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The Munsters: Season 2
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Reunite with the wacky and weird Munster clan – Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie, and Marilyn – in all 32 outrageous Season Two episodes of the Golden Globe-nominated series, The Munsters. With four bonus documentaries and two feature-length movies, this six-disc set will have everyone screaming for more of the frighteningly funny family of Mockingbird Lane.
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But rather than list the episodes that have been graciously written in other reviews, I would like to emphasize the Bonus Festures that are worth the price of this set alone!
There are 4 features, all about 1 hour in length, on the following topics: the Munsters effect on TV history, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Al Lewis. These are absolutely fantastic! You get a in-depth insight into everything and everyone surrounding these marvelous Munsters and the Munster-mania that resulted.
Without giving away much of each feature, here are a couple of highlights from each:
"The Munsters": Bored with the average family sitcoms of the 50's and with a resurgence of interest in the old monster movies of Frankenstein, Dracula, the Werewolf, etc, the very creative minds of Hollywood took a chance on combining the two notions into a "Leave It To Beaver Meets the Long-Lost Monster Relatives" and for some strange reason, it was a hit. Who would have thought of making The Average American Family from Transylvannia? This feature goes into the detail of hiring each of the cast members. You get a short peek at the pilot episode that was very strange and uncomfortable because of the original Lilly and original Eddie that were cast; they were so not right for the part and you'll see how Yvonne and Butch were wisely chosen instead. The full 15 minute pilot is in the first season set as well. The popularity and craziness that followed the premiere of the show, as well as the loyalty that the cast displayed in promoting the show was admirable. The only information that was missing was anything on Butch Patrick; yes, he was mentioned, and yes he was interviewed for the features, but very little information was given of the effects that this show had on his life.
"Fred Gwynne": What a deep and complex man. Having come from a life of great privilege, but a hard working man nonetheless, there are parts of his life that I felt were so profoundly sad, that you realize that the energy and bravado that it took for the private Fred Gwynne to be the fun-loving Herman Munster was quite a strain for him both emotionally and physically. Yet he was a very spiritual and creative man and I feel those traits are what got him through the grief, frustration, and acceptance of much angst in his life. Not that he was without joy and happiness either, but you tend to feel that there was a very private side of him that very, very few were allowed to see. Also. the physical toll his character took on his body was incredible; you don't realize how much work it took to get him physically in character, and how his height and costume, was a challenge to his health.
"Yvonne DeCarlo": Wow.......she was a real Hollywood hottie!! An absolutely stunning beauty, especially in her youth, she was quite the femme fatale of Hollywood. But as hard as she worked on her career and in her dedication to her husband and children, it seemed that she was never taken seriously enough as an actress. It took the role of Lilly Munster to garner her the fame of recognition, despite some very strong roles in other movies (aka "The 10 Commandments" anyone?).
"Al Lewis": What a character! He was as wonderfully insane in real life as he was in reel life. A very dedicated father and husband, he lived a very nonconventional life of thought and action. Can you imagine "Grandpa" hanging out with The Black Panthers? Or running for office in his later years as a left-wing liberal? Hanging out with Howard Stern and dropping the F-bomb to the FCC? But he was such a honest and forthright person, that you come to really appreciate his candor as well as his loyalty to those whom he gave his friendship.
So when you purchase this set, enjoy the precious moments of The Munsters, but then sit back and really enjoy the behind-the-scenes look at how we came to know these characters and how they have been continually with us since the show aired somewhere in this world for the past 44+ years! It is a great travel down a very well-worn and welcomed road!
DVDs: They are double sided so the box set isn’t too big, the episodes are shown in black & white as they originally aired. They may not be HD but they are still good quality.
This is a must-have for any Munsters fan, it’s a truly entertaining show, all of the actors fit the characters so perfectly. I’ve seen some of the remakes & I’m not a fan, the original is by far the best!
First thing is the outer plastic cover was broken apart at the folds already and the front was a bit distorted, almost like what would happen if you left plastic in the sun too long.
After pulling the cover off, however the inner disc holder is in fine shape, a bit out of shape at the corners because of the plastic shell being warped some, but nothing to toss a fit about.
The DVDs were perfect in appearance, not a single blemish.
However the 5th episode on side 2 of DVD 1 has some problems playing on both of my DVD players. So far its only the one show so I guess Im not too bent out of shape about it...could be worse and the price wasnt too bad so I guess its a trade off.
I will be looking into seeing I they offer a replacement disc and if I can purchase another outer sleeve, but overall Im very happy with both Seasons 1 and 2 and the money spent. No regrets.