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Mister Ed: Season 1 (1961)

Alan Young , Connie Hines  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Young, Connie Hines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AMVEHY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,041 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mister Ed: Season 1" on IMDb

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After three episode compilations, nostalgic baby boomers can now saddle up this beloved series' entire first season (those looking for the Clint Eastwood and Zsa Zsa Gabor episodes are directed to The Best of Mister Ed, Volume One). It's funny how well Mister Ed holds up. In its day, it was derided by critics (the Chicago Tribune sniffed that the show was a pale carbon copy of the Francis the Talking Mule films) and snubbed at the Emmy Awards. But despite its fantastic premise, the fundamental things apply: solid writing, a classic theme song, and palpable chemistry between Alan Young, as affable, modest, and unassuming architect Wilbur Post, and gelding Bamboo Harvester as slacker horse Mister Ed. Ed can use the telephone, he enjoys watching television (he prefers Leonard Bernstein to Westerns), and he can talk. "It's been a long time since I was a pony" are the words that launch one of TV's funniest teams, and it is a testament to Alan Young's skills as a comedic actor and his finesse as a straight man that you absolutely believe his genuine friendship with and affection for his equine costar (voiced by B-western star Allan "Rocky" Lane). The rest of the cast is good, but their characters are strictly 1960s sitcom stock. Wilbur's new bride, Carol (the charming Connie Hines), is the dutiful wife with a roast in the oven and who frets over asking her husband for money to buy a new television set. Neighbors Roger and Kay (Larry Keating and Edna Skinner) are the affectionately bickering married couple next door who take the newlyweds under their more cynical wings. It is Ed who gallops off with every scene with the horse's share of the punch lines. In one early episode, Wilbur complains that he could be rich if Ed went on TV and talked. Ed says no thanks to stardom. "I know Trigger," he states. "He's a very mixed-up horse." This season also features a curiosity, an episode that served as a pilot for an unsold spinoff show starring William Bendix as the hapless owner of a rustic lodge (look for a pre-Beverly Hillbillies Nancy Culp). Young, still sharp, and Hines provide audio commentary for the pilot episode. They also appear in a half-hour featurette about the history of the series that yields some surprises, namely that Mister Ed was inspired by a short story that preceded the Francis the Talking Mule movies. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and one can easily see Mister Ed winning over a new generation of kids, of course, of course. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Now you can enjoy all 26 episodes from the first season of the classic sitcom Mister Ed.

Architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young, The Time Machine) and his wife Carol (Connie Hines) move into a beautiful new home complete with a barn in the backyard. When Wilbur takes a look in his new barn, he finds that the former owner left his horse behind. This horse is no ordinary horse . . . he can talk, but only to Wilbur, which leads to all sorts of misadventures for Wilbur and his trouble-making sidekick Mister Ed. Premiering in 1960, Mister Ed became the first syndicated series ever to be picked up by a network when CBS adopted the show in 1961 for the remainder of its five-year run. The program won a Golden Globe Award as Best TV Show in 1963. You never heard of a talking horse? Well, check out the famous Mister Ed.

Bonus Features:

* Interviews With Stars Alan Young And Connie Hines
* Audio Commentary On The Pilot Episode With Alan Young And Connie Hines

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
How odd that we're suddenly getting such an avalanche of old TV shows in complete seasons - "One Step Beyond", "Bonanza", and now "Mr. Ed" all due out in coming months. These are old favorites that were always either in the public domain or in incomplete collections or both. Maybe people are tired of having half of every channel's schedule filled with either paid programming (Internet Millions! Homes for three hundred dollars! etc.) in which you know you're being lied to or reality TV (Bridezillas - young women dressed in flowing traditional garb and acting like rutting pigs) in which you hope you're being lied to. You'd hate to think humanity has come to this.

To fill the gap many of us have turned to old favorite TV shows on DVD from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Mr. Ed is one of those shows. Following a storyline similar to the "Francis the Talking Mule" series of films, the animal in question (the horse, Mr. Ed) will only speak to one person - his owner Wilbur, an architect who has an office in the barn where Mr. Ed lives. Mr. Ed doesn't limit himself just to giving advice to Wilbur. Mr. Ed has definite ideas of how he wants to run his own life. He might fancy himself an author or a potential star of the screen, or he might take off on a humane mission to buy his mother when he learns she is a plow horse. As a result, Wilbur is often left in a ridiculous position and not in the good graces of his wife, Carol or his neighbors.

The whole thing is good clean silly fun in the tradition of Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Petticoat Junction. Believe it or not there are still many of us who enjoy such entertainment.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unthinkable!! December 29, 2009
Format:DVD
So disappointed!! Complete??, my "horses butt!!"
Did they think we wouldn't notice??!!

We waited all these years through VHS and the best of on DVD's all the while wanting Complete Uncut Episodes Season by Season, and now this.
For me it's unthinkable heresy!!

8 episodes are only 22 minutes long!!! Which means that almost one third of the episodes in this season one set are cheating the viewer out of over 3 minutes of footage. Footage that ties scenes together, and without such makes one wonder what is missing... Funny moments, tender moments, great comedy, great acting, and they're missing.

Wonderful words laid down by talented writers, making one think, what did the great Larry Keating do in those missing minutes, how about Alan Young, Connie Hines, and Edna Skinner, not to forget Allan (Rocky) Lane??!! Incredible on screen chemistry left out because they couldn't take the time to find or put together a complete episode.

Don't give me extras, don't give me great audio and video quality, don't give me great packaging, but do give me "complete uncut original length" episodes!!

The edited episodes are...
"Busy Wife"
"Kiddy Park"
"Stable for Three"
"Ed the Lover"
"The Pageant Show"
"The Aunt"
"Little Boy"
"The Contest"

Season one episodes should run about 25:30 in length or longer including opening and closing credits and Filmways tag.

I'm giving this a two instead of a one because everything else is nicely done.
Quality is good, and audio commentary track during first episode with Alan Young and Connie Hines is wonderful. (Sad to hear she recently passed December 18)

I understand, and hopefully it's true, that Season Two has no such issues with cut versions of episodes!!.......
"the second season set of Mister Ed will be the complete version of each episode, as originally broadcast."
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mister Ed!!!!!!!!!! June 20, 2009
Format:DVD
Just about anyone that was alive and old enough to watch TV in the 1960's loved this show. If you have never seen Mister Ed it has humor on two levels both for kids and adults. Kids will love Mister Ed and adults will also. It is very funny and spoofs just about everything. Season 1 has 26 episodes and the previously released Best of Mister Ed Volume 1 only has four shows from Season 1 with the Best of Mister Ed Volume 2 having none indicating 22 of the 26 shows will be new to DVD.

The Season 1 shows on the previously released Best of Mister Ed Volume 1 DVD are:
1) The First Meeting,
2) Ed, the Songwriter,
3) Psychoanalyst Show, and
4) Wilbur Sells Ed

Season 1 ran from January to July 1961. The entire six year Mister Ed series was filmed in Black and White. The quality on the Best of Mister Ed DVD's was very high and is assumed that it will be on the Complete Season 1 DVD also. These shows are timeless, as good and funny today as they were when originally broadcast.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mister Ed - Season One From Shout! Factory October 12, 2010
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Wilbur: "What kind of a name is Ed for a horse?"
Mister Ed: "What kind of a name is Wilbur for a man?"

One of the first series ever to debut as a midseason replacement (1961), Mister Ed's first season proved so successful in first-run syndication, it was picked up for its remaining 5 seasons by CBS (1961-1966) where it won a 'Best TV Show, Comedy' Golden Globe in 1963. Go back to the beginning and see how it all started with Shout! Factory's Mister Ed - The Complete First Season.

Prior to this Mister Ed - Season One release from Shout! Factory, fans were teased with the following (out-of-print) Mister Ed DVD titles from MGM Home Entertainment: The Best of Mister Ed - Volume One (released on January 13, 2004) featuring 21 episodes from Seasons 1-4 on 2 dual-sided DVDs, The Best of Mister Ed - Volume Two (March 8, 2005) featuring 20 episodes from Seasons 3-6 on 2 DVDs (1 single-sided & 1 dual-sided), and Mister Ed: Barnyard Favorites (July 26, 2005) featuring 8 episodes from The Best of Mister Ed - Volume One (Disc 1).

Mister Ed - The Complete First Season is a 4-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 26 episodes in Full Frame (1.33:1) video and English mono audio. The discs are housed in slimcases all inside a slim outer box. Special Features include Interviews and Commentary on the Pilot Episode with stars Alan Young and Connie Hines, plus a booklet with episode descriptions and trivia. The picture and sound quality is decent, given the age of the show.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Herky jerky when put on disc b&w
Published 3 days ago by Cosmo Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars great oldy but goody
loved watching this old video. Got my 7 year old grand daughter to watch it. She really enjoyed it.
Published 5 days ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Mister Ed - The Talking Horse is a definately a *5* star TV Show
This is an old classic TV Show - each episodes are 22 minutes long (they deleted the commercials)
I use to enjoy these episodes when I was very young. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Robert Pylant
3.0 out of 5 stars I willwatch.
This brings back memories of childhood. Once in a while, I will watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovelots
havent watched but a big fan of
Published 15 days ago by Reba mobley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ed Rules !!!
Great dvd, i just got season # 2.I plan on gettin all of them, Mr Ed is great and high quality dvds also very pleased.
Published 17 days ago by scott callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome, clean family show.
Published 28 days ago by Carol Sutton
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I really enjoy it. They are awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Pam Raitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like the look and feel
When I was pretty young and this was on TV
I would rather watch flipper or Gentle Ben
now that Im older I actually enjoy a few
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Fun to watch old shows.
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