Dr. Kildare: The Complete Season 3
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Jim Kildare, MD (Richard Chamberlain) starts his third year at Blair General Hospital newly promoted to the position of Chief Resident by mentor and Chief of Staff Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey). Dr. Kildare now adds the care, training and protection of Blair General’s staff of interns to his duties in addition to grappling with challenges as far-reaching and prescient as steroid-psychosis, low calorie weight gain, and the tragic fall-out from Nagaski. Far more than “Three Stars Will Shine” down on this 34-Episode, 9-Disc Collection as some of Golden Age Hollywood’s greatests guest star alongside some noteworthy up-and-comers including Claude Rains, Charles Bronson, Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon, Gena Rowlands, Cesar Romero, Yvonne Craig, Jack Lord, Ralph Bellamy, Celeste Holm, Sal Mineo, Lauren Bacall, Glenda Farrell and Joan Blondell in a season that spells romance for Dr. Gillespie and heartbreak for Dr. Kildare.
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I so look forward to the Season 4 dvd release of this ground-breaking series (hopefully a Christmas 2014 street date!!!!) Leaving only Season 5 for a release date in 2015 to tie in with television's celebration of 50 years in "Living Color". I highly recommend this title.
Video quality was first rate from what I saw on my 65 inch Samsung with a 240 refresh rate. The grayscale was excellent and the sound never dropped out or faded. Sound was constant at all times. There was no hiss or hum associated with the DVD playback. The Menu system was very straight foward and easy to use. There are no special features that talk about the making of Dr. Kildare which would have been nice but I can live without them. The price while steep for such an old show was not cost prohibitive for me.
The medical science in Dr. Kildare is obviously dated in some parts of the show compared to what we know in 2014. Unfortunately somethings suffered by fictional patients in Dr Kildare are just as ugly and deadly today as they were in the early 1950's early 60's of Dr. Kildares time. Cancer of the Pancreas because it hides so well till discovered too late is just as devistating today as it was over 50 years ago. It is said that Steve Jobs the Apple Computer visionary was taken from us early by that evil known as metastatic pancreatic cancer. So in some ways Dr. Kildare is as relevant today as it was at production time many years ago.
Most notable in Season 3 is Dr. Kildare takes it on the chin hard when his doctor girlfriend is raped while as he watches being held back by a small army of thugs. While daring for the time this is the most unrealistic Dr. Kildare ever. The raped doctor behaved like a Star Treak Vulcan female escaping into the logic of not letting her attacker destory hersense of self. More interesting Dr. Kildare has his much wanted showdown with the rapist of his doctor girlfriend and does not kill him or at least leave him horribly mamed as I would have loved doing in such a situation. the only realistic portrayal in that whole episode was the Beast which was this installements namesake. It was daring and couragous at the time for a mainstream media outlet to even talk about rape in the frank if extremely minimalist way done here. Back then rape was our cultures dirty little secret and very bravely Dr. Kildare shone a bright light on the subject even if the effort is considered half hearted and insufficent by todays far more liberal standards.
The best thing about watching Dr. Kildare is for what it says about how the USA saw itself as a culture in the long ago 1960's. The surfer culture, beatnik culture and alcoholic housewife is well represented here. The story on Epilepsy shows in brutal realistic detail the horror of seizure management in those olden days. Thankfully 2014 era drugs and surgery offer todays epileptics far greater options for a better life than those depicted on the show. Still it is nice to watch Dr. Kildare practice what was considered cutting edge medicine at fictional Blair General Hospital. Oh and I loved the Blair General Hospital Main Building since it looked like a smaller version of LA County General Hospital a design I find timeless in its size, execution and beauty.
For so many reasons I think Dr. Kildare should be part of your collection. The Dr. Kildare Season 3 is on the dreaded blue disk that are not as forgiving to mishandling or abuse like the silver disks we love. I am generally very careful with all disks in my collection so it is not so much an issue with me. I include reference to the fact this Kildare collection is in the blue on demand CD+R disk format because; some people hate and avoid buying shows recorded in this cheaper format.
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