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M*A*S*H - Season Six (Collector's Edition)

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As the sixth season opens, Margaret’s marriage has finally driven Frank Burns over the edge. Unfortunately, his subsequent replacement, Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, soon drives B.J. and Hawkeye over the edge as well. From his fur-trimmed coat to his shiny French horn, he almost makes B.J. and Hawkeye wish Frank were still there. Almost.

But as Winchester slowly finds his place within the OR, things get back to normal – or as normal as they ever get. Radar goes off in search of the perfect tattoo. Black marketeers steal all the unit’s penicillin. Hawkeye and B.J. refuse to shower unless Charles stops blowing his horn. And Hawkeye and Margaret find comfort in each other’s arms...if only for one night.

From a human standpoint, things are pretty tight at the 4077th. But adding a new character to a long-embedded, close-knit ensemble is a delicate operation. By M*A*S*H's sixth season, Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and BJ (Mike Farrell) were partners in outrage against the war and army bureaucracy. With the departure of Larry Linville's Frank Burns, the much decorated series was in need of some new blood. Enter David Ogden Stiers as Charles Emerson Winchester III. Just as Henry Morgan's authoritative Col. Potter was the anti-Henry Blake, so was Charles just what the doctor ordered to give Hawkeye and BJ a worthy foil. Charles was pompous and arrogant, but, unlike Frank, he was Hawkeye's equal in the operating room. And he gave as good as was given to him, as witness the conclusion of his inaugural Emmy-nominated episode, "Fade Out, Fade In," in which he turns the tables on one of Hawkeye and BJ's reptilian practical jokes. In season 6, Gary Burghoff's Radar is mostly missing in action (he would transfer out of the series in season 8), but he figures prominently in "Fallen Idol," one of Burghoff's and Alda's finest half-hours, in which Hawkeye lashes out at Radar's "Iowa naivete" and hero worship.

The season's primary dramatic arc is Margaret's (Loretta Switt) marital woes, culminating in the Emmy-nominated two-parter, "Comrades in Arms," in which Hawkeye and Margaret, trapped by enemy fire, engage in a little close-order drill. The humanization of Margaret continues in "Temporary Duty," which also features one of the most memorable visitors to the 4077th, George "Goober" Lindsey, as the wild and wooly Roy Dupree, a temporary transfer who drives BJ and Charles crazy. Alan Arbus's psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman, one of the series' most welcome recurring characters, makes a memorable return in "War of Nerves," one of his most dramatic episodes, in which a soldier Freedman sent back into combat, is unforgiving in blaming Sidney for his injuries. Two excellent ensemble episodes are "The Light That Failed, "in which the reading-starved camp shares a mystery novel, but doesn't have a clue what happens after the last page is missing, and "Mail Call Three," in which the camp reacts to news from home. Demerits again for no cast commentary, but this set once again offers viewers of the option of watching the episodes with or without a laugh track. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on three discs
  • Viewer can watch with or without the laugh track

Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, William Christopher
  • Directors: Alan Alda, Harry Morgan, Burt Metcalfe, Charles S. Dubin, Don Weis
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 367 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZJ1HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "M*A*S*H - Season Six (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Messer on May 4, 2004
Format: DVD
MASH survived many casting changes, and did so with style and grace. Season 6 brought the final "new" cast member to the show -- Winchester. And it breathed new life into the series in it's 6th year. Remember, the war itself only lasted 3, and the show nearly got cancelled early on. No one expected it to be this successful. So here they were, six years in and looking at many more. Sure, eventually the stories got a bit too serious and hokie, but for now, they still kept a fine balance between the serious and the silly. this season finds an almost pitch perfect balance.
Early seasons had more characters and lots of silliness, but as time went on, they whittled things down to a more managable size. This season shows that at it's finest.
And of course we get Sid Freedman back this year, as well as the infamous Hawkeye and Hotlips romantic encounter. Plus more glimpses at the chinks in Hawk's humor-armor.
A great show that will never be outdone.
They should release the seasons more than two a year though.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on June 11, 2004
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In the opening episode, "Fade Out, Fade In," we learn that Frank Burnes has gone totally bonkers and won't be coming back to the 4077th. He is replaced by Charles Emerson Winchester III (played by David Ogden Stiers), an intellectual Bostonian snob. Like Frank, Charles is also a class-A jerk, but he's a jerk with more sophistication. For example, in "The Smell of Music" (one of my all-time favorites), he insists on playing his French horn [badly], to the annoyance of Hawkeye and BJ, who, in turn, refuse to bathe until the music stops. A feud ensues. Charles doesn't rant and rave like Frank -- he just calmly goes on playing through it all. The wit here is more subtle than in previous seasons, but still hilarious.
Frank was basically a schoolyard bully, and he never outgrew that role. When he left the 4077th he was pretty much the same jerk he had been when he arrived. Charles, on the other hand, will grow and mature as the series progresses. He learns in "The Light that Failed" that he is capable of making mistakes like anybody else. In "Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde" his self-abuse of amphetamines to keep up with the hectic pace (and his facade of perfection?) has disastrous results. By the end of the season, he comes down off his high horse a bit and joins the team -- but never loses his upper-crust dignity.
Other characters also begin to grow in new directions during this season. Margaret becomes more humanized, and is no longer merely a foil for sexist jokes. Much of this was due to Alan Alda having his own consciousness raised on feminist issues. This season aired in 1977-78, remember, and the times they were a'changing. Frankly speaking (pun intended), much of the crude humor in the early seasons was based on jokes that would now be considered sexual harrassment.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
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The SIXTH SEASON of MASH is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best season of all!
It contains one of the best episodes, "Fallen Idol", where Hawkeye and Radar's friendship is transformed.
I believe that the arrival of David Ogden Stiers as Major Charles Emerson Winchester, brought a new life and energy to the show. Not to diminish the efforts and contribution of the Larry Linville. But I believe he took the Frank Burns as far as it could go.
I am a fan of all eleven seasons of the show - a show which I believe was the classiest and most consistently high-quality of any television dramatic/comedy series. The show and its characters grew over time. Each season, impressive in its own right.
I anxiously await season six - as well as the rest!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on November 14, 2005
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The success of the 1970 film "MASH" (directed by Robert Altman) inspired the production of one of the most successful and longest running TV series of all time: "M*A*S*H". While most of the main characters from the original film were portrayed in the TV series, only one of the film's actors reprised his role for the TV series: Gary Burghoff. Like the film, the show was about the men and women working in a fictitious U.S. Army "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" (or MASH unit) known as the 4077th during the Korean War in the early 1950's.

Having been on the air for so many years, it was not surprising that some of the original characters/cast members were no longer part of the show. This included Lt. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson, 1929-1996) and Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre (Wayne Rogers) following the show's third season, and Major Frank Burns as played by Larry Linville (1939-2000) at the end of the show's fifth season. Hence, coming into its sixth season, the original characters/cast members still part of "M*A*S*H" included Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit), Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce (Alan Alda), Father Francis Mulcahy (William Christopher), Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff) and Cpl. Maxwell Klinger (Jamie Farr). Col. Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan) had replaced Lt. Col. Henry Blake and Capt. B.J. Hunnicut (Mike Farrell) replaced Trapper at the beginning of the show's fourth season and to begin the show's sixth season, yet another new face would emerge as a principle character: Major Charles Emerson Winchester, III (David Ogden Stiers).

Whereas Major Burns was a completely hypocritical and a poor surgeon, Maj.
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