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Rags to Riches: The Complete Series (1987)

Joseph Bologna , Tisha Campbell-Martin , Bruce Seth Green , Daniel T. Cahn  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joseph Bologna, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Kimiko Gelman, Blanca De Garr, Bridget Michele
  • Directors: Bruce Seth Green, Daniel T. Cahn, Michael Lange, Michael Switzer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 1100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before Glee, there was TV favorite Rags to Riches. When millionaire Nick Foley (Joseph Bologna) learns that his public "playboy" image could impede a highly profitable company merger he's trying to negotiate, he adopts five orphan girls (including Martin’s Tisha Campbell). Now, bachelor Nick must struggle between his time-consuming business commitments and the girls' need for a real father. Set in the early 60s, the cast performs musical numbers from the period which further the story lines of each episode. Episodes: Pilot, High Society, Foley vs. Foley, First Love, Business Is Business, Patty’s Mom, Bad Blood, Born to Ride, Vegas Rock, Once in a Lifeguard, That’s Cheating, Wilderness Blues, Dear Diary, Hunk in the House, Marva in the Key of Cee, Beauty and the Babe, Russian Holiday, A Very Foley Christmas, Guess Who’s Coming to Slumber?, Sweet Sixteen

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rags to Riches June 25, 2012
By ljg765
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I've been waiting decades to finally get a decent home copy of this series. It's one of the few left that haven't seen a DVD release so when I saw this was being made, I immediately preordered the set. I'm still glad to have it, as I only had a VHS copy from TV of the pilot that was degrading fast, but am very disappointed in the content and quality.

Watching the pilot, it's filled with scratches and blobs and sometimes the sound is missing. The title is even wrong! (reading a previous review, this is a work in progress copy and not the final one). This means I still cannot get rid of my old VHS tape. I doubt that it will receive a decent release either. How hard would it have been to get the actual pilot for this set?

As someone said, there are no real extras. Two badly produced bonus trailers are the only extra content and limited to disc one only. I'm still not sure why they included them...are they coming to DVD? Are they coming to Blu-ray?

If you're a fan of this show, you'll buy it cause there isn't anything else out there, but wait for a good sale--no reason to spend anymore than needed on this poor release.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FIVE Star show, ZERO Star Release June 7, 2012
Like many fans of this series, I have been waiting twenty-five years for the commercial release of "Rags to Riches." Now that this day has come, I can't help but be extremely disappointed with the way Image Entertainment haphazardly hurried this release with no concern to the quality of the product. At the top of my list of complaints is the fact that the pilot is not the final version as it was originally broadcast. The pilot released on this DVD is a "rough cut" and a "work in progress." Which explains all of the film splice lines/scratches and rough audio mix. Viewers may notice that it is titled "Rags AND Riches" (a pre-release title which was later changed.) It is also missing the actors/producer credits at the beginning as well as the end credits. Also not included is the popular song "School is In" as well as most of the well remembered score and music cues (specifically at the commercial breaks).

Should buyers wish to see the finessed final pilot the way they fell in love with it originally, it was recently released correctly on the German DVD which can be purchased at (but you will need a region free player) and the final version was also released correctly two different times on VHS.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best tv show ever! June 5, 2012
By Rebecca
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This was my absolute favorite tv show as a kid, i was devastated when they took it off the air after only 2 seasons. I had taped many of them on VHS, and literally kept this old tv that had a vcr unit built in just so I could watch an episode or two every couple of years when i wanted to reminisce. I also bought a set from some guy overseas who transferred them on to dvd, the quality was horrible but at least it was something. But now we're legit! so excited to get my set. This show rocked.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Boxed set of Rags to Riches August 26, 2012
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The boxed series came with several DVD's. The series were not digitally remastered causing the volume of the DVD to fade in and out and at times very hard to hear. I think they could have done a better job producing this set.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!! April 25, 2012
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I loved this show growing up! For years I have waited for it to be released on DVD. Even considering purchasing one that a seller created. But knowing that it would have bad picture quality, sound etc I waited. I was so excited when I saw it was available for Pre Order and immediately did reserve my copy. My favorite show is Glee and this series reminds me of the beginning of musical type TV shows. I do agree with the other reviewer that bonus material would have been even better and I would have enjoyed to have it. But just to have the show on DVD period is gift enough! Thank you Amazon for finally giving this show the release it deserves!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie turned TV Show August 3, 2013
By Luna
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Growing up I used to watch the VHS movie "Rags to Riches". I never knew it was made into a TV show! So, I bought the series to see if it was anything like the movie. (I already own the movie on DVD, copied from a VHS.) I never expected to see the movie as the pilot episode to the series. Althought the TV series was interesting, the pilot episode has issues. I bought this product from 3 different sources thinking I might get lucky. Nope, all three copies, from three different sources, had the same issue. I'm afraid no matter where you buy this product, you too will have this issue with the pilot episode, but ONLY the pilot episode. The copy I have is so much better in picture then the copy on the series. As I watched the pilot episode for the first time, I noticed black lines and black spots popping up constantly. Also, the volume was a roller coater, contantly going up and down. This one episode is just in bad shape. The other episodes are all just fine. Since the pilot episode was giving me this problem, I returned the item twice. Now, I'm done; just gonna keep my movie copy so I can watch the pilot epsiode without the black lines and black spots and audio going in and out. I've wlatched all the discs from the copy I bought from, no more problems. So, if you like the TV series, I recommend getting this, but make sure you get the movie (pilot episode) seperately if you can not handle the roughness of the pictureand audio.
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