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Daktari The Complete First Season (5 Discs)

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An orphaned baby elephant? A lion with a brain tumor? Call Dr. Marsh Tracy! This lovingly remembered show from executive producer Ivan Tors (Sea Hunt, Flipper, Gentle Ben) stars Marshall Thompson as a dedicated veterinarian who runs an animal research center in Africa with the help of his daughter, two courageous aides, a mischievous chimp and a cross-eyed lion named Clarence. Action, laughs and breathtaking encounters with exotic animals highlight the 18 Episodes of the Complete Season One as Tracy and his crew handle everything from poachers to diamond thieves to a raging fire that threatens the nearby game preserve. "Daktari" means "doctor" in Swahili, but for viewers it means uplifting family fun!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller and Hari Rhodes
  • Directors: Art Arthur, Ivan Tors
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0066E6OTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I bought this DVD purely for nostalgic purposes.I remember seeing this series as a kid and wanted to see if it was as good as I remember.It is.There is hardly any violence here but plenty of adventure.This is a family show.
Marshall Thompson is perfect as Dr Marsh Tracey.I read that he was interested and cared about wildlife.His sincere performance in this show shines through.He would be more involved in the production of season 2 and I have read that the show gets even better.He was actually bitten by one of the animals in the second season and needed stitches while the animal was sedated.This was kept in when the episode was aired.The only other person I know who sincerity shines through in his performance was Fess Parker in his own series "Daniel Boone"
While I was a kid,for me it was all about the adventures.But now,I have come to appreciate more the hi-jinks of the chimp called Judy.She steals every scene she is in.
There is plenty of action and adventure in these stories ranging from poachers,jewel robbers,escaped prisoners to forest fires as well as trying to save the endangered wildlife.
As this is a family show,you can watch this with your kids or grandchildren.I'm sure they will enjoy it too.
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For lovers of classic television, much progress has been made in getting most of the significant series from the 1960's released on DVD, particularly in the last decade. However, there remain some notable exceptions, particularly in the case of series involving animals. Some that come to mind are Lassie, and the Ivan Tors' productions Gentle Ben, Flipper (only Season One so far), and Daktari. Fortunately, this is about to change, as the first season of Daktari (1966-69), a series set in Africa is being released on DVD-R.

"Daktari" is Swahili for "doctor". This unique series has a memorable theme song that features the Swahili language, native instruments, and wild animal cries. The program centers on the adventures of veterinarian Marsh Tracy (Marshall Thompson), who along with his beautiful daughter Paula (Cheryl Miller) runs the Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior, a research facility located in the east African bush. Daktari is adapted from the film Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965), which also starred Thompson and Miller, as well as Judy, a super intelligent chimpanzee, and the aforementioned Clarence, who suffers from some vision problems.

Helping the Tracy's, are a pair of robust young men, Jack Dane (Yale Summers) and Mike Makula (Hari Rhodes). The Wameru facility, commonly referred to as "the compound", provides shelter and refuge from the dangers of the bush. The animals are threatened by things like disease, weather, predators, poachers, and thieves. The local law enforcement is represented by District Officer Hedley (Hedley Mattingley).

The episodes and broadcast dates from the first season are listed below.

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I loved to watch "Daktari" as a teenager on German TV. I thought that Yale Summers was very attractive and until the last episode I was hoping there would be a happy end for him and Paula Tracy (Cheryl Miller who also played 4 times in "Flipper").

Wonderful to finally get this on DVD, but it's hopelessly over-priced for just one season. I'll wait until it will drop $30+.
If you compare prices: you get for the same amount of money the entire "M Squad" series with 2.866 minutes (three times as much as the first season of "Daktari"), the first season of "Flipper" costs $25 for 800 minutes. As I said before, it's too expensive, but hopefully the price will drop dramatically.

Now if finally classic TV series like "Kentucky Jones" (Dennis Weaver), "The Greatest Show on Earth" (Jack Palance), "Hank" (Dick Kallman), "The Farmer's Daughter" (Inger Stevens), "A Man called Shenandoah" (Robert Horton), "Adventures of the Seaspray" (Australian TV series from 1965), "The Magic Boomerang" (Australian TV seres from the 60's) and "77 Sunset Strip" would be released on DVD, that would be great!!!
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I was young when this series first appeared - but it was one of my favorites. I have been trying to find it on DVD for YEARS. I was so thrilled to see it appear recently on Amazon. It is a little pricey - but not bad and well worth the money. The quality of the set is excellent. I have only have 2 more episodes to watch and hope the other 2 seasons come follow soon. A good quality set that I highly recommend to Daktari fans out there!
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This is a great series for animal lovers. Good stories for the whole family. The transfer could be better but it is good enough. Only a few spots need improvement. I wish they would hurry and bring out series 2,3 and 4.
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I loved this series as a kid and dreamed of being Paula Tracy, living in Africa and working with wild animals (especially the big cats!). I didn't expect the show to charm me now as a jaded adult but once I got accustomed its slower pace, I fell in love all over again. Daktari has some timeless elements to it, most especially the light moral tales about the humane treatment of animals, and the exploitation of our natural world. It's hard to believe the series is nearly 50 years old; except for outdated vehicles and some old-fashioned clothes and hairdos, the show feels pretty current. I'm surprised Animal Planet doesn't run this show - I think young children today would still enjoy it.

The quality of the DVD was clear and the packaging was excellent with sharp and effective graphics. Too bad there weren't any special features. I hope season two comes out soon - that was my favorite season.

I got this as a Christmas gift from a very thoughtful brother-in-law who loves old TV shows. Thanks Tim! This was my favorite gift this year.
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