The Munsters: The Complete Series
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Have a howlingly good time with the First Family of Fright in this collectible Complete Series that includes all 70 classic TV episodes and the two frighteningly funny feature-length movies. Reunite with the wonderfully weird Munster Clan: "working stiff" Herman, mom Lily, wacky Grandpa, the unusually normal Marilyn, and little Eddie. Plus, now see the episode "Family Portrait" in spookily spectacular full color for the first time ever. With so much Munster mayhem, your whole family is sure to have a scream!
It has its own stormy weather and fire-breathing housepet named Spot, but the mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Heights is otherwise like any other American sitcom home. This is the address of the Munsters, the family that for two seasons, 1964-66, found a permanent place in pop culture--if not "monster" success. Developed by Leave It to Beaver team Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, the series was a standard sitcom (complete with the same awful canned laughter), except that the Ward Cleaver character was a reanimated corpse.
Dad Herman (Fred Gwynne) was a Frankenstein's monster, mom Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo) and Grandpa (Al Lewis) were vampires, and son Eddie (Butch Patrick) a little wolf-boy. Munster niece Marilyn was inexplicably normal, which prompted much worry from the other members of the family (she was played in early episodes by Beverly Owen, who left to get married, and then by Pat Priest). The plots revolve around typically tortured sitcom situations: Herman must lose weight to fit into his old Army uniform, Herman has insomnia, Herman takes dance lessons from a crooked instructor. (As that list would suggest, 6'5" Fred Gwynne's wonderfully agile slapstick and Borscht Belt comedy made him the center of the show.) What distinguished The Munsters from Father Knows Best was the Universal horror-movie lineage and the ghoulish one-liners (the latter growing a bit tedious after a while). The three-disc DVD has all 38 first-season episodes in excellent transfers, a 15-minute pilot with different actors as Lily and Eddie, and no extras or commentaries. High points include "Hot Rod Herman," which features the tricked-out Munster Koach and Drag-u-la (boss wagons both), and "Eddie's Nickname," the one where Grandpa gives Eddie a potion that causes the boy's beard to grow (a weirdly memorable image, if you're a kid). The show was either pure kiddie farce or a radical comment on the absurdly unreal world of sitcoms. Either way, if you grew up with them as an alternate TV family, you can't help but have warm feelings for the Munsters, as clammy as they are. --Robert Horton
The second and final season of The Munsters seamlessly carries on the sardonic picture of family life painted in the monster-comedy's first year. Family head Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) continues to vacillate between thick-headedness and intellectual posturing. His wife, Lily (Yvonne DeCarol), has her feet on the ground, even if her daughter-of-Dracula looks skew her idea of beauty and grace. Grandpa (Al Lewis), the irascible vampire, spends his time concocting mad inventions and criticizing Herman. Young Eddie (Butch Patrick) goes to school and acts like any other kid except, well, he isn't. And lovely Marilyn (Pat Priest) is still stuck with low self-esteem, convinced by her Uncle Herman, Aunt Lily and Grandpa that she's an unattractive woman who scares away potential suitors. In the opening episode, "Herman's Child Psychology," Herman disastrously attempts to convince Eddie not to run away from home by acting as if his son's behavior is no big deal. The very funny "Herman, the Master Spy" finds the big man taken aboard a Russian submarine, where the undersea comrades assume he must be some sort of strange fish. "A Man for Marilyn" concerns Grandpa's ridiculous effort to turn a frog into a handsome boyfriend for Marilyn, an experiment he assumes must have worked when a good-looking guy turns up at the Munster home. (The fellow is there because he assumes Marilyn is being held against her will by monsters.) "Big Heap Herman" is a particularly silly but enjoyable story about an Indian tribe that has been awaiting the arrival of a god who looks, of course, like Herman.
Along with seasons one and two on The Munsters: The Complete Series are a couple of post-TV series, theatrical movies of differing quality. In Munster, Go Home, Herman discovers he's the new lord of Munster Hall in England. Crossing the Atlantic with his family to claim his inheritance, Herman is met with hostility by the would-be heirs (played by Terry-Thomas and Hermione Gingold) and a plot to eliminate him from a car race. While the film takes something away from The Munsters by placing them in foreign territory, Munster, Go Home is still a lot of fun. Less so is the cheap-looking The Munsters' Revenge, a 1981 potboiler in which Herman and Grandpa are charged with crimes committed by robot monsters from a wax museum. Hard to watch and kind of greasy-looking, Revenge is instantly forgettable, even with Sid Caesar's participation. --Tom Keogh
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A SUPERB release for The Munsters, the Absolute Best!
These are high quality DVDs and they upscale perfectly with a 4K TV & player, impressively so.
I question if a Bluray release will ever be necessary, these discs look so good.
In my experience grainy source material looks worse on Bluray anyway.
This truly is a wonderful collection.
The Munsters get their due here, with love, respect and meticulous attention to detail.
A Very Happy purchase indeed!
Ignore the moronic one-star reviewers that say this is not the original series. Disc one contains the unaired short pilot that was used to sell the series to the network and it had different actors for Lilly (named Phoebe) and Eddie. This half-episode is in color while the aired episodes are in black and white. And, Marilyn was replaced after episode 15.
The Munsters are the best! One of my favorite TV shows! And this set includes every hilarious minute of Herman, Lily, Eddie, Marilyn, and good ole Grandpa living life at 1313 Mockingbird Lane!
A show that embraces the differences, unconditional love, logical scientific minds, humor, magic, open mindedness, a loving family with lots of unusual habits and life style choices when compared to the "average" suburb resident. The humorous, kind, polite, "take the higher road", way they deal with the close minded fearful "regular" (normal / average) people is inspiring for those of us who just never fit in with the "average".
Always full of humor and joy, very fun to watch again and again.
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The Munsters live in a massive creepy old house full of cobwebs with a huge basement that Grandpa regularly uses for his dodgy experiments that usually result in disaster. There is also a dinosaur type creature kept under the stairs (Spot) which is heard but never seen.
The running gag throughout the series is that the Munsters believe they are a traditional wholesome American family but most outsiders run a mile when they see them, hence Marlyn's inability to keep her boyfriends.
Whilst all of this may sound totally bonkers, it is genuinely funny with some great script writing, slapstick comic timing and an obvious rapport between the cast who, are all quite charming. The 72 episodes run for around 25 minutes each and there is not one hint of smut or innuendo, just well timed traditional comedy that you do not get nowadays.
I enjoyed this first time around as a child during the 1960s, but it seems even funner now and I would recommend it to anyone who likes good clean humour that you can watch over and over again.
Fred Gwynne Died 1993
Yvonne De Carlo Died 2007
Al Lewis Died 2006
However, we can treasure there golden moments in this box set. it is a must if, you like this kind of comedy that even today is great to watch and somehow has survived through time and is still well received to this day.
Arrived very quickly, well packed. It did say it had been resealed, and it was £4 .00 cheaper When opened the dvds were all in the wrong pockets .
They were lots of dirty finger marks on them. So i cleaned them .
The second series had some very fine scratches on the playing sides.
So i decided watch all of them to see if they played OK.
They did play ok, fine scratches do not normally stop it playing . It took week to see them all..
I decided to keep them. They give me so much pleasure to see them again.
The original tv series of the world famed "MUNSTERS".
If like me, you grew up to love the munsters and their crazy antics at their house on mockingbird lane. You will love this.. And its a little gem, that I can share with my own kids as they grow.
Video transfer has been performed perfectly, and the episodes look great.
Sound is good too.
It's pure innocent fun
Although personally I prefer the Addams family