Bosom Buddies: Season 1
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Bosom Buddies fitfully finds its voice in its inaugural season. Hanks and Scolari are able to elevate the clunkiest of jokes with seemingly ad-libbed asides or physical bits of business. Greeting the morning in wigs and shaving cream while singing "Macho Man" is a signature giddy moment. A Hanks-Scolari reunion for the DVD release would have been nice, but if Bosom Buddies requires any kind of makeover, it is to restore the show's original theme song, Billy Joel's "My Life," which has been replaced by some generic tripe that ages the series at least 25 years. --Donald Liebenson
- All 19 episodes from the 1980 season on 3 discs
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Now the DVD incarnation is not great. Some of the shows seemed over edited, as these were the syndicated shows and NOT the original masters. It is missing Billy Joel's My Life for some lame theme which does not work against the opening credits. There are NO extras to speak of and the stuff thats here is not up to quality
Paramount/CBS video should have known better. They should have spend a few extra dollars and gone for the best (like Billy Joel's My Life), not like the Mama's Family (see the reviewe) [...] that Warner Brothers heaped upon us last year. Yes, It seems cut
It is worth it to see a young Tom Hanks, but PLEASE PARAMOUNT/CBS get us the real thing and not wash out, syndicated shows that seem cut to ribbons and my opinion destroyed, that why only 3 stars
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
The DVD though, gets three stars for a very typical reason - music rights. This show didn't use a lot of original music, but when it did, it was nearly always essential to the plot. This means some entire scenes have been edited out, which makes for a bit of confusion, especially for anyone who hasn't seen the original version. So, for those particular episodes, we're getting the syndicated version, which I'm sure you know means a lot is missing and takes a lot away from these episodes. Most of these instances they didn't actually use the music or the song, but the characters sang it themselves, and usually only a small portion of the song. I think that an exception should be made for these instances, as far as music rights payments are concerned. By that I mean, making the rights fees more reasonable, or allow for "fair use" in these instances. On the other hand, I don't think the producers of this DVD even attempted to get the music rights. They just cut the scenes out. They even got rid of the original Billy Joel theme song, My Life, and replaced it with a simply horrid substitute song, which completely ruins the intro of the show.
I loved this show as I saw it, and if you refuse to reproduce those versions, then I pass. I know for a fact that when EVERY EPISODE starts and it has the wrong music, that will serve as a distraction and it will do the exact opposite of what I wrote before. That Billy Joel song was perfect. Can you imagine Happy Days without "Happy Days" or "Friends" without "I'll be there for you" or any other show you connect it's theme song too not having it's original theme song? Not this guy.
"Friends" managed to release every episode on DVD uncut, some with extended scenes and NO music was replace in the whole series, that I noticed. Even if you stripped us of any bonus features (which may have made up for this issue) but gave us the original episodes as they appeared, we'd all be happy. So if we can't treat Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's classic comedy with the respect it deserves, then don't do it. I doubt they will every change this release, so if you want this DVD set just have it, go for it. I'll have to pass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I havnt seen this since it aired, I personally do not like Tom Hanks, but this was before his stupid recent movies. Read morePublished 20 months ago by chip fortune
I love this show! I just wish there hadn't been controversy surrounding the theme song. No disrespect to Ms Stephanie Mills but, I've always liked the original, and was... Read morePublished 23 months ago by K~Boogie
This was how I was introduced to Tom Hanks back in the early 80's. Then he got BIG... har harPublished on July 31, 2013 by C. Roberts
I felt you did the order very well ,and the produce came on time.This a very good job,and it was greatPublished on May 6, 2013 by jon weston
having so much fun watching these old shows thank youi for the entertainment best regards. enjoyed over and over thanksPublished on April 24, 2013 by rlarskit
I love 80's tv. So much better than today's tv. I enjoyed watching this again, will be buying season 2.Published on April 7, 2012 by Sonia A. Bowers
I just recently purchased this item and one thing I noticed right off that I found very disappointing was that the theme song was not the original and I knew right away it was... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by cheeta28