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Gomer Pyle Usmc: Fourth Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jim Nabors , Frank Sutton , Coby Ruskin , John Rich    DVD
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  • Actors: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Elizabeth MacRae, Barbara Stuart, Roy Stuart
  • Directors: Coby Ruskin, John Rich, Peter Baldwin
  • Writers: Aaron Ruben, Barry E. Blitzer, Bill Idelson, Gordon Mitchell, Harvey Bullock
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2008
  • Run Time: 749 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013LRKV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Show! 18 Oct 2008
By Dr J
Well, you probably already know the Gomer Pyle series, so I won't explain what it's all about. However, this season is a real departure in some ways from the other seasons. First, Gomer's buddy, Duke (Ronnie Schell) is gone. OK, I guess his other buddies can pick up the slack. Second, Gomer sings a lot in this season. It seems that every time you turn around, Gomer is singing. If you like Jim Nabors' or ballads by baritones, then you'll love this season. If not, you'll find yourself pressing the fast forward button pretty often. Finally, Gomer's and Sergeant Carter's roles in the show are quite different. In the earlier years, the show is based on Gomer antagonizing/irritating Carter. Carter would blow up and then somehow everyting would work out. But in this season, Carter is to a large degree the source of his own problems. He's the one who causes the problems--not in a comic way, but by his own vices. Then Gomer, through his flawless character, saves Carter. It's an interesting relationship.
One more thing: some of the basic story lines are very similar to ones from earlier years. Did the writers run out of ideas?
I don't write these things as criticisms, just observations. The show is still fun and worth a thousand laughs. It's good, clean fun, fit for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gomer pyle funny man 23 July 2013
By Sapper
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One of the funniest old comedies ever. I never stop laughing. Reminds me of my old army days in the 1950s.A pity I had to buy a region 1 player to watch it apart from watching it on the computer. All the characters are typical of someone we remember in the barrack rooms.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  36 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Edited, again, and it's not just the music 19 July 2008
By R. Pearrow - Published on Amazon.com
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The history of these DVD sets since season one has had the episodes literally butchered when it came to the music in the show. Even a small snipit of Sargent Carter singing "The Night Was Meant For Love" in one episode, or a full version of Gomer singing "This Train is a Going Home Train", the cheapsakes that are producing these DVD sets of Gomer Pyle make even Season 4 a disappointment. However, in watching these episodes I'm finding that it's not just music that's cut; there is also dialog in scenes that's been hacked out. Because of the electronic graphic and CG era that we live in, I look forward to shows being released on DVD because there are no "bugs" in the corners of the screens, no animated graphics promoting upcoming shows, or any other distractions. The shows for the most part are the way they should be seen, uncut and commercial free. This is not the case with the Gomer Pyle DVD's including season 4. Dialog, music and other scenes cut because the production companies don't want to pay the royalties for the music included in the original releases. Why dialog is cut, I'm not sure. I was such a fan of this show, and really wanted a complete collection of the episodes, but I'm very disappointed in the results that have come about on my store shelves. If we continue to purchase these edited sets, the production companies will continue to put out these cheap imitations of the real show. I've written a letter to CBS with a formal complaint, but I know it will fall on deaf ears. But if more enthusiasts like us continue, maybe we'll make a difference. If you're an avid fan of Gomer, then this is the best we can get for now. I only wish they were complete episodes.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edits 21 July 2008
By W. C. Greer - Published on Amazon.com
It is terribly disappointing to get these DVD's only to find they have been edited.

The entire point of purchasing the DVD sets/seasons is to watch the show in a clear, complete manner, without commercials. Also to avoid the constant nagging of station bugs (logos) in the corners, and if that weren't enough, now commercials scroll across the screen during the shows. It has become so bad, I no longer watch most TV. For TV shows I really like I'll purchase the DVD sets just to get away from the constant irritants.

Yet, we don't get the full shows. Dialog is cut, songs edited out, etc. All for the sake of saving a few cents per copy, and done only to avoid literally pennies in royalties.

Note to CBS: I would much rather pay a little extra per season and get the unedited, uncut versions. The show was timeless just the way it was.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Edited episodes really kill my excitement 19 April 2008
By David Alan Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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Note that season one is the only DVD containing the word 'Complete' in the title. Every other season has been butchered to remove many Jim Nabors's songs, to say nothing of changing other music, etc.

It is really hard, frankly, for me to watch these episodes, because I'm just waiting for the next editing massacre, as opposed to simply enjoying what should be great entertainment.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gomer Pyle soldiers on into Season Four! 8 July 2008
By Robert Badgley - Published on Amazon.com
Gomer Pyle,everyone's favourite bungling Marine Corps PFC,comes back for more family fun and laughs in Season Four.The whole gang is back except for Ronny Schell who played Gomers' friend for most of the first three seasons.He was a stand up comic and because of the exposure he got on this show his career started to heat up so he wasn't available for this season.
This Seasons' DVD set gets only a 3 1/2 star rating from me,which is unfortunately much lower than it should have been.
You may or may not have noticed some controversy by other reviewers over whether previous seasons were complete or not.I can say without reservations that a few episodes in this season have indeed been cut.
Two examples are "Gomer says Hey to the President" has been cut a full three minutes while "Gomer,the Privileged Character" was cut by about a minute.In the latter ep you can see when Gomer is about to go back on stage to sing a number the scene fades quickly out.In the former Gomer is in Washington to sing in a gala benefit and has a fine number with the actual Marine Corp band of the day.It looks as if it was shot live and as is;a nice number which highlights Nabors' fabulous singing talent.But it's the only singing number with Nabors we see.It seems a pretty sure thing that the three minutes cut out here involve his singing but,unlike "..the privileged character" ep, it's very hard to tell a which point it was cut.
While I make no excuses for Paramount/CBS in cutting these numbers(that being the reason for my rating), I do know that things have changed drastically since the 1960s in obtaining permission/rights to air songs,especially from old shows and on DVD like this one.That they couldn't get the proper rights and/or that it would have been prohibitively too expensive to do so,are probably the primary reasons for their no-shows.It is so unfortunate too.What tantalizingly little we do get makes one long to see more.Because of his exposure on the show Jim Nabors' virtually launched his singing career from it and deservedly so.He went on to have his own TV show,released and sold quite alot of records and made many live appearances.
In conclusion,if you can get past the singing numbers that are excised from a few of these eps,then you will certainly enjoy this Season Four of Gomer Pyle.It has been remastered and all 30 eps are here for you and your family to enjoy.As I have said so often,how many shows today can an entire family sit down to watch together without having to worry about the content,either in language or theme? None that I know of.It's also great to be able to watch humour any age group can understand and laugh together with.To say "they don't make them like this anymore",is to describe Gomer Pyle to a tee.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun series! 10 July 2008
By Dr J - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, you probably already know the Gomer Pyle series, so I won't explain what it's all about. However, this season is a real departure in some ways from the other seasons. First, Gomer's buddy, Duke (Ronnie Schell) is gone. OK, I guess his other buddies can pick up the slack. Second, Gomer sings a lot in this season. It seems that every time you turn around, Gomer is singing. If you like Jim Nabors' or ballads by baritones, then you'll love this season. If not, you'll find yourself pressing the fast forward button pretty often. Finally, Gomer's and Sergeant Carter's roles in the show are quite different. In the earlier years, the show is based on Gomer antagonizing/irritating Carter. Carter would blow up and then somehow everyting would work out. But in this season, Carter is to a large degree the source of his own problems. He's the one who causes the problems--not in a comic way, but by his own vices. Then Gomer, through his flawless character, saves Carter. It's an interesting relationship.
One more thing: some of the basic story lines are very similar to ones from earlier years. Did the writers run out of ideas?
I don't write these things as criticisms, just observations. The show is still fun and worth a thousand laughs. It's good, clean fun, fit for the whole family.
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