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Mister Ed – Season One (1961/Shout! Factory DVD)


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



It seemed that after MGM issued Mister Ed in two Best Of volumes, that would be it and no more episodes would be seen on DVD.  Then those volumes went out of print and that might have been it for fans.  Here is our coverage of the second volume when it first came out:





Still not a big fan of the show, we have seen far worse and to my surprise, they have finally decided to issue the individual season on DVD, even if it means licensing them to Shout! Factory who have added extras in an on-camera interview with co-stars Alan Young and Connie Hines, an audio commentary on the first episode with the same stars, a booklet with notes, stills & an episode guide and a Studebaker tie-in ad (in poor shape) that has been floating around on some TV commercial compilations (some of which we have already covered) that is amusing.


Producing company Filmways was founded in 1958, tried their first TV show with the brief-lived detective series 21 Beacon Street the following year, then landed up with a hit in this show.  Running six seasons, the first was a mid-season replacement and only ran 26 half-hours.  However, the show made fun of the then young TV sitcom and adding the niche of talking animals, put Filmation on the map.  The next time out, they hit it really big with The Beverly Hillbillies (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and the rest is history.  Two stars of that show, Donna Douglas and Nancy Culp, even show up in separate episodes here.


Other guest stars include Jack Albertson, Richard Deacon, William Bendix, Frank Wilcox, Les Tremayne, John Qualen, James Flavin and Olan Soule, who voiced Batman for Hanna-Barbera for many years.  I also thought I saw an uncredited Bea Benedaret in the Donna Douglas show, Busy Wife.  Fans will like this, but a little does go a long way.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on film and looks still decent for its age, but there are some aliasing errors throughout, but it is on par with the previous MGM sets for the most part.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is at a lower volume than the MGM set we covered, as if the transfer was an issue, though the audio is about as clean as it is going to get.  Could be a Blu-ray candidate, but we’ll see how this does.  Hope the future volumes have extras too.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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