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The Best of Mister Ed - Volume One (1961)

Allan Lane , Alan Young  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines, Mister Ed, Edna Skinner
  • Writers: Walter Brooks
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 544 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V490G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Mister Ed - Volume One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 21 episodes on 2 DVDs: The First Meeting, Ed the Songwriter, Psychoanalyst Show, Wilbur Sells Ed, The Horsetronaut, Ed's Ancestors, Mister Ed's Blues, Zsa Zsa, Ed the Beneficiary, Ed's Bed, Horse Wash, Ed the Beachcomber, George Burns Meets Mister Ed, Clint Eastwood Meets Mister Ed, Horse Sense, Wilbur the Masher, Ed the Emancipator, The Price of Apples, Doctor Ed, Ed the Zebra, Wilbur Post Honorary Horse

Editorial Reviews

"It's been a long time since I was a pony." These immortal words launched one of television's most unlikely, but enduring friendships between architect Wilbur Post and Mister Ed, his talking horse. What better escape from the onslaught of reality television than a thoroughbred example of unreality television? Although, so convincing is Alan Young as Wilbur, and so easy his rapport with his equine costar, that you really do believe a horse can talk (Ed's voice is courtesy of Western character actor Alan Lane). This two-disc set saddles up 21 episodes from the first three seasons of this Golden Globe-winning series, which was recently added to the TV Land stable of '60s retro faves. Director Arthur Lubin knew his way around the barn. He directed the best of the Francis series of talking-mule comedies. While the episode with Mae West is sadly absent, this set does include Ed's memorable encounters with Clint Eastwood (then starring on Rawhide), George Burns (who produced the series' pilot episode), and original diva Zsa Zsa Gabor. Young is a gifted comic actor in his own right, but just as George Burns had his Gracie, Young has his Ed, who gets all the good lines, as when Wilbur congratulates Ed on curing Zsa Zsa's fear of horses. Ed replies, "She cured my fear of Hungarians." But the writers took the show's surreal premise and galloped with it, as when Ed joins the beatnik set in "Ed, the Beachcomber." Sound unbelievable? We'll give Ed the last word, of course, of course. "Don't try to understand it," he advises Wilbur during their first meeting. "It's bigger than both of us." --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Saddle up for the most hilarious episodes from Seasons 1-4 of this all-time TV favorite! The world's most famous talking horse, Mister Ed, is back, along with his hapless owner, Wilbur Post (Alan Young), in this collectible DVD giftset. Giddyup!

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Delightful! Holds up well. June 28, 2004
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I remember lovingly watching Mr Ed when I was a kid, although not a small child, in the 60's, so I thought I would buy this DVD when I heard it was coming out. I was expecting to find something perhaps childish and a little corny, but to my surprise, it's very funny--in fact, it holds up very well and is quite entertaining for everyone, not just the kids. Actually Ed can be quite frisky. The comedy is great for all the family, but I have to admit the show is always at it's best when Mr Ed is in the scene. It loses something when there is too much human interaction and Ed is out of the picture. Mr Ed was truly one of a kind and that voice fit him perfectly. A still delightful and charming show.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horse sense! February 8, 2004
This is a great DVD set. I wish they had it as "FIRST SEASON" form. The first episode, "The first meeting" was aired on January 5th 1961 and aired on WNBC on Thursday night at 7:30 in New York. As a matter of fact, the first 26 episodes of the actual series aired only in New York. It wasn't until October 1st, 1961 with the episode "My son, My son" did the show go to CBS on Sunday at 6:30 for everyone to see.
This set has some great episodes. I like the ones that had famous people as guest star. This set has the episodes with George Burns, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Clint Eastwood. They are missing the episode with Mae West as a guest, hope it'll be on the next set. And soon, that was a favorite of mine.
The set is worth buying and is truly a delight to watch. It brings back great memories of my childhood, and how great and creative the shows were back in the sixties.
For those who are fans of old classics, great times and great tv, you need this set. Buy it and enjoy it, it's worth every penny. And remember, the only thing you have to remember is never, never lay a rake on the ground to step on. A clean and wholesome show for all to see.
disc one-
#1."The first meeting" 1/5/1961
#2."Ed the song writer" 4/6/1961
#3."Psychoanalyst show" 4/20/1961
#4."Wilbur sells ed" 7/2/1961
#5."The horsetronaut" 10/8/1961
#6."Ed's ancestors" 10/15/1961
#7."Mister Ed's blues" 11/19/1961
#8."Zsa Zsa" 1/28/1962
#9."Ed, the beneficiary" 1/21/1962
#10."Ed's bed" 1/14/1962
#11."Horse wash" 2/4/1962
#12."Ed the beachcomber" 4/1/1962
#13."George Burns meets Mr.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good! January 15, 2004
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I've watched many of the episodes on the new DVD release and can definitely recommend it. The visual quality was much better than I expected, given that all 21 episodes are packed on 2 disks. They look at least as good, if not better, than what is shown on TV Land. (Though not up to the standard of the Dick Van Dyke transfers). I don't think many people will be dissappointed by the picture quality. I also thought the episode selection was pretty good. Naturally, some good ones were left off, but the 21 on this set are, without question, some of the better episodes. All of these are on the VHS tapes released by Columbia House a few years ago.
For those of you who think extras are so important, forget about it. There aren't any. Just the 21 shows, complete from start to finish. Oh, by the way, it's a great show. But you already knew that, didn't you!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, Great Show January 31, 2004
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Mr. Ed was the foundation of Filmways' dynasty of offbeat and hayseed TV shows, with rerun staples like Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and The Addams Family. Of all these shows, Mr. Ed is perhaps the simplest and most charming of all.
This compilation has high production values, from the attractive artwork, fun slipcase and separate program synopsis. Shows are culled from the first three seasons only, to keep some continuity with the characters. After the death of co-star Larry Keating (Roger Addison), new neighbors were introduced and we will likely meet them in further volumes. Oddly, the 21 shows are spread over two disks but three sides-- Disk 1 is a double-sided disk. I completely missed side two of Disk 1 the first time through!! The original source material for the most part is in excellent condition and I only saw one or two episodes with very minor problems. Because of the high resolution of the DVD media, it is fun to watch for interesting clues about how Ed talked. In many shots you can see very thin strings or cables dragging behind Ed or across his coat, and often you can clearly see his bridle being "tugged" as he is cued to talk.
My only disappointment is that the producers failed to present these shows in the order they were originally aired, and the 21 episode are scattered around the first three years of the show. That prevents hardcore TV fans from watching the story and characters develop. It's a very minor point, though, because this disk is a treasure for any Mr. Ed fan and a wonderful value.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I loved Mr. Ed as a child and I haven't seen any re-runs since. I watched the pilot episode on this DVD set last night. It was still funny after all these years, and it looked awesome compared with the way it looked on the vacuum-tube round-screen televisions of the 1960's.

The problems are:

1. Double sided DVDs. I hate that! These are much easier to damage than single sided ones. I can't even tell one side from the other. Hold them up to a bright light and each side looks the same. Fine print in the center doesn't even tell me which side is which. And they are much more vulnerable to finger prints getting on the data medium. This is bad.

2. Overview of three years instead of just doing seasons in order like some of the other great sit-coms of that era. Let's just have seasons one through three in turn and let ME decide what the best episodes are! I would gladly pay the price of this set three times to get the entire series. Us baby-boomers have the extra cash, remember?

3. How about a bonus feature or two? Maybe an interview with someone having something to do with the show? Anything? (Still, a minor concern of mine next to having all the episodes properly packaged.)

So, this set is something good that could have been a lot better. A mediocre treatment of a great show.

Postscript: I wrote this review before I played through all the episodes. One of the episodes on disc one froze on two different DVD players. One of the two was awful and I've since gotten rid of it, but the other is a good Pioneer unit that has played everything else I've got.

Finally, I replaced my bad DVD player with a new Panasonic unit and it laborously slogged through that episode, constantly recycling, buffering etc. but it made it through.

So, there are problems with this DVD, but it's a great way to evaluate your playback equipment. It sold me on Panasonic DVD players.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughters Favorites!
These disks had the original first episode of Mr. Ed when Wilbur first met Mr. Ed, .and both heard Eds first words. Great series! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kathy Lannom
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic show but clumsy setup
These episodes are classic but the setup is awkward. There are many time-consuming steps required to simply move to the next episode. But, bottom line? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marylee Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Mister Ed-Vol. One
Very funny! Reminded me of some childhood memories! Would recommend to everyone who likes this series and silly humor such as a "talking horse".
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Worley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for a friend of mine
I purchased this for a friend of mine who is bed ridden and loves to watch old classics. Thank you.
Published 7 months ago by Ed Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure
Bought this as a gift and as of yet haven't heard back if the receiver was satisfied. It arrived in good condition but other than that can't say
Published 10 months ago by rubysuehoy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Mister Ed - Volume One
It is the first part of his wife and him just bought the house and thing Mr Ed got up to it is a very old one..
Published 12 months ago by Brian Craven
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
The DVD arrived on time and in great shape. The story is just as funny as I remembered. I am using the programs with my behavior disordered students and enjoying it myself. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy with my purchase
I ordered this for my niece who was a devoted Mr. Ed fan as a teenager. She is happily waiting to share it with her son.
Published 13 months ago by chrisaone
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous clean entertainment!
I have really enjoyed watching these shows. Takes me back to a time before I was born and some of the old actors and actresses that are on these are now dead. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Athena
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
This is a great collection. It has 21 episodes from the first 3 seasons. It is not the entire first three seaons though. It's is just a selection from them. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KevinB
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