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My Favorite Martian – The Complete First Series (Umbrella Entertainment PAL DVD/Region 0/Zero)


PLEASE NOTE: This TV on DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0, PAL format software, and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.



Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Concert: C+



Backtracking to the beginning of the series, Umbrella Entertainment is releasing the first season of the classic hit TV show My Favorite Martian after releasing the third and final season; the only ones to do so on DVD so far, as this link will show:





Not knowing this was coming out, I said just about everything I could about the series, so we’ll move to the episodes:


1)     My Favorite Martin (guest stars Simon Oakland, J, Pat O’Malley)

2)     Matchmakers (guest stars Linden Chiles)

3)     There Is No Cure For The Common Martian (guest stars Sharon Farrell)

4)     Russians R In Season (guest stars Richard Deacon, Frank Aletter)

5)     Man or Amoeba (guest stars John Fiedler)

6)     The Man On The Couch (guest stars Henry Beckman)

7)     A Loaf Of Bread, A Jug Of Wine & Peaches (guest stars Kathy Browne)

8)     The Awful Truth (guest stars J. Pat O’Malley)

9)     Rocket To Mars (guest stars Cliff Norton, Vito Scotti)

10)  Raffles No. 2 (guest stars J. Pat O’Malley)

11)  The Atom Misers (guest stars Jean Hale)

12)  That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin (guest stars Robert Colbert)

13)  How To Be A Hero Without Really Trying (guest stars Butch Patrick, Dick Wilson)

14)  Blood Is Thicker Than The Martian

15)  Poor Little Rich Cat (guest stars Bernie Kopell)

16)  RX For Martian

17)  Going, Going, Gone (guest stars Henry Beckman)

18)  Who Am I?

19)  Now You See It, Now You Don’t (guest stars Cecil Kellaway)

20)  My Nephew The Artist (guest stars Richard Deacon, J. Pat O’Malley)

21)  Hitch-Hikers To Mars (guest stars Alice Backes, Vito Scotti)

22)  Uncle Martin’s Broadcast (guest stars Dick Wilson, Paul Sorenson)

23)  An Old, Old Friend For The Family

24)  Super Dooper Snooper (guest stars Cliff Norton)

25)  The Sinkable Mrs. Brown (guest stars Allan Melvin)

26)  Martin & The Eternal Triangle

27)  Danger!  High Voltage (guest stars Henry Gibson)

28)  If You Can’t Lick ‘Em

29)  Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin

30)  How You Gonna Keep Them Down On The Pharmacy?

31)  Miss Jekyll & Hyde (guest stars Tom Skerritt, Marlo Thomas)

32)  Who’s Got The Power?

33)  Oh, My Aching Antenna

34)  The Disastro-Nauts (guest stars Alan Hale Jr., Frank DeVol)

35)  Sake Well & Don’t Use (guest stars J. Pat O’Malley)

36)  A Nose For News (guest stars J. Pat O’Malley)

37)  Uncle Martin’s Wisdom Tooth



From that cast, you can see this was a strong first season, though its quiet nature and the simple rough beginnings of doing a show like that that had never been done before definitely shows in some roughness here and there.  That ages it more than the later seasons, but it is still watchable quality entertainment and when watching, you can see why it is in print again.


The 1.33 X 1 monochrome image has slight digititis problems throughout the six discs of shows, meaning digital copies were used instead of new copies from the original 35mm black and white film materials.  They are watchable at best, but not as good as the color transfers Umbrella has for the third and last season.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono comes across better and sounds good for its age.  Extras include an extended version of the pilot, audio commentary on it by Peter Greenwald & Ann Marshall, stills, Ann Marshall interview and the script for the “Sir Charles” episode.  Also, the packaging is better than the Rhino version and one fans of the show will want.



As noted above, you can order this import DVD exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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