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Paramount Press Release: Sergeant Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show The First Season

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#1 of 8 Ronald Epstein

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Posted May 20 2010 - 09:13 AM

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Arriving For The First Time Ever On DVD July 27 From
  CBS Home Entertainment And Paramount Home Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (May 20, 2010) - Television's most beloved conman and celebrated comedic character, Sergeant Bilko, returns to finagle his way into fans' hearts when the Emmy® award-winning series SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Season makes its debut on DVD July 27 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Created by Nat Hiken (Car 54, Where Are You?), SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW won three consecutive Emmy® awards for Best Comedy Series and launched the character of Army Sergeant Ernie Bilko, portrayed by Emmy®-award-winning star Phil Silvers (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), into television history.  Fort Baxter sets the scene for the hilarious antics of Sergeant Bilko as he attempts to swindle, bluff and flatter his platoon and fellow comrades in his hilarious attempts to get rich quick.  Commanding big laughs, SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW co-stars Allan Melvin (All In The Family), Harvey Lembeck (Beach Party), Paul Ford (The Music Man) and Herbie Faye (The Dick Van Dyke Show). 

SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Seasonis a five-disc set featuring all 34 episodes from the premiere season beautifully remastered for optimal picture quality.  Available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 US and $47.99 CAN, the set also includes audio commentaries, the original lost audition show, an episode of The Lucy Showfeaturing Phil Silvers as a guest star and cast commercials.

SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Season five-disc set is presented in full screen with English Mono. The DVD is not rated.  The total running time is approximately 14 hours and 42 minutes.  The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:                                    

  • New Recruits (Commentary by Allan Melvin)
  • The Empty Store
  • The WAC
  • The Horse
  • A.W.O.L.
  • The Boxer
  • Special Feature:
    • The Lost Audition Show - Rarely seen, live audition show that was never broadcast
    Disc Two:            

  • The Hoodlum
  • Mardi Gras
  • The Eating Contest
  • The Centennial
  • Bivouac
  • The Singing Contest
  • The Twitch
  • Special Features:
    • Original Network Opening
    • Original Cast Commercials
    Disc Three:            

  • The Reunion
  • The Rich Kid
  • Hollywood
  • The Investigation
  • Kids In The Trailer
  • The Revolutionary War
  • The Transfer
  • Disc Four:

  • The Rest Cure
  • Dinner At Sowici's
  • Army Memoirs
  • Miss America
  • The Court Martial (Commentary by George Kennedy)
  • Furlough In New York
  • The Big Uranium Strike
  • Disc Five:

  • Bilko and the Beast
  • The Physical Check-Up
  • The Recruiting Sergeant
  • Hair
  • The Con Men
  • Bilko on Wall Street
  • Special Feature:
    • Lucy and the Efficiency Expert - Classic Episode from the fifth season of The Lucy Show where Phil Silvers hilariously guest stars as an efficiency expert who takes over Lucy's office

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    Street Date: July 27, 2010
    Pricing: $42.99 US / $47.99 CAN 
    Catalog #: 074414
    Runtime: 14 hours 42 minutes
    U.S. Rating: NR
    CAN Rating: G

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    #2 of 8 DeWilson



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    Posted May 20 2010 - 09:26 AM

    Werm't some of these extras on the best of box?

    #3 of 8 Paramount



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    Posted May 25 2010 - 07:49 AM

    Hi DeWilson - You're correct, most of these extras were included on the 50th anniversary DVD; however, The Lucy Show episode is new and it's also the first time that the episode has ever been on DVD. Thanks.


    #4 of 8 Steve...O



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    Posted May 25 2010 - 02:11 PM

    To the Paramount team:  many thanks for releasing this as a season release and for participating in this forum.    I missed the "Best of" when it came out so all of these bonus features will be new to me.   Bilko has been absent from the local airwaves for many years so this will be a great opportunity to renew my acquaintance with this landmark series.  We can never have too much Allan Melvin on DVD.

    (sidebar note:  please keep those Perry Mason sets coming :)  )

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    #5 of 8 Tina_H_V


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    Posted May 25 2010 - 03:32 PM

    Under the tree this one goes for XMAS!!!!!!!!  I shall then host Sunday Night Silvers the following evening on December 26, 2010, with (Life On) Mars (BBC) Monday happening the very next day on December 27, 2010!!!!!!  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  /img/vbsmilies/htf/wink.gif

    The Acid Queen Still Rocks and Souls!!!! ;D

    #6 of 8 Jay*W


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    Posted May 25 2010 - 04:36 PM

    Really looking forward to this set!

    #7 of 8 ChrisALM


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    Posted May 26 2010 - 12:29 AM

    This will be a definite purchase for me.

    #8 of 8 Mike*HTF


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    Posted May 26 2010 - 08:58 AM


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