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1.0 out of 5 stars Father Knows Best. . . .but Shout Factory does not!, April 3, 2008
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This review is from: Father Knows Best: Season 1 (DVD)
Father Knows Best was a wonderful television program. A review of the show would get 5 stars. These reviews are not supposed to be testimonials or nostalgic trips back to one's childhood; they should be reviews of the product. That is the reason I am awarding this product a single star. There is no excuse whatsoever for a company to give the buying public edited versions of tv shows that have been in existence for so many years. I wrongfully assumed that since the Young family trust gave its blessing to this project that the dvd set would be top notch and first class. Shout Factory could not even present episode number one in its original form. The first show was barely 22 minutes with complete opening sequence and closing credits. The editing to trim the show by the three minutes was done with a hatchet that a child of four could notice. I suppose this is better than no Father Knows Best at all, but not by much. My advice is to check the manufacturer of dvd's and make sure that Shout Factory had nothing to do with it. Otherwise, you will receive less than you hoped for and less than you paid for.
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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 3, 2008 11:06:12 AM PDT
Eddie Kasica says:
Good job, Mike.

Maybe -- for some bizarro Nelson Family reason -- Shout! can be excused for what they gave us in the lame "Ozzie & Harriet" set, but no such excuse is valid here. The cut episodes have been available in circulation for years now, and even a public domain 26-minute version is better than a 22-minute version of anything -- especially with the ghosting and frame-dropping we get with this release. Shout! Factory used to be a great place during it's SCTV phase. Now it's a junkpile.

Posted on Apr 6, 2008 10:01:21 AM PDT
MacGuffin says:
Mike, I agree with you completely that reviews should be of the product and ratings assigned accordingly; this is the basis on which I write my own reviews--I want them to be helpful and informative (I almost went berserk trying to find a helpful "St. Elsewhere" review). Good job--thanks for your efforts.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 9:54:24 PM PDT
I just want to add my voice to those lamenting the shameful and dishonorable practice of peddling edited TV shows. These anointed corporate fatcat bigwigs obviously think we hicks out here in the sticks are all blithering idiots. The only reason to buy the official DVD release is to get the show in complete, unedited form. Otherwise you could just record the crappy edited versions off TV. And yet they keep attempting to foist this garbage on us. I personally am a huge fan of the cast commercials that were produced for the TV shows of the '50's and early '60's, and as far as I'm concerned any DVD release of a show from that era that does not include the cast commercials is guilty of defrauding and ripping off the customer just as surely as they are when the edit the episodes themselves. Thanks for the info about this travesty perpetrated against FKB, I will definitely not give my $$ to a company that thinks it can get away with pushing an edited DVD on us.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 12:52:19 AM PDT
A. Johns says:
The head moves but part of the face doesn't move as quickly. Restoration problems or 'ghosting'? Honestly, I hate that these are edited down, but they're better than nothing. I haven't seen this show in nearly 30 years. If they've been syndicated since then, I never saw them. As much as I hate the quality of Mill Creek dvds, it is too bad they didn't put this set out instead of Shout Factory. Because, the quality wouldn't have been much different and I could've picked it up for $5 at Wal-Mart. A proper release would've included cast commercials, unedited timing, and bonus section would have included examples of the radio series of FTB which preceded the t.v. version. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable trip back to the Anderson's.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 2:06:43 PM PDT
Hmm, weren't they given the episodes by the Rodney Young folks. Aren't they to blame, at least in part, for the fact that the episodes are, apparently, the syndicated versions?

By the way, does anyone know the actual history of the elements? Do the unsyndicated elements remain in existence?

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 6:21:23 PM PST
Thank you Mike for informing the public about this travesty. I am sure original versions are available but Shout Factory (Richard Foos who previously owned Rhino before selling it to Warner Music) either didn't want to pursue such.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2015 11:36:31 AM PDT
TeacherGal says:
Very well written review!
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