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Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show-50th Anniversary Edition
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the bonus elements do have me excited.
Ed Sullivan Show (scene from episode on show a week before premiere of series)
Emmy Awards (some of them, not all - 56/57) acceptance speeches
Dick Cavet Show with Jack Benny
Promos for Sgt Bilko movie on Nick @ Night
Phil Hartman does his intros for Nick @ Night
Friar's Stag Roast for Humphry Bogart (by Phil Silvers)
Commentary from Allan Melvin (Henshaw)
Episode intros by Allan Melvin
Commentary by Dick Van Dyke
Commentary George Kennedy (army technical advisor)
2 Commentary tracks with Larry Storch (guest star) and Mickey Freeman (Zimmerman) together
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman remember Bilko on TV land promo
Original Network Opening (Camel cigarettes presents), as well as cigarette commercials with cast
Cast on Phil Silvers special "Phil Silvers on Broadway"
Promo for "The New Phil Silvers Show"
Phil's final TV interview with Sonny Fox
Bilko Growl - Phil's last record (single song)
Lost Bilko audition film
I think as far as it goes, it's a great set; but even as a sampler there aren't enough episodes--only 18. The selections are uniformly good--every show on here is a gem, but I think there should have been at least 30-36 programs offered in this, as a "best of" set.
The extras are also neat. My biggest complaint is that my two all time favorite episodes ain't here: the one with THE BEAST, featuring the famous HARVEY from the Honeymooners as a brash bully who comes new to Ft. Baxter and pushes his way into Bilko's enterprises; and the episode where Col. Hall hires a professional card shark to masquerade as an ordinary soldier and beat Bilko at his own game (with hilarious consequences). Hopefully these will be in the next "sample" set, or, better yet, CBS will com e out with a complete season-by-season Bilko.
In the mean time, this is the best we have and it ain't bad. I would also encourage all Bilko fans to buy it as this may show CBS that a complete Bilko would be a profitable offering. The idea that F-Troop, an amusing show, but a second-rate knock-off of Bilko, is being offered complete, but Bilko ain't, is a travesty.
Not that Sergeant Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show 50th Anniversary Edition isn't a good presentation: it is, with more extras than you could realistically expect from a show this old, including the unseen 33-minute pilot episode when the show was still going to be called You'll Never Get Rich, vintage interviews, audio commentaries (including one by George Kennedy, who began his screen career as the army's advisor and sometime extra on the show) and much, much more. But rather than opting for a season-by-season release, Paramount have gone for a 'Best of' three-disc set. With a show as strong as Bilko, that ensures that a lot of great episodes are missing (including one of the greatest, The Empty Store, as well as Mardi Gras, Hollywood, The Rest Cure, Bilko and the Beast, The Song of the Motor Pool and Bilko's Perfect Day), and, even worse, it also means that this is probably all we'll ever get. And boycotting this release will only drive sales figures down even further until the chance of a full release is even more remote.
It's a good overview of the show from first to last episode, and some of the episdes are 100%-proof classics, like The Twitch (where Bilko runs a nationwide book on how many times a lecturer brought in to stop the men from gambling will compulsively twitch), The Court Martial (the one where a chimp on rollerskates is inducted into the army as Private Harry Speakup, coming third in the intelligence test in the process!) and The Eating Contest. But it just ain't nearly enough for a show with such a consistent standard of great writing, outrageously anarchic satire and some brilliant improvisation from Phil Silvers... More, please, and soon - that's an order!
A lot of these shows are on DVD now and I'm getting a chance to go back and see what all the fun was about. Watching the Phil Silvers Show, I now realize what I was missing. This show rox!
Dear Paramount/CBS video, Your 3-disc set of Sgt. Bilko is great; the sound and picture are superb and the extras are fun Fun FUN! So THIS is the kind of great quality film you have languishing in your vaults? And you're just letting it SIT there? For shame! I promise you, if you release all the shows in boxed sets, one season at a time, I won't be able to order them FAST enough. And believe me, I'm not the only one who feels that way!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So funny....wish I had bought the whole series! Phil Silvers was in a league of his own. I remember my father who was in WWII laughing through every episode. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Thomas J. Capobianco
A mostly forgotten sitcom, with some recognizable cast members who moved on to better things. Some funny moments.Published 2 months ago by BRIAN
If your a baby boomer, chances are that you watched Sgt. Bilko as a child on that round 18 " B/W Television. Well , gather around kids (born 1945-1964) your in for a treat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NaturesKid
THE BEST OF BILKO AND GREAT SPECIAL FEATURES AND YOU HAVE A OPTION TO PLAY ALL THE SHOWS ON THE DISC NOT LIKE THE DVD BOX SET OF THE WHOLE SERIES.Published 6 months ago by BOB SZVETICS
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Absolutely!! I just wish they'd put out more sets. A local channel has started showing Bilko once a week, so I'm now seeing some that aren't on this set. But wouldn't it be great if they'd put more Bilko out? Silvers makes the show & makes the whole family crack up. Great delivery. No... Read More
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