28 minutes in
special features (plus another 44 minutes for the two
animated episodes; commentary is not included in
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Spanish &
English Language; Spanish Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Jump To The Musical Performances;
"Boarding the Bus: The Sound of the Partridge"
featurette; Audio Commentary with stars Shirley Jones
and Danny Bonaduce; Includes a 4-song music sampler CD
from the "Ultimate Partridge Family" CD in stores now.
Come on, get happy! TV's favorite family of rock 'n'
rollers who would hit the road in their multi-colored
bus is driving their way to DVD in this 3 disc set.
The show debuted in September of 1970 and made a teen
idol out of star David Cassidy, selling millions of
records along the way. The premise of the show is a
six-member family who form a rock band. Mom, Shirley
(Shirley Jones), and her five kids: Keith (David
Cassidy), Laurie (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce),
Tracy (Suzanne Crough), and Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks).
And you can't forget the family's very exasperated
manager Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden). Catch all the
groovy action on Sony Pictures/Columbia Tri-Star’s
PARTRIDGE FAMILY - SEASON 1 DVD release!
The first season featured quite a few memorable
episodes that will likely go down as the fans
favorites. Some of those more popular or memorable
episodes are "What? And Get out Of Show Business?",
"The Sound of Money," which features a guest
appearance by Harry Morgan of MASH and sexy 70’s
bombshell Farrah Fawcett. "When Mother Gets Married,"
which features a guest appearance by another ‘Angel,’
Jaclyn Smith, "Danny and the Mob," "My Son, The
Feminist," "Star Quality," "Mom Drops Out," "Old
Scrapmouth," "Soul Club" which features guest
appearances by Richard Pryor and Lou Gossett, "A
Partridge Up a Pear Tree," and "A Knight in Shining
Armor," which features a guest appearance by Bobby
As stated above, the first season also includes many
guest appearances, such as Jaclyn Smith, Farrah
Fawcett, Harry Morgan, Richard Pryor, Lou Gossett, and
The packaging for this set is multi-colored (like the
Partridge bus) and features a cast photo from season
1. Inside the box, there are two individual cases. In
each one is two different discs. Each case is designed
like the main box and has three photos on each. The
first one has Shirley, Laurie and Keith and the second
one has Danny, Tracy and Chris. On the discs they are
simple colors with a partridge bird on it. Disc 1 is
yellow and features episodes 1-8, Disc 2 is blue and
features episode 9-16 and Disc 3 is red and features
episodes 17-25. The fourth disc is designed like the
main box art and is a special disc that features
music. On the back of each case, there is a list of
each episode that is included on that disc. The
descriptions themselves are a couple of sentences.
Chapter skips are available, like all of Sony’s
There are three discs in the set, two in each
individual case. There are eight episodes per disc
(nine on the third disc). The menu screen is simple
and is exactly the same design as the box art. It
features a cast shot from season one. The main menu
does have music playing but it's not the theme song.
There are five different selections on the main menu.
The first one is Play All Episodes. The second
selection is Episodes Selection which takes you to
another menu screen and it lists the episodes with a
screen shot of the episode next to it. The second
selection is Jump to the Musical Performances which
lets you pick from the various musical performances in
the episodes and skip directly to them. The second one
is Special Features which lists all the special
features available. And finally, Previews which lets
you select some promos for various releases such as
the upcoming "Bewitched" set, "80s TV," and "Classic
Urban TV Series" (the previews are only available on
The video is very good, and to my surprise, the audio
was very good as well. The picture is actually very
good and the audio is surprisingly loud enough, unlike
older TV show releases which are quite low in sound.
Each episode runs about 24 to 25 minutes (or more),
which means you get almost four minutes of extra
footage you can't see in syndication. UPDATE:
Episode #25 is edited. There's a scene after the family performs "Stephanie" that is missing. It's where Bobby and Lionel
are saying goodbye to Reuben and the family.
Special Features on all of the three discs, which is
explained in more detail below.
Disc one - The first special feature is the "Boarding
the Bus" featurette which is overall, just the cast
talking about their time on the show and what it was
like to film the show. It features interviews with
Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Susan
Dey, and more (such as Bernard Slade, a writer) and
runs approx. 20 minutes, as well as the "The Sound of
the Partridge" featurette which features interviews
with the cast and crew about the musical aspect of the
series and it runs approx. 8 minutes. The rest are a
selection of the commentary: "What? And Get Out of
Show Business" with commentary by Danny Bonaduce and
"When Mother Gets Married" with commentary by Shirley
Jones. Disc two features an episode of the animated
series "The Partridge Family 2200-A.D." titled "Car
Trouble" and it runs for approx. 22 minutes. And Disc
three features another episode of the animated series
"The Partridge Family 2200 A.D." titled "My Son, The
Spaceball Star" and also runs for approx. 22 minutes.
And finally, Disc four is a special music disc that
has four songs from the "Come on Get Happy: The Very
Best of the Partridge Family" CD. The songs are "I
Think I Love You," "Point Me In The Direction of
Alburquerque," "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat," and "Come
On Get Happy."
Overall, a surprisingly well put together release from
Sony/Tri-Star. I can't boast enough how nice it was
that two episodes of "Partridge Family 2200 A.D." were
included on this release. Here's hoping Sony/Columbia
continues to put the animated series onto future
releases. The box art is fantastic, the disc designs
are great, the audio and video are very good and
overall, and it was just a well put together release.
I am eagerly looking forward to more releases and
being more ‘happy’ and here is hoping Sony/Columbia
does even better next time!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 4/25/2005.
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