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Flipper - Original Series 1 [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R9UTQE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,959 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 1964 television spin-off from the 1963 movie Flipper, Flipper - Original Series 1 is an adventure series that features extensive underwater photography and intriguing story lines involving a widowed park ranger, his two sons, and a clever dolphin named Flipper. This first season of Flipper finds brothers Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden), their father Park Ranger Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly), and their dolphin Flipper posted at the Coral Key Park and Marine Preserve where they're charged with upholding the law and responding to a variety of predicaments ranging from divers injured by shark attacks, to protecting visitors from incoming hurricanes, rescuing zoo animals from a sinking ship, and fighting congressional battles for continued funding to ensure the very existence of their marine preserve.

While Bud's and Sandy's impulsiveness sometimes get them into trouble, the boys and their father can be counted upon to remain clear-headed in times of crisis. More often than not, though, it's Flipper who fulfills the most crucial role in any given rescue attempt. Guest stars are numerous and include Andy Devine, Margaret Hayes, Dan Chandler, and Ric Applewhite. The underwater photography of marine life was cutting-edge in 1964 and holds up well to this day, providing a fascinating look at trained and instinctive dolphin behavior and marine ecosystems and, while some of the story lines may seem a bit dated to today's audiences, the bigger issues like marine preservation and doing what is right still ring true. Childhood adventure, peril, and suspense pervade each of the 30 half-hour episodes in this first season. Flipper - Original Series 1 promises to leave adults born in the nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties reminiscing fondly about their own childhoods and humming the Flipper theme song--what's more, their children (and perhaps grandchildren) will enjoy the program right alongside them and are more than likely to join in wholeheartedly on the refrain "Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning.." --Tami Horiuchi

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What better life could two boys imagine? Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud Ricks (Tommy Norden) live with their father Porter (Brian Kelly) on the beach. Literally. See, Porter is the ranger for Coral Key Park and Reserve, and they live within the park. Better yet, they have a pet dolphin they've named Flipper.

Life is never dull in the park. There are crises of all kinds to face. Natural dangers like shark attacks, two hurricanes, and poisonous snakes threaten the family and park visitors. But human dangers are just as real. How did a sunken car get in the middle of the preserve? Who is stealing from visitor boats in the park? Matters of the heart are even explored when Bud thinks that Porter's new friend is out to replace his dead mother and Sandy develops his first crush.

But through it all, it is Flipper who saves the day. This heroic dolphin seems to understand his human family and know exactly what they need. He's always showing up in the nick of time.

Let's be honest, this isn't great TV. The acting is mediocre at best, and the writing is lazy quite a bit of time. I can't count the number of episodes that drop or gloss over a plot point to make the time limit. Plus the effects are rather cheesy most of the time.

But let's not count out the charm of the shows. Even though I know the outcome (yes, this show is also predictable), I can get so caught up in the moment that I am on the edge of my seat. Quite a few of these shows got my heart pumping. And, while the spoken acting isn't that great, everyone does a good job of acting underwater. I had never realized just how much of the show was done silent since humans can't talk while diving. Yet I always followed the story.

And let's not leave out the scenery.
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Having recorded every episode from TV on VHS, it's a delight to see the light of day on quality DVD. And the picture quality is 10/10 considering it's age. The picture is crisp and sharp with vibrant colours. Unlike some shows Flipper was filmed on 35mm film and have been transfered to DVD by MGM who made this delightful TV Series. This TV show is family viewing at it's top with great storylines and underwater/Florida locations.

Featuring Luke Halpin (Sandy Ricks) from the original 'Flipper' 1963 film and it's sequel 'Flipper's New Adventure' (1964), the sucess and popularity spawned a three year TV Series spread over 3 seasons mounting to 88 Episodes.

Luke Halpin followed on into the TV Series, as well as the introduction of younger brother Bud Ricks (Tommy Norden). Brian Kelly who sadly passed away in 2003 played their father, Park Ranger Porter Ricks. As widower parent Porter Ricks does a fine job, as the storylines go which also touches topics including moral values without going into depth but are clearly shown on the surface of particular episodes from this first Flipper season which includes titles like 'Danger' 'City Boy' 'The Gulf Between'.

As for the DVD itself. There are 4 discs with 8 episodes on a 'one sided picture cover disc' unlike the region 1 version which is double-sided. As I mentioned before the picture quality is outstanding!!

Season 2 is expected sometime this year which will comprise of another 30 episodes. AND yet the same quality of stories!!

Whether your a nostalgic fan or for your family, Children of all ages will love Flipper!
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This US TV series is one of the most enjoyable family/childrens adventure dramas of the 1960's, and is an aquatic relative of the likes of "Lassie" and "Skippy The Bush Kangaroo".
Chief Ranger, Porter Ricks (Brian Kelly) works in Florida's Coral Key Park, where he lives with his two young sons, Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Sandy's younger brother, Bud (Tommy Nordern). Bud in particular is very close to Flipper, the family's pet dolphin, and many of the adventures involve the two of them.

The stories are an enjoyable blend of mild peril and gentle humour, with storylines that include tackling poachers, rescuing boaters in distress, and discovering sunken treasure.
Occasional guest star Andy Devine plays Hap, an old seadog who often regales Sandy and Bud with tall tales of heroic adventures from his past. The series also features some great underwater photography. When adding the likeable cast to the big attraction of a lovable dolphin as the star of the show, this series was always going to be a winner.

This 4-disc boxset contains all thirty, 25-minute series one episodes, which includes the 3-part story "Flipper And The Elephant", and the 2-part "The Lady And The Dolphin". The colour picture quality is excellent.

The soundtrack languages are: English, French.
The subtitle languages are: English, Dutch, French.
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I used to love this show. I remember it being on during Saturday mornings before the pie throwing kids magazine shows came along. It's a great reminder of gentle times when kids TV was a little more wholesome & intelligent & Australia & the USA seemed much further away than they are now. I would much rather my kids watched this than the kind of trash that they watch these days. Good stories, great characters & wonderful sea creatures. Well done Amazon for bringing this out.
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