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  • Actors: Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., Raymond Bailey
  • Directors: Joseph Depew, Richard Whorf, Robert M. Leeds
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 760 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I0CH8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Long before Beverly Hills, 90210, another gang inhabited the infamous zip code in the land of swimmin’ pools and movie stars. The Beverly Hillbillies stands in a class alone as one of the most successful TV sitcoms of all-time. The slapstick comedy about a family of Ozark country bumpkins who strike it rich and move to Beverly Hills ran for nine seasons and at its peak, attracted more than 60 million viewers a week. Get reacquainted with Jed Clampett and his brood, which included his mother-in-law Granny, daughter Elly May and dim-witted nephew Jethro Bodine. This special five-DVD collection of classic Beverly Hillbillies episodes will provide hours of laughs and an unforgettable trip down memory lane. Episodes: The Clampetts Meet the Dodgers, Start to School, Jethro's First Love, The Great Feud, Elly's First Date, Jed Gets the Misery, No Place Like Home, Jed Rescues Pearl, Back to California, Jed's Dilemma, Clampetts in Court, Clampetts Go to Hollywood, Duke Steals a Wife, The Family Tree, Elly's Animals, Psychiatrist Gets Clampletted, The Clampetts Strike Oil, Getting Settled

Customer Reviews

The them song for each episode from its original was not there.
brandrewpaul
Jethro would starve himself to death and the dog Duke would run to nearest pound and beg to be put to sleep.
UnderOath
Just too campy for words, the directors were unable to find the innocence that made the show such a hit.
New cooking fan

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Axayacatl on August 2, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a 4 DVD box set from Platinum Disc Corp. There are (8) 25 min. episodes per DVD, all are from 1962-1964, with one unexplained exception: Ep. 8 on Vol. 3 is from 1974. Go figure.
Digital quality: Very good (3.5/5). I have a 162" front projection system, so I can observe absolutely every minute detail of any DVD. Resolution is very good (4/5) with good detail. Brightness is a little low and contrast is also somewhat lacking. These can be compensated for by adjusting your TV or projector. Still, overall very good for 1962-63. I haven't viewed all episodes yet, but some of them are of substantially lesser quality (e.g., excessive brightness/contrast).
Two complaints to get out of the way: First, the episodes have an annoying "Platinum Disc Corporation" logo in the lower right during the entire episode. (A trick in my Sony player is if I use slow, step or fastfwd for even an instant, the logo does not reappear once normal play is resumed. Very cool.) Second, apparently they were unable to or didn't ($$$?) license Paul Henning's original theme music for the intro/conclusion ("Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed ..."). So the intro/exit of each episode has a so-so generic performance of similar 'picked' mountain music WITHOUT any words! That stinks, everybody loves the original theme, it kind of "gets you in the mood".
Very, very good episode 'liner' notes. Excellent job on those.
Here is the complete episode list (Vol#/Ep#):
V1E1 - Hillbillies of Beverly Hills (Pilot) (aired Sep. 26, 1962)
V1E2 - Getting Settled (Oct. 3, 1962)
V1E3 - The Girl From Home (Jan. 15, 1964)
V1E4 - The Servants (Nov. 7, 1962)
V1E5 - The Giant Jackrabbit (Jan. 8, 1964)
V1E6 - Jethro Goes To School (Nov.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD contains four of the earliest episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies," but because these are not released by the copyright holder, the actual open and close we all know is not on the DVD. Instead, there's an Elvis sounding impersonator handling the singing made famous by Jerry Scoggins. Hopefully, CBS will release "Beverly Hillbillies" on DVD soon, so better prints with the actual opens and closes are available. The episodes on this DVD do a pretty good job of showing why the first two seasons of the program are actually among the best written in the history of television. Snobs hate the program, but the writing, character definition, and evolution of the characters all get off to a good start. And the music of Perry Botkin is used in a very sophisticated way to underscore the action on the screen, compared to the music of Curt Massey whose background music is heard on the later color episodes. Instead of using the music to set up a gag or to get a reaction, Botkin's masterful use of music sets up certain motifs for each of the characters to define them. That's something rarely done in a filmed sitcom--if it was ever even done prior to this show.
The quality of the prints from which these episodes were taken is not particularly good. But until CBS releases the show on DVD, this is what you've got.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Moskal on July 5, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review is for the quality, NOT the shows. I grew up with, and loved, the Beverly Hillbillies. I have a few VHS tapes, but wanted better quality as you would expect with DVD. NOT!
The shows on VHS are even better than this mini frisbie.
Not only is the quality poor, but the theme song is gone.
No "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed..."
There's this banjo music I never heard before.
All I can think is that someone wanted to make a quick buck.
A truely pathetic example of modern technology. Save your money.
Maybe some day Jed and his clan will get a respectable release.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2001
Format: DVD
The Beverly Hillbillies are wonderful, but this DVD stinks. First, the episodes do not include the classic Hillbillies theme song -- the producers hve substituted some other song and this borders on blasphemy. In addition, the transfer to DVD is awful! The picture and sound quality are the worst I've seen on any DVD. I have read that DVDs from Madacy Entertainment are bad, now I believe it. Still, for the hard core Beverly Hillbillies fan like myself, these black and white episodes from the second and third seasons of the show are a must. Were it not for the poor quality of the DVD, I would rate it 5 stars.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. La Vean on December 4, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a poor quality transfer for both picture and sound and I am not sure they had the rights to the whole thing because they took out the theme song and replaced it with some really bad instrumental piece...the episodes are obscure...I live in France and wanted to get in touch with my youth and expose my daughter to the real American culture...may I did...these people screwed everything up for a buck...2 episodes per disc...make you want to feel like you are getting value for money but 45 miutes per DVD is a joke...
Avoid is my recommendation
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By UnderOath on November 22, 2004
Format: DVD
I've been an Amazon customer for years now and I've bought a lot of items from Amazon over the years. This is the first item I will be returning. 4 DVD'S with 2 episodes apiece on them. The DVD'S don't even continuously play. You have to enter a play select on your DVD after the 1st episode on each DVD. The choices of episodes are as tasty as Elly's biscuits. Buying these DVD'S make about as much sense as Miss Jane winning a beauty contest. It be well worth the wait to buy this DVD after Mr. Drysdale gives you the funds for them. If Granny or Jed ever watch these DVD'S they both would jump into the cement pond after draining the water out. Jethro would starve himself to death and the dog Duke would run to nearest pound and beg to be put to sleep.

The '57' Edsel and that Ben & Jen movie wasn't as big of a bomb as this load of baby diaper filling.

Thank you for time, it is always appreciated. Here's my last word of wisdom. "If you ever want to commit the perfect murder on somebody - just love them to death. Or give them a copy of this product.
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