USHE Press Release: Leave It To Beaver: The Complete First Season

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Finally, one of the most beloved series from television’s Golden Age comes to DVD for the first time ever! Join the Cleavers, America’s quintessential family, in all 39 digitally remastered, unforgettable episodes from the complete first season of Leave it to Beaver! Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) can’t seem to avoid trouble, and his older brother Wally (Tony Dow), and mischievous pal Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond), aren’t any help. But with some wise advice from his father Ward (Hugh Beaumont) and mom’s (Barbara Billingsley) home-cooked meals, Beaver learns that all’s well that ends well. Complete with the original pilot, brought out of the studio archives, this must-have DVD collection will have you declaring, “Gee, that Beaver sure is a swell guy!”

    Bonus Feature:


    •Bonus Pilot Episode: It’s a Small World with different actors portraying Ward and Wally!
     
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    Thanks, Ron! Still no hint if the Hugh Beaumont-narrated "previews" will be included. [​IMG]

    I bet they will.
     
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    Any word on whether this will be DVD-18 or not?

    I would buy it, but until Universal at least makes an attempt to fix their pressing problems, I won't buy any releases on this format.
     
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    It's a 3 disc set, and the only way to squeeze in all 39 first season episodes onto 3 discs would be on the dreaded double-sided DVD-18 format, so expect the complaints to start rolling in soon.
     
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    I don't understand why Universal has to cram all the episodes on three discs. I realize that they would have to charge more if the spread the shows thru out four or even five discs but so what? The true Leave It To Beaver fans would gladly pay $10 or $20 dollars more knowing that the episodes were pressed with much care. Not to mention how thrilled TV fans would be if they tossed in such things as interviews, featurettes, archival footage, etc.
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    Um, it's not like they haven't already set the MSRP (on the non-LE) at $49.95!
     
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    The cheaper it is, the more copies it will sell.
     
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    Yes. And what good is selling more copies of discs in the DVD-18 Format if many people get defective discs? Unless of course, Universal is hoping that those customers will put up with the bad discs and not bother to bring them back. Fox has put out 6 seasons of The Simpsons on single sided discs at $49.99 (list) and every one of them has been a top seller. I say put out your product right the first time and you won't have to take back defective discs.
    However your point about selling more copies is a good point. That's probably Universal's only concern.
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    I had to replace my Simpsons Season 1 because of a defective disc, so DVD-9s aren't 100% reliable either.

    The real culprit is that Technicolor plant in Mexico; I just had to exchange a copy of "The Emperor's Club" (DVD-9) that was made there that crashed right in the middle of the movie.
     
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    I was lucky. All of my Simpson DVD sets play great. I know, because I play them all the time.
    Thanks for the DVD-9 information. I guess it's a matter of quality pressings along with vigilant customers who complain when the discs are defective.
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    The Hugh Beaumont-narrated "previews" are on there. At least on disc one...I went through disc three and didn't see them.
     
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    Pavan: You're saying they are on Disc #1 but not Disc #3?
     
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    I don't think all the episodes originally had the preview for every episode. I didn't see any on disc 3 side B. Didn't check side A.
     
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    Universal now has this annoying habit of putting their new Universal logo opening before every single episode. They don't even give us the option of hitting the "next" button to skip the opening and get right to the episodes. This gets very old after the first couple of episodes. We've had to endure this with Dragnet, Quincy and The Munsters. I'm sure it'll be on the Leave It To Beaver set as well. I can understand them playing this current opening before each disc starts, but before each episodes? Hey Universal, I don't mind the Universal "closing logo with theme" (I even expect it, since I grew up watching it, it's part of the show), however, when exactly did this new logo and theme air during the show's run, did I miss something? At least don't disable the "next" button to the point where hitting it will take you to the next episode, instead of when the show is supposed to begin.
     
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    Carlos:
    You are absolutely right. I think I'm going to start buying my TV sets from everybody except Universal.
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    Carlos:
    You are absolutely right. I think I'm going to start buying my TV box sets from everybody except Universal.
    Bill Parisho
     
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    Carlos: The Beaver set has an option to skip the Universal logo by hitting the next chapter button.
     
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    That I can't easily skip over the horrendously load and pompous looking logo on the Night Gallery set is one of my biggest complaints about that particular release. Does Universal have 17 year olds that make DVD packaging decisions for them? I really wonder.
     
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    I think the key elements from the SitcomsOnLine review are:

    The Hugh Beaumont previews were only done for the first 16 episodes. They are included on the set. Then there are mini-vignettes (scenes from each show) which air before the show to tease the upcoming episode. They are also included.

    And, if you get the lunchbox, you do NOT get the standard DD packaging that you get without the lunchbox. If you get the lunchbox, the discs are contained within that Cleaver family photo album.

    From the review by Todd Fuller:


    His overall marks for the set are quite high! [​IMG]
     

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