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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Fourth Season



DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008 (CBS DVD)
MSRP: $42.99
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: 12 hours, 29 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioned
Special Features: None


Ah-ten-shun! Gomer Pyle and the gang are back on DVD for the fourth season of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. This next-to-last season still contains all of the antics of Gomer that we saw from the first three seasons though, as he does more things that are just plain dumb and other things that seem dumb that turn out to be very smart. Well golllly!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Aunt Bee “crosses over” to visit Gomer--and she hates Sgt. Carter--in “A Visit From Aunt Bee.” Gomer’s face gets to be on a recruiting poster instead of Sgt. Carter’s face in “The Recruiting Poster.” Carol Burnett guest stars in “Corporal Carol.” In “Beautiful Dreamer,” Gomer’s dreams have been coming true, and his latest has Sgt. Carter for Bunny.

Gomer and Sgt. Carter help a Japanese boy claiming to be lost in “And a Child Shall Lead Them.” Gomer must go against Lou Ann’s father when he encourages her to dump Gomr in “The Better Man.” When Gomer wins a boat in “The Prize Boat,” it seems that Carter is the only one navigating--into troubled waters.

Gomer proves that he isn’t as dumb as he looks in “Friendly Freddy Strikes Again.” In “Gomer, the Good Samaritan,” Gomer does his duty the best way he can--by getting sidetracked! Gomer gets special treatment in “Gomer, the Privileged Character.” How will the others react?

Somebody has a crush on Gomer in “Love Finds Gomer Pyle,” but is she even old enough to be in high school yet? Is Gomer going to be a daddy? Find out in “The Carriage Waits.” Gomer tries to mke Lou Ann jealous by having Sgt. Carter tell her he is seeing other women in “Sergeant Iago.” Gomer proves he has skills in “Chef for a Day.” Gomer and Sgt. Carter buy suits from Friendly Freddy in “Friendly Freddy, the Gentleman’s Tailor.” Was that wise?


Well, this is a CBS DVD product, so what do you expect for the packaging? Hopefully you only expect something simple and effective, which is what we have. Basically, we have a basic Amaray style case with a picture of Gomer and Sgt. Carter on the front. The case contains five DVDs inside. Each episode is listed and described on the inside of the case. Each disc has generic artwork, with just the show title on it. There are six episodes per disc.

Menu Design and Navigation:

And much like the packaging, this is also simple and effective, just a main menu that lists all of the episodes on a clipboard, with a check mark cursor. No sound, special effects, submenus, or anything. There is a Play All option at the bottom of the menu. Also, chapters are placed within each episode.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video could have been better than it was, in fact, it seems that this set was worse than the previous sets. The colors looked somewhat “off” and seemed to have a very reddish appearance to it. There is also the issue with grain, which again, seemed to be worse this time than before, an there were also lots of random lines on the screen that are probably due to the age of the episodes. The episodes sound decent, though, even though the audio (like on many DVD sets) is a tad low at times. Closed-captioning is available.

A few episode runtimes really concern me. Most run over 25 minutes, but not all episodes do. Some run around 24 minutes, but one runs at just over 22 minutes. In watching the episode, it is clear (by seeing some abrupt jumps) that this is a syndicated version. This is disappointing. There are possibly some music edits as well. Runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
A Visit from Aunt Bee (25:38)
The Recruiting Poster (25:28)
Corporal Carol (25:38)
Leader of Men (25:25)
Beautiful Dreamer (24:31)
The Great Talent Hunt (25:39)

Disc 2:
Gomer Says “Hey” to the President (22:34)
And a Child Shall Lead Them (25:34)
The Show Must Go On (25:37)
The Better Man (25:41)
To Watch a Thief (25:31)
The Prize Boat (25:09)

Disc 3:
Friendly Freddy Strikes Again (24:41)
Change Partners (25:25)
Wild Bull From Pampas (25:38)
Gomer, the Good Samaritan (24:35)
Gomer, the Priviliged Character (23:46)
Gomer Goes Home (25:22)

Disc 4:
A Dog is a Dog (24:58)
Love Finds Gomer Pyle (24:33)
Gomer and the Queen of Burlesque (25:37)
The Carriage Waits (25:17)
Sergeant Iago (24:34)
Goodbye, Dolly (25:05)

Disc 5:
The Price of Tomatoes (24:58)
Chef for a Day (25:08)
Gomer and the Night Club Comic (23:21)
Love and Goulash (24:06)
And Baby Makes Three (25:31)
Friendly Freddy, the Gentleman’s Tailor (25:22)

Special Features:

Again, there are no special features. I don’t understand why they can’t put together some interviews, at least.

Final Comments:

Well, we have at least one episode that is obviously edited, and the video quality is disappointing. But it would be unfair to say that this set is a total disaster. It isn’t. Could it have been done better, absolutely, but it isn’t that bad. Any fan will surely appreciate it. I just don’t think Sgt. Carter would approve of it, but then again, he would only settle for the absolute best!

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
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 05/10/08

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