Doris Day provides episode commentary for her final TV show DVD set “The Doris Day Show: Season 5”September 4, 2007 No Comments
Discovering Doris has been given an advance scoop about the last of MPI Home Video’s Doris Day DVD releases.
It’s amazing to think that it was only in 2005 that the MPI Media Group began their digital quest to re-issue 130 TV-made shows on DVD. Thanks to their involvement fans not only in the USA but Europe and Australia have been privy to hours and hours of viewing. Well on the 20 November 2007 this whirlwind comes to an end as the independent distributor will have achieved its goal on re-issuing all these shows.
Moving on to what to expect this autumn. Day fans are in for a bumper treat as not only will they get the final season of The Doris Day Show on the usual 4-disc set but also Doris’s only remaining variety-entertainment TV special Doris Day Today.
A generous amount of bonus features again are included on both releases. The most exciting of these are the two new episode commentaries recorded for Season 5 by the one and only star of the show, Doris Day. (Note: A third episode commentary is also in the can from another season and will appear on a special release in the future).
Just to give some perspective on the significance of Doris’s involvement here I can only recall a couple occasions in the last 10 years that she has contributed to such projects (e.g. 1) a 1990s satellite interview to promote the release of the Love Album and 2) providing a message for her “80th birthday” Sony Music (UK) CD Boxset Her Life in Music).
A Region 4 edition of this DVD set is due in January 2008. However, there will be some wait for a Region 2 edition as Sanctuary who were the previous distributor was bought out by Universal in summer 2007.
The Doris Day Show – Season 5
Catalogue No: DVD7674
Running Time: Approx. 11 hours, 30 minutes
– ALL-NEW episode commentary from Doris on her favourite episodes: “It’s A Dog’s Life” (with two of her real-life pets Biggest and Muffy) and “Hospital Benefit” (which is her grandest fashion show featuring an appearance by Biggest)
– New Humane Society Announcements by Doris
– 30+ minutes of Fashion Show Outtake Footage (plus series music cues) from the “Hospital Benefit” episode
– Vintage Doris Easter Seals Theatre Spot
– Doris Day Today Preview
– Doris Comedie (French dubbed episode “Follow That Dog”)
– Teacher’s Pet Movie Trailer
– English Subtitles
The 24 episodes of the final season to The Doris Day Show were originally broadcast to North American audiences between 11 September 1972 and 12 March 1973.
Although the sitcom still proved immensely successful with American audiences it was the star of the show who decided on the fifth season to call time on her hit show. In Doris’s eyes she had gone as far as she could in developing the much loved character.
The closing year of the show aptly found its lead character (widow Doris Martin) finding romance from not one but two admirers. If that was not enough for her to contend with things continued to be as mad capped as ever in the rest of her life. That meant lots more adventures involving familiar faces from Today’s World and not forgetting her fussy landlord Mr. Jarvis. Fun! Fun! Fun!
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