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Petticoat Junction: Return to Hooterville (1963)

Edgar Buchanan , Mike Minor , Paul Henning (creator)  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edgar Buchanan, Mike Minor
  • Directors: Paul Henning (creator)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lots of Curves, You Bet -- Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo & Billie Jo Are Back!
 When the classic comedy PETTICOAT JUNCTION premiered on CBS-TV in 1963 -- on the heels of its sister series The Beverly Hillbillies -- it became an immediate hit, ranking #4 for the season. The show ran for over 200 episodes through 1970 and has continued to be seen in reruns.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - RETURN TO HOOTERVILLE is a 50th Anniversary Tribute to one of the most beloved sitcoms of the sixties featuring cast interviews, behind-the-scenes materials, promotional appearances and other rare footage. So, forget about your cares and come ride the little train called the Cannonball back to a simpler time for a visit with Uncle Joe, Kate and the Bradley sisters at the Shady Rest Hotel in Hooterville!

Special Features: Full-length documentary on the history of Petticoat Junction,
Behind the scenes,
Unseen production footage,
Vintage cast commercials and promotional spots

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure chest for Petticoat Junction fans! March 12, 2013
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Now here's a real treat: Over 3 hours of behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews, archival footage, outtakes and more about the fondly-remembered series Petticoat Junction. MPI Home Video deserves some kind of an award for their efforts here. Just the main documentary, "The History of Hooterville" (approx. 50 min.) is worth the price of admission. It includes interviews with pretty much all the stars who are still alive (including the recently-deceased Frank Cady), and lots of great stories about the show's production. Linda Kaye Henning gets the most screen time, and has plenty to say about her famous father's show. Gunilla Hutton painfully admits that giving up the role of Billie Jo after only one season was a huge mistake. And the casts' praise of Bea Benaderet is unanimous and heartwarming.

But that's only the beginning of this fully-loaded tribute to the show. Linda and DVD producer Jim Pierson narrate about 20 minutes of unused footage, including some great shots of the Cannonball (both the real train and the miniature version. . .although you'll quickly tire of Henning proclaim them both "so cute!"). "The Girls of Petticoat Junction" music video offers a real slice of 60's nostalgia. There are plenty of cast commercials--how can you not love Kate Bradley advising her daughters on the best way to catch a man are by using Ivory soap and Tide detergent? Priceless! There are also what I assume are some rare t.v. appearances by Henning and Benedaret, including spots on various talk shows from the late 60's. And for you Higgins the dog lovers, there's a featurette on the canine who would (as Linda Henning candidly states) outshine all his human co-stars as Benji.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LET'S RETURN TO HOOTERVILLE February 27, 2013
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What a treat to learn that a new PETTICOAT JUNCTION DVD is being released!!!! RETURN TO HOOTERVILLE is a 50th Anniversary tribute to one of the most beloved and well acted sitcoms from what I consider the true golden age of television, the 1960s. There promises to be behind-the-scenes materials, cast interviews, and promotional appearance video. This is a 50 year anniversary gift to all PETTICOAT JUNCTION fans!

Let's hope the fabulous Linda Kaye Henning, who played Betty Jo for the entire 7 season run, adds her informative and interesting commentary to this new release like she did with the OFFICIAL SEASON 1 and 2 DVDs.

Ever since the OFFICIAL SEASON 2 PETTICOAT JUNCTION DVD was released in 2009 I have been checking frequently for the release dates of SEASONS 3-7. Let's all write CBS / VIACOM and demand that they release the other seasons of one of the greatest television programs from the 1960s!!!

There is no place like the good ole Shady Rest!

Tennessee Dave
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR FANS OF THE SHOW March 12, 2013
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Wow - this is an amazing disc. Warning: if you want actual episodes, it only contains one (the first year Christmas Show). This disc is a kind of "extra" disc. It has over about 15 different things ranging from Bea on The Danny Kaye Show to a film tribute to Higgins (later known as Bengi). Included are a radio show with Lucille Ball interviewing Bea Benaderet (!), a 20 min doc with Linda Kay Henning commenting on archival backstage shot footage, Linda & Mike Minor on an interview TV Show. A few of the extras I had seen on the Season one or two packs, but gotta say that this disc was just loaded with so many interesting things it is for sure worth getting, especially you loved the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans but maybe not for casual viewers March 18, 2013
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People who remember Petticoat Junction or have never sampled the show may be disappointed by the contents as their is only one complete episode and few (if any) clips outside the first two seasons. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD mainly because I grew up with a crush on Linda Henning who still looks great after all these years. In addition to fondly recalling the program and her career with it, she is represented by appearances on three other shows, including a dance number celebrating famous Hollywood musicals. Bea Benedaret, Edgar Buchanan, Charles Lane, etc. are all justifiably praised for their comedic timing, friendship, and professionalism. The various interviews also explain a few questions I've always had about the show: was Steve Elliott originally intended to wed oldest daughter (Billie Jo) rather than youngest, why were the settings of Petticoat Junction and Green Acres so different despite both taking place in Hooterville, why Guinilla Hutton quit so suddenly, etc.

In fact, the only REAL disappointment I had was the advertisement for a companion RETURN TO HOOTERVILLE book published by Bearmanor Media. Unfortunately there's no mention of the book on the company's website, not even in blog for forthcoming titles. :(

So I'd say this DVD is really for fans of PJ (and Linda Henning and Bea Benedaret) who already have episodes in their collection to watch. Hopefully the remastered official seasons, too. :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative & Sentimental April 24, 2013
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This DVD was a very nice tribute for the 50th Anniversary of its premiere in 1963. I enjoyed the interviews with the surviving cast members. Some of the other features (the cast commercials, etc) I had already viewed on previously released DVDs but it was nice to see them again. The most heart-touching part for me was the segment with Jack Bannon. The lovely pictures of the matriarch and star of Petticoat Junction and his high-praise comments and memories of his very talented mother Bea Benaderet were totally priceless. I also enjoyed the outtakes & stock outdoor footage-you would have NEVER thought those scenes were shot in California. They look as if it could be from Anywhere Rural USA-this and much more is why this rural gem is so endeared by all who watch it. I am hoping that as the first two seasons in B&W have been properly released that all the color seasons will be officially released with the permission from the Estate of Mr. Henning. I also enjoyed the segments with Higgins the dog and the radio interviews by dear friends Lucille Ball and Bea and I quote, “Bena-dera-dera-dera-ret!”
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting interviews
The disappointing thing was I thought it was a sequel, and, it's merely interviews, etc.. The history is interesting, and, definitely has its' pluses, but, the title is mis... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William T. Cahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a documentary disc
Buyers beware: this is NOT a compilation of select Petticoat Junction episodes, but rather a collection of documentaries, behind the scene looks, and rarely seen archival footage... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JasonFlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful visit with old friends
What fun to spend some time remembering a classic tv family. I always loved the variety of characters in Hooterville and this nostalgic look back was great fun. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Fashioned TV
We have always wanted out kids growing up with the good old TV shows we had as kids. So we are making our way through all the seasons of many good old shows. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca L Ocel
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Show
Love Petticoat me it was the best show ever on television, wish they would make more family friendly shows
Published 4 months ago by Debra J. Spivey
4.0 out of 5 stars I miss Meredith MacRae
I thoroughly enjoyed Return to Hooterville. The reviews here detail well what's on it. I gave it only 4 stars for what's not on it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe DeRego
4.0 out of 5 stars TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE
PETTICOAT JUNCTION-RETURN TO HOOTERVILLE: Creator PAUL HENNING's laid back rural sitcom took place in the whistle stop town of HOOTERVILLE, home of the SHADY REST, a comfy, down... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jukebox Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe 3 is too many
not quite what I was hoping for.. hoping to see some of the other cast members interviewed. would have been great to see how all look now. wish there had been more...
Published 5 months ago by Brian Neumann
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Hoot(erville)!
If you love back stories on old TV shows, this DVD is a must. Not only does it tell the Petticoat Jucntion story, but it touches on The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MPI Gives Hooterville A Great Faithfully Reproduced DVD.
You cant go wrong with anything MPI does,they have become a benchmark for others to follow in the way they release shows and movies and soap operas on dvd. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott Denny
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