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The Beverly Hillbillies Collection (Passport)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



If you have been keeping your eye on TV shows on DVD, two things are apparent: some of the great TV series of all-time are still overdue and other popular shows are sadly out in many generic releases that make you wonder what happened to their rights.  One infamous example, despite a feature film made not that long ago (reviewed elsewhere on this site) is The Beverly Hillbillies.  Since Filmways produced the show, MGM (who owns that catalog via their Orion acquisition a few years back) should be issuing the shows the way they delivered Green Acres and Mr. Ed.  Instead, any video companies with old black and white copies of the show have issued sets and Passport has now issued their own 5 DVD Collection.


As was the case with their bizarre Christmas DVD (also covered on this site), the famous theme song is missing form the beginning and end credits, which kills half the point of watching the shows to begin with.  The episodes here are:


1)     Jethro Goes To School

2)     Pygmalion & Elly

3)     Elly Races Jethrine

4)     Home For Christmas

5)     Jed Rescues Pearl

6)     Back To Californy

7)     Jed Saves Drysdale’s Marriage

8)     Jed Plays Solomon

9)     Duke Steals A Wife

10)  Jed Buys The Freeway

11)  Jed becomes A Banker

12)  Granny’s Spring Tonic

13)  The Clampetts & The Dodgers

14)  The Clampetts Get Psychoanalyzed

15)  The Psychiatrists Get Clampetted

16)  Jethro’s First Love

17)  Chickadee Returns

18)  The Giant Jackrabbit


This was always a one-joke show and remains one of the highest rated series of all time, with the proliferation of new channels and networks in the last decade or so being beside the point.  Fans often like the older shows, but the color shows are relatively better because they got crazier and had more money to play with.  A little of this series goes a long way, though having so many sets that overlap is confusing and sad.


If buyers knew the theme song was only in the episodes without vocal that could not be removed, they would skip purchases.  Unless you are in that minority where you like the show and care less about the theme, you’ll want to skip this set.  The very average, several generations down 1.33 X 1 monochrome image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound only cement the need to skip this one.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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