The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season
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ALL 24 EPISODES DVD BOSU FEATURES INCLUDE ALL-NEW 88 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY WITH EXCLUSIVE CAST & CREW INTERVIEWS, PLUS SELECTED EPISODE COMMENTARIES, AWARD SHOW CLIPS, TRIVIA CHALLENGE & MORE!
She finally made it after all... to DVD! Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, The Mary Tyler Moore Show is the very model of a tailor-made star vehicle. It transformed Moore from Dick Van Dyke's wacky housewife to empowered thirtysomething single woman determined to make it on her own. Moore was the anchor of a peerless ensemble who brought to life characters so indelible that three of them, Ed Asner's Lou Grant, Valerie Harper's Rhoda, and Cloris Leachman's Phyllis, would each get their own series. The 24 episodes that comprise the Emmy-winning first season (1970) hilariously set the stage for what would become one of television's most beloved sitcoms, ranked by TV Guide in 2002 as the 11th greatest of all time (it should have been higher!). The classic pilot episode is a master class of character-based comedy writing, as Mary meets her future "family" at the WJM newsroom, as well as upstairs neighbor Rhoda, with whom she would form perhaps TV's greatest female buddy team.
Among the most memorable episodes are "Support Your Local Mother," which won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing and introduced Nancy Walker as Rhoda's maddening mother, Ida. Another Emmy-winner is "Toulouse-Lautrec Is One of My Favorite Artists," in which Mary dates a height-challenged author. Lending able support in this inaugural season is a stellar guest star roster of comic actors who, like Harper and Asner, apprenticed with Chicago's legendary improvisational Second City troupe: Shelley Berman ("Divorce Isn't Everything"); Bob Dishy ("Second Story Story"); Richard Schaal ("Today I Am a Ma'am," "The Snow Must Go On," in which he plays the ill-fated Chuckles the Clown," and "Howard's Girl"); and Paul Sand ("1040 or Fight"). At this point, the characters are pretty much one-note. Mary is cute and perky, Lou Grant hard-boiled, Rhoda brash, Phyllis flighty, and Ted Knight's vainglorious anchorman Ted Baxter idiotic. But what beautiful music they all would make in seasons to come. --Donald Liebenson
- 24 Episodes on 4 discs
- Disc 1: Commentary for "Love is all around" and "Support Your Local Mother"
- Disc 2: Commentary for "1040 or Flight"
- Disc 3: None
- Disc 4: The Making of Season 1, all-new 88-minute feature
- CBS promos
- Emmy Awards clips
- Trivia challenge
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This Season One collection contains all 24 half-hour episodes from the debut season along with more than ninety minutes of bonus features spread over four discs. The first three discs contain eight episodes apiece. Each episode has a chapter selection option, subtitles in English or French, as well as the option of listening to the episodes dubbed in Spanish or French.
Here's what you get:
Disc 1 (episodes 1-8)
"Love Is All Around"*
"Today I Am a Ma'am"
"Bess, You Is My Daughter Now"
"Divorce Isn't Everything"
"Keep Your Guard Up"
"Support Your Local Mother"**
"Toulouse-Latrec Is One of My Favorite Artists"
"The Snow Must Go On"
*Also available with audio commentary by Ed Asner, Allan Burns (creator, executive producer, writer) and Jay Sandrick (Director)
**Also available with audio commentary by Burns and David Davis (writer, producer)
Disc 2 (episodes 9-16)
"Bob and Rhodo and Teddy and Mary"
"Assistant Wanted, Female"
"1040 or Fight"*
"He's All Yours"
"Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid II"
"Party Is Such Sweet Sorrow"
*Also available with audio commentary by Davis and Paul Sand (actor)
Disc 3 (episodes 17-24)
"Just a Lunch"
"Second Story Story"
"We Closed in Minneapolis"
"The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner"
"A Friend in Deed"
"Smokey the Bear Wants You"
"The 45-year-old Man"
Disc 4 (bonus material)
"The Making of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'" (1:27:22) - This is a thoroughly enjoyable documentary featuring interviews with behind-the-scenes people like writers, producers and creators, as well as many of the cast members. [One of the more interesting stories is when Gavin MacLeod tells the story how he originally read for the part of Lou Grant before joining the cast as Murray Slaughter.]
CBS Promos - There are total of six promos ranging from 16 to 22 seconds in length.
Trivia Challenge - The answer to each clip is revealed by using a clip from the show.
1970-71 Emmy Award Clips (4:35) - Includes acceptance speeches for winners from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Still Gallery - Not only photos, but scripts and other memorabilia
[Note: There are no subtitle options for any of the bonus material.]
For a very reasonable price, you get more than 10 hours of priceless comedy. [Running time - approximately 612 minutes] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
ALL of the episodes are of pristine quality, and three have running commentary. An extra DVD is included for the bonus material, which is terrific. The packaging is FIRST class, with each DVD containing a letter -- M -A -R- Y!!!! It's clarity even surpasses the recent M*A*S*H DVD releases. My ONLY complaint is that about 30 seconds is missing from the Christmas "Hard Luck Kid" episode. When Mary is singing along to White Christmas, then says "Thank you, thank you. And for my next number, I think I'm gonna cry." That has been deleted for some reason. But thirty seconds could never make me take back my five star rating for this classic release, certain to be a huge seller.
A word to the producers: don't leave out ONE second of these shows. Even though they have been shown edited for many years, several have been released complete on video, like the above episode, so we know what is missing. There is no reason at all to have any footage missing. The hardcore fans of this series, like myself, DO notice these things. But we also notice the brilliant colors, fabrics, set designs, and sharpness that these shows now contain. Let's see all seven seasons on DVD, and don't forget the "Last Show" final bows!!