Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set
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Maxwell Smart is back…And loving it! And so is Agent 99, The Chief, Fang and the rest of the fearless Get Smart gang. Here is the legendary, Emmy Award-winning spy-spoof series inspired by the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, digitally resored, remastered and brought to you for the first time on DVD. Now it's easier than ever to out-smart the world's least secret...secret agent, in this cunningly funny 25-DVD collection, featuring all 138 original episodes of Get Smart! This Get Smart Giftset is a must have collector's item!]]>
The feature film may have missed it by that much, but Get Smart, the TV series, still hits the target with deadly funny accuracy. The right show at the right time, Get Smart brilliantly spoofed the spy genre that was all the rage in 1965, with James Bond on the big screen, and such series as Danger Man, The Avengers, The Saint, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and I Spy more or less playing it straight on the small screen. Get Smart, on the other hand, had a license to kill…with laughter. Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created one of TV's all-time greatest characters, Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 of CONTROL, the super-secret agency vigilantly on alert against the forces of KAOS. Smart (Don Adams in his iconic, Emmy-winning role), an American Clouseau, was not stupid. Though all evidence to the contrary, he was, in his own mind, a suave and sophisticated spy, albeit one who would inadvertently lean against a freshly painted wall while shadowing an enemy agent. Get Smart hilariously deglamorized the business of espionage. Agents punch a time clock and dispute vacation time. Cool spy gadgets, such as the infamous Cone of Silence, are prone to malfunction. One running joke throughout the first season finds Agent 44 (Victor French) perched in a variety of unlikely and uncomfortable hiding places, among them a grandfather clock. Although the series would only get smarter and funnier in subsequent seasons (Bernie Kopell's KAOS mastermind Siegfried would be introduced in season two), the first season contains several essential episodes, including the Emmy-winning two-parter, "Ship of Spies," "Aboard the Orient Express," featuring a cameo by Johnny Carson as an unflappable conductor, "Diplomat's Daughter" with the arch --and decidedly non-PC-- villain, the Craw, and "Back to the Drawing Board," featuring Dick Gautier as Hymie the robot. From "Sorry about that" to "Would you believe," no show before Get Smart introduced so many catchphrases into the national language, while Smart and his partner, Agent 99 (the ravishing Barbara Feldon), were perhaps TV's first "will they or won't they" couple. Brooks and Henry contribute separate commentaries for the black and white pilot episode, while Feldon provides commentary for another, and purrs introductions to each episode (beware plot spoilers). With Get Smart, you will be witness to some of TV's funniest moments, sharpest writing, and expertly-executed physical comedy. And… loving it. --Donald Liebenson
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Video quality is good to great at a 9 out of ten for video quality. I looked at this video on a 55 inch samsung 240 MHz flat panel display. The picture was not grainy or faded. The colors were crisp and clear. Not much movement distortion. The blacks were black and the whites were white. The colors were vivid and sharp withoout fade. Skin tones were accurate. The audio was very good again in the 9 out of 10 with ten being execelent. There was no noise or hum. The voices and sound effects were clear without distortion. The sound level was good meaning you did not have to turn sound volume to high just to hear what was going on. The DVD's are standard reflective format not the blue disks that seem to damage easily.
Of course Maxwell Smart Agent 86 was awesome and anyone who knows Maxwell Smart hardly needs me to tell them this was some of the best comedy ever. The Infamous Hare Bunny and Zeigfried were my favorite Kaos vilians. I grew up with Maxwell Smart Agent 86 and Miss 99 so yes for me this was a must have TV series. The best thing about this Get Smart was it was made at a time when Seasons had a huge number of quality episodes so viewing was and is an immense pleasure.
1. The set comes in great packaging it opens just like the show getting to the phone booth.
2. Some people complained that the DVD's set was hard to remove from the packaging, I did not find this to be the case just turn the box upside down and tilt forward allowing the DVD disc set to come out.
2. I checked each disk for cracks and scratches as some people said the disks were loose, cracked or scratched all of them looked in new good condition. Picture quality is great.
3. Some people complained all the episodes were all in black and white this is not the case the 1st episode was made and is in black and white but the others are in color the reason the 1st episode is in black and white is because the original was filmed that way.
4, The gift set is well worth the money if you enjoyed the original series.
I think I've found a (rather tedious) workaround. Use either dvdbackup or vlc to first make a copy of the DVD, and only then can you play back the video on Linux. Disc one is the only disc so far without the inaccessible (ARccOS) protection. Maybe they omitted disc one having (ARccOS) protection, to get the product through quality control? Why else would somebody omit such a restrictive copyright protection scheme on the first disc, as I've heard some DVD players do not accept such restrictive copyright protection schemes.
Most times I just want to watch DVD movies and toss them back into their cases. Other times, such as these long TV series, I prefer to temporarily cache to hard drive for watching each show sequentially at night without having to (again) insert each DVD repetitively more than 100 times. (Similar to having to enter a combination to a safe, when you know you're going to be inside the safe five minutes later.) I hate it when people force the innocent to jump hurdles just to enjoy a product they've purchased. Almost like buying a product with foreign instructions, but you need to read the foreign instructions each time you try to use the product!
1) A great TV Series
2) Has Barbara Feldon interesting facts preceding each show.
3) Additional literature inside each series.
4) If you love packaging gimmicks, then this one deserves an A+.
5) The TV series deserves an A+ for showing off 1960-1970's suit styles. Look no further than Maxwell Smart for how to dress appropriately!
6) Includes lots of additional video material from Emmys, birthday parties, and interviews.
1) DVD recording studio used an incompatible DRM protection or likely something called ARccOS Protection, preventing Linux users from enjoying the recorded material. Forget simply using a software player such as MPlayer or Xine. You'll first likely be required to copy the material to hard drive first using dvdbackup or VLC. (Hopefully by the time you're reading this comment, ARccOS or the copyright protection used for these DVDs will be added to MPlayer and Xine.) (Now resolved as of 2015.08.05! See update footnotes below. Playback via MPlayer and Xine is now problem free!)
2) Due to how the multiple DVD's are packaged laying atop of one another within the plastic trays, the DVD's are easily scratched. I was able to call Amazon.com customer service and they sent another boxed DVD set out for replacing the scratched DVD's and then returning the bad DVD's. However Season 4 Disc 2 was also scratched within the boxed set as well. Since this is the only remaining scratched DVD, I opted to buy the Season 4 DVD, and also noticed the individually packaged DVD series now have fixed DVD packaging trays entirely averting overlapping and scratching.
As they say, at least be thankful there is a workaround, since the idiot thieves are spoiling the products for the hard workers and manufacturers want to exploit the most restrictive copyright protection possible. Brings to mind, maybe the manufacturers and publishers should really try to get smart?
UPDATE 2015.07.08: After watching the first season, I'm really enjoying this DVD bundle. Toward the end of the first season, they've added many (unfinished) clippings or anything that could be construed as valuable to the fans of the Get Smart show. A good sign they left nothing out of this bundle! (ie. Some publishers get itchy when they see unfinished material; but in the eyes of fans, the unfinished bits of material appear as real gems!) As far as getting around the DVD protection on Linux based computer systems for viewing or enjoying the material (one time), I'm finding I have a solution using dvdbackup (ie. http://dvdbackup.sourceforge.net/) and this maybe because somebody with a higher power might just want me to copy the entire DVD bundle to hard drive. Albeit, I've never had a need to copy any other DVD material in the past to a hard drive, unless the content were musical or audio content. Cheers fans of Get Smart! Hopefully you're enjoying the DVD bundle as I am!
UPDATE 2015.08.04: After watching the entire first and second season DVDs, I cannot stand giving only four stars due to inaccessible copyright protection. I've added full five stars. I still say the (ARccOS?) copyright is a bit over the top, as how many locks do you need on a CD/DVD to prove copyright protection was circumvented? Anyways, I'm not thoroughly "loving it" or loving the DVD series. It's such a wonderful work of art, aside from the (ARccOS?) copyright protection scheme. (Whomever watched added the copyright protection obviously never watched the Get Smart TV series!) Added several more Pros and clarified Con, as well as increasing to five stars.
UPDATE 2015.08.05: After rebuilding some libraries as of Sunday (ie. libdvdread-5.0.3, libdvdnav-5.0.3, mplayer-1.2_pre2015073, ...) I'm now finally able to view the DVDs without apparent problems of copyright protection. However at the same time, I now found a huge scratch/knick in several of the center placed DVDs of the season folders. Thankfully, Amazon.com readily is sending a replacement. Since it's impossible to watch or verify every DVD within several days, I'll continue with the previous method I've already been using for enjoying the DVDs, and only took a few hours. So as of now, the copyright protection method I previously reported now appears completely resolved within MPlayer and Xine!
UPDATE 2015.09.05: Noted multiple scratched DVD's within the original boxed set. Also noted the individually packaged series DVD's now contain fixed packaging averting overlapping and preventing scratching.