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  • Actors: Luke Halpin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 759 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F61N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flipper - The Original Series, Season 1" on IMDb

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They call him Flipper, Flipper, King of the Sea… Now for the first time, he's on DVD! Plunge into an undersea world of fun and excitement with Flipper and his pals Bud and Sandy Ricks, and their dad Porter, the chief ranger at Florida's Coral Key Park. Bring home this aquatic adventure, and relive a classic splash from the past with this family favorite!

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A 1964 television spin-off from the 1963 movie Flipper, Flipper--Season One is an adventure series that features extensive underwater photography and intriguing story lines involving a widowed park ranger, his two sons, and a clever dolphin named Flipper. This first season of Flipper finds brothers Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden), their father Park Ranger Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), and their dolphin Flipper posted at the Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve where they're charged with upholding the law and responding to a variety of predicaments ranging from divers injured by shark attacks, to protecting visitors from incoming hurricanes, rescuing zoo animals from a sinking ship, and fighting congressional battles for continued funding to ensure the very existence of their marine preserve. While Bud's and Sandy's impulsiveness sometimes get them into trouble, the boys and their father can be counted upon to remain clear-headed in times of crisis. More often than not, though, it's Flipper who fulfills the most crucial role in any given rescue attempt. Guest stars are numerous and include Andy Devine, Margaret Hayes, Dan Chandler, and Ric Applewhite. The underwater photography of marine life was cutting-edge in 1964 and holds up well to this day, providing a fascinating look at trained and instinctive dolphin behavior and marine ecosystems and, while some of the story lines may seem a bit dated to today's audiences, the bigger issues like marine preservation and doing what is right still ring true. Childhood adventure, peril, and suspense pervade each of the 30 half-hour episodes in this first season. Flipper--Season One promises to leave adults born in the nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties reminiscing fondly about their own childhoods and humming the Flipper theme song--what's more, their children (and perhaps grandchildren) will enjoy the program right alongside them and are more than likely to join in wholeheartedly on the refrain "Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. . . ." (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

I watched Flipper as a kid and loved it.
C. E. Kuykendall
This is a very good DVD transfer which has excellent color and picture quality.
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The underwater photography is really good.
O'Dryden

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By B. Kimball on March 27, 2007
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I have several seasons of Flipper on video, but our young daughter is wearing those out. This DVD first season is just in time and a must have for us.

Being a native of Florida, my brothers and I grew up with this show. We were the same age as Sandy and Bud when it was on originally. It has action, adventure, and it's more realistic than the tv shows kids usually watch today. This show is not dumbed down at all.

Most of the show is filmed outside, and even teaches conservation and respect for nature.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kaylee Ranger on May 10, 2007
I'll echo others here, and say that this is a truly amazing transfer! This is the best looking 1960s show I've seen on dvd yet, and it's better than plenty of recent shows that have come out on dvd. The edges and colors are so crisp and vivid--must be seen to be believed!

There's no doubt that this is a show for kids, but I'm enjoying it as an adult. This show is just plain relaxing. No cellphones, no computers, no traffic jams or high-speed car chases, no demons or superpowers, no serial killers--there's just the ocean, beaches, trees, park rangers, boys, and a very cool dolphin...and some sharks and poachers, of course, but hey, you have to some kind of dramatic tension.

These are the much hated two-sided discs, there's no booklet or additional information, and no real special features--it's a bare bones set. But as I said--it's gorgeous to look at and relaxing, very relaxing. When you pop in a disc to watch an episode or two, the tensions of the day dissolve away and you start smiling. Younger kids will love it, I'm sure, and there's nothing to fear here for any parents.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David A. Preiser on April 24, 2007
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The Dvds Are Great, Wonderful Picture & Sound. The Show Is Magical With Terrific Stories And Very Fine Actors. Brian Kelly Gives The Show It's Heart & Soul!!! I Can't Wait For Season Two!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Eastridge on April 27, 2007
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When the first season of Flipper aired, I was 10. Over 40 years later, this is an exceptional set to own. The quality is superb. It could very easily air today as a brand new TV show and nobody would know the difference because the production stands up to anything today. The characters are all great role models. I remember going to the Miami Seaquarium as a teen just to walk back to the movie set where they filmed many of the outdoor sequences to this TV series.

I actually applauded after watching the first episode. This is a "must own" for anyone who is starved for a good quality television series. If you like boats and the water...you'll REALLY like this series! Do yourself a favor and the next time you think you need to buy a Disney film for a child or grandchild...buy this instead.

Ivan Tors did some great television!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2007
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This series came out in 1964 when I was ten. I remember the theme song, but as the show had not been on tv in years I'd forgotten the stories. I discovered the series on Amazon last week and immediately ordered it.

The DVD quality is excellent as is the sound. My children enjoy the series very much as I did at the time and still do. The same producer who made Seahunt made this and is of the upmost quality.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CA Girl on April 20, 2007
It's not only my opinion..."Flipper was really the reason that people became aware of (dolphins). Before Flipper, people were out there shooting at them with rifles and bow and arrows, and really had very little knowledge about them." UPI, May 2, 1997

Besides, it's fun.

If you concerned about the supposed death of Flipper from loneliness that another reviewer posted, see the comment on that review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Big RG on May 23, 2010
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This has been a real pleasure to watch. I am almost fifty now and "Flipper" was one of those shows in syndication that I pretty much passed up as many of my friends have said. But in a time when today's television is so bad I've been turning to 1960s television for entertainment. So I decided to shell out the bucks and buy season one of "Flipper." Well, it was definitely one of the smartest things I've ever done.

Season One of "Flipper" is in glorious color, at a time when most prime time TV shows in 1964 were still very much in black and white. And the prints of each episode are in superb condition, especially when watched on a eighty foot television screen.

What I like most about this show besides everyone's favorite dolphin is the bond Porter Ricks has with his two sons Sandy and Bud. The boys are being raised without a mother but dad is doing just fine. It's all fiction, of course, but I like the warm feeling that I get from each show.

There is one small problem, though. Disc Four from my set is a duplicate of Disc Three even though the disc itself is designated as Disc Four. I am calling customer service in the morning to try and get it replaced. Someone else here in the reviews brought the same problem up. There must have been hundreds of sets sold with the same error.

I would definitely recommend this if you're thinking of buying "Flipper" season one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Shelton on October 3, 2009
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We loved Disk 1-3, however, upon attempting to watch Disk 4 - the onscreen menu said it was Disk 3 (even though labeled as Disk 4) and all episodes were Disk 3 again! So, no Disk 4 in the box. Sent it back for refund. Ordered new one....SAME PROBLEM!! Again, sent back for refund. This was VERY frustrating!! We must've been unlucky to get two bad batches? No explanation from Amazon. We did NOT order it for a third time due to the lack of quality control! Has this happened to anyone else? Loved Disk 1-3 though!!
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