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Lassie - 50th Anniversary TV Collection
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Release Date: 14-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD
- 24 remastered episodes
- Classic Lassie appearences throughout TV history
- Lassie TV commericals of today
- 24-page booklet
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---------- Jeff years ----------
1) #1 - The Inheritance (ALERT: this version is edited, missing segement where Lassie unties her rope to Jeff's bed)
2) #5 - Lassie's Pups
3) #10 - The Lion (the DVD book incorrectly puts this episode after "The Inheritance")
4) #53 - The Journey (the Jeff episode, not the Timmy episode with the balloon)
5) #104 - The Runaway (introducing Timmy)
6) #116 - Transition (the Martins take over the farm)
---------- Timmy years ----------
7) #173 - The Camera
8) #180 - Peace Patrol (the Lone Ranger)
9) #184 - The New Refrigerator (not "The Refrigerator" as named in the DVD booklet)
10) #202 - The Space Traveler (not "Space Invader" as named in the DVD booklet)
11) #269 - Lassie and the Eagle (the DVD book incorrectly puts this episode after "The Odyssey")
12) #275 - Lassie's Protege
13) thru 15) #277-279 "Lassie's Odyssey" (Part 1 thru 3)
(note: episodes are missing re-caps of previous episode plus previews for the next one, so they run shorter than the normal 25.Read more ›
Classic Media & Sony apparently had the blessing of the "Lassie Organization" so why couldn't they have acquired the original negatives and struck new prints ?? While the episodes included are watchable, many have visual artifacts (scratches) and a grainy quality. Fresh prints would have been more in order with a release such as a 50th Anniversary DVD collection. For example, every "Timmy and Lassie" episode in this collection opens with the 1959 opening, even if it was a 1960 or 1962 episode. Did they think diehard babyboomer fans of this show wouldn't notice ?? Also, the opening of one particular "Jeff's Collie" episode, looked very rough. The closing music on many episodes of Jeff's Collie" had a wavy or unbalanced sound. The color episodes which were the newest and should have looked the best, were of poor quality. Again with mismatched opening titles and actual episode years. They looked to be second or third generation copies...even the older B/W episodes looked better.
It would have been nice if surviving cast members could have done some narration discussing behind the scenes shooting or favorite episodes.
There ARE some good things to say about this DVD collection. The episodes chosen were some of the best. The booklet by Ace Collins describing the Lassie story is very informative and this set is packaged very nicely. The extras such as the recent "ninja" Lassie G.E. commercial and other noteable Lassie appearances are fun to watch although again, the quality of some of these clips varies.
This DVD collection had such great potential and although I'm glad I bought it, I expected so much more...Lassie fans deserved it and so did Lassie.
This was the one where "Timmy Martin" (Jon Provost) and Lassie end up stranded in the Canadian wilderness courtesy of a hot air balloon gone astray. Along the way Timmy becomes ill, as I recall, and was cared for by an Eskimo or Indian. The cinematography was beautiful, and as a kid I have wonderful memories of the balloon sequences. The series' associate producer, Bonita Granville Wrather, had done special voiceover intros, and special color title and credit sequences were also done for this special episode, I believe. This episode was re-cut for theatrical release as "Lassie's Great Adventure," but was still missing some footage from the TV showing.
Another multi-part episode missing is the 3-part one in which The Martins (Ruth, Paul & Timmy) leave the farm for Australia, and Lassie in the care of their elderly farmer friend, "Cully Wilson" (portrayed by the terrific Andy Clyde, who was also "Hopalong Cassidy"'s original sidekick, as well as "George McMichael," the foil to Walter Brennan's "Grandpa McCoy" on TV's "The Real McCoys"). Cully eventually becomes too ill to care for the collie and so Lassie winds up with her new master, forest ranger Corey Stuart. This transition episode would have been a nice addition to this golden anniversary edition as well.Read more ›
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These are classic TV episodes and for any family, any kid, especially one who likes dogs - they will find entertaining. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David L. Yarbrough
Haven't played it yet...it is a Christmas gift for someone else. Box looked a bit worn but hopefully won't affect quality of the discs.Published 8 months ago by Joni R.
I loved these as a kid and loved them again. We have a collie so it was fun introducing my kids to the Lassie movies.Published 14 months ago by A. P. Smith
very lovable dog stories. excellent performances by lassiePublished 15 months ago by jim pershinsky