The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete First Season
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Few television characters have impacted family culture as much as Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Opie (Ron Howard), and the idyllic American town of Mayberry. As town sheriff and widowed father, Andy teaches his son the meaning of family, friendship, and upstanding citizenship in this all-time classic series, now in remastered HD with slick-as-a-whistle special features!
Since its network debut in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show has been a viewer favorite thanks to its folksy, nostalgic charm and memorable cast, both of which shine in this set featuring the series' debut season. Originally spun off from an episode of Make Room for Daddy (both series shared producers Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas), The Andy Griffith Show centered around the lives of small-town sheriff Andy Taylor (the marvelously dry Griffith), his son Opie (Ron Howard), cousin and deputy Barney Fife (multiple Emmy winner Don Knotts), and the other gentle eccentrics of Mayberry (which was based on Griffith's real hometown). But while other "rural" programs poked fun at its characters (The Real McCoys, The Beverly Hillbillies), The Andy Griffith Show never stooped to stereotypes, preferring instead to draw its humor from the fine writing and cast, which counted Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee, Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber, and Hal Campbell as Mayberry's benevolent drunk, Otis, among the first season ensemble. All 32 episodes (including the epilogues, which are rarely aired in syndication) are compiled on this four-disc set, which regrettably lacks any supplemental features. --Paul Gaita
- All 32 episodes from the 1960-61 season
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Picture quality is just what you'd expect from a good HD transfer: grainy and awesome. Clarity and detail are more present than ever before, which is most noticeable in clothing, badges, nature scenes, and... well, just about anything with detail to be seen. It really is a thrill to see a show this old looking this nice.
Besides pristine HD transfers, there's something else this blu-ray offers that the previous DVD release lacked entirely: special features. Included are the original sponsor spots as well as the original end credits scene (with Andy and Opie walking away from the lake). Having been born in 1985, I had never seen those before, so that was pretty neat. Also included is the 1986 TV movie, Return To Mayberry, and an episode of The Danny Thomas Show titled "Danny Meets Andy Griffith" (both also remastered in 1080p). Finally, there are some home movies taken on the set of the show (in color, surprisingly), and an interview with Andy Griffith and his wife on CBS' Person To Person nicely caps off the special features.
That concludes my review. I already owned this season on DVD, but as soon as I saw a good deal, I upgraded to the blu-rays and gave the DVDs to my Mom. I'm very glad I did. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch this while I wait for CBS to announce a Gilligan's Island blu-ray release. (Wouldn't that show look amazing in HD? I think so.)
NOTE TO CBS: I wanted this and would have bought it MONTHS ago, but had to wait 'til I found a better deal on a used copy as your original price of over $70 was just too ridiculous. $45-50 would still have been expensive, but much more reasonable. I want and am patiently waiting for season 2, but if it's not more reasonably priced than season 1 was, I will pass on it, too, until somebody sells one used for under $40.
2.) IF you can get this for less that $60, buy it.
3.) Why? Filmed on 35mm film, the "reunion movie"
AND the individual episodes have NEVER looked better!
4.) Just a few examples:
a. =>) In the "pilot" there are no windows, heck, no GLASS in the two cars.
b. =>) Danny Thomas's scar is quite obvious.
c. =>) In the color movie, you can clearly see a scab with make up inside Andy's ear.
d. =>) In one episode a long scar is visible on a tomboy-ish woman's face.
None of these differences were obvious on the VHS/DVD versions.