Dr. Kildare: The Complete Fourth Season Back to Back 2 Pack
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As James Kildare, M.D. (Richard Chamberlain) lends his hard-won experience and insights into the cases that come into his care, aided by the sage counsel of Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Raymond Massey), the series ups the ante with some surprising complications while continuing to deliver an all-star line-up of guest stars. This 8-Disc, 34-Episode Collection starts with a stand-out performance by Walter Matthau as a salesman facing death. Kim Darby, Lee Marvin, Ron Howard, Robert Young, and Robert Culp all pay visits to Blair General, while Leslie Nielsen and Angie Dickinson guest for a multi-part arc that paints a prescient portrait of sexual addiction. And legendary tunesmiths Burt Bacharach and Hal David pen the title theme for “Rome Will Never Leave You”, a special three-part episode that sees Kildare and Gillespie battling cancer and heartbreak in Rome along with Ramon Novarro, Mercedes McCambridge, Daniela Bianchi and Alida Valli.
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However, I did find what appears to be a disk mastering problem on disk 3, and I'm wondering if others have this same problem. The episode titled "Catch a Crooked Mouse" has a length of about 37 minutes rather than the 50-51 minute timings on every other episode. When I watched this episode, the end credits suddenly began to play after one of the last act breaks. I was pretty upset to think I'd never be able to know Kildare's very important decision in this story, but then I decided to try this episode by choosing the "Play All" option on the disk menu, and the full episode played after I skipped 21 chapters to get to this episode.
The disks in my Kildare season 4 set were NOT burned on demand, they are normal DVDs with silver backing rather than the bluish backing on MOD disks. I was very surprised that I hadn't heard about this "short" episode problem online before I discovered the problem.
I agree with the above reviewer, who cannot wait for the serialised; and cliff-hanger rich Complete Fifth Season to come to dvd. I have vivid recollection of the Fifth Season opener "Behold, The Great Man", guest starring James Mason and Margaret Leighton. Mason portrays gifted surgeon "Maxwell Becker, MD" who appears before a Mortality and Morbidity conference to explain, through Kildare's direct questioning, the death of his patient on the operating table. This was the episode that seeded in me a curiosity about the legal and ethical factors raised in Medicine and Healthcare, and which has led to a desire to seek out follow-up series such as "St. Elsewhere"; "Chicago Hope"; "ER"; "Monday Mornings"; and the upcoming and much anticipated CBS drama "Code Black".
Edit - Great News from very respected website - [...] Both Dr. Kildare - The Complete Fifth (and Final) Season; and Medical Center - The Complete Sixth Season are in the works at Warner Archive Collection as I send this message. This is sensational news for fans of these two classic medical dramas.