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The Odd Couple: Season 4 (2008)

Tony Randall  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tony Randall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014FAIXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Odd Couple: Season 4" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 22 episodes from the 1973-74 season on four discs

Editorial Reviews

Even at its guest-starringest, Will & Grace had nothing on The Odd Couple’s fourth season stunt casting. Just two months after their epic "Battle of the Sexes" drew the largest-ever live audience for a tennis match, Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King squared off against each other at the ping-pong table in the episode, "The Pig Who Came to Dinner." Ballet superstar Edward Villella performs in "Last Tango in Newark" and Marilyn Horn, as a baker with an operatic voice and an unrequited crush on Oscar, sings selections from Carmen, as well as "People," in "Vocal Girl Makes Good." "The Songwriter" features legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack and entertainer Jaye P. Morgan, who performs the ever-popular Felix-penned ditty, "Happy and Peppy and Bursting with Love." Playboy emperor Hugh Hefner drops in for the flashback episode, "One for the Bunny," in which a jealous Felix is undone when he must photograph his future wife, Gloria, for a possible Playmate spread. But the chemistry between Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, Best Actor Emmy nominees in each of this series’ five years, is the real attraction. They are so thoroughly at home in their roles that they elevate the more over-the-top material, as witness their ill-fated presentation as glue entrepreneurs in "A Barnacle Adventure." Among the season’s best episodes are the ones that go back to the basics of Neil Simon’s warhorse play: Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? In "The Insomniac," Felix cannot get to sleep ("I’m up as a pup") despite Oscar’s best efforts. In "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible," Felix hypnotizes the unwitting Oscar into becoming a neat freak after Oscar’s new girlfriend calls him sloppy (Felix’s heartbreak at having to bring Oscar out of it is palpable. "It’s like a dream come true," he moans). Elinor Donahue’s Miriam, Felix’s girlfriend, is conveniently forgotten in the episodes in which Felix tries to win back his ex-wife ("Gloria Moves In"). Zinger-queen Brett Somers also returns as Oscar’s ex-wife, Blanche, in flashback episodes that continue to play havoc with Felix and Oscar’s backstory (so now they were in the Army together?) Randall, Klugman and company (including Penny Marshall as Oscar’s secretary, Myrna) clearly relish playing to their enthusiastic live audience, and this richly entertaining season is brimming with classic moments and bits of comic business that continue to bring down the house. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

Two divorced New Yorkers---a slob and a fussbudget---try to live together `without driving each other crazy' in this classic sitcom based on Neil Simon's hit play and movie. Both Jack Klugman and Tony Randall won Emmys in the leads, the latter in the final year of a five-season run. `Now if I only had a job,' Randall said at the Emmy gala. The show inspired two remakes, one an animated series portraying the main characters as a cat and a dog, and a 1982-83 version with a mostly black cast.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it!! July 11, 2008
By L. D. C
They're cutting out some of the best parts! For instance, the "Gloria Moves Back in" episode. The poker game in the hotel room, when Felix starts singing "One More for the Road", and everyone joins in. Hysterical. It's not there! I know these episodes so well, you can't fool me. I know what's missing. I feel like these DVDs are just like the episodes I taped on my VCR years ago from TV. I might as well watch those and save my money! I don't even care about the extra bonus stuff, just give me the complete episode.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABOMINABLE!!! August 11, 2008
Shameful and disgusting!...

As much as I love the TV show "THE ODD COUPLE", I will give Paramount a one star rating (and that is a lot!) just because of their DVD episode butchering that is so evident throughout all of their Odd Couple DVD season box set releases.

Personally, and I am 100% certain this is true for all Odd Couple fans, I would have paid twice as much and even more if necessary just to have the complete episodes as they were intended to be.

The Odd Couple is a classic American TV show and a part of American television's evolution, heritage and history. They do not make television shows like this anymore. The Odd Couple should not have been butchered at all! A lot of love and care should have been given to every single one of the Odd Couple episode releases. Apparently, there was not the slightest consideration given to the artistic devotion and integrity of everyone involved in this great TV show.

Thanks but no thanks!...

I'll pass!... :- (

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cuts and more cuts July 22, 2008
I have to agree that Paramount is not doing a good job with securing music rights. The episode, "Gloria Moves In" was one of the ones where Felix starts singing and the rest of the group joins in. It's funny, but it is cut. Very obvious. I also much rather prefer they leave the original Paramount Logo at the end with "A Gulf & Western Company." I don't need to be reminded that its now CBS/Paramount.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I refuse to buy Volume 5 July 7, 2008
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An extra star has been added merely because it's the great Odd Couple.

I have purchased the first four seasons of one of my all-time favorite series, The Odd Couple, but I refuse to buy Season 5. It's simply too painful to pay hard-earned money, then see how something I've waited 30+ years to view has been butchered due to the cheapskates at CBS.

I am so sick of being sold short by corruptorate fat cats. Until I can be assured that all five seasons have been restored and re-released, I will be boycotting everything CBS and/or Paramount releases. Everything.

I feel thoroughly cheated. It seems that in the case of The Odd Couple, F.U. does not stand for Felix Unger. It's what CBS is saying to its customers by cheating us. :-/
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
"The Odd Couple" is my all-time, number one favorite TV show. And not being able to own the complete series on DVD is one of the saddest things ever to happen. I bought the first two seasons. They were great. Season three onward were butchered beyond belief. I honestly don't know what, if anything, Paramount was thinking to allow such an atrocious release. I used to watch The Odd Couple on TV Land years ago. The cuts on this DVD are even worse than in syndication! Further more, I used to own (back when I still had a working VCR) the complete Columbia House VHS set. I really wish I had hung on to those, because every episode they released (although they only released half the series) was uncut, with all the original music intact. These DVDs are not even worth the plastic used to make them.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CBS/Paramount blows it again! June 26, 2008
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It breaks my heart to have to give 1 star to my all-time favorite show, but this is just another brutal job of artistic butchery by the empty suits at CBS/Paramount.

If you're familiar with the CBS/Paramount debacle on removing ALL music from The Fugitive (see the horrible reviews here on Amazon), then you know that CBS/Paramount has taken an exteremely lame tact: instead of even TRYING to settle music clearance issues, they have instead opted to avoid any POSSIBLE payments by simply cutting out ALL music on the show. Whoever their counsel is that advised them to do this, he should be out of a job.

The cuts are just ridiculous, and have been well documented by others here. I mean, isn't there such a thing as Fair Use? Felx sings ONE LINE of The Banana Boat song (Day-O) to wake up Oscar. Gone. Oscar is offered $500 to be in Felix's movie. His response: "I'm Gonna Be in Pictures" - ONE LINE. Gone.

I can see a few popular songs having to go due to expensive royalties, but it seems that Paramount is now taking an overly cautious and downright lazy approach and instead of dealing with the issue at all, they have decided to just cut the whole damn thing out, fans be damned.

I will NEVER, NEVER buy another CBS/Paramount product unless they rectify this. Put out a deluxe set for hradcore fans with all of the music put back in. I'd buy it, regardless of cost.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Shame July 22, 2008
I also watched this classic on channel 11 in NY and remember each individual scene Paramount has removed. It is inexcusable! All they are trying to do is get more money out of people and that is such a shame. This is a show that we have waited so long to come out on DVD and the people at Paramount have butchered it so badly. To the reviewer who thinks this is no big deal I have this to say: We waited for these to come out on DVD so we could AVOID those cuts on TV. That is the whole idea behind releasing it. I, like many others, are outraged over this. I think someone at Paramount is not thinking correctly and these cuts were and are a BIG mistake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived quickly and as promised.
Published 19 days ago by Grace Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest TV Series of all Time bar None!
The series is great but as some afficianados have pointed out, some little things were cut out that only the truest of fans would notice, other than that, it's great! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Madigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for warning me before I bought I these DVDs.
Thank you to all you reviewers who gave me advance warning about the cuts that CBS made to the original TV shows - I didn't buy the DVDs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Greg Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd couple DVD
This dvd is very funny and entertaining, I highly recommend it. It is one of the best DVDs I have ever bought.
Published 4 months ago by David Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Randall & Klugman Score Again
Jack Klugman & Tony Randall return in this 1973-74 Season as 2 divorced New Yorkers---a slob and a fussbudget---try to live together `without driving each other crazy' in this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a show that will and alway is a great show to watch no matter you age and you will alway have fun
Published 7 months ago by Marguerite Poll
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic one
I love it. This show is a classic one. The close caption is a plus to this item. Soon I'll buy the fourth season!
Published 14 months ago by CESAR CAVAZOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar & Felix are back for another great season!
Oscar & Felix hit a streak of good luck when Felix wins a car on a radio quiz show in the episode "The New Car" - but tensions soon flare when the two share the vehicle. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Hugaert
5.0 out of 5 stars The Odd Couple rocks!
I got this season after giving the 3rd season as a gift. If you're into Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, get 'em all!
Published 16 months ago by Curtis Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite TV Series of all time.
My favorite TV sitcom of all time. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman were great. My favorite episode is in this set.
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Published 16 months ago by William Wiegand
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