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Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show, 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
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A collection of 21 remastered episodes form the classic 1950s television comedy series. The series starred Phil Silvers as the smooth-talking Sgt Bilko in charge of a ragged band of troops, and under the charge (or in charge) of his commanding officer, Colonel Hall.
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Not that Sergeant Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show 50th Anniversary Edition isn't a bad presentation: it is, with more extras than you could realistically expect from a show this old, including the unseen 33-minute pilot episode when the show was still going to be called You'll Never Get Rich, vintage interviews, audio commentaries (including one by George Kennedy, who began his screen career as the army's advisor and sometime extra on the show) and much, much more. But rather than opting for a season-by-season release, Paramount have gone for a 'Best of' three-disc set. With a show as strong as Bilko, that ensures that a lot of great episodes are missing (including one of the greatest, The Empty Store, as well as Mardi Gras, Hollywood, The Rest Cure, Bilko and the Beast, The Song of the Motor Pool and Bilko's Perfect Day), and, even worse, it also means that this is probably all we'll ever get. And boycotting this release will only drive sales figures down even further until the chance of a full release is even more remote.
It's a good overview of the show from first to last episode, and some of the episdes are 100%-proof classics, like The Twitch (where Bilko runs a nationwide book on how many times a lecturer brought in to stop the men from gambling will compulsively twitch), The Court Martial (the one where a chimp on rollerskates is inducted into the army as Private Harry Speakup, coming third in the intelligence test in the process!) and The Eating Contest. But it just ain't nearly enough for a show with such a consistent standard of great writing, outrageously anarchic satire and some brilliant improvisation from Phil Silvers... More, please, and soon - that's an order!
If you want to see what good comedy is all about, this is the perfect example. After all this time, all we want now is for the rest of the episodes to be released, and despite all the requests, this is not Amazon's fault. It all depends on the American CBS channel.
The shows included are:
New Recruits/The WAC/The Horse/The Eating Contest/Bivouac/The Twitch/The Investigation/The Revolutionary War/The Court Martial/The Con Men/A Mess Sergeant Can't win/Doberman's Sister/Bilko's tax Trouble/The Big Scandal/Hillbilly Whiz/Bilko the Art lover/Bilko joins the Navy/Weekend Colonel
My personal favourite is the Court Martial - an absolute gem (which I won't spoil by telling you the plot) - but many others are in the same class.Phil Silvers is a marvel as the manipulative sergeant but the rest of the cast are also excellent and these episodes come up as fresh today as they were 50 years ago - putting most modern comedies in the shade. Brilliant and well worth watching - I'm looking forward to seeing the rest when they finally surface.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bilko is one of a kind, so simple but brilliant. Phil Silvers has such a wonderfully expressive face and superb timing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Parry
If only today's sitcoms could make me laugh as much as Bilko! Bought this as a birthday present for my husband. We soon had tears of laughter rolling down our cheeks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrina Boyle
Takes me right back to the earliest days of tv when I watched this as a young child
back in the 1950s, I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed reliving it all over again.