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  • Actors: Beverly Hillbillies
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory / Timeless Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FLGWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1962, CBS hit a ratings gusher with The Beverly Hillbillies, a rustic sitcom about a poor mountaineer turned oil baron who relocates, along with his eccentric clan, to 'the Hills of Beverly.' Moving into a Beverly Hills mansion, the Clampett's retain their woodsy, hillbilly life-style, which is hilariously at odds with their new found status among their wealthy neighbors. In their simplicity and humanity, it is often the seemingly out of touch Clampett's that get it right, while their neighbors are shown up as shallow, shielded truly out of touch. In addition to sidesplitting comedic writing and bountiful sight gags, the real key to the great success of The Beverly Hillbillies was its irrepressible cast.

Customer Reviews

And--as they say---it ain't pretty.
Gregor von Kallahann
It is very obvious that this DVD set was made from the inferior 16mm prints.
C. G. Shea
The them song for each episode from its original was not there.
brandrewpaul

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Axayacatl on August 2, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a 4 DVD box set from Platinum Disc Corp. There are (8) 25 min. episodes per DVD, all are from 1962-1964, with one unexplained exception: Ep. 8 on Vol. 3 is from 1974. Go figure.
Digital quality: Very good (3.5/5). I have a 162" front projection system, so I can observe absolutely every minute detail of any DVD. Resolution is very good (4/5) with good detail. Brightness is a little low and contrast is also somewhat lacking. These can be compensated for by adjusting your TV or projector. Still, overall very good for 1962-63. I haven't viewed all episodes yet, but some of them are of substantially lesser quality (e.g., excessive brightness/contrast).
Two complaints to get out of the way: First, the episodes have an annoying "Platinum Disc Corporation" logo in the lower right during the entire episode. (A trick in my Sony player is if I use slow, step or fastfwd for even an instant, the logo does not reappear once normal play is resumed. Very cool.) Second, apparently they were unable to or didn't ($$$?) license Paul Henning's original theme music for the intro/conclusion ("Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed ..."). So the intro/exit of each episode has a so-so generic performance of similar 'picked' mountain music WITHOUT any words! That stinks, everybody loves the original theme, it kind of "gets you in the mood".
Very, very good episode 'liner' notes. Excellent job on those.
Here is the complete episode list (Vol#/Ep#):
V1E1 - Hillbillies of Beverly Hills (Pilot) (aired Sep. 26, 1962)
V1E2 - Getting Settled (Oct. 3, 1962)
V1E3 - The Girl From Home (Jan. 15, 1964)
V1E4 - The Servants (Nov. 7, 1962)
V1E5 - The Giant Jackrabbit (Jan. 8, 1964)
V1E6 - Jethro Goes To School (Nov.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD contains four of the earliest episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies," but because these are not released by the copyright holder, the actual open and close we all know is not on the DVD. Instead, there's an Elvis sounding impersonator handling the singing made famous by Jerry Scoggins. Hopefully, CBS will release "Beverly Hillbillies" on DVD soon, so better prints with the actual opens and closes are available. The episodes on this DVD do a pretty good job of showing why the first two seasons of the program are actually among the best written in the history of television. Snobs hate the program, but the writing, character definition, and evolution of the characters all get off to a good start. And the music of Perry Botkin is used in a very sophisticated way to underscore the action on the screen, compared to the music of Curt Massey whose background music is heard on the later color episodes. Instead of using the music to set up a gag or to get a reaction, Botkin's masterful use of music sets up certain motifs for each of the characters to define them. That's something rarely done in a filmed sitcom--if it was ever even done prior to this show.
The quality of the prints from which these episodes were taken is not particularly good. But until CBS releases the show on DVD, this is what you've got.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Moskal on July 5, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This review is for the quality, NOT the shows. I grew up with, and loved, the Beverly Hillbillies. I have a few VHS tapes, but wanted better quality as you would expect with DVD. NOT!
The shows on VHS are even better than this mini frisbie.
Not only is the quality poor, but the theme song is gone.
No "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed..."
There's this banjo music I never heard before.
All I can think is that someone wanted to make a quick buck.
A truely pathetic example of modern technology. Save your money.
Maybe some day Jed and his clan will get a respectable release.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2001
Format: DVD
The Beverly Hillbillies are wonderful, but this DVD stinks. First, the episodes do not include the classic Hillbillies theme song -- the producers hve substituted some other song and this borders on blasphemy. In addition, the transfer to DVD is awful! The picture and sound quality are the worst I've seen on any DVD. I have read that DVDs from Madacy Entertainment are bad, now I believe it. Still, for the hard core Beverly Hillbillies fan like myself, these black and white episodes from the second and third seasons of the show are a must. Were it not for the poor quality of the DVD, I would rate it 5 stars.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. La Vean on December 4, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a poor quality transfer for both picture and sound and I am not sure they had the rights to the whole thing because they took out the theme song and replaced it with some really bad instrumental piece...the episodes are obscure...I live in France and wanted to get in touch with my youth and expose my daughter to the real American culture...may I did...these people screwed everything up for a buck...2 episodes per disc...make you want to feel like you are getting value for money but 45 miutes per DVD is a joke...
Avoid is my recommendation
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Shea on October 15, 2008
Format: DVD
All episodes of the first season and many episodes of the second season are in the public domain because CBS bought the rights to the series shortly after its cancellation and forgot(!) to renew their copyrights.

As a result, these episodes have been unofficially released on DVD by many low-budget labels and rerun on budget networks on 16mm prints. It is very obvious that this DVD set was made from the inferior 16mm prints. There are annoying scratches, lines and skips throughout every episode.

The original theme music has also been replaced by hokey-sounding generic music due to copyright issues. After watching 3 or 4 episodes in a row, this music will really grate on your nerves.

Save your hard earned money and watch for Paramount/Viacom to eventually release the "official" versions.
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