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Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show - Complete Collection (20 disc set) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Allan Melvin, Maurice Gosfield, Herbie Faye
  • Directors: Al De Caprio, Aaron Ruben, Nat Hiken
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 20
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Mediumrare
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 4290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDCZHVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,274 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It was originally called 'You'll Never Get Rich' but later had it's title changed to 'The Phil Silvers Show' but to it's fans' across the globe it's known simply as 'Bilko', the memorable name of one of the greatest comedy characters ever to grace the small screen.

Woefully under-appreciated in it's home country, the series has always been feted in the UK and has regularly made the top tens of 'Best Sitcom' lists and is even recognised as the greatest ever sitcom from either side of the Atlantic in the prestigious Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy.

Now for the first time anywhere the Complete Series is available on DVD in this 20 disc set with a host of all new bonus extras.

Over 2 hours of new bonus extras including:

Subtitles

Keep in Step (the lost footage)

Phil Silvers last interview with Sonny Fox (Extended Version)

Phil Silvers on the Paul Ryan Show

Bilko On Parade (BBC Documentary)

Bilko in Colour!

32 Page Collector's Booklet

Audio Commentaries

Lost Audition Show

Original Network Opening

Original Network Commercials

Lucy and the Efficiency Expert

Phil Silvers on the Dick Cavett Show

Plus much more..............

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If you've any interest in comedy you need this set. Bilko is the granddaddy of American television comedy and set the template which has been followed ever since. You've heard the superlatives before - they're all true. The series itself is 5 stars and then some. Get this.
That's the show itself out of the way. Now to look at the set itself as a product. All four seasons are included in seperate cases, five discs per case. An episode list with guest stars and brief synopses is included on the reverse of each sleeve. The text is obscured by the discs so the sleeves need to be removed for this info to be read which is a little annoying.
A nicely illustrated booklet is included in the season one case with a history of the show and biographies of Silvers and Nat Hiken. I'd have liked the episode list to be included in this booklet as well to solve the problem with the sleeves.
The menus are nicely designed, simply laid out by episode. Extras are thoughfully also directly accessible from the main menu. An option for subtitles is also included. Unfortunately the planned "play all" feature was vetoed by CBS; it's not really an issue as this isn't a show to be left running, half-watched while doing something else. I won't detail the extras as others have done so; most of the major items from previous releases seem to be included, plus some new material (the BBC documentary "Bilko on Parade" is of note).

Now to look at the already contentious issue of the quality of the episodes themselves. Disagreements are already evident in other reviews and their comments about whether these are better or worse than the episodes previously released on DVD (the anniversary set and the standalone season one).
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I almost cried when I saw this was being released. More to the point, my faith in humanity was restored! The PHIL SILVERS SHOW (also known as YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH; also also known as SGT. BILKO, or just plain BILKO to fans) was voted the greatest sitcom of all time by the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy in 2003, and no less an authority than Larry David (creator of SEINFELD and HBO's CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM) declared it his favorite television show ever.

BILKO ran for 4 glorious seasons (from 1955 to 1959), garnered 3 consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series, and had a healthy life in syndication for decades. It transformed Phil Silvers and Nat Hiken into household names and TV icons, and made overnight celebrities of Paul Ford, Joe E. Ross and Maurice Gosfield to boot. It showcased American sports legends like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Red Barber, and was one of television's very first shows to feature an integrated, multi-racial cast. Among the stellar writing staff were Leonard Stern, whose impressive TV credits include The JACKIE GLEASON SHOW and GET SMART, and a certain promising future playwright named Neil Simon. BILKO gave TV audiences their first taste of up-and-coming performers like Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, Harvey Lembeck, Allan Melvin, Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Charlotte Rae, Dody Goodman, Julie Newmar, Tina Louise, Alan Alda, Bea Arthur, Bill Dana, Larry Storch, Morey Amsterdam, Irwin Corey, Bob Hastings and George Kennedy. (A pre-famous James Earl Jones can be clearly seen in the episode "Operation: Love" from 1958, five years before his 1963 movie debut in DR. STRANGELOVE.
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Some people seem to have wanted this classic US army comedy released with all bells jingling and reveille being trumpeted in the background.... They wanted this sublime show restored and looking as though it had been made in the year 2000 and not 1955. This was never going to be possible..... personally I'm just thankful, Mediumrare productions, took up the baton and finally got it on to the UK market.

I could not wait for my box set, indeed it arrived on the day of release 22 of September 2014, 59 years and two days on from the first ever broadcast on American telly...... I couldn't wait to get straight to the extras, first up the colour Bilko section. Now I have some experiences in colorizing photos and it really is an arduous task. I cannot complement the expert tinters enough.... the colour Bilko snippets are a rare treat! I then had a look at all the photo galleries, truly some amazing images here especially the ones featuring the great comic genius that was, Lucille Ball.

Settling down to watch the shows, what immediately struck me was the option to turn on the subtitles. A few years back 'Car 54 Where Are You?' was released, but, disappointingly, there was no sign of any aid for those people unfortunate not to have perfect hearing. My very own brother in law, who is partially deaf from years working on a coal face, was ecstatic ....in his own words he wanted to give whoever was responsible a "huge bear hug'. Being a bit of a connoisseur of 'Bilko' I proceeded to watch each show with the subtitles on and check them myself..... needless to say I was so surprised. The FANTASTIC work that has gone into this added dialogue is indeed unique in itself....
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