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The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection

The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection

  • America’s most beloved television family returns to your living room in 100 heart-warming episodes. The television series was first broadcast in 1952. Like it’s radio predecessor, it revolved around the Nelson family home, sharing the life lessons learned by the boys and their parents and letting us into the rhythm of their lives as they deal with schoolwork, competition, bullies, activiti

America’s most beloved television family returns to your living room in 100 heart-warming episodes. The television series was first broadcast in 1952. Like it’s radio predecessor, it revolved around the Nelson family home, sharing the life lessons le

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  1. Robert Huggins says:
    130 of 131 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Collection of Ozzie & Harriet Episodes on DVD, August 6, 2007
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    Robert Huggins (Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States) –
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    This review is from: The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (DVD)

    Let me begin this review by saying that this isn’t the best looking DVD collection of “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” on the market; that honor goes to The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet collection from Shout! Factory that was produced in cooperation with surviving members of the Nelson family, and which features the best looking transfers of the series as well as numerous extra features. That said, this set from Mill Creek Entertainment certainly gives you a healthy serving of the series’ run (100 episodes of a series total of 435) and represents the largest collection of Ozzie & Harriet episodes available on DVD in a single collection. Incidentally, this is a greatly expanded version of Mill Creek’s earlier Ozzie & Harriet Classics (4pc) collection of 38 episodes.

    The episodes are not restored and very definitely of the audio/visual quality associated with public domain releases (which this collection is), but I’ve watched about half of the episodes in this collection and have to say that the vast majority of the episodes are highly watchable. A few of the episodes are syndicated versions running as little as 20 minutes (ironically, the episode titled “Be On Time” has the 20 minute running time), but the majority are full length versions, many of which are complete with original commercials and network IDs and running in excess of 29 minutes. By contrast, all of the episodes in the official collection from Shout! Factory are edited, syndicated versions running, on average, around 22 and a half minutes. Rick Nelson fans will be delighted to know that most musical numbers are included in this set. So in addition to seeing a great family comedy, you get a chance to see the evolution of one of rock & roll’s early superstars. It also appears that the episodes are in chronological order, suggesting that Mill Creek actually researched the series for this release (atypical for most companies releasing public domain material).

    The episodes are spread across 12 single-sided discs, with each disc containing eight to nine episodes and featuring a simple menu selection that allows you to either play all episodes or select the specific episode that you wish to view. Each disc is housed in its own cardboard folder; in turn, the 12 discs are housed in a laminated cardboard package that has a full listing of the episode titles on the back of the box. There are no DVD extras per se but, as mentioned above, the vast majority of the episodes contain original commercials and/or sponsor tags. It’s fun to watch the Nelson family hawk products for Kodak, Quaker Oats and others. If there’s a negative to this set, I suppose that it’s the Mill Creek logo which appears briefly in the bottom right corner twice in each episode. The good news is that it’s relatively unobtrusive and really won’t detract much from your viewing experience. Viewers should also be aware that episodes from the show’s 14th and final season were originally filmed in color; here they are presented in black & white.

    The fact that Mill Creek has been able to assemble 100 episodes of this beloved family comedy series at a very affordable price is commendable. No other company has been able to bring this many episodes to the market in a single package. What makes this set even better is the inclusion of a number of episodes from the show’s earlier years. Most of the Ozzie & Harriet collections of public domain episodes focus on the show’s years from the 1960s when David and Ricky were in college, married, and later started their careers. There are plenty of those episodes in this set, but the inclusion of so many episodes from the 1950s when the boys were younger really distinguishes this set from the other Ozzie & Harriet collections that are available and, as such, makes this the definitive collection to own . . . . . at least until such time that someone issues something better.

    This set is a must for fans of “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” and to those who appreciate warm-hearted family humor from a simpler time. My rating on this is closer to **** & ½, just missing the full five stars due a few beat-up looking prints included in this set. But, rest assured, you will not be disappointed if you purchase “The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection.”

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  2. R. L. Towler "Blatzman" says:
    37 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “Flying Down to Lunch”, August 20, 2007
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    R. L. Towler “Blatzman” (San Jose, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (DVD)

    Wonderful set!, some episodes are better quality than others, but it’s all still very watchable. A few have been edited, but most of them are not. I really like the commercials. Kodak; Quaker Oats, Aunt Jemima, Hot Point, Coke, and even Listerine!, Some of them even have the Nelson family members doing the ads! The Anita Bryant Coca-Cola commercials are a must see! Also, I thought I’d mention that the “Flying Down to Lunch” episode is actually the episode; “The T-Shirts” from Season 8. That said and done; I highly recommend this set to Ozzie & Harriet fans.

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  3. kitty C says:
    52 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The List of 100, August 5, 2007
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    kitty C (Elk Grove IL) –
    This review is from: The Essential Ozzie & Harriet Collection (DVD)

    I am looking forward to getting this.

    Halloween Party
    The Ballet
    The Tuba Incident
    The Traffic Signal
    The Bowling Alley
    The Orchid and the Violet
    The Pancake Mix
    The New Chairs
    The Boy’s Paper Route
    David’s 17th Birthday
    Suggestion Box
    The Initiation
    Father and Son Tournament
    Be On Time
    An Evening with Hamlet
    The Bird’s Nest
    The Odd Bolt
    The Pajama Game
    Music Appreciation
    A Ball of Tin Foil
    The Car Mix-Up
    A Day in Bed
    David Picks Up the Tab
    Ozzie’s Double
    A Hairstyle for Harriet
    The Duenna
    The Reading Room
    The Jet Pilot
    The Editor
    Ricky the Drummer
    Ricky’s Big Night
    Ozzie’s Triple Banana Surprise
    Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream
    The Christmas Tree Lot
    Road Race
    The Old Band Pavilion
    The Top Gun
    The Bachelor
    The Magic of Three
    The Bridge Group
    A Cruise for Harriet
    Rick’s Riding Lesson
    The Motorcycle
    Rick’s Dinner Guests
    Jealous Joe Randolph
    The Exploding Book
    The Little Black Box
    The Sea Captain
    David the Law Clerk
    David the Sleuth
    Rick Gets Even
    David Goofs Off
    No News for Harriet
    His Brother’s Girl
    A Sweater for Rick
    David’s Almost In-Laws
    David Hires a Secretary
    The Girl in the Emporium
    The Girl Who Loses Things
    Safe Husbands
    Two Small Boys and a Dog
    Dave’s Golf Story
    The Little House Guest
    The Manly Arts
    A Question of Suits and Ties
    Built-in TV Set
    The Dancing Lesson
    The Fraternity Rents Out a Room
    Dave Goes Back to Work
    The Barking Dog
    A Lamp for Dave and June
    Making Wally Study
    Lonesome Parents
    Little Handprints in the Sidewalk
    Rick and the Maid of Honor
    The Tigers Go to a Dance
    Rick Sends a Picture
    An Old Friend of June’s
    Decorating Dave’s Office
    Woman’s Club Bazaar
    Dave and the Fraternity Lease
    Ozzie, Joe and the Fashion Models
    A Wife in the Office
    A Letter About Harriet
    The Ballerina
    A Bedtime Story
    Kris Plays Cupid
    The Petition
    Rick’s Raise
    Breakfast for Harriet
    A Painting from the Past
    A Rose a Day
    Kris and the Queen
    The Prowler
    A Message from Kris
    Flying Down to Lunch
    The Ghost Town
    Trip Trap
    Waiting for Joe
    Dave’s Other Office

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