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Get Smart - The Complete Series (The Complete Fifth Season)


Info: (applies for Season 5 only)

DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006 (Time Life/HBO)
MSRP: $199.96
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 776
Running Time of Special Features: 126 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: Not available / Closed Captioned
Special Features: Audio introductions by Barbara Feldon; Audio commentary by Bill Dana; Don Adams 2005 memorial; Commercials; bloopers and more!


Well, this is it! Would you believe it? The groovy spy series comes to an end with this five-disc, 26 episode set from Time Life and HBO. For its fifth season, Get Smart moved from NBC to CBS, and some changes were made, including more focus on Max and less on 99, who becomes a mother. This classic series stars Don Adams as Agent 86/Maxwell Smart, along with Barbara Feldon as 99 and Edward Platt as the Chief.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Memorable episodes this season include: "Pheasant Under Glass" in which 99 reveals to Max she's pregnant during a rescue mission. "Ironhand" is the one in which KAOS is taken over by Ironhand. "And Baby Makes Four" Parts 1 and 2 is the one in which 99 gives birth to twins. "The Apes of Rath" is the one in which KAOS uses a chimp as an assassin. "Ice Station Siegfried" featuring the return of Kopell as Siegfried and Don Adams decision not to appear, claiming it was a re-usal of an old plot. "The Mess of Adrian Listenger" is the one in which Max and the Chief suspect each other of a CONTROL agentís murder. "Witness for Execution" in which a KAOS defector agrees to testify for CONTROL. "And Only Two Ninety-Nine" in which Barbara Feldon duels it after KAOS kidnaps 99 and replaces her with an evil look-a-like. Finally, the last episode "I Am Curiously Yellow" is the one in which The Whip has a special gong that hypnotizes people.

Guest stars this season include Bernie Kopell as Siegfried (in a single episode only), Martin Landau, Phyllis Diller, Al Molinaro, Broderick Crawford, Richard Deacon ("The Dick Van Dyke Show"), Jack Gilford, Dana Elcar, Maury Willis (L.A. Dodger), Vincent Price, Bill Dana, Victor Buono, Pat Paulsen, William Schallart, Jonathan Harris ("Lost in Space").


The seasons are packaged individually but come together in a larger collector's set. Time Life basically re-created the famous phone booth that Smart disappears into during the opening credits. You flip down the first part, open the second part and then open the phone booth doors to reveal the sets.

The fifth season set is green in color and features a shot of Don Adams as Smart on the cover. A clear casing type cover goes over the cardboard flip-fold set. There are five discs in this set.

The discs themselves have a plain background design, for this set they use a darker shade of green (mixed with blue and yellow). Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7. Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14. Disc 3 contains episodes 15-20. Disc 4 contains episodes 21-26. Disc 5 contains all the bonus features included for this season.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu immediately pops up and you see a few video clips from the show playing with the menu selection options on the bottom. Each disc has a different colored menu but a similar design. There is a Play All option, which plays all of the episodes on the set. There is also an "Episodes" selection which takes you to another menu (this is all "animated") that lists the episodes you can watch on the disc. The last selection is "Commentaries" which takes you to a sub-menu that lists the episodes with the commentary on that particular disc and you can choose the episode that way with commentary.

Video and Audio Quality:

Each episode runs uncut. The audio and video are in great condition for a series that is over 40 years old! There are chapter skips available.

1- Pheasant Under Glass (24:18)
2- Ironhand (24:15)
3- Valerie of the Dolls (24:15)
4- Window Often Annie (24:18)
5- The Treasure of C. Errol Madre (24:15)
6- Smart Fell on Alabama (24:15)
7- And Baby Makes Four, Part 1 (24:17)

8- And Baby Makes Four, Part 2 (24:12)
9- Physician Impossible (24:15)
10- The Apes of Rath (24:14)
11- Age Before Duty (24:15)
12- Is This Trip Necessary (24:16)
13- Ice Station Siegfried (24:15)
14- Moonlighting Becomes You (24:15)

15- House of Max, Part 1 (24:15)
16- House of Max, Part 2 (24:15)
17- Rebecca of Funny-Folk Farm (24:16)
18- The Mess of Adrian Listenger (24:15)
19- Witness for the Execution (24:15)
20- How Green Was My Valet (24:16)

21- And Only Two Ninety-Nine (24:10)
22- Smartacus (24:15)
23- What's It All About, Algie? (24:16)
24- Hello Columbus, Goodbye America (24:16)
25- Do I Hear a Vaults (23:15)
26- I Am Curiously Yellow (24:16)

(All of the special features -- times are listed below)

Special Features:

All of these special features can be found on Disc 5 (except audio commentary!)

* Audio Commentary with guest-star Bill Dana
He commentates on "Ice Station Siegfried"

* Featurette - The Fans of Get Smart (14:38)
This has interviews by Leonard Stern, webmaster Carl Birkmeyer, and more.

* Don Adams Memorial, 10/15/05 (1:21:13)
This is the entire memorial service for the late and talented Don Adams. He will be forever missed. The memorial features eulogies from Don Rickles, Barbara Feldon, Bill Dana, James Caan, Don's sister Gloria, Bernie Kopell, Leonard Stern and more.

* TV Land Awards 2003 (0:47)
A clip featuring Don Adams (and Barbara Feldon) during the 2003 TV Land Awards doing a skit while presenting an award.

* The Andy Williams Show, 1966 (6:01)
Don Adams does another guest stint on The Andy Williams Show

* Don Adams Learns He is a Father, 1965 (:50)
Don is on the GET SMART set when he learns that his wife has given birth to their first child.

* Chief Auto Parts Commercials, 1981 and 1983 (1:12)
These spots have Don reprising his Maxwell Smart character and famous GET SMART catchphrases.

* White Castle Commercial #1, 1990 (0:40)
Holy cow! Don appears as "Cowboy Don" for this spot.

* White Castle Commercial #2, 1990 (0:39)
Don appears as "Ninja Don" with the "Mother of all Onions".

* Choice Hotels Commercial, 1991 (0:40)
Don is unpacked from multiple suitcases for this spot.

* Buck-A-Call Commercial, 1999 (0:34)
Don appears as retired Secret Agent 86.

* Bloopers (1:20)
Season five bloopers! Always fun to have these.

* The Ultimate Get Smart Clip Reel
A series of segments featuring clips from the shows five seasons. Maxwell Smart - Agent 86 of CONTROL (20:33); Maxwell Smart and the Art of Love (16:15); Maxwell Smart and the Art of Confusion (14:30); Maxwell Smart and the Art of Deduction (10:24); Maxwell Smart and the Art of Dying (9:15); Maxwell Smart and the Art of Being Maxwell Smart (7:29); Old Put Together All the Great Catchprases-Throw in Agent 44-Agent 13-Sigfried and Shtarker-and the Ever Lovable Cone of Silence, and Pass it Off as Some of the Funniest Moments You'll Ever See Trick (5:06)

* Interactive Bonus Feature (Get Smart Spy Aptitude Test)
Another interactive bonus feature. Difficult to explain so buy the set and have fun!

Final Comments:

A sad end to an amazing set--one more time I have to give major props to Paul Brownstein for his tireless work on this set. Each season featured just as many (and some more) bonus features as the others, and that is a huge accomplishment when nowadays, sets are becoming more and more bare. My only wish would have been to see the 2 GET SMART movies included (although it likely was not possible), 1979's "The Return of Maxwell Smart" and 1989's "Get Smart Again." There is not much more to say except that if you have not gotten this set yet, then what are you waiting for? It is amazing so go buy it from!

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

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

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn Eaton) on 01/11/07

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