Posted June 02 2008 - 04:56 AM
Just so no one gets excited, this post has nothing to do with a season 2 announcement.
"Flipper" had not been on my priority list and I passed on it upon its original release. However, this past weekend I was in my local Wal-Mart and saw it for just $14.96. Couldn't pass it up and I'm glad that I bought it. As many others have commented, the transfers used for this release are absolutely gorgeous, certainly among the very best transfers to DVD that I've seen for a pre-1970s series. But equally important, the stories can be enjoyed by both kids and adults and Brian Kelly, as "Porter Ricks," really does a nice job as the father of two sons who have befriended the dolphin. Considering that this series was filmed in Florida, I was surprised to see Jessica Walter guest starring in the first episode, one of her earliest on television appearances, as well as Diana Van der Vlis, a mainstay guest star of 60s television in another episode. This is a very nicely done series that looks incredible on DVD.
I'm guessing that "Flipper" got lost in the shuffle with all of the numerous TV-on-DVD releases in 2007, and who knows whether or not we'll see any other seasons. But with such a low selling price for the set, it's an easy recommendation for anyone, like me, who has even dim memories of this series.