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The Beverly Hillbillies – The Official Third Season (1964 – 65/CBS DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: B-



After many endless (and usually poor) DVD releases of original episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, some even missing the theme song for copyright reasons, CBS began issuing the best possible copies of the show and to separate these sets from the endless rip-off versions are dubbing it “Official” so fans get the idea.  The Beverly Hillbillies – The Official Third Season (1964 – 65) is the last black and white season and it is a very good one.


Right off the bat, the premiere show has Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) taking Clampett money to buy a movie studio in trouble.  It is funny and could have been funnier if it has been a two or three-parter.  Irene Ryan is back as Granny, Nancy Culp as Mrs. Hathaway, Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Max Baer Jr. as Jethro and Donna Douglas as Elly May.  With some of the best chemistry in TV history, many may put the show down openly, but so many are still watching it.


This set contains all 34 shows of the season and of all the shows in the “small town eccentrics” cycle, the first is still the best and the series was such a hit, it was only a third of the way through and still on top when Fred Silverman cancelled it!  That is a story for another time.  If you must own the show, these sets are the only way to go.


The 1.33 X 1 black and white image is not bad, though it can be grainy.  The big difference between these copies and all the previous copies are detail.  You can see how good the show was looking even then and to be honest, the budgets were being increased.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mixes are pretty good for their age and usually on the clean side.  The only extras are stills set to the theme song and a videotaped TV special from the early 1990s called The Legend Of The Beverly Hillbillies hosted by Mac Davis and featuring cameos by stars like Reba McIntyre and even a cameo by Green Acres co-stars Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in character!  Too bad it only lasts a minute.


This set lasts over 14 hours, so you will not get bored.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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