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Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series

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Finally, The Complete Series! Beautifully Restored and Remastered on 37 Discs!


Inspired by the real life experiences of creators Joe Connelly and Bob Moshers own children, Leave It To Beaver follows the hilarious everyday adventures of young Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver and his older brother Wally. Whether at home, at school or playing around their suburban neighborhood, Beaver always manages to get himself into some kind of trouble, comically learning each valuable lesson life has to offer along the way. Alongside baseball and apple pie, Leave It To Beaver reigns supreme in the pantheon of Americana. Boasting 234 episodes, spanning six iconic seasons from 1957 63, no other series on television better exemplifies the purity of childhood and importance of family in America.

Bonus Features:

* Its A Small World: The rare pilot episode that started it all!

* Forever The Beaver - The Cleavers Look Back: Cast members Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Barbara Billingsley as well as renowned collector and co-creator of The New Leave It To Beaver Brian Levant reflect on the quintessential American family sitcom.

* Ken Osmond And Frank Bank Remember: Cast members Ken Osmond and Frank Bank reunite to look back at their adventures on the set of Leave It To Beaver and beyond.

* The Drum Major Of The Toy Parade: A conversation with composer Dave Kahn.

... And More!

Special Features

  • Its A Small World: The rare pilot episode that started it all!
  • Forever The Beaver - The Cleavers Look Back: Cast members Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Barbara Billingsley as well as renowned collector and co-creator of The New Leave It To Beaver Brian Levant reflect on the quintessential American family sitcom.
  • Ken Osmond And Frank Bank Remember: Cast members Ken Osmond and Frank Bank reunite to look back at their adventures on the set of Leave It To Beaver and beyond.
  • The Drum Major Of The Toy Parade: A conversation with composer Dave Kahn.
... And More!

Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow
  • Directors: Norman Tokar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 37
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 6090 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038SUBDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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QUICK DVD STATS:

Number of Episodes -- 234 (Plus the Original Pilot Episode)
Number of Discs -- 37 (Single-Sided)
Video -- 1.33:1 Full Frame (B&W)
Audio -- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English only)
Any Bonus Stuff? -- Heck, yes! (Details below)
Subtitles? -- No (But each of the episodes is Closed Captioned in English)
"Play All" Option? -- Yes
Are These Episodes Complete and Unedited? -- Yes! (With a very minor "but"; details below)
DVD Distributor -- Shout! Factory (The set is copyrighted by NBC Universal)

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On June 29, 2010, a very pleasant thing happened -- something that many people probably didn't think would ever happen in their lifetime -- the audio and video company "Shout! Factory" released to the public "LEAVE IT TO BEAVER: THE COMPLETE SERIES", a spectacular 37-Disc DVD collection that includes all 234 episodes of what I consider to be one of the best and most rewatchable television series of all-time.

And Shout! has treated The Beav with expert care too, make no mistake about that fact. These 234 shows (plus the pilot episode, entitled "It's A Small World", which is also included in this mega-set) look and sound fantastic on these DVDs. All of the episodes were filmed in black-and-white, and the restored B&W prints that are presented in this collection are sensational.

To quote Brian Ward, the producer of this DVD boxed set:

"These episodes are complete and look better than you've ever seen them before. They've been restored and remastered from the original film elements. I've honestly never seen 50s television look this good.
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Allow me to begin by paraphrasing Sir Edward of Haskell...
"Hey Sam...so you're thinking about whether or not to buy the Complete Leave it To Beaver series box set? Well, Gertrude, let me tell you, don't think twice and just do it!!!"

OK. On a more serious note, it's not for nothing that Leave it To Beaver has remained one of the most popular, beloved and copied sitcoms for more than half a century. Sure, it's all too easy to mock or stereotype the show as the quintessential prototype of the Faux Fifties Americana. And, perhaps to some degree, there is something to that argument. But only to a small degree.

However, the REAL reason for the show's enduring success is that it had all the core elements of great television, and most notably, intelligent writing.
Let me personalize this to illustrate the point: when I was a kid, back in the late 60s and early 70s I first began watching the show, already in reruns. I enjoyed the show for many reasons, not the least of which was that even then, almost 10 years after it originally aired, it seemed to have timeless childhood themes. Perhaps the lexicon was a tad dated ("Gee, Wally, why are girls so goofy?") but the fact that the show never mocked the children, but seemed to empathize with them, appealed to me (even if I didn't know why at the time.)

Over the years, as the show (obviously) remained the same and I matured (well, mostly) and especially after I became a professional writer, I came to truly appreciate the nuances of the show's writing and the timeless themes of 'growing up' that transcended the arrival of the technological age.
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I have been waiting for this for a long time! I can't wait to get this complete set! Every time I start feeling stressed out by today's fast paced nastiness I put in my Leave it to Beaver DVD's and I can instantly feel all the stress and anger slowly draining away!!

After reading everybody's reviews on this so far, I do have to ask a question though...Why...did you actually print that review by that idiot "Jim Walsh"??? What kind of an idiot writes a review about a show he hates?? Does he not get the difference between a review and a chat room? And what is with the nasty remarks about Leave it to Beaver? Anybody who is from that era (myself included) knows that that IS how people were then! Children were raised with manners, something so sadly lacking in today's children. Even Eddy, even though he was supposed to be a "bad" kid still had manners. He wasn't snotty nasty and rude.

If I would have spoken to my parents like the kids today speak to their parents...I would have had my mouth washed out with soap!!

I truly miss the way the world was when I was a child. People were nicer. I remember that we never locked the door to our house! When my mother went to the store she never locked her car door. If somebody saw someone drop a twenty dollar bill on the ground they picked it up and ran after them to return it to them! It wasn't so rare that became front page news!! It was just the right thing to do. When somebody new moved in next door, everybody got together and brought them a basket of food and stuff to welcome them to the neighborhood. If something bad happened to somebody, then the whole neighborhood chipped in to help them out. Sigh...I miss the days of Leave it to Beaver.

I for one can't think of anything better to spend my money on than this wonderful stress relieving DVD set!
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