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9 people found this helpful
on December 24, 2006
I received my box set of Family Affair Season 2 and went directly to the
bonus material. I was shocked by the continued omission of Johnny
Whitaker from the extras!
The few minutes spent featuring merchandise generated by the show could
have been expanded with additional material beyond the scope of the
piece. Johnny Whitaker was not asked to participate and if he had been
asked, his personal collection would have made a vast and welcome
addition to the few items that were shown. As archivist of the Whitaker
archives, I can assure you that there are far more products than those
The fans are the people who have supported the series and are the one
who purchase the series as it comes out on DVD, and they are not being
offered the perspective of all of the surviving cast members. Although
Johnny was a child when the show was being filmed, he has many wonderful
stories to share. Why has he not been included? It appears that the
people being hurt by his omission are the very people who are buying
this product...THE FANS!
This is a wonderful product otherwise. The episodes are crisp and clear
and the voice tracks are clean. Packaging is one box, which I find to
be an advantage with no small DVD boxes to get misplaced. Everything is
in one place.
Season 3 is already slated to come out in March 2007, so there probably
isn't time to include Johnny Whitaker in that season's bonus tracks. If
MPI wants to really do justice to Family Affair by the fans, they should
not waste any time in contacting Johnny Whitaker to give his commentary
to the remaining seasons. If they decide against it, it will be a
travesty and the fans will be the ones who lose.