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GILLIGAN'S ISLAND - DVD SEASON & SERIES SETS (2004-2012) - Pros, Cons, Incongruities & Imponderables (1 Viewer)

David Deeb

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The complete series in HD is on sale @ iTunes for $39.99. Down from the standard $75.

I'm considering. Anyone ever seen it go any lower?
 

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I would've liked the option of the first season colorized..

Anyone have opinion on quality of this release?
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Also another flaw -


For me, viewing this iconic series in its entirety has been very much an on again-off again affair, several years in the making.

Today, I've finally reached the last GI Episode produced in its 3 year run, which consists of 98 Episodes for the series proper, and 99 counting the Pilot Episode.

Considering "It's A Bird, It's A Plane" was the final episode produced, I can't help but think the subtitled dialogue below is something more than a mere coincidence:
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Perhaps notably, Mr. Howell does not count 100.

The previously noted missing 8 seconds of Gilligan riding the Jet-pack doesn't seem a big issue, having viewed the edited scene fresh. Perhaps, it was edited for time, and/or was deemed a bit too long?

CHEERS! :)
 
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Are some of the episodes slightly edited? I noticed many run under 25 minutes, when shows of that era were at least 25 to 25:30 in length.
 

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Are some of the episodes slightly edited? I noticed many run under 25 minutes, when shows of that era were at least 25 to 25:30 in length.
That's a good question. I'd have to check, but I don't think very many GI episodes are under 25 minutes on the DVDs, and I believe those are of the over 24:30 variety. There has been some speculation that such slightly shorter episodes from the mid to late '60s could also be due to preplanned night of broadcast edits that were made for a variety of reasons, such as special TV promos, etc.

Apart from the reported and confirmed missing 8 seconds from the Season 3 "It's A Bird, It's A Plane" episode (Also the last GI episode produced, though not the last one aired!), other edits seem to be of the previously reported out of sequence variety. Thankfully, these are of the mistakenly inserting the episode prologues after the GI opening (Which include the two final aired Season 3 episodes!), rather than before, so at least the within episode scenes still make sense! These prologues are identifiable by the appearance of the "Gilligan's Island" title superimposed, which is my understanding should precede the usual opening credit sequence, rather than follow it.

CHEERS! :)
 

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It's one thing to provide Black & White/Colorized options for individual Films, but for entire Television Seasons, it would ultimately require doubling up on the number of discs, which unfortunately, just isn't practical!

I've bought both BEWITCHED and I DREAM OF JEANNIE "All Color" Series sets (The only option for the Sony DVD sets. In my opinion, Sony should have also offered the Series sets with the original B&W seasons!) for my wife, so I do understand your frustration, regarding that!

CHEERS! :)

For what it's worth, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the colorized Gilligan's Island episodes. They need to be redone using today's technology.
 

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... I decided to look up Nehemiah Persoff, who did his only ever comedic turn on this GILLIGAN'S ISLAND episode...

CHEERS! :)


Recently I just happened to turn on MeTV and there on The Facts of Life was Nehemiah Persoff. Never knew he was on that series. But being a regular watcher of Barney Miller I knew he appeared a few times, twice in the recurring role of a Hassidic Jew.
 

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On a low note, we did finally lose Nehemiah Persoff a little while back! I think he was like 102, so Mr. Persoff certainly lived a long life and got to enjoy retirement for more than 2 decades after he last worked in acting in 1999, I believe.

On a much brighter note, on YouTube of all places, I did learn some rather valuable information regarding "The Eligibles," who of course recorded the GILLIGAN'S ISLAND Season 2 and Season 3 themes! The lead singer's niece Kate Humrich confirmed that at 84, her Uncle Ron Hicklin is enjoying retirement with his wife in their 2 retirement homes in Arizona and Hawaii. This seems so apt to me (Especially the latter!), and I have no doubt, well deserved!

Anyway, to avoid a Zsa Zsa "Turn left at the lily pad" scenario, according to his niece, the other singers in Ron Hicklin's "The Eligibles" group were Stan Farber, Ron Rolla and Bob Zwirn, and they recorded for thousands of other TV shows, commercials and also did background vocals for many pop rock groups.

This is the YouTube clip where I found Kate's first comment to which I posted and she very kindly replied :):


CHEERS! :)
 

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I have all 3 seasons in HD on amazon prime.Someone asked me the popular question...Ginger or Mary Anne. For me easy answer is the latter.She is more fun,down to earth.not preoccupied with herself.and cute:)) She seems to be much more popular.
As for Jeannie and Samantha? They are both good but Jeannie is more appealing and full of life.
Morticia -Adams family or Lilly Munster? the former.Love her hair and eyes:))
 

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My wife bought me this box set of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND this past weekend.

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She's hiding though until my birthday... which isn't until October!!!
 

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The complete series in HD is on sale at iTunes for $29.99. It looks fantastic. The HD color episodes in particular are a revelation. It's a blast revisiting old series like this in HD. Why are there not more classic series available in digital HD? They are also a lot more fun to watch than slogging through cumbersome DVD menus too.

The animated Gilligan's Planet is also on sale should you need to burn through $9.99 real quickly. But has anyone ever actually watched that thing?
 

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The animated Gilligan's Planet is also on sale should you need to burn through $9.99 real quickly. But has anyone ever actually watched that thing?
A little bit. Big Gilligan fans may find the occasional smile (several original cast members are on hand), but, as tends to be the case for Filmation productions, the animation and music are fairly low rent. Passable but certainly not essential.
 

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I rebought the series at my local Walmart. My old season two set had problems on the episode Smile, Your on Mars Camera. It was freezing around when the scientists were looking at the island and Gilligan tripped over the camera. It would keep freezing in spots up until they were looking for the camera lens, the rest of the episode played.
 

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The complete series in HD is on sale at iTunes for $29.99. It looks fantastic. The HD color episodes in particular are a revelation. It's a blast revisiting old series like this in HD. Why are there not more classic series available in digital HD? They are also a lot more fun to watch than slogging through cumbersome DVD menus too.

The animated Gilligan's Planet is also on sale should you need to burn through $9.99 real quickly. But has anyone ever actually watched that thing?
🙋‍♂️ I actually love both animated Gilligan series. New Adventures is my favorite. It has quite a few laugh out loud bits on many episodes. Planet is such a weird trip with the familiar Castaways on a pink planet and bright colors everywhere.

I don’t mind Filmation’s limited animation. Their character designs, especially when they were basing them on real people, were always so well done to me. Though not Filmation, Return to the Planet of the Apes taught me you can have limited to no animation and still make a fun cartoon.
 

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🙋‍♂️ I actually love both animated Gilligan series. New Adventures is my favorite. It has quite a few laugh out loud bits on many episodes. Planet is such a weird trip with the familiar Castaways on a pink planet and bright colors everywhere.

I don’t mind Filmation’s limited animation. Their character designs, especially when they were basing them on real people, were always so well done to me. Though not Filmation, Return to the Planet of the Apes taught me you can have limited to no animation and still make a fun cartoon.
Return to the Planet of the Apes (Depatie-Freleng) has some of the most limited animation I have ever seen. It really is low effort. But you're right, the stories are surprisingly good and relatively mature for a Saturday morning cartoon. If the animation were any good I'd pick up the disc for sure.

What confused me was why the Ape army had a full arsenal of WWII era weapons and vehicles. That seems to come out of nowhere. Maybe recycled footage from a difference show.
 

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