The Munsters DVD

DVD review of “The Munsters The Complete First Season”

The Munsters
The Complete First Season

The Munsters DVDThe Munsters, CBS’s competition for The Addams Family, was a slapstick Leave it to Beaver featuring contemporary (at the time) versions of iconic monsters like Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and Dracula. Only the sixties could have produced this kind of TV well enough for it to still hold up after 40 years.

Universal’s DVD release of the first season is bare-bones; with the exception of a 15 minute pilot episode featuring different actors for Lily and Eddie (they really make you appreciate Butch Patrick and Yvonne De Carlo). The most interesting the about the pilot is that it is in color, showing us that Herman Munster is blue, not green. For those seeking more extras, I’d suggest seeking out Image Entertainment’s DVD “The Munsters: The First Family Of Fright”, a two-disc collection of documentaries and other supplemental extras concerning the show.

The technical aspects of the DVD are quite good. The menus fit the mood of the show and are easy to maneuver. The picture is wonderful — as clear as it’s ever been; and the audio is near-perfect for a show of its age. While not as good as it could’ve been, any fan of genre TV would find that The Munsters: The Complete First Season available at amazon.com is well worth the $41 price tag.