Shout! Factory is going “Green” next month. That is because for the first time ever, the renowned home entertainment company will release to the masses Green Acres: The Complete Series. The six-season set is currently expected to be released in stores and online Tuesday, Oct. 17. Those fans who have waited for so long for its release will be happy to know that with this forthcoming release, the wait was well worth it. That is due in no small part to the episodes. This will be discussed shortly. The set’s packaging is another important part of its presentation that cannot and should not be ignored, and will be discussed later. The bonus material included in this package rounds out its most important elements. Each element is important in its own right to the set’s presentation. All things considered, the first-ever run of Green Acres: The Complete Series proves, again, to have been well worth the wait and one that is easily one of this year’s best new box sets for grown-ups.
Shout! Factory’s forthcoming release of Green Acres: The Complete Series is a set that fans of the classic sitcom will find was well worth the wait. That is especially the case considering that its release next month will mark the first time that the show has ever received a full-series treatment. That is due in part to the episodes presented here. From start to finish, audiences get all 170 episodes of the classic series, including the series’ rare pilot episode, which even has its own audio commentary track featuring thoughts from pop culture historian Russell Dyball. That commentary is just one of the bonuses included in the set that will be discussed later. Getting back on the subject, this set marks the first time that all 170 episodes of the largely family friendly series have ever been released together or otherwise. What’s more, each episode looks and sounds just as good as they did in their original broadcasts if not better. This is a real tribute to the series’ fans on the part of Shout! Factory and MGM, and both companies are to be commended for those efforts. That is just one of the reasons that both companies should be commended here. The set’s packaging is deserving of just as much praise as the episodes and their presentation.
The packaging used for Green Acres: The Complete Series is once more everything that audiences have come to expect from box sets released via Shout! Factory. All six seasons of the classic sitcom are set in their own cases with the discs themselves being placed on their own plates inside the boxes. Even with four discs being placed inside each case (for a total of 24 discs), the cases are still standard single-disc DVD size cases, showing once again how much thought was obviously put into the set’s packaging. While separating the seasons out into separate cases might have expanded the set’s overall packaging, it is a sacrifice worth having to make in order to preserve the discs, and in turn, the series. What’s more, even while this method might expand the packaging, it still in essence doesn’t expand it too much.
The physical aspect of the set’s packaging is only one part of what makes this element stand out. Once again, Shout! Factory has included inside each season’s case, a chronological episode listing for audiences that includes a short but concise summary for each episode, the episode’s original air date and title. The result here is two-fold. One on level, the episode title and summary helps audiences decide which episode(s) they want to watch at one point or another. On another level, the air date serves as its own starting point for perhaps a history lesson on the episode and even the series. In other words, the set’s packaging is pleasing not just for its physical aspect but for its aesthetic aspect, too. Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why this collection’s packaging is just as important as its episodes, if not more important. Of course it is not the last of the set’s most important elements. The set’s bonus material forms the set’s cornerstone.
The bonus material included with Green Acres: The Complete Series offers just as much entertainment as the series’ episodes if not more. That is because of its quantity and quality. As previously noted, the series’ pilot episode can be viewed both by itself and with an isolated audio commentary track from pop culture historian Russell Dyball. Dyball’s commentary both entertains and informs audiences of all ages with his insight. The Granby’s Green Acres radio broadcasts, which are also briefly discussed in the bonus featurette Green Acres Is The Place To Be. Audiences get to experience for themselves here just some of the episodes from the short-lived radio broadcast series, which was the foundation for Green Acres. After taking in those broadcasts and learning about them through the aforementioned bonus discussion with author Stephen Cox, audiences gain a whole new respect and appreciation for the series in both incarnations. Speaking of Cox’s discussion, his discussion about Green Acres’ radio roots is just one of so many topics that he covers in his featurette. Along with that discussion, he also touches on the series’ connections to I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and other series through casting, production and other topics. That is just the tip of the iceberg, too. He also goes into depth about the off-screen friendship between the series’ stars, Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor—there was nothing romantic there, so no one should get their hopes up for any gossip—the fact that Albert and Gabor were not the original picks for the show’s leads and why, the series’ animal stars and their training and even the importance of the series’ theme song as a scene setter for the show among so much more. Between his in-depth discussions and those from Dyball, audiences get more than they could have hoped for in terms of engagement and entertainment. The radio broadcasts and Merv Griffin Show appearances starring Albert and Gabor collectively add even more entertainment. From one item to the next, it is clear that the bonus material included with Green Acres: The Complete Series is pivotal to this set’s presentation. It collectively succeeds, too. When it is considered alongside the series’ full 170-episode presentation and the continued standard-setting packaging, all three elements join to make this first-time release one that was well worth the wait and the money. They join to make the set one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.
Shout! Factory’s upcoming release of Green Acres: The Complete Series is definitely one that was well worth the wait. It is also one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups (and maybe even families in whole, which the world needs more of in this day and age). From the presentation of its full 170-episode run to its continued bar-setting packaging to its equally entertaining and engaging bonus material, it offers plenty for audiences to appreciate. Considering that, audiences will agree when they experience it for themselves–once more-that it was well worth the wait and the cost. It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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