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Hazel: Season 3
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
So here I am once again singing the praises of Shout Factory--and for good reason. They've managed to do in three months what Sony could not do in nearly six years--release two consecutive seasons of "Hazel" on DVD.

Obviously there IS a market for this 50-year-old TV show when Season 3 is announced weeks before Season 2 hits stores.

Here are the 32 episodes included on this set:

Pot Luck A La Mode (9/19/1963)
An Example For Hazel (9/26/1963)
Dorothy Takes A Trip (10/3/1963)
You Ain't Fully Dressed Without A Smile (10/10/1963)
Cheerin' Up Mr. B. (10/17/1963)
Piccolo Mondo (10/24/1963)
Hazel Scores A Touchdown (10/31/1963) Alan Hale guest stars.
George's 32nd Cousin (11/7/1963) Diane Ladd guest stars.
The Baby Came C. O. D. (11/14/1963) James Stacy guest stars.
All Hazel Is Divided Into Three Parts (11/21/1963)
The Vanishing Hero (11/28/1963)
Call Me Harve (12/5/1963) Ann Jillian guest stars.
The Retiring Milkman (12/12/1963) Sterling Holloway guest stars.
Hazel's Nest Egg (12/19/1963)
Hazel And The Halfback (12/26/1963) Frank Gifford guest stars.
Hazel And The Model T (1/2/1964)
Hot Potato A La Hazel (1/9/1964)
Scheherezade And Her Frying Pan - Part 1 (1/16/1964)
Scheherezade And Her Frying Pan - Part 2 (1/23/1964)
The Fashion Show (1/30/1964)
George's Ordeal (2/6/1964)
The Reluctant Witness (2/13/1964) Mabel Albertson guest stars.
Democracy At Work (2/20/1964)
The Countess (2/27/1964)
Hazel's Midas Touch (3/5/1964)
Everybody's A Comediene (3/12/1964)
All Mixed Up (3/19/1964)
Arrivederci, Mr. B. (3/26/1964) Luciana Paluzzi guest stars.
Such A Nice Little Man (4/2/1964)
Campaign Manager (4/9/1964) Harold Gould guest stars.
Let's Get Away From It All (4/16/1964) Jamie Farr guest stars.
Maid For A Day (4/23/1964) Harvey Korman guest stars.

As with Season Two, the print quality varies with less-than-perfect video on some and excellent picture quality on others, but this time Shout gives consumers a heads-up as the back cover states "Episodes were mastered from the best available video sources". Also, one episode titled "The Campaign Manager" on Disc Four is the syndicated cut version which only runs 22 minutes. These factors are what prevent this from being a Five-Star release IMO.

The Season-premiere features a different opening with the cast preparing for Hazel to take a family portrait; the last episode of the season features yet another alternate opening with Harold pretending to be a toll-booth operator as Hazel is seated in a bright-red Ford convertible. The remainder of the episodes feature the opening with everyone piling into the car with Hazel smiling behind the wheel. Purists will be glad to know the original Screen Gems "dancing sticks" logo appears at the end of the closing credits.

At this rate, we may see the remaining two seasons out by the end of 2012 or early 2013. I certainly hope so, while Season 5 wasn't the best, it features a teenage Ann Jillian as a semi-regular and I rarely saw many of those episodes in syndication. Bring on Season Four!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
Shout Factory is my number 1 favourite studio releaser of TVdvds....because they have a track record of issuing ALL the seasons of a TV series. They also often kick out their releases very fast. I hope we can have seasons 4 and 5 of Hazel by Christmas 2012. Anyways, I have my preorder in for Hazel season 3!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
Thanks again to Shout! Factory's Brian Blum and Brian Ward for listening to their customers. They know there is a big market for great old shows like Hazel and we can thank them for being diligent enough to get these shows produced to DVD. I've purchased many Shout! Factory DVD releases and they are all of very good quality. Can't wait for season 3 to hit the stores!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
"Hazel" looks outstanding in Season Three...so another big thanks to Shout Factory! for releasing another season of this much-beloved sitcom. For such an old series, the episodes look fantastic. A few of them have some dirt and grime but for a 50-year old show, "Hazel" has probably never looked better.

As sitcoms age, it is common to notice weaknesses in the writing but that isn't the story with Season Three of "Hazel." There are a few clunkers here, but most of the stories are creative and we see more and more of Hazel Burke interacting with neighbors and the community at large. Shirley Booth continues to be amazing, and it really seems the award-winning actress was just hitting her stride. Seldom can an actress bring such a wide range of emotions to a viewer, but when her lips tremble and she breaks into tears, I found myself also feeling sad for her. But there are way more laughs here than tears; her relationship with Mr. B. is explored more, especially on the first disk, in a three-episode arc when Whitney Blake was noticeably absent. If anyone knows the background story behind her absence during those first few episodes of this third season, I'd be curious to know the details.

There are also a few guest-starring roles of note, most notcieably a very, very young Diane Ladd as an annoying family cousin that will have viewers saying to themselves that she looks just like her daughter, Laura Dern.

I can't laud Shout Factory! enough for releasing the second and third seasons of this sitcom...and hope they will release the remaining two seasons. Those of us that are fans of classic television will be forever grateful. If you enjoyed the first two seasons of "Hazel", you won't be disappointed with Season Three.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
We, who love Hazel, have long waited for the remaining seasons of Hazel. The wait was worthwhile. The show goes back to a kinder and gentler America on T.V. I hope seasons 4 and 5 come out soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
It's great to finally see Shirley Booth at her finest on TV with the "Hazel" DVD sets. The surviving quality of the early Pathe color film (Hazel was the first color sitcom) has been questionable over the years, but Shout Factory has done a pretty good job with the material that they were given for this Season 3 set. Not only have they restored the original "dancing sticks" Screen Gems logo at the end of each episode (which was deleted long ago), but they have inserted two more of the original Ford-sponsored closing credits sequences (a previous one on "Hazel's Nest Egg" was restored in the '80s). Someone at Shout Factory is definitely a Hazel fan. Even though one episode is the 22-minute syndicated version ("Campaign Manager"), the rest are all the uncut 25.5 minute versions, and it's a pleasure seeing them that way after several decades. The laugh tracks are missing for the most part, but this is a minor point. Hopefully we'll see Seasons 4 and 5 soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
Please allow me to add a few comments to the other reviews for Hazel Third Season. I am very pleased with the video and sound quality. There may have been a tad of a color saturation problem on the Season Two dvd release but it has been much improved for the Hazel Third Season dvd. And there are some very nice extras for Hazel's most loyal fans (like me) in the closing credits with a close up, front end shot of a 1964 Ford Fairlane used in the background and on one of the episodes we get a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 rolling down the highway while the Hazel credits roll. It is really wonderful to see the closings as they were first broadcast in 1963-64. Thank you so much Shout for taking the time and care to add these special and meaningful touches. I am looking forward to the Hazel Fourth Season dvd. Does anyone know when Shout will release it?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
So glad that Shout is coming out with Season 3. Waited an eternity for Season 2 to be released. Started watching season 2. Nice package, however the quality of print is not exceptional but good enough. Some episodes look better than others.

Looking forward to the color Christmas episode that was released a long time ago on VHS. Thought it would be in season 3, but apparently it will be in Season 4.

Keep up the great work SHOUT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
Hazel the third season, although I don't believe it was quite as good as the first two seasons, was still highly entertaining. It's fun watching Hazel being able to take a bad situation and turn it into something good, while along the way creating a lot of laughs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
Thank you for listening to requests to bring on more episodes of Hazel. I enjoyed the first season so much. It seems I enjoyed it more as an adult than as child growing up in the sixties. They just don't make television shows like this anymore!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
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