TITLE: T.V. SETS - CHRISTMAS TREATS
Release Date: November 2, 2010 (CBS Home Entertainment)
B&W and Color / 1962, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1982
Packaging: Amaray case
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 9
Running Time: 217 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English mono (Stereo on Cheers)
Subtitles and Captioning: English Subtitles
Special Features: None
Celebrate Christmas once again with CBS Home Entertainment with Christmas Treats! This collection of nine classic Christmas sitcom episodes is CBS Home Entertainment's second release of a DVD containing Christmas episodes, with this one containing episodes from The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Lucy Show, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, Cheers, and a segment from Love, American Style.
All of the episodes on the DVD are from previously released titles (and seasons) in the CBS Home Entertainment library. The episodes included are as follows:
The Beverly Hillbillies - "Christmas at the Clampetts" (25:21) - Gifts from the Drysdales leave the country clan mystified.
The Lucy Show - "Together for Christmas" (25:49) - Lucy and Viv can't agree on Christmas traditions for their first Christmas together.
Petticoat Junction - "Cannonball Christmas" (25:40) - Mr. Bedloe threatens to ruin Christmas when he plans to shut down the Cannonball.
Happy Days - "Richie Branches Out" (25:36) - Richie has a Christmas wish to meet the Wisconsin Cola poster girl.
Laverne & Shirley - "O Come All Ye Bums" (25:08) - Laverne and Shirley work to raise money for the less fortunate for the holidays.
Mork & Mindy - "Mork's First Christmas" (25:05) - Mork experiences his first Christmas on Earth, and learns the true meaning of the holiday.
The Odd Couple - "Scrooge Gets An Oscar" (25:40) - Oscar is haunted by the misdeeds of his past during the holiday season.
Cheers - "The Spy Who Came In For a Cold One" (24:59) - A mysterious Englishman visits the bar and tells stories of being a World War II spy, which Diane doesn't believe at all.
Love, American Style - "Love and the Christmas Punch" (14:31) - A Christmas Eve story about a party that can only be handled in the slapstick style of Love, American Style.
The episodes are, for the most part, unedited, but it is worth noting that the episodes do contain the same edits that they contained on the original releases (specifically in regards to music edits). While some of the series included options to watch original sponsor opening credits in their season releases, those options are not included on this DVD. And of course, the Love, American Style episode is not the entire episode, but rather just a segment from the episode.
The packaging for the DVD is very basic, using a standard Amaray case for packaging. The cover has all of the series logos imprinted on cookies, with a glass of milk sitting near the cookie. The back of the case has descriptions and original airdates for all of the episodes. There is no artwork inside the case, and as usual, the disc artwork is the standard gray title logo imprinted on it.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu on the DVD is incredibly basic. The main menu shows the first five episodes on the disc (with the cookie artwork on the side) as well as the option of More (which obviously brings up the remaining four episodes) and a Set Up option (allows you to turn on the English subtitles, which CBS Home Entertainment is using now instead of closed-captioning). There are no menu animations or special gimmicks as there was on 2008's similar release, Holiday Treats. Chapter stops occur on each series.
Video and Audio Quality:
There really aren't any major video or audio quality issues, although it is difficult to generalize on a DVD such as this one. After all, the episodes on this DVD are from a span of 20 years, and changes occurred naturally in that time period to overall quality of TV series. In general, as is usually the case with CBS Home Entertainment products, the episodes look a little better than one would expect. Since no rare footage is used in this set (such as original openings or cast commercials), there aren't any issues of concern. Of course, you could always refer to our reviews of the individual DVD sets that contained each episode included on this DVD, as we have reviewed them all. Every episode contains English subtitles.
There is nothing special this time, which is unfortunate, because they did manage to give us those nice CBS Christmas promos in the Holiday Treats release from 2008. They could have come up with some kind of Christmas type bonus for this as well, even if it is something as minor as a special Christmas message from one of the actors on one the series.
Generally, I only enjoy complete seasons/volumes of TV series, but I really like these Christmas episode collections that the studios have been putting out lately. It is a very nice way to just pop in one disc, and watch a bunch of Christmas episodes all at once. It makes for perfect entertainment on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, and this DVD contains many great episodes on it. I do feel that the Cheers episode was kind of out of place (it isn't really a Christmas episode at all), but the rest of the episodes are good to put one into the Christmas spirit. I would recommend picking up this DVD, along with CBS Home Entertainment's 2008 DVD, Holiday Treats, to include in your collection for Christmas enjoyment. This DVD would also make a nice stocking stuffer or present for a loved one.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 11/01/10
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