The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes
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The high-definition does reveal some of the "flaws" that were expected to be hidden by television broadcast onto a 13" screen, such as the scene outside of Ralph and Alice's window is clearly a painting, and the sweat on the actors' foreheads from the hot studio lights is plain as day but that sort-of adds to the charm and "live"-ness of the program.
You won't be disappointed, if you're a hardcore fan like my dad or if you're just curious how good a 50+ year old show can look on Blu-Ray, this is a good start before you jump into the more expensive sets like "The Twilight Zone" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (both of which are absolutely stunning).
I've been addicted to the Honeymooners for 45 years and I can tell you, I still laugh at my favorite episodes as hard and as deeply as when I saw them for the first time as a child.
As for Jackie Gleason, the other reviews here to more than fair justice to the Great One. A master of comedy, a brilliant performer, one of the few true examples of a real photographic memory, exceptional dancer and coordination as well as a musical Prodigy.
It was Gleason who composed the theme song for the Honeymooners.
The chemistry between the cast, the witting, the simple elegance and magic between Gleason and Art Carney stands alone as one of the greatest comedy teams of all time. If you're a fan or know someone who is this is set is marvelous in every single way.
I've never found the Lost Episodes to be as sharp and funny as the classic episodes. Historically they're important of course and I'm happy to own them. However it's here, within the classic episodes that each character is at the very top of their game.
To me, this set would be worth it at three times the cost - but at this reduced price and free two day shipping for Prime members it's a steal.
The outer box is well designed and sturdy. Each DVD is housed in it's own case and the production value is superb.
Simply a must have for any Honeymooners fan
In any case, to not own these "Classis 39 Episodes" on Blu-Ray is a missed opportunity to enjoy the comedic genius in crystal clarity! The extras alone are reason enough to make these episodes a part of any collection for anyone who enjoys watching a "live broadcast" comedy sketch in front of a live audience with genuine laughter. The Honeymooner's is laugh-out-loud funny, back then, today and always will be. Yet there is only one downside to a Blu-Ray edition. (By no means a deal breaker.) Along with the crystal clarity that standard nightly rebroadcast episodes doesn't show, is the sweating from the cast members. Mainly Jackie. In most of his comedic rants around the stage, on Blu-Ray, you can see how profusely he is sweating. I have no doubt that it was hot under the stage lights, but it appears that all the other cast members weren't suffering the same level of profuse sweating.
There are so many more "Honeymooner linked" DVD's and Blu-Ray's being found and sold. "Lost Episodes", other "Specials" and the like. Personally, I am satisfied with this set. I have shown my kids the comedy that made me laugh-out-loud for decades, and passed it to their generation. They laugh with me. An absolute "Regular Riot" that will remain timeless!
I wrote this, Jus B. Cuz...
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