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My Favorite Martian - The Complete First Series (6 dvd Collectors Edition)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Collectors Edition, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: The first season of the legendary 60s sci-fi sitcom finally comes to DVD! When reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby) discovers Martin (Ray walston), a genuine Martian whose ship has crash-landed on Earth, the two become fast friends and roommates. Like Samantha of Bewitched and Jeannie of I Dream Of Jeannie, Uncle Martin has supernatural powers that cause poor Tim all kinds of trouble. With a supporting cast of clueless characters and endlessly entertaining situations, My Favorite Martian is the original fantasy sitcom. This 6 DVD set contains all 37 original, uncut episodes from the first season, more than 16 hours of inter-planetary viewing! ...My Favorite Martian (Complete Series 1) - 6-DVD Box Set ( My Favourite Martian - The Complete First Series ) ( My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series One )

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ognir on 22 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
They say that if you remember the sixties then you were not really there. Well, I remember this television series very well and am delighted with the quality of picture and sound. This has to be one of the best of the U.S. sit coms from the 60's and when watching it again in 2005 I was transported back to 1963.
My Favorite Martian on DVD is as fresh and funny as when first aired, and has successfully survived the years. Each episode has a message wrapped in humour and the interplay between the characters is brilliant.
I will most definitely be purchasing series two and others as they become available.
Who says there are no such things as Martians?
As an aside I think I prefer "favorite to be spelt with a 'U'
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must have for anyone who enjoys programmes with no bad language and no violence but just gentle humour, so different from todays comedies
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By blackjack on 16 April 2012
Format: DVD
This dvd set got a release date for 4th April.Why have the studio(Network)decided not only to go back on their word but NOT give another release date??Worth looking into!!For this point alone I give 1 star rating!!
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Great transfers...a must buy, in spite of some misgivings 1 Nov 2004
By Yarby - Published on
Format: DVD
Okay, first, I have to admit that I haven't made it through all 37 shows in this set, so all I can say about the transfers far, they are excellent. Other non-studio companies packaging television programs would learn a lot to follow the lead of Rhino. They include all intro and outro sequences, and are the full program, as originally broadcast.

The one thing that distracts from this being a 5 star set is the packaging. This is the worst packaging job I have seen yet of a season set. The single DVD plastic keep-case, with a hinged 2-DVD insert is just plain cheap. Not only that, it promotes the damage of the discs...including the fact that one of the dual-sided discs rests on the mount for the third disk (which is stored on the back flap of the case).

The insert is a simple cardboard booklet detailing the different episodes, or giving any additional information. Just a list of the shows.

Also, a menu of the episode selections would have been greatly appreciated. The only choices on the main menu are "Play All" and "Scene Selections". In order to choose an episode, you must page through the "Scene Selections" and choose the beginning scene of the desired episode.

Another note....when an episode concludes, the viewer is not sent back to the menu, but instead, the next episode starts playing.

Rhino really gets an "A" for releasing this show, and for it's video transfers (not only the quality, but that they are in their entirety).

Unfortunately, they are prevented from getting 5 stars by their poor menu programming, and the packaging which doesn't protect the disks.

Still, if you are a fan of classic TV, this set is still well recommended.
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
TV's Favorite Martian - Season 1 DVD! 9 Aug 2004
By Servo - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Before Mork (Orkan) and ALF (Melmacian) came to Earth and moved in with their humans, Los Angeles Sun reporter Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby) took in a Martian (Ray Walston) as his "Uncle Martin". The series ranks up there with Mr. Ed on the laugh-o-meter. Viewers who only know Bill Bixby from his more dramatic role as Dr. David Banner from TV's The Incredible Hulk will be floored by Bixby's incredible sense of comedic timing. The show also received solid support from Pamela Britton as Tim's befuddled landlady Mrs. Lorelei Brown and Alan Hewitt as suspicious Detective Bill Brennan. Unlike previous Rhino "Martian" DVDs, this Rhino Home Video release of My Favorite Martian - The Complete First Season, features all 37 original, uncut episodes on 3 discs. Rhino was even able to track down the uncut pilot for the set. Here's a list of the Season 1 episodes:

My Favorite Martian (Pilot)
The Matchmakers
There Is No Cure for the Common Martin
Russians "R" in Season
Man or Amoeba
The Man on the Couch
A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine and Peaches
The Awful Truth
Rocket to Mars
Raffles No. 2
The Atom Misers
That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin
How to Be a Hero Without Really Trying
Blood is Thicker than the Martian
Poor Little Rich Cat
Rx for a Martian
Going, Going, Gone
Who Am I?
Now You See It, Now You Don't
My Nephew the Artist
Hitchhike to Mars
Uncle Martin's Broadcast
An Old, Old Friend of the Family
Super-Duper Snooper
The Sinkable Mrs. Brown
Martin and the Eternal Triangle
Danger! High Voltage!
If You Can't Lick Them
Unidentified Flying Uncle Martin
How Are You Gonna Keep Them Down on the Pharmacy?
Miss Jekyll and Hyde
Who's Got the Power?
Oh, My Aching Antenna
The Disastro-nauts
Shake Well and Don't Use
A Nose for News
Uncle Martin's Wisdom Tooth
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Rhino gets it and let's hope it's catching 11 May 2005
By Gord Wilson - Published on
Format: DVD
Rhino did a great job with this black and white 1963 show. (The third season was in color). It's on two two-sided discs and one one- sided disc in a single width DVD package. Given deluxe packaging like Futurama and The Simpsons, it could have been five one-sided discs in a slipcase. But no one thinks retro TV will sell, so it's packaged less expensively to appeal to a lower market niche. That's why shows like Burns and Allen, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Petticoat Junction are hard to find except in budget, no-frills versions, often without the original themes (since the DVD manufacturer didn't license them).

Enter Rhino, one of the few companies with any sense of how to make good DVDs and with any interest in black and white TV. Rhino gets what TV execs don't: we really aren't watching their highly- rated new shows. We really don't care about the Nielsen ratings. Many of us don't have cable, and we really are buying these retro DVDs. And we do want deluxe packaging and well-done transfers. Thanks to Rhino for preserving TV history. They even have the pilot, which got this show off to a good start. However, it immediately sinks to same old sitcom fare, only slowly beginning to develop the show from the characters, and only later hit its stride. But this was arguably the first fantasy sitcom (Unless you count Topper), preceding Jeanie and Bewitched. Like so much of the memorable TV of the time, it was filmed at Desilu Studios, produced by Sheldon Leonard and bankrolled by Danny Thomas and Andy Griffith.

Sitcoms then were not the anything for a laugh shows they later became, and the shows writers ponder profound questions and dabble in drama. Tim and his alien uncle wrestle with the problems of the day, offer the occasional insight, and rebound with unsinkable optimism. Pamela Britton is outstanding as supporting actress, with far better chemistry than the "crackpot neighbor" foils for Bewitched. Early on Bill Bixby and Ray Walston are both stiff and awkward, and we are very much aware that they are acting, but as they settle into their roles, an easy camaraderie develops. Everywhere abounding with joy and good humor, this buoyant show echoes the underlying theme of early '60s sitcoms, in the title of an earlier show by Fulton Sheen, that "life is worth living."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the first Irishman from the planet Mars... 16 Jan 2011
By trebe - Published on
Format: DVD
Family based comedies in the 1950's typically featured normal, almost picture perfect nuclear families. Heading into the 1960's this would change radically, as all kinds of whacky permutations of the family unit began to appear on television. The decade would see programs like Bewitched (1964-72), The Addams Family (1964-66), The Munsters (1964-66), and I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70), become hits. But ahead of this group of eclectic shows, was My Favorite Martian (1963-1966).

Created by Jack Chertok, the program was about a Martian scientist, whose spacecraft crash lands on Earth. Marooned, the dazed alien is discovered by Tim O'Hara (Bill Bixby), a newspaper reporter, who takes him into live in his home, under the pretense that the alien is his "Uncle Martin O'Hara". Compared to earthmen, the Martian has strange and unusual powers, including the ability to become invisible, read minds, and levitate objects using his right index finger.

The tone of the program is mostly light-hearted and innocuous as Tim and Uncle Martin learn to live together, and help each other deal with various situations, usually in a humorous way. Reoccurring themes include Tim's romantic adventures, Martin's issues with various Earthly customs and agencies, situations related to Tim's job, Martin's various illnesses and maladies, that often have strange consequences, and Martin's attempts to repair his spacecraft and return home. Semi-regular characters include Pamela Britton as Mrs. Lorelei Brown, Tim's landlady who lives next door, and J. Pat O'Malley as Tim's boss at the newspaper, Mr. Burns. Britton is quite charming, as the ultra-friendly, but slightly daffy neighbor with a heart of gold.

The show features a nice mix of character actors from the period, including a number of budding starlet types, intended to capture the fancy of the handsome Tim O'Hara. Bill Bixby is almost always charming, the kind of guy almost any girl would be interested in, either as a friend or lover. The multitalented Ray Walston, brings just the right amount of mirth to the role, so as to not come off as completely ridiculous. It takes some skill to carry off what is essentially a gag, and Walston does it quite well. Together, Bixby and Walston make a marvelous team.

My Favorite Martian has a relatively low key, adult approach. Although often subjected to stress, Tim and Martin don't do much yelling, or running around like maniacs. They have some bad moments, but are very much a team working for a common goal. This would become more evident in the second season when Bill Brennan (Allan Hewitt), a police detective, joined the cast as Mrs. Brown's boyfriend. The suspicious Brennan, would be a constant threat to Martin and Tim.

The program also featured some special effects and camera tricks, that would later become quite common in programs like Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie. Another cool aspect was the music, including George Greeley's catchy and unorthodox theme, and the strange science fiction inspired sound effects, produced by a device known as the electro-theremin.

Back in the early 60's, the television season was an extremely long grind, and there are 37 black and white episodes in season one. With so many programs, producing high quality stories, particularly in an experimental series such as this, was a major challenge. While most of the episodes are fun and entertaining, it is not unexpected that there are also a few that miss the mark. Although quite silly at times, My Favorite Martian remains a very enjoyable show about a very special friendship. Image quality of the DVD's is soft at times, but not too bad for a program of this age.

The versatile Bixby would later star in the television series The Courtship Of Eddie's Father (1969-72), and also as David Banner in The Incredible Hulk (1978-82). Bixby appeared in several Hulk movies, and also became a director mostly working in television. He was only 59 at the time of his untimely passing due to cancer in 1993, when he was working as a director on the TV series Blossom.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY!!!! 6 Aug 2004
By Greg M. Davis - Published on
Format: DVD
My Favorite Martian is one of my favorite shows even though I am 13! Yet, ever since it went off the air on TVLAND, I haven't seen the show since! Thanks to Rhino, we will finally be able to take this masterpiece to our classic tv collections! My Favorite Martian is perfect for all ages and fits most genres like comedy, family, science-fiction, and much more! When this dvd set comes out in Sept. I will be one of the first people in line to get this! When you buy this, believe me, you will not be dissapointed!!
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