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Norman Lear TV Collection (19 discs) (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00227A7V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Legendary broadcast pioneer Norman Lear is known for creating some of the most acclaimed and top-rated television series of all time! Now you can own the first seasons of these classic hit shows in one collectible set, plus over six hours of exclusive new bonus features: All in the Family Good Times The Jeffersons Maude Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (first 25 episodes) One Day at a Time Sanford & Son One of the most respected men in the entertainment industry, Lear has garnered four Emmy Awards® and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. In addition, his philanthropic efforts include founding the People for the American Way and the Norman Lear Center at USC's Annenberg School of Communication; he also continues to be a strong voice for First Amendment rights.

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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Redundant June 13, 2009
By Kasey G
Does Sony not realize that anyone who would be willing to fork over $100+ for a set like this is a true completist and would rather have continuations of stalled series such as Maude, One Day at a Time, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, All in the Family or The Jeffersons?

The casual viewer would not be interested in a set this pricey. The first several seasons of most of these shows are available for $10-15 in the bargain bins of your local WalMart on any given day.

The true aficionados WOULD HAVE bought a single or double disc release of the bonus features only that are included on this set for a $20-25 price point, but if Sony thinks we will fork over a ridiculous amount of cash, they are mistaken.

Someone will eventually upload these interviews and lost pilots to Youtube. I will save my money and watch them there, thank you very much!

Sony, I am willing to buy ALL remaining Seasons of Maude, One Day at a Time and Mary Hartman, but it's YOU who chooses not to release them, so it's your company's loss.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There Should Be A 0 Star Rating! April 24, 2009
A Kid's Review
I hated Sony before but now, I despise them. Why should we have to buy the first seasons of shows that we already own most of the series (with exceiption of Mary Hartman but, that's not even the complete first season, like they advertise it). Most of the people who would really be interested in the extra features in this set already own the first seasons of these shows and would not be willing to buy them again at such an expensive price. I appreciate Norman Lear's contribution as much as the next guy but, why don't they put all the time any money it takes to make a set like this into releasing the remaining seasons of All in the Family, Maude - The Complete First Season, The Jeffersons, and One Day at a Time - The Complete First Season
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You mean I have to buy "Maude" Season One again? April 21, 2009
I appreciate Norman Lear's contribution to television, but what are we to make of this massive, pricy set? It contains previously released Season One sets of all of his shows. What about those of us who want the interview material without having to spend over a hundred dollars? Personally I am only interested in "Maude". I want Seasons 2-6, not Season One again. Also, this is a massive "coffee table" type of set, not to everyone's liking. Not everyone has the money or space for this kind of item. It would be useful if the interview material were sold separately so those of us who don't want all of the shows could see what interests us. Fans of "Maude" are not necessary fans of "Good Times". That simple logic seems to have been lost. This release is frustrating, to say the least.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun extras, but Season One again?? No sale! April 7, 2009
By Jason
Mixed media indeed. Though I'm curious to see the two unaired "All in the Family" pilots, I can't justify spending so much on shows where I already own every Season One collection I really want. So I won't bother buying this "special collection," though will happily buy future, unreleased season sets of "AITF", "Maude," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Vol. 2", and "One Day at a Time" if Sony bothers to release them. Why? Because it's NEW PRODUCT, not just previously released material like here. So please continue with new-to-DVD seasons. Until then, I'm not paying for seasons I already have, regardless of how it's packaged!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abomination by Sony July 8, 2009
By E.K.
This release of the first seasons of all of these shows, instead of releasing the remainder of shows that haven't had their DVD sets released yet, is an abomination by Sony! Why on earth would they waste time releasing this instead of releasing "All in the Family - Season 7" or "The Jeffersons - Season 7"? Why would anybody want to buy the first seasons again, just because of a few added special features. Sony, stop this horrible treatment of customers, and release the remaining seasons of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons", to name two.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I thought I'd write this review to warn prospective buyers, that this set does not contain the complete season 1 of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, as the product advertisement claims it does. What it does contain is the previously released episodes 1-25 of the series. (Season 1 actually ran for 130 episodes.) Extra features include the last 2 episodes of season 1 (numbered 129 and 130).
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sony, grow a brain! July 15, 2009
With all due respect to the familiar likeness of our beloved Norman Lear, Sony needs to allow the fans of these shows to buy the COMPLETE series! I'm waiting for Season 7 of All in the Family and MORE MORE MORE of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman! Sony, stop insulting us and get to work on remastering the unreleased episodes of these timeless shows before the baby boomer generation blows all of its entertainment dollars on classic TV autograph conventions !!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The press release for this set states:

The Normal Lear Collection includes complete first-season sets of seven of Lear's Emmy Award-winning shows: "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Good Times," "One Day at a Time" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."

The 19-disc set includes more than six hours of new documentaries, featurettes and interviews with such stars as Bea Arthur, Jimmie Walker, Rob Reiner and Adrienne Barbeau. Also included are two never-before-seen pilot episodes for "All in the Family" -- "Those Were the Days" and 1971's "And Justice for All," the latter turned down by ABC before producers tried again at CBS.

End of press release.

Other press releases state that there will not be a complete first season of Mary Hartman included. What is odd about this is that fans of these shows will already have collected the first seasons on DVD long ago and will probably not buy them again just to get the extras. Plus I don't believe that any of these shows have all of their seasons released yet. All of them have held up pretty well over time with the possible exception of "One Day at a Time". That is so timestamped in the 1970's I can't imagine it being the least bit watchable today unless you remember it in its first run and love the nostalgia of it all like I do. "One Day at a Time" actually had its first season released two years ago and I was particularly impressed that Sony made a probably expensive peace with the RIAA and included the original recording of "The Hustle" in the episode that originally featured it. A good thing too, since I couldn't imagine an elevator music substitute in that scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I want All That Glitters and even Hot L Baltimore
At the time it was on, I did not like Hot L Baltimore, because I was too young to appreciate it. I would like to give it another chance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Danarose Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this collection!
Sure, I had some of these shows in separately released sets, but I love the packaging (a work of art itself) and with over six hours of bonus features, I am in Norman Lear heaven! Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Murray Mc Dougall
5.0 out of 5 stars Normal Lear TV Collection
This is a terrific 19 disc set of Normal Lear television shows. My wife and I sat down the first day it arrived and watched about 5 hours worth of shows. Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by James S. Bomhard
1.0 out of 5 stars senseless product - another ripoff
what more do i have to say that the other wise reviewers haven't noted here. i have enjoyed all the previous seasons of these great programs only to wait endlessly for additional... Read more
Published on February 23, 2010 by Patrick W. Henry
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste your Time
I am so disappointed in Sony. I will not be purchasing this boxset unless it included season that are not out on DVD. Read more
Published on February 12, 2010 by J. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for people who love the old tv shows
Mom heard about this collection in an AARP magazine and asked me to find it for her. My first stop was Amazon. Looked like a great product. Bought it for her Christmas present. Read more
Published on January 3, 2010 by JoAnnC
1.0 out of 5 stars Overkill
With the exception of One Day At A Time and Mary Hartman, I already own all of these seasons and their counterparts (seasons). Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by Rory
1.0 out of 5 stars Listen closely people...
Norman Lear. Awesome! Incredible he is, and, do not think for a moment that a DVD set like this is not appreciated because it is, however... Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Brucifer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, Sony, I gave you one star because I could not give you none.
Sony, greed is a really bad thing.
I love Lear's work. I'd love to buy the series complete.
My beef with this release is the note that you have made the DVDs unplayable... Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by M. Brusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for Volumes 2 through 8
Having the 1st season of all these shows is great, but I'd like to be able to buy the full set of all of them in subsequent box set volumes. Read more
Published on July 18, 2009 by Willow
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