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Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack

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Get ready for big laughs with one of the most popular and beloved funnymen of all time in the Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack. After catapulting to national fame as the often impossible but ever lovable Deputy Barney Fife on TV’s The Andy Griffith Show and before winning audiences over as wacky landlord Ralph Furley on Three’s Company, Knotts conquered the silver screen in a series of unforgettable feature films. Showcasing his incredible comic timing and physical humor, he finds himself in one outrageous situation after another in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut, The Shakiest Gun in the West and The Love God?.

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Ghost and Mr. Chicken:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 1 - The Reluctant Astronaut:
  • Theatrical Trailer


  • Disc 2 - The Shakiest Gun in the West:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Don Knotts, Joan Staley, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Barbara Rhoades
    • Directors: Nat Hiken, Alan Rafkin, Edward J. Montagne
    • Writers: James Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
    • Producers: Edward J. Montagne
    • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
    • Run Time: 397 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B008M4C1DU
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Don Knotts is a national treasure, one of the most naturally gifted comic actors the world has ever seen. As big a Don Knotts fan as I have always been, and as many times as I have seen all of the old episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, I had actually never seen any of Knotts' classic comedies from the late 1960s. This Reluctant Hero Pack has helped alleviate this problem. Sure, I could have spent four times as much money and acquired each of these four films on individual DVDs, but frugality is one of the many small-town American virtues Don Knotts' characters usually embodied. These films have been compressed so that they will all fit on one double-sided DVD, but there is nothing wrong with the picture quality of this disk whatsoever. It's not like you're missing out on any special features on the individual offerings, either; unfortunately, there are also next to no special features on this Reluctant Hero pack - all you get are three of the four films' trailers. Still, what matters are the films themselves, and you're guaranteed to have over six and a half hours of unadulterated laughter with these four Don Knotts classics.

    The four films included here are not necessarily Don Knotts' best four movies, but each of them is hilarious. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken puts Don Knotts inside a haunted house overnight. Remember how funny that haunted house episode of The Andy Griffith Show was? Well, this film is even funnier. It also features the lovely Joan Staley as the object of affection of Knotts' character. His character, by the way, is a truly reluctant hero, one whose heroics and honesty are put to an extreme test. Then you have The Reluctant Astronaut, which I consider to be the funniest of the four films included here.
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    This DVD is a true bargain compiling 4 of Don Knotts' most popular films onto one nicely priced disc! This DVD collects 4 of the 5 films that Knotts made in the 60s where he had the lead role (the exception being 1964's "The Incredible Mr. Limpet"). The DVD is a flip disc with two films on each side. Side A has "The Ghost & Mr. Chicken" and "The Reluctant Astronaut", while side B has "The Shakiest Gun in the West" and "The Love God?". Another great aspect is that these films are in chronological order of original release from 1966-1969. In other words, these 4 films were released back to back. For those that are fans of Knotts' films or the live action Disney films of the 60s & 70s, these will be a rare treat to own. Great fun, exceptable for the entire family (with the possible exception of "The Love God?" which contains some mild adult humor, obviously tame by today's standard, but still maybe inappropriate for some ages). Knotts plays almost the same character in every film and just as the title of the set implies, he is at first reluctant, then the hero. For those unfamiliar with the films, here are some very brief plots:

    Side A

    The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (1966) - Knotts is Luther Heggs, a local wanna be reporter who stays a night in the local haunted house on a dare. After Arthur witnesses some spooky happenings, no one believes him, including his boss George Beckett (Dick Sargent). It's up to Arthur to prove to the town that the old house has a ghost. Considered to be one of Knott's most successful films.

    The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) - Knotts stars as Roy Fleming, employee at the local carnival where he dresses up as an astronaut. After his Dad sends his application to NASA, Roy is actually contacted, but to be a janitor!
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    This set is bargain-and-a-half for anyone who grew up watching these silly but charming comedies on Saturday afternoon TV.
    For a ridiculously low price, you get 4 films with astonishingly good quality picture and sound (sound is mono but the video transfers are bright, colorful and sharp as a tack). True, they are all on a single "flipper" disc, but for this price it's a small qualm at best.
    The only thing I would mention to parents buying these for their children (which I assume many of you are), is the 4th film in this set, "The Sex God", is a PG-13 rated sex comedy made in 1969, and as such is a strange inclusion in a set of movies more-or-less made for children. It's pretty tame by modern standards (and not terribly funny either), but all the same I doubt you'd want your 8-yr old watching it. Still, a killer bargain on films I wanted, but didn't want to spend 20$ apiece for. Recommended.
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    This review only pertains to the DVD itself, and not the titles on it (which are great.) My DVD was plagued with freeze ups, skips, and sound problems. From what I have seen in reviews of other Universal DVDs, this is a common problem for Universal DVDs. The titles on this box set are great, I only wish Universal was not so cheap, and put out a 4-DVD set instead of trying to compress all 4 movies on one DVD. If so much had not been crammed onto one disk, then perhaps these glitches would not exsist.
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    DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!! I wanted this disc so bad but when it came in, it did not play in my brand new HDMI Toshiba DVD player. Like the other reviews, the disc freezes. Also, like the other reviewers, I cleaned the disc but nothing improved. The disc plays a few minutes at a time on my brand new Intel iMac then lockes up and crashes the DVD software! My conclusion: The disc is physically fine but the manufacturers screwed up in the quality of the recording/transfer.
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