Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack (The Ghost And Mr. Chicken / The Reluctant Astronaut / The Shakiest Gun In The West / The Love God?)
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He's one of the most popular and admired funnymen of all time, a master of comic timing and physical humor. Now four of the classic films starring the delightful Don Knotts are available on DVD for the first time in this fun-filled collector's set.After catapulting to national fame as the often impossible but ever lovable Deputy Barney Fife on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, Knotts set out to conquer the silver screen in a series of unforgettable feature films. Now four of these hilarious farces are brought together in this amazing collection that keeps the laughs coming.
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This is a two disc single side set, two features per disc in a standard size case.
Video and audio quality are excellent for DVD standards.
These films are presented in chronological order-
The Ghost And Mr. Chicken 1966
The Reluctant Astronaut 1967
The Shakiest Gun In The West 1967
The Love God? 1970
Each film is progressively more mature and sophisticated.
The first three are basically silly but Knotts' apt characterizations have sincere moments.
The final film in this collection, The Love God? is an excellent vehicle for Don and may be his finest cinematic effort.
Very sophisticated and well written, an absolute comedy masterpiece! Multi level functionality and a PG-13 rating!
Every element of this film is well done, direction, casting, acting, design...excellent production overall.
The Love God? reminds me of Don Knotts' work as Barney Fife for The Andy Griffith Show, what I consider to be the moral compass of America, and Mr. Knotts of course lives up to that here in all these sweet films.
His work reminds me we all have an inherent moral responsibility to conduct ourselves in a civilized manner and in all things be honest and truthful.
I miss Don, I miss these values.
A Giant indeed.
My two favorite movies are The Ghost and Mr. Chicken & The Shakiest Gun in the West. I laughed so hard at these movies.
The Ghost one reminds me of the episode in Andy Griffith where they go into the haunted house too. I loved the set up of the ghost house and Don makes the best scary/funny scenes ever :-)
In The Shakiest Gun he's a dentist, a gunslinger and a Native American woman. You just have to watch because it's so good.
The Reluctant Astronaunt is funny too. Don is a janitor but his family and hometown thinks he's an astronaut and this leads to all kinds of trouble!
The Love God is sort of weird because Don is set up to be some Hugh Heffner type guy. He just wants to write for his bird magazine but these people want him as a star for a dirty magazine. They don't show any bad things but there are a lot of innuendoes.
The first disc has The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Reluctant Astronaut on it and you just pick which one to watch from the main menu. Both movies are on one side. The other two movies are on the other disc.
I recommend to anyone that loves comedy and Don Knott's. Oh and we also get to see several people from The Andy Griffith Show in the movies which was awesome.
4 fun movies featuring Don Knotts. The writing is clever and performances deliver a classic fun ride with the loveable characters Don Knotts creates with his persona.
Others can detail the specifics on these movies. But I am just going to say Don Knotts is a BIG thumbs up .I watched them all and enjoyed them all.
I watched "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" many times as a kid & loved it. A scare comedy seemed to be a no-brainer to showcase Knotts' sharp comic timing, physical comedy & nervous twitters. Setting the mold for small town life, Knotts is Luther Heggs, an underdog typesetter at the town newspaper who aspires to be a big-shot reporter. When the 20th Anniversary of an infamous murder at the local haunted mansion arises, Knotts is chosen to spend the night alone in the creepy Simmons house as a publicity stunt. Naturally, supernatural occurances all conspire to scare the wits out of poor Luther, and he's made a local hero. But when he tries to prove the spooky goings-on, no one believes him. By today's horror standards, TGAMC is pretty harmless stuff (although that organ music still gives me the creeps). Aside from some obvious stunt work (particularly in the coal-chute scene), Knotts is in top form here, and it's so much fun to watch him jump bug-eyed at every little thing.
Many fans love "The Reluctant Astronaut", and it's easy to see why. It's an extremely pleasant & amusing Knotts vehicle, once again playing a character with heroic aspirations but has to prove himself. Knotts is Roy Fleming, a kiddie amusement park "astronaut" who's summoned to the real thing after his father submits an application. Of course, it all falls flat after Roy discovers he's only part of sanitation. What follows is Roy "living a lie" to impress family & townfolk. That is, until he befriends another astronaut (Leslie Nielsen, before "Airplane" turned him into a comic actor forever after) & gets a real shot at a test flight.
The appropriately-titled "The Shakiest Gun in the West" is really a remake of a Bob Hope comedy ("The Paleface")about the "tenderfoot" dentist travelling out West, getting conned, getting a "quickie marriage" (to Barbara Rhodes, an outlaw complying with the Government to investigate arms dealing with Indians in exchange for a full pardon), becoming a gun-slinging hero, and so on. There's some great comic moments here, particularly with Knotts fighting to get a stubborn patient's mouth open for an exam, him hamming it up as a gunslinger, and disguising himself as an Indian maiden.
"The Love God?" is the most curious one of the bunch, a real departure from Knotts' usual family-friendly fare. He seemed to want to try something more "adult" in humor; even a post-PG-13 rating has been assigned, although there's not one obscene word uttered, just some racy images & provocative dialogue. Timing might have been another reason for Knotts, since it was the late 60's, a sexual revolution was on the rise & pornography was beginning to flood movie theatres. Knotts again plays the little guy, Abner Peacock, an innocent bird magazine photographer whose life gets turned upside down when he's manipulated by gangsters, crooked cons & aggressive editors (in this case, a stunning Anne Francis) and becomes a Hugh Hefner-like publishing symbol overnight. The birdsong tribute is a hoot, especially the second time around as a fear-petrified Knotts can do nothing but a hoarse raspberry!
All four movies are digitally remastered with care, looking as crisp & colorful as when they were first released. The packaging is also wonderful to look at, a true homage to Knotts. But of course, it's the movies themselves that are the real pleasure, and each & every one shows Knotts at his peak!
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