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Fractured Flickers - The Complete Collection

4.5 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Produced in 1963 for TV syndication via Desilu, Fractured Flickers was an irreverent tribute to silent pictures and the special creation of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, the comic genius behind Rocky & Bullwinkle and many other TV cartoon characters. Using silent film clips featuring great old stars like Douglas Fairbanks, Stan Laurel, Houdini, Harry Langdon, Lon Chaney and Ben Turpin, and mixing in old newsreel footage with some zany plot lines, each episode became an entertaining conglomeration of comedy and mayhem. (If you're a fan of movies like What's Up Tiger Lily? or Kung Pow: Enter the Fist then you'll be in complete laugh-out-loud stitches by the end of this series!) Each show also featured a special Guest Star interview, with the likes of Fabian, Rose Marie, Connie Stevens, Rod Serling, Bullwinkle J. Moose, Barbara Eden, Bob Denver, Ursula Andress, Bob Newhart and many more making an appearance. The series was also blessed with a great staff of writers, with lots of comedy experience - The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, Get Smart and Mary Tyler Moore - to name just a few. Our special collection contains the entire series of 26 half-hour episodes on 3 dual layer DVDs. Bonus Features: Interactive Motion Menus| Episode Selection Menu| Program Guide| Bios. Specs: 3-DVD9s; Dolby Digital Mono; 676 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1963; SRP - $39.99.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hans Conried, Paul Frees, June Foray, Bill Scott
  • Writers: Chris Hayward
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Collector's Edition, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6BJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fractured Flickers - The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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By Daniel J. McCormick on November 20, 2004
I am a Jay Ward fan, and I've collected some episodes of "Fractured Flickers" on 16mm film at a cost of several hundred dollars. Films from this series are a serious collector's item, and they've never sold for cheap on eBay. As such, $35 for this DVD collection is an incredible bargain

And the show is an absolute scream! Hans Conried shines as the stoic, but not unflappable host. In one show, Conried sardonically compares his hosting duties on a silent film show to "doing a show live from Forest Lawn cemetary." The best skits include "Dinky Dunston, Boy Cheerleader" (Lon Chaney's Hunchback of Notre Dame is endowed with Dudley Do-Right's voice) and a terrific re-editing of Fritz Lang's "M" (Peter Lorre tries to give up smoking. It's topical treatment of the Big Tobacco industry was decades ahead of its time.)

If you're tired of sitcom mediocrity full of brainless idiocy, phony families, hackneyed plots and stupid pratfalls, you DESERVE this series on DVD!!! There has been no series like "Fractured Flickers" before or since!
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What a treat it was to finally be able to see this favorite TV series from my childhood once again. It wasn't hard to see why a 10-year-old kid would have loved it so much, although I would have to admit that seeing it again as a 50-year-old was a somewhat different experience. Several of the segments were so good, they're still among my all-time favorite moments in TV comedy (mostly from the series' first few episodes, I noticed). But I'd have to say that a surprising number of the program's segments misfired. I think that part of the problem with the series was that it pretty quickly veered away from the premise it set for itself in its earliest episodes (i.e. wacky truncated versions of actual silent movies like Valentino's Blood and Sand, Elmo Lincoln's Tarzan, Fairbanks' The Mark of Zorro, etc.) and simply began cobbling together disparate footage, mostly from silent comedies, that would have been funnier WITHOUT the Jay Ward treatment. For this reason, I thought that those first few humorous versions of silent dramas and serious action films (see the above) worked best, while the Fractured Flickers versions of actual comedies were much less effective. I mean, why on earth "fracture" a classic comedy like Buster Keaton's "Cops" when the original version was totally unimprovable for generating laughs? On the other hand, the Fractured versions of deadly serious films like Lon Chaney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" (see the hilarious "Dinky Dunston, Boy Cheerleader"), Conrad Veidt's "The Hands of Orlac" and John Barrymore's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" worked so well because they weren't comedies to begin with. Consequently, all of those great Ward studio voices, music cues and silly sound effects resulted in some pretty big laughs at the expense of these straight dramas and action films.Read more ›
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You've read some of these reviews by now but, nobody has as of yet, mentioned the "fracturing" of the Erich Von Stroheim film "The Great Gabbo" in Episode 14. This one had me gasping for breath, it is incredibly funny!(Yes this is where Matt Groening of The Simpsons got the name for Krusty's rival in the "Krusty Gets Kancelled" episode.) Re-titled as "Hymie und Me", it is the story of WWI Colonel Erich Von Stucker getting out of the military and going into show biz with a midget known as "Shorty Woods". Bill Scott does his best "Fearless Leader" voice from Rocky and Bullwinkle" as Von Stucker and Paul Frees does a "Charlie McCarthy" type voice as Shorty Woods. As with the early episodes of the show, there seems to have been more work put into matching up voices and dialogue with lip movement, a very difficult thing to do! Episode 13 has a scathing parody of Walt Disney in "The Dalt Wizley Program" from Wizley Land.."Folks, this is Wizleyland my Magic Dictatorship..a real favorite with the kids is the submarine ride where they can actually see floating paper cups and beer cans under water." says Bill Scott as Wizley. According to Keith Scott's book "The Moose That Roared" it, it's cheap and loaded with Jay Ward info..the staff was under incredible time and money constraints.

If you watch all of the shows back-to-back, then it does get a little exhausting trying to absorb all of the one-liners and use of repeat footage. Remember, this show was on once a week and that's how they hoped it would be watched!

I give the shows five stars because I appreciate the hard work that goes into creating a show like this. Kudos to Bill Scott, Paul Frees, the fabulous June Foray, me Hansel..
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Like others writing on this site, I fondly recall gasping for air and rolling on the floor for the original Fractured Flickers; would tell anyone who'd listen to me that it was the funniest show ever on TV; and searched for years to find it on VHS, DVD, etc -- no luck. I even emailed Jay Ward Productions and asked about it, repeatedly, each time getting a generic "thanks for being such a great fan" answer, until finally one of the responses mentioned something about lawyers. I figured that was it, until a few weeks ago I idly Googled FF and up came the complete collection collection on DVD at Amazon! I plunked down my $$, waited breathlessly, got the package, waited for the right Fung Shui, and -- with the charged anticipation of other reviewers -- popped it in the DVD player with trembling hands. Forty-two years after I'd last seen it. And laughed like a maniac all over again. Note to fellow Boomers -- it helps to have some of your favorite intoxicant on board...
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